Government gives UK students commitment on paying Irish fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government is giving a long-term commitment that, after Brexit, UK students studying in the Republic will continue to be treated as if they were in the EU and will not have to pay higher fees. Until now, the guarantee extended only to students from Northern Ireland and Britain starting a third-level course in the Republic in September 2019, with a promise of review in the context of a wider Brexit agreement …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 March]

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Higher education fees for students from Northern Ireland to be frozen

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students from Northern Ireland and Britain will face the same higher education fees as EU students on an ongoing basis in the event of a hard Brexit. While the Government has previously pledged to freeze fees for UK students starting undergraduate courses in 2019 only, an amendment to the Brexit Omnibus Bill would maintain this system indefinitely …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 March]

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Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to be given university status

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is set to secure university status within months after the Cabinet approved a change in legislation. Legal restrictions have prevented the 235-year-old Dublin college from being granted university status even though it is ranked among the top higher-education institutions in the world …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD supports university designation for the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“RCSI in line for university status. Minister Mitchell O’Connor presents legislative changes which allow for new university status. The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, has today welcomed the approval by Government in seeking to advance university designation for the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 March]

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USI condemns delay to tenancies legislation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Wednesday 20 February, the Union of Students in Ireland Vice President Michelle Byrne and NUI Galway’s Students’ Union President Megan Reilly spoke in the Oireachtas about the Residential Tenancies (Greater Security of Tenure & Rent Certainty) Bill 2018 …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, Irish Times, 22 February]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018: Committee Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMary Mitchell O’Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): I wish to address the matter of stakeholder engagement, which has been of great concern to Senators. I also want to remedy and remediate the indiscretion in that regard. I wanted to ensure that it would be procedurally possible for the Joint Committee on Education and Skills to continue with its proposed stakeholder engagement once the Bill had been introduced in this House …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 7 February]

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University status for RCSI would boost efforts to attract students and funding

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“What’s in a name? A lot, if you are a college trying to attract international students and lucrative research funding. The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland has long been a top global performer in medical education, but has felt hamstrung by the fact that it does not have university status …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

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Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland set to become State’s eighth university

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) is set to become the country’s eighth university under new legislation likely to complete its passage through the Oireachtas shortly. The 235-year-old Dublin college has been lobbying the government for many years to grant it university status to help boost its chances of attracting top international researchers and students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

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RCSI appeals for university status within Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Officials from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) have been urging members of the Oireachtas to amend legislation, allowing the institute to describe itself as a university in Ireland and overseas. Under current legislation, RCSI may describe itself as a University of Medicine and Health Sciences overseas but may not do so in Ireland …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 22 January]

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Legislation Programme – Spring 2019 – Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBills currently before the Dáil and Seanad: Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 [Seanad] – at Seanad Committee Stage. Priority Legislation for Publication: Miscellaneous Provisions (Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 29 March 2019) Bill – Part 5 Education and Skills – Student Support. All Other Legislation: Higher Education (Reform) Bill – To modernise the legislative framework underpinning the governance and functions of the Higher Education Authority and the governance structures of the universities – Heads in preparation. Universities (Amendment) Bill – To ensure compliance with government guidelines on remuneration, allowances, pensions and staffing numbers in the University sector – Work is underway.

(The complete programme is here.)

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Public servants now allowed work until they are 70

Posted in Governance and administration on December 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Legislation that will allow public servants stay at work up to the age of 70 if they so choose has been signed into law by President Michael D Higgins. Previously, public servants had to retire by 65 at the latest, despite the fact that the age for qualifying for the State pension is 66 …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 26 December]

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New legislation to increase retirement age for public sector workers passed in Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There was some good news for public servants wishing to work longer as President Michael D Higgins is to sign a new law that will allow public sector workers work until the age of 70 …” (more)

[Christopher O’Brien, TheLiberal.ie, 20 December]

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Ministers welcome plans to bring forward legislation to provide certainty to families on student accommodation costs

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Tuesday, 11 December) welcomed the publication of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 by Minister for Housing, planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD. The Ministers confirmed the intention to outline amendments to the legislation to include rent predictability measures for students living in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) under licence agreements, and in PBSA let by a public authority, for the first time …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 December]

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Staff unpaid as fears rise over college’s fate

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Up to 28 staff at a language school have not been paid amid fears it has closed down. The union representing some of the teachers at Grafton College in Portobello, Dublin appealed to the Department of Education to step in and ‘not to wash its hands of this’ just weeks before Christmas …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 3 December]

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Public servants ‘in limbo’ as law to change retirement age faces ‘tight’ Christmas deadline

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Public servants who are set to receive a way out of compulsory retirement could be forced to retire anyway with legislation to extend the age to 70 facing a ‘tight’ deadline to get passed through the Dáil before Christmas. The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Bill would increase the retirement age to 70 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 30 November]

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Higher Education Authority seeks new laws to clarify its independence

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The State regulatory body for higher education is seeking new laws which would clarify its independence from the Department of Education. There was controversy earlier this year when the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) chief executive Dr Graham Love resigned amid frustration over what sources described as ‘micro-managing’ by the department …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 November]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor opens the consultation forum on the legislative reform of the Higher Education Authority Act

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today (23rd of November), opened the consultation forum on the new Higher Education Authority Act. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is the statutory funding authority for the universities, institutes of technology and a number of other designated institutions, and is the advisory body to the Minister for Education and Skills in relation to the higher education sector …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 23 November]

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Bill to protect rights of college renters as Dáil hears some students sleep in cars

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin has introduced a Bill to protect the rights of students who are renting. The Residential Tenancies (Student Rents, Rights and Protections) Bill 2018 is aimed at giving clarity on licence agreements for student accommodation …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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‘Essay mills’ offering bespoke assignments to students to be made illegal

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Websites offering bespoke essays to those in third level education are to be made illegal. New laws are being introduced to make cheating more difficult for students who are ‘gaming the system’. It will also be an offence if a person or company advertises the provision of these essay mill services …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 29 October]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor welcomes Oireachtas approval of the draft order to establish Ireland’s first Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Following the granting on 17 July 2018 by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, of the application for technological university status made under the Technological Universities Act 2018 by Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght, the Dáil on 16 October 2018 approved a draft order by the Minister, appointing 1 January 2019 as the date on which these three Institutes of Technology shall be dissolved …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 October]

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