Third Level Data – Student Demographics

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 11th, 2017 by steve

IrelandPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount allocated and also needed for demographics, which relates to higher education funding in each of the years 2010 to 2021, in view of the recent Cassells report in which is quantified the provision needed for demographics for higher education as including an average 1.7% increase per year – c 3,000 students (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 March]

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Third Level Fees – Irish Students in the UK

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 7th, 2016 by steve

IrelandPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is aware of the increasing concerns of students at the prospect of student fees payable by those from the Republic of Ireland, who are undertaking degree programmes in either Northern Ireland or in the United Kingdom, may in future be levied at non-European Union student rates following the Brexit referendum outcome; if he is further aware of similar concerns amongst students resident in Northern Ireland regarding the likelihood of student fees being levied at non-European Union student rates for those studying in institutions here; the measures he will take to ensure that students in both instances will not experience an increase in the cost of attending third level; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 July]

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Higher Education Institutions: Clustering

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills her plans to further advance inter-institutional collaboration between institutes of higher education; the progress that has been made to ensure that greater consolidation, with regards to course delivery and service provision within the sector, is carried out on an all-island basis; her plans to introduce legislation which will give recognition to the establishment of strategic alliances between individual institutions, which willingly agree to enter into a cluster agreement; if she has considered the economic and societal benefits which such legislation will potentially yield, in terms of higher educational attainment; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 20 October]

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Third Level Funding – Shell and DIT

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will respond to objections raised by staff of Dublin Institute of Technology regarding the provision of Shell funding towards the new visual art degree in Erris, County Mayo, which is being offered by DIT and Mayo County Council …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 3 July]

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Student Grant Scheme Delays

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 3rd, 2013 by steve

Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students per county who are currently awaiting payment of the Student Universal Support Ireland grant; the date on which these outstanding payments will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 2 July]

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Student Grant Scheme Application Numbers – Study Outside the State

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 3rd, 2013 by steve

Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students who applied for Student Universal Support Ireland grants to pursue a course of study outside the State; the number of these who were erroneously informed by the Department that they would receive a grant to cover the course fees; the steps he has taken to adequately compensate any students in this situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 2 July]

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Student Grant Scheme Administration

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 3rd, 2013 by steve

Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide details of the preparations made by his Department to resolve the issues with the Student Universal Support Ireland grant system; his views on whether the system will be effective in the coming academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 2 July]

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Haddington Road Agreement Issues – Pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2013 by steve

Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the annual monetary reduction to former office holders’ pensions in payment to the value of the following amounts when the Haddington Road Agreement reductions are applied from July 2013 …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 20 June]

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Institutes of Technology Issues – Expenses

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide details of the investigation by the Higher Education Authority that is to examine the expense claims by institutes of technology including its terms of reference; and the projected timescale for when it is to be completed …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 28 May]

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Student Grant Scheme Appeals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills the time taken to process appeals upheld by Student Universal Support Ireland; his views on whether this time is efficient in view of the length of time students are already waiting for their grants to be processed; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 6 March]

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New Croke Park deal ‘has not tackled unequal pay’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2013 by steve

“Sinn Féin Finance spokesman, Pearse Doherty has said the Government has failed to make the proposed new Croke Park deal fair by tackling what he called the massive pay inequalities across the public service …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 3 March]

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Hollowing Out

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2013 by steve

“So, thanks to Pearse Doherty we now have a clarity on the reduction in staffing from the top levels of Irish universities. In particular, TCD and Limerick …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 10 January]

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Higher Education Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2011 by steve

Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the growing concerns relating to the rollout of applications for higher education authority grants; and the way he proposes to reduce the delays to student applications as experienced in previous years …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 7 July]

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O’Keeffe in need of reality check – Doherty

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 6th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Speaking as Batt O’Keeffe prepared to present his proposals on college fees to the cabinet this week Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Senator Pearse Doherty described as ‘ridiculous in the extreme’, the Minister’s notion that fees will not affect the less well off. Speaking today Senator Doherty said, ‘As predicted O’Keeffe has waited out the local and European elections before moving on his plans to reintroduce fees to third level students. As yet the Minister has given no indication of what mode of fees he intends to introduce …’” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 6 July]

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