Third Level Participation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Crowe (Dublin South West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the action being taken to support schools in which less than 65% of students continue education to third level, to ensure more of these students can continue to third level …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 February]

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Student Accommodation – National Strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of meetings he has had with relevant parties in developing the national student accommodation strategy, which was assigned to his Department under the rebuilding Ireland housing plan, action 4.7, to be delivered in quarter 2 2017; the name of each person he has met in developing the strategy; the organisation each represented; and the date the meeting took place …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Payments – Overpayment of Maintenance Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Charlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there have been a number of write-offs with regard to recouping paid funds in each of the years since SUSI was formed in relation to discovered overpayment of maintenance grants by SUSI; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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Third Level Examinations – Examination Appeals

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will consider introducing an independent appeals mechanism for examinations at third level, particularly in the institutes of technology sector, in cases in which a student feels that they were not awarded the mark that reflects their efforts; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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Legislative Measures – Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMary Butler (Waterford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the proposed timeframe for the Technological Universities Bill; when it will be before Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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Third Level Staff – Precarious Employment in Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandLouise O’Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the rate of progress in the seven universities of the implementation of the Cush report; the reason there are delays in the operation of the report in the universities; if parity of esteem for other workers employed in universities with two years service will be established; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 February]

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Third Level Staff – Trinity College

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2017 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, United Left): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the diminishing of terms and conditions of employment of both academic and administrative staff in Trinity College (details supplied); and if so, his plans regarding same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 February]

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New Education Action Plan Confirms 2018 as Target for New Funding Model

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new higher education funding model should be in place for the 2018 Budget, according to a new plan published today by the government. The commitment comes less than six months after the Action Plan for Education outlined the second quarter of 2017 as the timeline for a model …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 6 February]

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Government Launches Action Plan for Education 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of Actions to be delivered with a focus on Skills, Technology, Wellbeing and tackling disadvantage. Over 400 actions and sub actions in Plan led by Minister Bruton. The Government today (Monday 6th February) published the Action Plan for Education 2017, led by Minister Richard Bruton, aimed at making Ireland’s education and training system the best in Europe within a decade …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 6 February]

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Technological Universities – the South-East

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the names of the stakeholders whom a person (details supplied) identified and met as part of the announcement in November 2014 of a new process of engagement and consultation regarding the technological university for the south east project, including, but not limited to, the names of the local authorities, chamber of commerce employees, enterprise development agencies and social and community groups, in addition to public representatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 February]

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‘No more offers’ warns Minister as teachers’ strike looms

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton has warned that no further offers will be made to ASTI teachers after they rejected the latest round of proposals. In a ballot of the union’s 18,300 members, ASTI members voted to reject the ‘Outcome of Talks’ proposals aimed at averting strike action by 52.5% to 47.5%, with a turnout of 75% …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 2 February]

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Temporary Contracts in Trinity Raise Questions Over University Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The dispute between Trinity and its support and service staff rumbles on, with SIPTU and Unite currently considering their options for further action and the issue gathering momentum. This week the issue was raised in the Dáil by Paul Murphy TD in a question to the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton …” (more)

[University Times, 29 January]

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‘Ambitious, capable’ young must consider apprenticeships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Parents need to encourage their children to consider apprenticeships if Ireland is to build up a successful German-style training system for school-leavers, Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said. The number of people taking on apprenticeships plummeted during the recession, falling from about 29,000 to just over 5,700 in 2013 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 January]

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Minister due to meet University of Limerick whistleblowers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A meeting with the Minister for Education has been scheduled for the coming weeks with three whistleblowers associated with the University of Limerick’s finance department, who staged a sit-in at the Department of Education in Dublin this week. An exact date has been scheduled with the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, which will possibly be brought forward if he is in Limerick before that date …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 27 January]

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Third Level Funding – Student Loan Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has read the USI position paper on the funding of higher education regarding the effects a loan scheme would have on students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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Third Level Admissions Assistance

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the specific measures he plans in order to deal with concerns regarding third level student support and funding challenges for third level institutions …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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Trinity College Dublin – Promotion for non-academic staff

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, Anti-Austerity Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has discussed with management of Trinity College Dublin proposals to freeze promotions for non-academic staff and to impose a moratorium on offering permanent contracts to non-academic staff; his views regarding increased precarity in the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 24 January]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Technological Universities Bill; when it is to return to Dáil Éireann; the necessary changes he proposes to make to the draft legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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Third Level Data – Drop-out rate

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the drop-out rate in third level institute of technology courses; the measures his Department proposes to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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Technological University for South East still part of Education Minister’s plan

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister Richard Bruton says money has been set aside in the Department of Educations budget for their ambitions to develop a Technological University for the South East. The Minister cut the ribbon on the €10m Haughton building at IT Carlow earlier …” (more)

[KCLR96FM, 20 January]

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