Third Level Funding: Loans to Universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 18th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on reports that EUROSTAT has asked the Central Statistics Office, CSO, to determine whether universities are on or off the Exchequer’s balance sheet; the implications of a finding that the universities are on balance sheet; if his Department has made representations to EUROSTAT, the CSO or another State organisation about same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 November]

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Third Level Charges

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

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Solidarity): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on Ireland having the second highest third level fees in Europe (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 November]

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Higher Education Institutions: Sherkin Island

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMargaret Murphy O’Mahony (Cork South West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure that the Bachelor of Arts in the visual arts programme being run on Sherkin Island in west Cork is maintained in view of the fact that there is an issue with funding which has placed the programme in jeopardy; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 November]

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Third Level Funding: Expert Group recommendation

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

IrelandMichael Collins (Cork South West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a deadline will be set for the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills to make a recommendation on the future funding of higher education …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Student Grant Scheme Reform

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMichael Collins (Cork South West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of restoring SUSI grant rates and thresholds to pre-2011 levels; and the number of estimated additional students that would be eligible under the scheme if grants were restored to these levels …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Institutes of Technology: IT Carlow

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

IrelandJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address the delay affecting IT Carlow’s acquisition of a site in County Wexford for development of a new purpose built campus …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Second probe into severance and rehire arrangements at University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A second investigation is to take place into the manner in which University of Limerick paid generous severances to senior staff and then re-hired them, writes Niall Murray. It is one of the recommendations in the report of Richard Thorn into a range of issues at UL that he was asked by Education Minister Richard Bruton to investigate last May …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 8 November]

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Technological Universities One Step Closer, After Cabinet Approval

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is now one step closer to having a legal foundation for the ambitious technological universities project, after cabinet today approved the progression of the Technological Universities Bill. Cabinet-level approval for the bill means a proposed increase in investigatory powers for the Higher Education Authority (HEA) – which has already triggered some concerns from Irish universities over an erosion of autonomy – is one step closer to being implemented …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 7 November]

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Oireachtas Joint Committee Recommendations on students at Private Colleges

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

IrelandBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the recommendations of the all-party committee will be implemented to allow all full time low-income QQI degree students receive their SUSI entitlement and to allow them access to the HEA student hardship fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 October]

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Technological Universities: A South Eastern University

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to use national capital investment to create a south eastern university drawing upon existing institute of technology campuses; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 October]

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Third Level Data: County Wexford

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

IrelandJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of full-time and part-time students from County Wexford that attend third level education; the number of full-time and part-time County Wexford undergraduate and postgraduate students at each university or institute of technology; the number of full-time and part-time County Wexford students studying for a postgraduate qualification, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 October]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Solidarity): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on increasing public funding of third level colleges to reverse the cuts that have taken place since 2008 and to end reliance on private sector funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Higher Education Costs

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the degree to which higher education costs have increased over the past number of years; the extent to which the proportion of the national budget under that heading has varied in the past ten years; his plans to ensure continued access to third level for all students seeking to avail of third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Student Grant Scheme Payments: Maintenance Grant

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Solidarity): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to increase funding for and make changes to the SUSI grant to deliver increases in grants for students in view of the rise in the costs of living; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Higher Education Institutions: Broadening the curriculum

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the degree to which he expects NUI Maynooth and the other universities to develop over the next five years with specific reference to catering for increased demand and the broadening of the syllabus thereby enhancing their competitiveness internationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Access to Higher Education: Direct Provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to allow greater access for those in direct provision to access higher and further education …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Institutes of Technology Funding: GMIT Galway and Mayo campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2017 by steve

IrelandLisa Chambers (Mayo, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the details of the project for GMIT Galway campus in view of his recent announcement of €200 million for 11 major infrastructure projects in the higher education sector; the estimated cost; and when will it be completed …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 October]

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Technological Universities: IT Tallaght

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the steps he has taken to ensure that the name Tallaght will remain in the name of the Institute of Technology, Tallaght under the Technological Universities Bill 2015 changes; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 October]

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NUI Galway gets €60m loan for campus development

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The European Investment Bank has agreed to lend €60 million to NUI Galway for campus development. It will help fund the construction of new student accommodation and a new building for the College of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 October]

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Hopes for Funding Report Report by Christmas, Says Higher Education Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the Minister of State for Higher Education, said she hopes to have a report on funding from the Oireachtas committee considering the sector’s future before Christmas. Speaking on RTÉ Radio One this morning, Mitchell O’Connor said she was waiting on the much-anticipated report from the Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 19 October]

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