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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Don’t Expect Funding Agreement from Education Committee, Says Fianna Fáil

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

Ireland“Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil’s Education Spokesperson, has cast doubt on the idea that a consensus can ever be reached on a new funding model for higher education. Responding to a question from The University Times at a post-budget analysis event by the Dublin University Business Society (DUBES), Byrne said it was highly unlikely any agreement could be reached …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 18 October]

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Eleven Institutes of Technology to get extra buildings

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

Ireland“The Department of Education has announced details of 11 large-scale construction projects that are to be built at Institutes of Technology using Public Private Partnerships in coming years. The state will pay €200m towards the buildings, which will be operated and maintained by private developers for 25 years after their construction …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 October]

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Technological University for the South-East

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSéamus Healy (Tipperary, Workers and Unemployed Action Group): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when he plans to approve the technical university for the south east with the same investment per capita in the region as per the rest of the country and parity in third level financing with existing universities; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 October]

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5,000 Students To March on Dublin For Publicly Funded Third-Level Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is holding a demonstration on Wednesday the 4th of October demanding Minister for Education Richard Bruton delivers a timeline on the future of higher education funding. It has been announced by the Minister for Education that there will be no long-term outline of a third-level funding model in next week’s budget …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 3 October]

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Still no college funding model in upcoming budget

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Richard Bruton will be unable, in next week’s budget, to deliver any long-term outline of a third-level funding model. Despite his previous plans to have a political agreement on whether to significantly increase taxpayer investment or introduce an income-contingent student loans scheme, neither is now expected to be announced …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 October]

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Bruton Launches New International Fund for Irish Universities

Posted in Research on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The government will give Irish universities €500,000 to promote collaboration with universities from around the world. A new fund, set to be managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), will make the funding available to colleges across the country …” (more)

[University Times, 2 October]

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Third Level Fees: Reducing the Student Contribution

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of reducing the student conution rate by €250, €500 or €1,000; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 September]

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Student Grant Scheme Expenditure: Non-Adjacent Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of decreasing the non-adjacent rate of third level grants from 45 to 24 kilometres; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 September]

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Third Level Charges: Cost of Reducing Student Contribution

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

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated first and full year costs of reducing student contributions to third level fees by €100 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 September]

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Student Grant Scheme Expenditure

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to increase student funding over the next four years to at least the average rate of other high income western European EU countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Higher Education Institutions: Research Infrastructure

Posted in Research on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has requested an analysis of the status of research infrastructure within higher education institutes, HEIs; his plans for reviewing and funding strategic development plans in the HEIs; if he has carried out an analysis of the impact on HEIs of the potential withdrawal of UK HEIs from EU funding programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 20 September]

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Third Level Fees: Cost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost in 2018 for abolishing all third level fees, both capitation and tuition, for under graduate and post graduate …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Universities Shouldn’t Fear Investigatory Powers, Says HEA Head

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Powers to investigate Irish universities, mooted by the Minister for Education Richard Bruton in July, would be used in a ‘sophisticated’ manner, the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has told The University Times. The powers, which Bruton hopes to introduce in amendments to the 2015 Technological Universities Bill, caused significant unease in the higher education sector when announced …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 21 September]

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Legislative Process: Progress of Bills

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding his department’s work on the General Scheme of Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Amendment) Bill 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter …
Joan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Technological Universities Bill 2015; the timeframe for it to return to Dáil Éireann; his planned changes to the draft legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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Third Level Admissions Reform: HEAR and DARE

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some colleges are operating a system of a fixed number of places for mature students, HEAR and DARE applicants collectively (details supplied); his plans to change the system; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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Third Level Staff – Part-time and Fixed Term employment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress his Department has made in respect of the implementation of the Cush Report regarding part time and fixed term employment in third level institutions and in particular her Department’s request in June 2017 that third level institutions establish an adjudication system to hear disputes arising from the implementation of the Cush Report; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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