Dublin colleges to merge into technological university in January

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2018 by steve

“The State’s first technological university – based on the merger of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown – is set to be the country’s biggest third level institution …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Government Gives Green Light to Ireland’s First Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2018 by steve

“The Taoiseach Mr Leo Varadkar TD, the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today (17th of July 2018) announced that the application for Technological University status from the TU4Dublin consortium would be granted …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 July]

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Technological Universities: Appointment of Presidents

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2018 by steve

Jan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he will take to ensure that there will be a transparent initiative to attract international and national candidates of calibre and distinction for the post of president of the new university in view of the expected announcement on the establishment of Ireland’s first technological university; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 July]

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Third Level Expenditure: Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2018 by steve

Eamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost per annum of maintaining third level charges at their current rate for each year of the next five years; the cost of abolishing all such fees for each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 July]

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Institutes of Technology: Mayo campus of GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2018 by steve

Lisa Chambers (Mayo, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the breakdown of spending of the €3.75 million ring-fenced funding to secure the future of the Mayo campus of GMIT; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 July]

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Funding decision for third level delayed

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2018 by steve

“A Government decision on how to boost funding for third level is unlikely for at least another year as an economic analysis of options put forward two years ago will not now begin until 2019. Education Minister Richard Bruton and minister of state Mary Mitchell O’Connor have told the Oireachtas education committee the review it sought six months ago would begin no sooner than early next year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 July]

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University Global Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Thomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the decline in Irish universities’ ratings in international rankings; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 July]

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Third Level Charges – Student Contribution

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Richard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to reduce or abolish the student contribution for third level students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 July]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Tommy Broughan (Dublin Bay North, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the expert group’s report, the Cassells report, on the funding of third level here; the work being undertaken in regard to the future funding of higher education expenditure; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 July]

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Student Grant Scheme – Non-adjacent Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Richard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to reduce the non-adjacent rate of the grant below the current 45 km; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 July]

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Third Level Facilities – Counselling Services

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2018 by steve

John Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ring-fence funding for counselling services on third-level campuses, as requested by an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 July]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2018 by steve

John Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to deal with the concerns of an organisation (details supplied) regarding the escalating cost of rents in Dublin, which is driving students out of third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 July]

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First technological university a step closer to reality

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

“The likelihood of the first technological university (TU) being established in Dublin should be known by the end of summer. A recommendation by international experts has been submitted by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) in relation to the proposed new institution being formed by a merger of the Dublin, Blanchardstown, and Tallaght institutes of technology …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 July]

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Minister Bruton and Mitchell O’Connor welcome TU4Dublin application

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2018 by steve

“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today welcomed receipt of the HEA’s report and recommendation on the application from Technological University for Dublin Alliance (TU4Dublin) to seek designation …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 2 July]

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Institutes of Technology: GMIT Castlebar

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

Lisa Chambers (Mayo, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the suspension of the BSc Hons in digital media and society at the GMIT Castlebar; if the decision to suspend the course will be reversed; if not, the reason therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 27 June]

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Third Level Funding – Core Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2018 by steve

Kathleen Funchion (Carlow-Kilkenny, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of increasing core funding to publicly funded third-level institutions by 1% …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 June]

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Student Grant Scheme Expenditure – Maintenance Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 28th, 2018 by steve

Kathleen Funchion (Carlow-Kilkenny, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of restoring maintenance grants for postgraduate students to pre-2012 levels …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 June]

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Third Level Costs – Returning Emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 28th, 2018 by steve

Kathleen Funchion (Carlow-Kilkenny, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of providing 100 higher education places for students of returning emigrants or those that came through the direct provision service …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 June]

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Ministerial order on primary school teacher training to be renewed

Posted in Teaching on June 27th, 2018 by steve

“The Minister for Education intends to renew an order which allows for separate entry routes into primary school teacher training depending on the religion of the applicant. An existing ministerial order, which runs out at the end of August, allows Protestants apply for teacher training at the country’s largest teacher training facility at DCU through a separate mechanism, which has a lower CAO points requirement, as well as a lower Leaving Certificate results threshold …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 27 June]

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University Status Applications: NCAD and IADT

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

Micheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on recent reports regarding the possible merger of the NCAD and IADT to form a creative arts university; if there have been meetings with the HEA on the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 June]

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