University campuses should be welcoming to all – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

“Speaking following a meeting between Sinn Féin representatives and Queen’s University on equality issues, Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald said: ‘We had a positive discussion on the university’s new draft Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy; and on issues such as visibility of the Irish Language …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 May]

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Archibald concerned at reported British government plans to increase EU student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has expressed deep concern at reports that the British Government intends to remove home status fees for EU students to study in Britain from 2021. The party’s further and higher education spokesperson said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 30 April]

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Huge Victory for Students on Rent Hikes – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has commended the work of the students on ensuring that student specific accommodation on and off campus will now be covered by the rent pressure legislation and will therefore be subject to the 4% rent hike cap. Deputy Ó Broin said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 April]

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Urgent need to approve medical school at Magee – McCallion

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2019 by steve

“Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has said there is an urgent need for approval for a medical school to be established at Magee. The Foyle MP said: ‘The latest report from the Auditor General details the amount spent on locum doctors highlights the shortage of doctors and the need for more to be trained …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 9 April]

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Universities and colleges must provide training on consent – Archibald

Posted in Teaching on February 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said it is important that education and training on consent is provided by universities and colleges alongside appropriate support for those who are victims of sexual crime …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 February]

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Sinn Féin puts Magee, A5 and CoDA at heart of Brexit plan

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

“Sinn Féin has called for the Irish government to commit funding for City of Derry Airport, the A5 and Magee University under its contingency planning for a ‘no deal’ Brexit …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 13 February]

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McCallion welcomes additional land for Magee expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2019 by steve

“Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has welcomed the acquisition of additional land by the Ulster University’s Magee campus which will allow for further expansion. The Foyle MP said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 25 January]

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Tuition fees support welcome but further certainty needed – Archibald

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said the announcement from the Irish government that it will continue support for Irish students to study in the north and Britain, and vice versa until 2019 is reassuring but added that further clarity is needed. The party’s further and higher education spokesperson said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 January]

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‘Need for movement on Magee University expansion’ – McCallion

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

“Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion said progress on ‘groundbreaking projects’ such as the expansion of Magee University and a medical school are key to transforming the north west region. The Foyle MP was commenting after a Sinn Féin delegation met the Head of the Civil Service and Department for Economy in Belfast today. Elisha McCallion said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 5 December]

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Bill to protect rights of college renters as Dáil hears some students sleep in cars

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin has introduced a Bill to protect the rights of students who are renting. The Residential Tenancies (Student Rents, Rights and Protections) Bill 2018 is aimed at giving clarity on licence agreements for student accommodation …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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‘Relationships with universities key to delivering economic potential’ – Archibald

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald said strong relationships between universities, local businesses and government is key to delivering on economic potential. The Party’s Further and Higher Education Spokesperson was speaking after attending a meeting with Michelle O’Neill and the new Vice Chancellor of Queens University. Caoimhe Archibald said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 5 November]

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PAC Chairman calls on the WIT President to ‘man up’ and put his comments in writing

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

Ireland“The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has called on the President of WIT to ‘man up’ and put his comments in writing. It’s after Professor Willie Donnelly appeared on WLR News calling on Deputy David Cullinane to stop attacking the institute. He hit out at what he called ‘constant attacks’ by the Sinn Fein TD at the committee …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 12 October]

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Students left out in the cold in Budget 2019 – Kathleen Funchion TD

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Kathleen Funchion TD has said that students have been completely forgotten in this year’s budget once again. Teachta Funchion said: ‘Year after year, budget after budget, students undertaking third level education are on their own under the current Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil government …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 10 October]

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Archibald writes to universities and further education colleges on cyber protections

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

“Speaking after reports that universities and further education colleges in the north suffered 16 serious cyber-attacks in 2017/18 Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald said: ‘The findings by Jisc (the organisation which provides digital infrastructure and services to universities and colleges) that there has been an increase in the number of cyber-attacks on universities and further education colleges in the north in the past year is very concerning …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 18 September]

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HEA Chairman ‘must appear before PAC’ on back of chief executive resignation – David Cullinane TD

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

Ireland“David Cullinane, Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee, has said today that the resignation of Dr Graham Love from the HEA amid reports of obfuscation and delay of reform within the agency is a cause for concern. Deputy Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 21 August]

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Sinn Féin pledges to ‘abolish all student fees’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 16th, 2018 by steve

“Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty TD has repeated his party’s pledge to abolish student fees as part of a fiery speech in which he put it up to the government to hold an election. The Donegal deputy referred to himself as a potential finance minister in a keynote address at the party’s Ard Fheis at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 June]

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Fine Gael refusal to invest in education ‘undermines potential of young people and economy’ – Funchion

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

“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Kathleen Funchion has said Fine Gael’s attacks on essential public funding is undermining the potential of Ireland’s economy and young people, following news that 6 of Ireland’s top 8 Universities have fallen further in the QS World University Rankings, with Trinity College Dublin falling out of the Top 100. Deputy Funchion said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 7 June]

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USI supporting bill to impose rent caps on student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland is supporting a Sinn Féin bill that includes student accommodation in rent pressure zones. It comes after students in DCU and NUI Galway protested against rent increases of almost 30% in recent months …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 May]

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‘Access to third level isn’t on merit. It’s a lottery based on which family you were born into’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As a Trade Union activist and a former Union organiser I was incredibly heartened by the successful fight which the Trinity College Students Union (TDSU) took last month against the introduction of a repeat exam fee of €450. This latest battle went to the very heart of what is really the ‘Americanisation’ of third level education in Ireland …” (more)

[Paul Gavan, TheJournal.ie, 21 April]

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Sinn Féin supports DCU students protesting against rent hikes in student accommodation – Eoin Ó Broin TD

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has offered his support for students protesting outside Leinster House today against a 27% rent hike for accommodation in Shanowen student halls near Dublin City University. Deputy Ó Broin said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 17 April]

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