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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Universities must reject any attempt to gag academics – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said academics cannot be gagged in the pursuit of institutional neutrality. Speaking on the response by Queen’s University …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 9 March]

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Students are being priced out of Third Level Education – Senator Paul Gavan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Education in the Seanad, Senator Paul Gavan, has spoken out against the decision by Trinity College Dublin to introduce a supplement exam fee of €450. Senator Gavan, has called on the University to reverse their decision in the best interests of those students already struggling to financially survive Third Level Education …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 7 March]

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‘Third level institutions in the south should also recognise PE A-Level’ – Ó Donnghaile

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed official recognition for Physical Education as a leaving cert subject and has reiterated his call that third level institutions in the south also move to recognise PE A-Level as a Central Applications Office (CAO) subject when applying for university places in the South …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 24 February]

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Ulster University must learn lessons from industrial tribunal findings – Archibald

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

“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said Ulster University must learn lessons from the findings of the industrial tribunal taken by the University and College Union (UCU) on redundancies. The Party’s Further and Higher Education Spokesperson said: ‘The findings of the tribunal taken by UCU regarding redundancies in April 2016 are very concerning …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 7 December]

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Budget 2018 fails to address students fees, secondary education or early years crisis – Kathleen Funchion TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Education Kathleen Funchion TD has said that the proposed measures missed an opportunity to address student fees, secondary level education and the early years/childcare sector staffing crisis. Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Teachta Funchion said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 October]

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Sinn Féin tackles under-investment in Education system with Budget 2018 proposals – Kathleen Funchion TD

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education Kathleen Funchion TD has said that Sinn Féin would tackle under-investment in all levels of Education from a child’s earliest years to third level. Speaking after the party’s Alternative Budget launch at the Davenport Hotel this afternoon, Deputy Funchion said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 3 October]

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Student satisfaction levels welcome – Archibald

Posted in Teaching on August 11th, 2017 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has welcomed the National Student Survey results for universities in the north, which show high levels of satisfaction of final year students with their degree courses …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 August]

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Third Level Investigator ‘welcome move’ – Cullinane

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee David Cullinane TD today welcomed the announcement of new powers to appoint investigators to look into Irish universities. Deputy Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 18 July]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s €16,288 pay rise a slap in the face for struggling nurses, teachers and guards – Cullinane

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane TD said today that Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s €16,288 pay rise is a slap in the face for struggling nurses, teachers and guards. Deputy Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 June]

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Education must be accessible to all – Archibald

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Further and Higher Education spokesperson Caoimhe Archibald has said widening participation and access for all, is an important factor in supporting economic growth by developing a more skilled workforce …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 2 June]

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Students and staff at WIT are being penalised for Government cuts – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Waterford Deputy David Cullinane has accused the Department of Education and the HEA of making students and staff at Waterford Institute of Technology pay for sustained Government cuts since 2008. He said news of cost cutting measures being considered by WIT is causing anger and concern within the institute …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 1 June]

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HEA and Department must account for the Governance of Third Level Institutions – Nolan

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Education and Skills Carol Nolan has said that the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education and Skills must come before the Oireachtas Education Committee to account for the Governance of Third Level Institutions. Teachta Nolan was commenting after significant revelations relating to the financial management of third level institutions were raised in the Prime Time Investigates Programme last evening …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 May]

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Why I Can’t Support a Student Loan Scheme

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

Ireland“As a member of the Oireachtas Education Committee and Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education and Skills, I have been closely monitoring the development of the debate in relation to income-contingent loans. At the outset, I must state that my own ideological viewpoint and that of my party, is that education is a fundamental right …” (more)

[Carol Nolan, University Times, 9 May]

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