Institutes of Technology: Dublin consortium

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2015 by steve

IrelandTerence Flanagan (Dublin North East, Renua Ireland): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding a merger (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 October]

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Student Retention Rates

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students who withdrew from third level colleges during their first year in 2010, 2011 and 2012; the amount this cost the Exchequer in State fees and third level grants; and of these students the number re-registered in subsequent years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 28 January]

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Quality and Qualifications Ireland Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the budget allocated to Quality and Qualifications Ireland for 2012, 2013 and 2014; the number of staff employed; the staff costs broken down between the numbers earning below and above €80,000 per annum; if he will outline this body’s work; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 23 January]

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Third Level Staff Remuneration – Top-ups

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 20th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the action he has taken to stop top-ups paid to academics in universities and institutes of technology; if he is looking for top-ups to be refunded; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 16 January]

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€1.5 million bill to put civil servants on college courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 7th, 2013 by steve

“Public is picking up the tab so send staff to get primary and secondary degrees. Figures released from a series of Government Departments reveal how the public is picking up the tab to send staff to get primary and masters degrees …” (more)

[Sarah Bardon, Irish Mirror, 6 December]

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Post-grad grants cost €14.5 million in 2012/13

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 30th, 2013 by steve

“Over 3,800 students received grants to undertake postgraduate education in the last school year, receiving some €14.5 million between them …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 30 October]

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Postgraduate Course Fees – Increases

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 19th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the fact that Universities and Institutes of Technology are increasing their fees for postgraduate courses each year in view of the fact that the average postgraduate course now costs between €5,000 and €14,000; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 18 September]

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Third Level Participation – Postgraduate Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 19th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether the lack of grant support for living costs for postgraduate students prevents some persons from undertaking postgraduate studies; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 18 September]

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Third Level Charges – Study of Impact

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 3rd, 2013 by steve

Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a study on the impact of rising student fees on participating families will be carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 2 July]

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Postgraduate Loan Scheme Implementation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 3rd, 2013 by steve

Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if there have been any discussions with banks to provide reduced-interest loans to help students with the funding of postgraduate courses, as is the current practice in certain financial institutions in the UK; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 2 July]

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Teaching Contracts – Extension of Working Hours

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the extension of teachers’ working hours in the Croke Park Agreement will cease and the old teaching hours return post recession; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 23 April]

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University Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the position of Irish universities in global league tables (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 16 January]

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Third Level Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 10th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he is paving the way for the introduction of student loans by introducing changes to the student contribution fee; and if this will act as a barrier for students from low and middle income families wishing to access higher education …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 9 October]

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Registration fees

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2011 by steve

Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason college registration fees have increased from €1,500 to €2,000; and if he will make a statement on the matter. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding a family with two or three children in third level college; and if there is a reduction in fees …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 14 September]

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