DIT vetting procedures amount to discrimination – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD says he is alarmed by the decision made by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) to require students participating in access programmes to undergo mandatory Garda vetting. Deputy Byrne has called on management at DIT to clarify why they introduced the new procedures …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 23 March]

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Brexit Issues

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

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on meetings and discussions he or his officials have had with counterparts in other EU states with regard to the impact of Brexit on third level fees that would be charged to Irish or other EU citizens studying in the UK or Northern Ireland and-or other barriers to access for Irish or EU students to studying in the UK or Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Private Colleges

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

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will make a decision on maintenance grants for third level students that attend private colleges …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 February]

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Brexit Issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on meetings he or his officials have had with counterparts in other EU states with regard to the impact of Brexit on third level fees that would be charged to Irish or other EU citizens studying in the UK …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 22 February]

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Institutes of Technology Funding – Dublin IT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the amount of money lost to Dublin Institute of Technology, DIT, due to the bankruptcy of a company (details supplied) that was the institute’s information service provider; if he or the Higher Education Authority have undertaken any assessment of the impact of the loss of this funding on other services or programmes within the college; if he or the HEA have knowledge of the source from which the money is being recovered in view of the fact there are reports that students have less access now to online journals as a result of this loss; the reason DIT did not have insurance in place to cover it in the event of this loss; and if it is departmental policy that insurance is in place for such large investments …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 February]

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Research and innovation policy for third level suffers under FG – Byrne

Posted in Research on January 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has criticised the Government for failing to prioritise research and innovation funding for third level institutions. Deputy Byrne made the comments after it was revealed that the Government has so far failed to provide funding for the Programme for Research in Third Level Initiative (PRTLI) …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 10 January]

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Funding increase for Higher Level Education welcome, but must be sustained over lifetime of government – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson, Thomas Byrne TD has said that the €36.5 million additional funding that has been released to the Higher Education sector is a direct result of Fianna Fáil applying pressure on the Government. ‘Today’s announcement of the re-starting of investment into our 3rd and 4th level educational institutions is welcome news. It comes after years of underinvestment by Fine Gael and Labour while in government …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 5 January]

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Third Level Costs: Income-contingent Loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 16th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he proposes to carry out a technical study on the merits or otherwise of the income contingent loan model of funding put forward as an option in the recent Cassells report …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 December]

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Third Level Staff: Student Staff Ratio

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has satisfied himself with current student staff ratios in universities; and if he has current figures for these ratios and figures for the variances across subject areas …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 December]

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Third Level Fees – Northern Irish and British students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 1st, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding Northern Irish and British students enrolling in universities here; and if, post-Brexit, their current EU rate fee arrangements would apply …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 November]

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Third Level Staff – Career Structures for Researchers

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department or a body under its aegis, in considering any proposals to reform career structures for researchers with masters degrees and PhDs working in higher level institutions or in research bodies attached to these HEIs that receive State research funding and contracts, has concerns that contracts of indefinite duration used in these contexts to employ researchers have a negative effect on the State’s ability to attract and retain research talent; and his views on whether these contracts can be exploitative of researchers …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 29 November]

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Third Level Education – Strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the last strategy for third level education here was promulgated by the Government …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 November]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to deal with the funding and quality issues in the universities and institutes of technology; and his further plans to develop a strategy document for the third level sector …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 16 November]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Taoiseach further to parliamentary question number 316 of 11 October 2016, if the income for Irish universities that comes indirectly from Exchequer sources, such as via tuition fee grants for maintenance grant and full fee grant students or via research grants or state contracts, is counted as income from general government under EUROSTAT market test rules for determining whether the borrowings by universities are off-balance sheet and do not impact on the level of general government debt …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 November]

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Institutes of Technology require sustained investment programme – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD says the financial review of Institutes of Technology carried out by the Higher Education Authority highlights the scale of the funding challenge facing the third level sector …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 4 November]

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Third Level Expenditure – Electronic Serial Subscriptions

Posted in Research on November 4th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide estimates for the amount academic libraries in third level institutions spend each year on accessing electronic serial subscriptions such as academic or paid subscription journals …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 November]

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University Status Review – Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is not allowed to describe itself as a university here for marketing and labelling purposes but may do so outside the State; and his Department’s reasoning for maintaining this restriction on the RCSI in the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 October]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the total amount and the percentage of total income for University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, the National University of Ireland, Galway, University College Cork, University of Limerick, Maynooth University and Dublin City University that comes from direct Exchequer sources as well as from indirect Exchequer sources such as research and contracts, in tabular form; and the name of the programme under which each income is derived, for example, HEA grant, tuition fees and so on …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 October]

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Increased third level investment a step in the right direction – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Education Thomas Byrne TD says Budget 2017 represents a step in the right direction for investment in third level education. Deputy Byrne added that further investment is needed to meet demographic demands …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 11 October]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Postgraduate Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 5th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the restoration of postgraduate grants and their necessity to open up access to postgraduate studies and to ensure that a steady stream of persons achieve a postgraduate qualification for societal good and to ensure attractiveness to foreign investors …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 4 October]

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