Bruton must provide an urgent update on QQI report – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD is to seek an urgent update from Minister Richard Bruton following a damning report about employee, management and operational structures at Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). A review relating to QQI’s internal operations, which was commissioned by the Department of Education and Skills, found the state agency’s structure was not fit for purpose …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 15 May]

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Higher Education Courses Provision: Numbers taking PhDs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 12th, 2017 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 has figures on numbers undertaking PhDs in each year since 2009, including PhD entry rates compared to completion rates in HEIs here; and if he will provide same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 May]

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Third Level Funding: Funding and Student Numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the €600 million core funding requirement by 2020 referenced in the Cassells report includes or excludes provision for demographic increases that have already been included in fiscal parameters for 2018 and 2019 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 May]

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Third Level Funding: PRTLI

Posted in Research on May 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on whether the decision to fund the programme for research in third level institutions on an annual basis in 2016 and 2017, rather than announcing the programme as a five year investment cycle, has negatively affected the ability of institutions to attract matching funding from private sources due to lack of certainty; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 May]

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Irish university post-Brexit fees questioned

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Northern Irish students should not have to pay more to attend universities in the Republic after Brexit, an Irish opposition politician has argued. There should be a guarantee that students from NI will not have to pay non-EU fees when the UK leaves the EU, said Fianna Fáil’s Thomas Byrne …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 3 May]

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Language strategy destined to fail unless teacher supply problems are addressed – Byrne

Posted in Teaching on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD says the system for training teachers in Ireland is in need of urgent reform. Deputy Byrne says the current system is antiquated as it is unplanned and uncoordinated which has given rise to a shortage of teachers for certain key subjects, particularly for foreign languages …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 19 April]

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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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