NUIG challenges finding that it paid for Tuam infant remains

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has challenged a finding in an interim report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation that its medical school had received and paid for 35 infant remains from the Tuam mother and baby home. In its fifth interim report, published in April of last year, the commission found that between 1949 and 1964, Galway Medical School ‘received and paid for 35 infant anatomical subjects’ …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Statement on Procurement Process from the Department of Education and Skills and Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On 14 June the Department of Education and Skills published a Request for Information (RFI) to identify PPE, Consumables and Equipment Suppliers to support the education sector. This procurement has been managed as a negotiated procedure …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 July]

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Students’ society slams NUI Galway for rise in college creche fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A students’ society at NUI Galway has criticised the university for raising the weekly fees at the college créche. NUIG Life Society claims fees have increased from €174 to €220 per week …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 30 July]

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Masters of Education Students Receive €1 million from Department

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has promised ring-fenced funding of €1 million for students undertaking a Professional Master of Education (PME). Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, announced today that an additional €1 million will be given to the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) for PME students who are experiencing financial difficulties …” (more)

[Emma Hanrahan, College Tribune, 30 July]

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Big Spenders: Construction Firm Receives Over €80 million from UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It has emerged that UCD has paid over €80 million to JJ Rhatigan & Co contractors so far to finance the ongoing construction of student residences on campus. The €82,032,228.39 sum has been disclosed following a Freedom of Information request by Ken Foxe, Director of Right To Know, for the University’s accounts of invoices over €20,000 between November 2016 and March of this year …” (more)

[Rowan Kelleher, College Tribune, 30 July]

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Plans for 254 bed student accommodation on the Headford Road

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission is being sought to build a new 254 bed student accommodation development on the Headford Road. Cleverson Limited have submitted plans to the city council for the construction of a seven storeys building, which will contain 74 student accommodation apartments ranging between one and seven bed units …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 30 July]

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UCD Expects One Metre Distancing On Campus, Against Government Guidance

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is still working under the expectation of 1-metre physical distance measures on campus in the upcoming Trimester, despite recent guidance from government suggesting a 2-metre distance. Sources have told The College Tribune that the University expects an announcement from the government shortly which would allow a reduction in physical distancing from 2-metres to 1-metre, in cases where students wear face masks, which will be mandatory for students on UCD campus …” (more)

[Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 30 July]

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Hacker paid off after personal information of NUI Galway alumni breached

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Personal information of NUI Galway alumni was breached in a recent cyber-attack targeting a company linked to the university’s fundraising foundation. In an email on Wednesday, Galway University Foundation notified individuals on its mailing list their data had been subject to a cyber-attack. Credit card and bank account details were not compromised …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Leaving Cert student’s challenge over calculated grades gets urgent hearing

Posted in Legal issues on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An urgent hearing will be held next month of a High Court action by a home-schooled Leaving Cert student aimed at having his application for calculated grades considered by the Department of Education. After Mr Justice Charles Meenan was told on Wednesday the Minister for Education conceded Elijah Burke was entitled to leave to bring his judicial review proceedings, the judge fixed the case for hearing on August 12th and 13th …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 29 July]

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Residents’ Objections to New Halls Building ‘Deeply Concerning’, says Hand

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union President (TCDSU) Eoin Hand today condemned objections that Temple Rd residents have expressed to a proposed extension to Trinity Hall. The Journal today reported that residents living around Halls had said ‘no’ to the extension which would increase the number of beds in Halls to 1,283 …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 29 July]

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University Campus must be in Kilkenny – McGuinness

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Deputy John McGuinness has called on Simon Harris, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, to progress a university for the South East and has pointed to Kilkenny for its location for a campus. He joins all of the elected representatives from the region in a campaign to deliver a regional university …” (more)

[Mary Cody, Kilkenny People, 28 July]

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Certainty urgently required on reopening, says third-level union

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris is to establish a new forum to engage with staff, students and institutions on key policy areas for the third-level sector. The announcement was made following a meeting between the Minister and trade unions representing staff in the sector on Wednesday …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Leaving Cert – Calculated Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMary Lou McDonald (Leader of the Opposition; Dublin Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which the delay in receiving leaving certificate calculated grades will impact on students that have applied to study at an EU member state university many of whom require results in August 2020 to secure an offer of a place; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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SUSI – Maintenance Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of increasing the SUSI maintenance grant by 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 percent respectively; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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SUSI Grants – Master’s Programmes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of expanding SUSI grants to cover master’s programmes; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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Leaving Cert – Calculated Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide details of the different demographic characteristics including gender and socio-economic status being used to review individual grades from 2020 leaving certificate students which are leading to significant delays; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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Third Level Fees – Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of reducing the student contribution charge for higher education by €100, €200, €500, €1,000 and €3,000, respectively; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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Minister Foley welcomes positive response of Minister van Engelshoven to registration of Irish students to Higher Education Institutions in the Netherlands

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has welcomed an agreement reached with Dutch higher education institutions that will allow Leaving Certificate students receiving their Calculated Grades results on 7 September to register to enter higher education in the Netherlands for the 2020/21 academic year …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 July]

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Reviewing Internationalisation in Irish HE

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Hardly a day passes in these times of Plague without the publication of news or views on the internationalisation of Irish Higher Education. In Ireland – as elsewhere – the main issues bringing the question of student mobility into the headlines are the huge costs charged to incoming students and the huge associated revenue for their hosts …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 29 July]

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Trinity College spin-out Volograms raises €1.5m in funding

Posted in Research on July 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Volograms, a start-up that is developing technology which can record footage of real people and then use this to create a dynamic 3D hologram of them for use in a wide range of content, including on social media, has raised €1.5 million in funding …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 29 July]

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