Clarity urgently needed on blended learning for third level students – Mayo TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Mayo Sinn Fein TD Rose Conway-Walsh has welcomed specific funding to support third-level institutions reopening but has said that students are still ‘in the dark’ about how blended learning will work …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 23 July]

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SIPTU says Covid-19 crisis has exposed serious flaws in third level funding model

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 22nd July) cautiously welcomed an announcement of increased emergency funding for the third level sector to deal with issues arising from the Covid-19 crisis. SIPTU Education Sector Organiser, Karl Byrne, said …” (more)

[SIPTU, 22 July]

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AIT-LIT consortium to form a European University with international partners

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The AIT and LIT consortium has been successful in its application to join a new, forward-thinking education alliance intended to increase collaboration between Europe’s universities …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 23 July]

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Athlone IT COVID-19 testing centre closes due to decrease in public demand

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The HSE has confirmed that the COVID-19 test centre which was operating within the grounds of Athlone IT is no longer operational due to a decrease in public demand …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 23 July]

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University of Limerick welcomes funding support package for higher and further education

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has today welcomed the announcement by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD of a €168 million funding package for the Higher and Further Education Sector and a roadmap for the return to colleges in September …” (more)

[Limerick Post, 22 July]

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Two-Metre Distancing Next Year to Significantly Reduce In-Person Learning in Irish Universities

Posted in Teaching on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A two-metre social distancing rule will be put into effect on university campuses that re-open this autumn. The two-metre rule, advised by the State’s National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) to stop the spread of Covid-19, is at odds with University College Dublin (UCD)’s plan to implement one-metre social distancing in September …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 22 July]

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HEA welcomes Government roadmap and stimulus package in support of students and higher education institutions in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) today, Wednesday 22nd July, welcomed the publication of a high-level Government Roadmap towards the return to higher education in autumn 2020 by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister of State Niall Collins TD …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 22 July]

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Third Level Examinations – Repeat Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason some colleges are charging a repeat exam fee and most other colleges are not (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 July]

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Student Accommodation – Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if her attention has been drawn to reports that a third level institution (details supplied) is not refunding prepaid rent for campus accommodation; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 July]

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Third Level Admissions – DARE and HEAR

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of students who were successful in their applications to the national alternative entry schemes for students with disabilities and students from low socio-economic backgrounds, DARE and HEAR, for the past two years in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 July]

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Student Accommodation – Refunds

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandMattie McGrath (Tipperary, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures she will introduce to provide protections for third level students in circumstances in which many are expected to pay accommodation deposits and a number of months’ rent up front when it is not clear whether they will be attending their colleges for classes in the coming term; if she will ensure that legislative protections are introduced to ensure that those providing student accommodation cannot take advantage of students in view of the current circumstances; if her attention has been drawn to the large demands being placed on students for payments up front despite the fact that many received no refunds for last term; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 July]

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Student Grant Scheme – Postgraduate Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will raise the threshold for postgraduate SUSI grants to allow for the economic uncertainty due to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 July]

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Student Grant Scheme – Mature Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Aontú): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if mature applicants to third level colleges living at home with their parents due to lack of affordable housing options can be means-assessed independently for the SUSI grant and not as dependents on their parents’ household income; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 July]

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