Ministers and Secretaries and Ministerial, Parliamentary, Judicial and Court Offices (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 25th, 2020 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I move: ‘That the Bill be now read a Second Time’. It is a great pleasure to present to the House the Ministers and Secretaries and Ministerial, Parliamentary, Judicial and Court Offices (Amendment) Bill 2020, which passed all Stages in the Seanad yesterday. This Bill establishes, for the first time in the history of the State, a Department focused on further and higher education, research, innovation and science. We will now have a Department whose chief remit will be the further and higher education needs of our economy and our people …” (debate, resumed debate)

[Dáil debates, 24 July]

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Third Level Education – COVID-19

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her views on whether many third-level students face challenges during the Covid-19 restrictions, such as issues of mental health and well-being, access to on-campus support services, challenging home lives and access to the internet for remote learning; if she has considered encouraging third-level institutions to consider allowing students to use work done during the year to contribute towards their final grade, particularly for students that for a variety of reasons failed their final exam in the summer; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 July]

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Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 25th, 2020 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): … I thank the Cathaoirleach for the opportunity to present the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2020 to the House. The primary purpose of the Bill is to establish the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. The establishment of the Department is a major initiative of the new Government. It underscores our strong belief that the interface of knowledge, skills, innovation and access to educational opportunity at further and higher level is critical to our future prosperity and fairness as a society …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 23 July]

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Free College Courses to Upskill Workers Post-Pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Measures to stimulate job creation and upskilling of workers announced today by the government include subsidies for employers, thousands of new places in Further and Higher Education courses and an expansion of employment support schemes …” (more)

[Julia Brick, College Tribune, 24 July]

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Cork’s student accommodation building boom: Is it viable in the Covid era?

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Questions have been raised about the viabilty of some of the proposed large-scale student accommodation developments in the city. The Green Party’s Dan Boyle said there are ‘huge question marks’ over some of the future developments in terms of acceptability and suitability …” (more)

[Sarah O’Dwyer, EchoLive, 24 July]

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IFUT welcomes government higher education funding and guidelines but cautions that issues will need to be addressed on ongoing basis

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has broadly welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris, of funding supports for universities and details in the ‘Guidance for Further and Higher Education for returning to on-site activity in 2020’ …” (more)

[IFUT, 23 July]

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UCD Sport and Fitness Need To Do More To Guard Against COVID

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD simply is not doing enough to protect staff and gym users in the Student Centre. Doing anything at the moment is a risk, however, UCD gyms have a duty to minimise that risk for those who use it. Right now they are failing …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 24 July]

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13 Students Given Passing Mark After Initially Being Told to Resit Exams

Posted in Teaching on July 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity incorrectly informed 13 students studying TSM or joint-honours courses that they would have to repeat exams, after complications arose over the marking of students’ grades this year …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 24 July]

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JI visa rite of passage falls by wayside in Covid-restricted US

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2020 by steve

“Nestled on a cove in the pretty New England state of Rhode Island, Newport has long been a destination for wealthy American holidaymakers. Edith Wharton, the incisive chronicler of New York high society, bought an oceanfront property in the town in 1893 …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times, 25 July]

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GMIT Hotel School named one of the Top 10 hospitality institutes in the world

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“GMIT has had a strong reputation for support local industry ever since it first opened in 1972, so it’s no surprise the The Galway International Hotel School in GMIT has been named on of the Top 10 Hospitality Management Institutes in the world …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 24 July]

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