Student nurses and midwives deserve fair pay without delay – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, David Cullinane TD, has called on the Minister for Health to stop delaying and to pay student nurses and midwives now. Sinn Féin will bring a motion to the Dáil on Wednesday to ensure student nurses and midwives receive fair pay. Teachta Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 January]

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Trinity has been forced to move exams online due to the coronavirus pandemic

Posted in Teaching on January 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students in some departments are unable to submit exams anonymously on Turnitin, instead having to provide their name, student number and exam number, raising concerns about marking. Students usually have the option to anonymise their exams when they are taking place in person, as they are able to hide their name and student number on their exam booklets …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 15 January]

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Will St Angela’s College be part of new technological university?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of Education has heard that an amalgamation between St Angela’s College in Sligo with the proposed new technological university for the north west makes more sense than continuing the link with NUI Galway …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 15 January]

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Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): With the agreement of the House, I will share my time with the Minister of State, Deputy Niall Collins. I welcome the opportunity to update the House on the impact of Covid-19 on the further and higher education sector. I was a little disappointed that, for the first time in my political career, some Members of the Dáil actually voted not to have me here today for questions and answers. I find that a little bit regrettable, as almost half a million people in this country are in further or higher education …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 14 January]

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GMIT Mayo campus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2021 by steve

IrelandAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the terms of reference approved by the HEA and a company (details supplied) for the mid-term review report at GMIT County Mayo campus; the progress on the implementation of the working group’s recommendations; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 January]

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Departmental Strategies – DFHERIS

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2021 by steve

IrelandChristopher O’Sullivan (Cork South West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for [Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science] the main policy initiatives undertaken by his Department since 27 June 2020; and his main priorities for 2021 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 January]

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Erasmus+ Programme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 16th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide information and clarity regarding the prospects of third-level students of studying abroad in the 2021-2022 academic year given the current Covid-19 pandemic; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 January]

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Covid-19 Pandemic – Laptops

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSeán Crowe (Dublin South West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of individual laptops purchased as part of the laptop scheme for third level students announced in August 2020; the total cost of purchasing those laptops; the form of needs assessment carried out prior to purchase; if colleges or universities were consulted as part of the needs assessment; the specific colleges or universities; the number of laptops issued to each third level institution; and the number of laptops issued to students per third level institution in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 January]

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PhD candidates – teaching

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 16th, 2021 by steve

IrelandJackie Cahill (Tipperary, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure that PhD candidates in third level institutions who are also teaching classes as part of their stipends are paid adequately for their work (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 January]

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