Current Leaving Cert Model Locks in Privilege, Says Gannon

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Tackling inequality in higher education involves intervening long before students enter university, Social Democrats education spokesperson Gary Gannon said today. In an interview with The University Times this afternoon, Gannon discussed his hopes for the future of higher education, including leaving certificate reform, funding models for higher education and a re-imagining of university entry …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 4 February]

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Residents Not Notified If Positive Case Found In Their Building

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity does not notify individuals if there has been a positive case of coronavirus in the building which they live or work in, with people only receiving notification from the Health Service Executive (HSE) if they are identified as a close contact …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 4 February]

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Leo Varadkar says former Waterford Crystal site being looked at for WIT expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Tánaiste has confirmed that the old Waterford Crystal site is being looked at as part of the planned expansion of WIT. The site in Kilbarry is vacant since 2009. It was bought by Waterford developer Noel Frisby, his company Ibrook successfully applied for planning permission to refurbish the site in 2019. Leo Varadkar was responding to questions on promised legislation from Sinn Fein’s David Cullinane …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 4 February]

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Women’s hour: Trinity set to elect a female provost for the first time

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It’s more than a century since the former provost of Trinity College Dublin George Salmon is reputed to have said: ‘Over my dead body will women enter this college’. He died in 1904 – the same year Isabel Marion Weir Johnston, a young Derry woman, became the first female student to enter Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 February]

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Multimillion euro development at Sligo IT campus

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission has been approved for two major developments at IT Sligo. The project will include a complete rebuild of J Block, turning the single floor 1970s building into a modern four-storey complex that will enhance the modern state-of-the-art campus which has seen significant development over recent years …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 4 February]

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All Goldsmith Hall Residents to be Tested After COVID Outbreak

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“All Goldsmith Hall residents and support staff will receive a coronavirus test, after three positive cases of the virus were confirmed in the accommodation complex. One case has also been confirmed on the main campus …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Emer Moreau, University Times, 4 February]

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NI students to get £500 Covid-19 payment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

“Almost 40,000 students at university or in full time education in Northern Ireland will receive a one off £500 payment to mitigate against the disruption caused by Covid-19. The scheme will cost £22 million and students have been told they can expect payment before the end of March …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 4 February]

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Taoiseach addresses TUSEI issue in Dáil

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Taoiseach says no decision has been made on the headquarters of the new university in the South East. Michael Martin was responding to questions in the Dáil from Matt Shanahan. The Independent TD says the technological university process appears to have turned negative, with outside political influence wishing to see WIT’s leadership credentials dismantled …” (more)

[Julie Smyth, WLR FM, 4 February]

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SUSI rebate – Tax

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention had been drawn to the taxable nature of the €250 SUSI rebate given in November 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 February]

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Third Level Education – Laboratory Work

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

IrelandPaul McAuliffe (Dublin North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to assist students who are required to complete a certain number of weeks of laboratory work in order to progress in their degree but are unable to do so due to restrictions on access to university laboratories; and if he will make a statement on the matter. …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 February]

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Third Level Fees – Irish students in the UK

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

IrelandVerona Murphy (Wexford, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of tuition fees; if these fees have been finalised for Irish students considering their options to take up third level education in a UK university for the 2021-22 academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 February]

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Erasmus+ Programme

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he is taking to protect the access of Northern Ireland applicants to the Erasmus programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 February]

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