Minister Harris launches stakeholder consultation on reform of Higher Education Authority legislation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD has today (19 February, 2021) launched a stakeholder consultation on the reform of the Higher Education Authority legislation. A report to update stakeholders on the recent developments in the reform of the legislation has also been published …” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 19 February]

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‘Step up to the plate and do the right thing’: Bill on student nurses’ pay due before Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A bill which would see student nurses and midwives paid the same rate as health care assistants is due to be debated in the Seanad this afternoon. However, Cabinet decided during the week that it’s not going to oppose the opposition bill in the hope of sending it ‘into the ether’ …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 February]

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‘Multiple factors’ contributing to Galway Covid case increase

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A surge in Covid-19 cases among the student body in NUI Galway has caused concern among the University community and the wider locality. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre confirmed on Monday that an outbreak of the virus has resulted in 135 positive cases. The number is expected to rise, with a further thirty symptomatic cases awaiting test results …” (more)

[Paddy Henry, Irish Times, 17 February]

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Provost election: candidates share plans for improving Hamilton and Goldsmith Hall buildings

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The three candidates for provost faced questions from staff members of the faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) this afternoon which also touched on the issues of bureaucracy and research funding …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Audrey Brown and Kate Henshaw, Trinity News, 18 February]

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Significant increase in class sizes at UCD Smurfit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University Observer has found that there has been a significant increase in the class sizes in the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, particularly in MSc Business Analytics and MSc Digital Marketing, based on records obtained by Freedom of Information Requests …” (more)

[Andrea Andres, University Observer, 16 February]

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Third Level Fees – Upgraded college courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 19th, 2021 by steve

IrelandDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if leaving certificate 2020 students who have been awarded an upgraded college course having received a higher leaving certificate after sitting the examination will be liable for the student contribution fee of €3,000 when they transfer to year one of their upgraded course in 2021; if such students are liable, his views on whether it is unfair to charge twice for year one; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 February]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the most recent data his Department has on the breakdown between purpose-built student accommodation in the private market and on campus are from 2014; his plans to update this information; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 February]

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Third Level Admissions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 19th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of persons who accepted an offer of a place through the CAO in 2019 and 2020, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 February]

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International Students – Travel

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSorca Clarke (Longford-Westmeath, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if international travel for foreign third level students is deemed essential travel …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 February]

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Letterkenny IT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2021 by steve

IrelandJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of progress of capital works at Letterkenny Institute of Technology which were secured under the previous Government; the progress in relation to university status for the institute which also received a commitment; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 February]

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