Joint application by WIT and IT Carlow to become a Technological University a huge step forward – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has warmly welcomed news that Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow have lodged an application to become a Technological University. Speaking this evening, Teachta Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 30 April]

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Plan for return to college to be published in June

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government is to publish its plan for a return to in-person classes in third-level education in June. The Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris said he will unveil the plan for an ‘enhanced campus experience’ for college students for the next academic year …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Independent, 30 April]

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SUSI funding – Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 30th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the percentage of SUSI funding that goes towards covering the student contribution charge in each year since 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 April]

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IT Carlow’s governing body approves application to merge with Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Technological University for the South East looks set to go ahead now as both governing bodies of IT Carlow and Waterford IT have approved the merger. A key meeting of Carlow’s governing body was held today where they gave the go-ahead to proceed, after Waterford did the same on Tuesday …” (more)

[WLR FM, 29 April]

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Our resilient third-level students deserve action

Posted in Life on April 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“I teach sociology at Maynooth University which means I used to spend most of my waking hours surrounded by 18- to 22-year-olds, not to mention a good number of mature students. During the pandemic, I have heard people saying that third-level students, like mine, are impatient, demanding, materialistic, selfish and above all they are the ‘snowflake’ generation – fragile and lacking in resilience. They have no backbone or strength. To this I ask: Have you met my students? …” (more)

[Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain, Independent, 30 April]

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Taoiseach: ‘I want to see our students on campus’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Speaking to the country this evening, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that he ‘wants to see our students on campus for the new academic year, enjoying the further and higher education experience that they deserve’. Martin acknowledged that plans are being developed for the resumption of activities in the arts, culture, and educational sectors, however ‘the key factor remains stick with the strategy; a gradual, responsible, reopening’ …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, University Times, 29 April]

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Irish students in the EU

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 30th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSeán Canney (Galway East, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will consider amending the Student Support Act 2011 to support Irish students studying within the EU who would qualify for SUSI support if they were studying in Ireland; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that third-level education fees are lower in most other EU states than they are in Ireland; the estimated cost of such a change; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 April]

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Staff-Student Ratio

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2021 by steve

IrelandImelda Munster (Louth, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the additional investment that will be required to reduce the staff-student ratio to 15:1 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 April]

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Language Schools

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2021 by steve

IrelandCormac Devlin (Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of meetings he or his officials have had with stakeholders from the English language school sector; the status of his plans to ensure the survival of the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 April]

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Returning to Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2021 by steve

IrelandAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if discussions are taking place to identify and prioritise the students that can return to third-level campuses as soon as possible; if work has been undertaken to identify courses that are not suited for online delivery; if engagement has taken place with parent or student representative organisations; if a roadmap is being developed to allow students return to on-campus education; the number of students being taught online versus those allowed to attend on-campus practical classes by institution in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 April]

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Technological Universities – Thurles and Clonmel

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2021 by steve

IrelandMartin Browne (Tipperary, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made towards giving Thurles and Clonmel university towns status; the approximate date by which such status will be formally announced; the requirements such status will make of his Department in terms of further investment in the Thurles and Clonmel campuses; his views on the benefits this status will give to County Tipperary as an educational hub; his further views on the benefits this status will have for educational access locally; his vision for the future of the LIT campuses in Clonmel and Thurles; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 April]

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Technological universities expected to get the green light to build their own student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Technological universities (TUs) are expected to get the go-ahead to build on-campus accommodation for students. It will transform the college experience as institutes of technology in towns around the country are elevated to TU status. It will also take the pressure off local private rental markets …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 April]

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Ryanair gives Trinity College €1.5m for research on sustainable aviation fuels

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin will begin researching sustainable aviation fuels and zero-carbon flying with the aid of €1.5 million from Ryanair. The airline and the university said on Thursday that the Ryanair Sustainable Aviation Research Centre at Trinity would work on sustainable aviation fuel, zero carbon aircraft propulsion and noise mapping …” (more)

[Barry O’Halloran, Irish Times, 29 April]

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UCD ‘a joke university’, under-fire lecturer tells students

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A group of final-year students at University College Dublin (UCD) have made a series of complaints about a lecturer who questioned their academic ability in Zoom lectures and accused them of having ‘ruined’ his life …” (more)

[Jennifer Cosgrove and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 April]

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The USI’s Residential Tenancies Bill – What’s Next?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“On Wednesday April 28th, Dail Eireann was presented with The USI’s Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Act 2021 by Sinn Fein and signed by 56 opposition TDS. In a statement from the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), they outlined the changes that would take place under the proposed Bill …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 28 April]

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Government urged to support USI student accommodation bill in Dáil debate

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Government TDs are being urged to support the student accommodation bill which will be debated in Dáil Eireann on Wednesday (April 28), by the Union of Students in Ireland and Students’ Unions all over Ireland. The USI’s Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Act 2021 was tabled in late February by Sinn Fein and signed by 56 opposition TDS …” (more)

[USI, 27 April]

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TCDSU to lobby for free quarantine for returning students in college accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“After a successful vote at the final Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council meeting of the year, TCDSU is now mandated to lobby College to provide free college accommodation and Covid-19 tests to students returning from abroad. The motion also requires the union to request that the government allow students returning to Ireland to complete the mandatory quarantine in college-provided accommodation … (more)

[Connie Roughan, Trinity News, 27 April]

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Student Housing, Sitting Empty, Converts to Short-Term Lets. But for How Long?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“At Point Campus student accommodation beside the 3 Arena, owners DWS first got temporary planning permission to convert the homes to short-term lets in 2018. They got that permission again in 2019 and again in 2020. At 274 North Circular Road in Dublin 7, the owners Global Student Accommodation (GSA) got planning permission to use the student housing for short-term lets year-round in 2019 and again in 2020 …” (more)

[Laoise Neylon, Dublin Inquirer, 28 April]

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Land of Hope and Leo?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“… UL is not like the TUSE, which will be spread for base political reasons and nothing else, nothing else, around this region like margarine. No one has ever suggested that UL should be merged with NUI Galway or that the UL leadership might decant to Galway as a regional university HQ, while opening up an equal sized campus in Ennis to which some of the UL faculties would be moved along the way. Why are our ambitions stitched up in the Dunnes Stores bag and made available in every county town in Ireland? …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 27 April]

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College during Covid: ‘I can’t say I’ve made any friends’

Posted in Life on April 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Difficult though it is to accept that it was 20 years ago, I can still remember my first day of college very vividly, particularly the feeling that this was the beginning of a new and very exciting chapter in my life. I met people that day who would become close friends, bonding over the experiences we shared over four years. The nights (and afternoons) out, the disastrous attempts to complete projects at the last minute, the trips away and the bizarre scrapes in which we found ourselves …” (more)

[Conor Wilson, RTÉ News, 27 April]

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