Funding of €40 million for North-South research announced

Posted in Research on July 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government has announced €40 million for a North-South research programme under the Shared Island Fund. The package is intended to support deepening of links between higher education institutions (HEIs), researchers and research communities on the island of Ireland – and is the single largest allocation from the €500 million fund to date …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 5 July]

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Return of colleges and international travel on track despite Delta threat

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

Ireland“Plans to welcome students back to college campuses and the return of international travel remain on track, despite the threat of the Delta variant. Taoiseach Micheal Martin said plans to implement the EU’s Digital Covid passport on July 19 are ‘on track’, despite reports ministers privately fear there will be delays …” (more)

[James Ward, Independent, 5 July]

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Senator Malcolm Byrne ‘Shocked’ at UCD Accommodation Costs

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

Ireland“Last week, Fianna Fail Senator Malcolm Byrne labelled the rising costs of student accommodation in Ireland as ‘outrageous’, particularly the accommodation provided by UCD. Byrne expressed his shock and disappointment during a Seanad debate regarding the Residential Tenancies Bill in which he campaigned for an enhanced supply of student housing …” (more)

[Stephanie Toolis, College Tribune, 4 July]

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Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 5th, 2021 by steve

IrelandCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of plans to reform the leaving certificate exams; her engagement with the State Examinations Commission in respect of same; and if she envisages a blended and or option for continued assessment to become a permanent choice for students …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 July]

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