Simon Harris: Now is not the time ‘to tell young people not to socialise’

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

Ireland“The Higher Education Minister says that it is ‘not for the Government to tell young people not to socialise’. Simon Harris was speaking as the numbers of Covid cases among 18- to 24-year-olds remains high …” (more)

[Paul Hosford, Irish Examiner, 5 November]

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Creating a university in the South-East is all about stroke politics, not education

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

Ireland“The Italians had Machiavelli to explain their political culture, France had Richelieu and we had Paddy O’Carroll, the late, great UCC sociologist. His paper ‘Strokes, cute hoors and sneaking regarders’ is still the best user manual for Irish politics …” (more)

[Ray Griffin, Irish Examiner, 4 November]

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Harris and USI to create spiking awareness campaign

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

Ireland“The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, has said he has agreed to put together, with the Union of Students in Ireland, an awareness campaign warning about the possible spiking of women and others with drugs in bars and nightclubs here …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 5 November]

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Nearly €900k Spent on Science Gallery Salaries Last Year

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

Ireland“Just under €900,000 was spent on staff salaries at Science Gallery Dublin last year, The University Times can reveal, as conversations continue around the gallery’s future and the amount of money it costs to run …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 5 November]

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Anxiety Among Lecturers Over Lack of CO2 Monitors in Teaching Spaces

Posted in Teaching on November 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers in Trinity are connected about the lack of adequate ventilation in certain teaching spaces in College as coronavirus case numbers in Ireland rise sharply …” (more)

[Siothrún Sardina, University Times, 5 November]

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No end to student accommodation loophole – Eoin Ó Broin TD

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD has said that is it disappointing that Minister for Housing appears not to have addressed the student accommodation loophole in his upcoming Residential Tenancies Bill …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 5 November]

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College Fee Grant Anomalies To Be Addressed, Says Pringle

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

Ireland“Deputy Thomas Pringle has called on Government to address eligible income criteria for Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) special rate awards, saying many hard-pressed students and parents would benefit …” (more)

[Donegal Daily, 5 November]

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CAO system must change to reflect wider range of students’ skills – Harris

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

Ireland“Universities must review the CAO points system to ensure it recognises a wider range of students’ skills or risk losing public funding, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has warned …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 November]

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Where is the TU for the northeast?

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

Ireland“Sir, – The article by Carl O’Brien (News, November 2nd) outlines the significant benefits which are expected to flow to the southeast region following the merger of IT Carlow and Waterford IT to create a new technological university (TU) …” (more)

[Seamus Grant, Irish Times, 5 November]

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Student rent costs are often ‘at least double the cost of the education’

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

Ireland“The irony was not lost as Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien spoke about affordable rents for students yesterday while just metres away from student accommodation that costs up to €1,300 per month …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 5 November]

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Technological Universities – TUSE

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

IrelandJohn Cummins (Fine Gael):Yesterday marked a very significant milestone in a journey which has had more twists than a murder mystery novel. Thankfully, that chapter has come to a conclusion and a new chapter has begun with yesterday’s announcement that a technical university for the south east will be established by 1 May and that all final year students currently attending Waterford Institute of Technology, WIT, and IT Carlow will graduate with a university degree …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 3 November]

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