How RCSI became a university

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In December, the Education Minister Joe McHugh tweeted a picture from his office with the message, ‘Sign-off. Putting pen to paper on university status for @RCSI_Irl after a 235-year history’. It was a signature moment for RCSI, which could finally call itself a university in Ireland after years of lobbying. It had met the criteria under a new legal process …” (more)

[Catherine Reilly, Medical Independent, 17 February]

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Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014: [Seanad Bill amended by the Dáil] Report and Final Stages

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 30th, 2015 by steve

IrelandPaddy Burke: I welcome the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Jan O’Sullivan. This is a Seanad Bill amended by the Dáil. In accordance with Standing Order 118, it is deemed to have passed its First, Second and Third Stages in the Seanad and is placed on the Order Paper for Report Stage …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 28 April]

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No more money in pot for student assistance fund, says Jan O’Sullivan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan will try to increase discretionary funding next year to help students facing severe financial hardship, but there is no more money in this year’s ‘pot’. Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power said there was a ‘desperate need’ for the Minister to find extra funding …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 20 February]

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Universities (Development and Innovation) (Amendment) Bill 2015: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 30th, 2015 by steve

IrelandSean Barrett (Independent):: I move: ‘That the Bill be now read a Second Time.’ I welcome the Minister. I thank the Bills Office, the Leader’s office, the Cathaoirleach’s office and my research assistants, Dr Charles Larkin and Ms Ursula Ní Choill, for their help in preparing the Bill. We are dealing with the role of the university and the contribution it will make in the future to the development of Ireland …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 28 January]

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Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014: Fifth Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2014 by steve

IrelandAveril Power (Fianna Fail): … As I pointed out in the course of the debate, 90% of the Bill relates to the putting in place of an extraordinary new procedure for the benefit of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, whereby that institution, which is not entitled to call itself a university within this State because it does not satisfy the relevant criteria, may market itself abroad as a university …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 12 November]

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Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014: Report Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2014 by steve

IrelandSean Barrett (Independent): … This is a strange Bill which it is widely believed has been drafted to assist the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, although the name of that institution is not and was not mentioned on the last occasion. The danger in not mentioning in the Bill the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is that it makes possible for the Bill to be used by a different body without the former’s standards and reputation …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 12 November]

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Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014: Second Stage

Posted in Legal issues on September 24th, 2014 by steve

Diarmuid Wilson (Fianna Fail): I welcome the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Jan O’Sullivan, to the House. Amendment No. 1, in the name of Senator Barrett, is related to amendment No. 11, and they may be discussed together, by agreement …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 23 September]

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Quinn 3rd level ‘announcement’ a major let-down for students

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Fianna Fáil has accused the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn of piling even more pressure on students, while failing to provide any answers whatsoever to the third level funding crisis. The party’s Education Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue described as ‘disappointing and underwhelming’ Minister Quinn’s comments at a conference of third level officials in Dublin today …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 22 November]

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Student grants: Quinn gets legal advice

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 20th, 2012 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn is seeking legal advice on whether councils can delay or withhold grants from students whose parents have not paid the household charge, but he still thinks it is reasonable for them to ask …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 September]

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Centralised student grant system must lead to quicker payments – Power

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 12th, 2012 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Education & Skills Averil Power has welcomed confirmation that the new online system for student grants is now live. Senator Power has said the new system, known as SUSI, must have the back-up resources to speed up the processing and issuing of grant payments …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 12 June]

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Quinn’s attack on foreign language learning will cost us jobs – Power

Posted in Teaching on June 7th, 2012 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Education Averil Power has expressed her dismay at the latest comments from the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn displaying a complete lack of understanding about the impact of his cuts to modern language learning …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 7 June]

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Gay teachers to be protected by new legislation published by Fianna Fáil today

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on February 19th, 2012 by steve

“Schools would no longer be allowed to discriminate against gay, lesbian and bisexual teachers under new legislation published today (19th February) by Fianna Fáil’s Seanad Spokesperson on Education and Skills, Senator Averil Power …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 19 February]

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Investment in Education: Motion

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2012 by steve

Senator Averil Power: I move: That Seanad Éireann believes that: — investing in education will be crucial to Ireland’s economic recovery; — prioritising resources at children from disadvantaged areas and those with special needs at an early stage is not only imperative from an equality perspective but also has the potential to deliver considerable cost savings to the State in the long-run; …” (more)

[Seanad Éireann, 8 February]

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Third Level students facing delays in grants next Autumn – Power

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 23rd, 2011 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Education, Senator Averil Power, has warned that third level students are likely to face delays in receiving student grants this Autumn if details of the 2011/12 grant scheme and application forms are not published by the Department urgently …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 23 June]

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CAO review must address concerns regarding bias – Power

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 3rd, 2011 by steve

“‘The CAO system may be blunt but it is also transparent, anonymous and impartial. There is certainly room for improvement but it is vital that any new system of admitting school leavers to higher education command credibility among the public and not be open to criticisms of bias’, according to Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Education and Skills, Averil Power. Senator Power has welcomed the review of the CAO system …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 31 May]

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