Minister must reverse cuts to back to education support – Aylward

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD for Carlow–Kilkenny Bobby Aylward says changes to the Back to Education Allowance Scheme are severely impacting on students who are already under significant financial pressure …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 16 September]

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Varadkar’s response on lone parent educational supports ‘disappointing’ – Brady

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has said that Minister Varadkar’s long awaited response on lone parents and educational supports tells us nothing new …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 17 August]

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TCDSU President Kieran McNulty calls on Minister Varadkar’s immediate reform of Back to Education Allowance Support

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In an open letter, McNulty condemns the Department of Social Protection’s decision to declare homeless single mother and prospective TCD student Erica Fleming ineligible for the welfare support …” (more)

[Robyn Page-Cowman, Trinity News, 14 August]

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USI calls for reform of back to education grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has urged the Department of Social Protection to revise its policy for back to education grants so more lone parents can go to college …” (more)

[Ciarán D’Arcy, Irish Times, 10 August]

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After Homeless Mother Refused Back to Education Allowance, New Calls to Review Education Grant Criteria

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students’ unions and homeless mother of one Erica Fleming students’ unions are calling on the government to address inconsistencies in education stipends after Fleming was denied the Back to Education Allowance following being offered a place in Trinity …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 9 August]

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Letter to Mr Leo Varadkar TD Minister for Social Protection

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dear Minister, We write with reference to the now well-publicised decision of your department to refuse the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) to Erica Fleming, an unemployed, homeless single parent who is currently raising her daughter in a hotel …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 9 August]

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Lone parents’ access to education must be improved – Brady

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has called on the Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar to reverse changes made by his predecessor Joan Burton TD that deny lone parents access to education …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 8 August]

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Homeless single mother refused education allowance after securing place in Trinity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A homeless single mother, trying to make a better life for herself and her daughter, is being refused the Back to Education Allowance …” (more)

[Luke Byrne, Independent, 5 August]

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€1.5bn education plan fails to boost work prospects for the unemployed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A second chance education scheme which has cost taxpayers almost €1.5bn has failed to improve the employment prospects of participants, according to a new study by the Economic and Social Research Institute …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 3 November]

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‘We’re not exactly breathing sighs of relief’ – USI reacts to Budget 2015

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 14th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has welcomed a number of budgetary measures announced today, but President Laura Harmon insists they’re ‘not exactly breathing sighs of relief’ as third-level fees continue to rise …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, Campus.ie, 14 October]

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Student Supports Protected in ‘Neutral’ Budget: The student maintenance grant and Back to Education Allowance have not been cut

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 14th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The student maintenance grant and Back to Education Allowance will remain at their current levels and eligibility criteria for 2015. Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin announced no change to the supports when presenting his budgetary statement this afternoon …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 14 October]

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Student claims financial pressure may force him out of college before he even starts

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Thousands of students from around Ireland are set to attend the first national student rally in Dublin to take place in around three years …” (more)

[Jason Kennedy, Independent, 3 September]

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Third-level survives

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2013 by steve

“Third-level education has avoided major damage in Budget 2014, but for students as young people and as members of society, there is cause for concern in the Government’s plan …” (more)

[Al McConnell, The Edition, 18 October]

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Students denied access to essential services due to grant delays – McConalogue

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 29th, 2012 by steve

“The severe delays in processing student grants this year has left many students unable to access essential college services, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Charlie McConalogue …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 29 October]

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Kenny says work being done on education return scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 10th, 2011 by steve

“It should be possible to streamline the back-to-education allowance scheme and make it easier for unemployed people to qualify, the Taoiseach has told the Dáil …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 10 November]

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Back to Education Allowance

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 15th, 2011 by steve

Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will review the criteria for the back to education allowance to ensure that it is sufficiently flexible to accommodate those who need same; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Questions, 13 October]

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Barriers to going back to education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 13th, 2011 by steve

“Madam, – The last budget’s cuts in higher education grants have been much publicised in recent months. What has not yet been discussed is the latest in a string of measures which seem designed to eliminate disadvantaged students from higher education. The renewal form for the back-to-education allowance, which is currently being sent out, is threatening in its implications …” (more)

[Aoife Molloy, Irish Times, 13 June]

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Welfare and incentives

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 24th, 2011 by steve

“Some of my students today complained – softly – about the workings of the Back to Education Allowance …” (more)

[Colm Harmon, Irish Economy, 24 January]

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How smart an economy?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 12th, 2010 by steve

“Madam, – Having lost my job this year I have returned to education as a mature student in order to become an active future member of the much-touted smart economy. But it would seem the smart economy is hindered by myopic policy and bureaucracy …” (more)

[JJ Carolan, Irish Times, 12 October]

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College still not affordable for thousands

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 19th, 2010 by steve

“Thousands of people will still be unable to afford college places because of Government cuts despite a slight relaxation of eligibility criteria for one support scheme, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) claims …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 July]

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