Leaving Cert students left in the dark amid mountains of data

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The suggestion is that this year’s Leaving Cert results are delayed because they need to be able to stand up to scrutiny, but students are still in the dark about what ‘standardisation’ entails. And now it would seem they could remain in the dark about the particulars of this process until after they receive their results …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 18 July]

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Leaving Cert results date: ASTI criticises announcement but says ‘at least there’s now certainty’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The largest secondary schools teachers’ union has said that it was ‘disappointing’ the way news of the Leaving Cert results day was announced, but that there is at least now certainty of the timeline …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 July]

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Leaving Cert students and colleges express anger at delay in issuing results

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students and third-level colleges have expressed anger and frustration over delays to issuing this year’s Leaving Cert results. More than 60,000 Leaving Cert students will this year receive their grades several weeks later than normal on September 7th, the Department of Education has said …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 16 July]

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Third Level Institutions – Financial Package

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if further consideration has been given to or the status of a financial package for the third-level institutions; and if so, if it will include increased SUSI, HEAR, DARE and Access funding to ensure expansion of access to third-level education …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 July]

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Language Schools

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her views on the issues facing the language school sector in view of the fact that 70% of its revenue is generated during their peak season from March to September but the schools have remained closed during this time; the supports which will be put in place to assist English language teaching organisations with these issues; and when these schools can reopen in view of the fact that they have not been included in the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 July]

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Third Level Education – Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to, and his views on a document (details supplied); if he will be in a position to provide additional funding to the third-level sector; if this will include additional funding to ensure places through SUSI, HEAR and DARE spaces; and if it will increase the number of university places overall and increase funding to ensure that sustainability and innovation within the sector is safeguarded …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 June]

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Student Grant Scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the situation that applies to students that are not classed as independent for the purposes of the SUSI grant whose parents are temporarily unemployed due to Covid-19-related circumstances but do not know if they will be taken on again such as, for example, in the bar or retail trade; and if persons in these circumstances will qualify for the change of circumstances clause in SUSI …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 May]

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Third Level Institutions – Financial position

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Féin): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the paper produced by an association (details supplied) regarding the severe financial position facing universities and other third-level institutions; and his views on whether dedicated sustainability and growth funding is needed for the sector …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 May]

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TDs claim predictive grade Leaving Cert discriminates against working class students

Posted in Teaching on May 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Concerns have been raised over the Leaving Certificate predictive grade mechanism and how it will impact students. Last week the Government cancelled the Leaving Certificate exams which were due to begin on July 29. Instead, students will now be offered the option of accepting grades calculated by their teachers or sitting the Leaving Certificate at a later date when the pandemic eases …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 13 May]

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‘That is a disgrace’: Row erupts over claims ‘school profiling’ will discriminate against some students

Posted in Teaching on May 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A row erupted in the Dáil this afternoon over concerns raised about the Leaving Certificate predictive grade mechanism and how it will impact students. Last week the Government cancelled the Leaving Certificate exams which were due to begin on July 29 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 13 May]

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Fianna Fáil Will Seek State Funding for Extra College Places if in Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“Fianna Fáil will seek to secure state funding for extra college places if it forms a government, its education spokesperson has said, amid fears that some students could be disadvantaged due to the introduction of calculated grades in this year’s leaving certificate …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 8 May]

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Call for urgent plan to safeguard third-level sector from serious financial fallout due to Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2020 by steve

“An urgent plan to safeguard the Irish third-level sector from serious financial fallout due to the Covid-19 crisis must be a top priority for the Government. That is the warning as Irish universities face potential revenue losses running into the hundreds of millions due to the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 April]

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SUSI grant eligibility criteria must be clarified in light of Covid-19 – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has said that the Minister for Education needs to clarify the eligibility criteria for SUSI grant applications for those whose incomes have been affected as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. He made his remarks as the SUSI grant application process opens tomorrow (23rd April). Teachta Ó Laoghaire said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 April]

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Irish Universities should implement ‘No Detriment’ policy for student Grades – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has called on Irish Universities to implement a ‘No detriment policy’ in the context of the unprecedented disruption of the COVID 19 outbreak. Speaking today, Deputy Ó Laoghaire said that such a policy was being implemented by numerous institutions to ensure that students are not academically disadvantaged …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 1 April]

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Coronavirus: Solidarity with catering workers laid off at UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2020 by steve

“There has been widespread solidarity shown with catering workers in University College Cork, who have been laid off from their posts amid the shut-down of the campus. Kylemore (KSG) has the contract to provide catering services to UCC but, following the Government’s directive to close colleges, it is understood a number of staff who worked in the university have been laid off …” (more)

[Sarah O’Dwyer, EchoLive, 15 March]

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Closure of schools and universities necessary, however clarity needed for students, parents and teachers – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has welcomed the decision of the Chief Medical Officer and the Government to close schools with effect this evening. Speaking today, Teachta Ó Laoghaire said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 12 March]

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UCC confirms 3% rent hike on campus accomodation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is the latest third level institution to confirm it is increasing rents in campus accommodation. Students living in UCC-run accommodation will see their rents increase by 3% for the 2020/21 academic year …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 18 February]

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Political parties rule out student loans to fund third level

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All major political parties have ruled out a student loan scheme as a way of funding higher education over the coming years. The comments were made at a debate on the future of higher education involving the spokespeople for the main political parties at Trinity College Dublin on Tuesday moderated by Newstalk’s Shane Coleman …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Few Revelatory Moments in Tetchy Higher Education Debate

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher education’s Cassells report came under scrutiny this afternoon at a third-level education debate held in Trinity, with politicians of all hues quarreling over funding during a debate that saw more arguments about figures and statistics than on the ideas underpinning the future of the sector …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, Sárán Fogarty, Ciaran Molloy and Emer Moreau, University Times, 28 January]

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Minister admits need for increased funding as parties debate future of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Representatives from six of Ireland’s main political parties clashed over the future of higher education at a debate held in Trinity today, with significant attention given to the balance between a system funded by taxation or by student fees and the current Fine Gael government’s allocations to higher education, which Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said were larger than suggested by other parties but conceded that the sector still required ‘extra funding …” (more)

[Lauren Boland and Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 28 January]

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