USI expresses concern over programme for government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has expressed concern about the lack of a plan to reduce Irish student fees in the programme for government put forward by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, and the Green Party this week. In a statement issued today, USI said that while some elements of the programme were promising, there was a lack of detail on how a number of actions will be taken …” (more)

[Patrick Coyle, Trinity News, 18 June]

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What Third-Level Can Expect from Ireland’s Next Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Almost four months after the general election, Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party have drawn up a programme for government, which will now be put to their members for a vote …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins and Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 June]

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No Mention of Higher Education Dept in Draft Programme for Government

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

Ireland“Despite a public appeal by more than 1,700 academics, as well as an intervention from Provost Patrick Prendergast, higher education is unlikely to get its own department under the next government …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 June]

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The Deal Is Done: End to Direct Provision, Changes in Higher Education and Greener Policies

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A deal for a Government programme has been finalised by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and The Green Party, with Micheál Martin set to take on the role of An Taoiseach before it is rotated to Leo Varadkar in 2022. The programme for government includes the abolishment of the Direct Provision system and changes in governance for the Higher Education sector …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 15 June]

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New Government to Bring ‘Renewed Focus’ to Third-Level Funding

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

Ireland“Ireland’s next government will put a ‘renewed focus’ on higher education funding, but college fees will remain the same, Fianna Fáil’s education spokesperson has said …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 June]

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No increase to third-level fees in next government, sources say

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There will be no increase to third-level fees under the next government, according to talks sources. It’s understood Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party have agreed, that despite calls from some within the sector to increase fees in order to protect Irish universities, there will be no additional fees for irish students …” (more)

[Aoife Moore and Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 12 June]

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Starving Universities Hunt a Cabinet Champion – and a Seat at the Table

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Last summer, when Fianna Fáil first proposed the establishment of a new department with responsibility for higher education and research, the response was mixed. There was certainly something in the idea, was the general feeling, amid a years-long funding crisis in higher education and a government that seemed spectacularly unbothered by it …” (more)

[University Times, 7 June]

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Foley Welcomes Designation Of Technological University Status For IT Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry Norma Foley has welcomed the designation of Technological University status for IT Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology. The new venture will be known as Munster Technological University …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 May]

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Micheál Martin Interview – Universities ‘Under Significant Pressure’

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

“Micheál Martin has been a TD for Cork South-Central since 1989. He is the current leader of Fianna Fáil and is currently in talks to form a Government with Fine Gael and The Green Party. The College Tribune’s Neil Stokes was very grateful for the opportunity to speak with him on a wide range of matters including education, government formation, climate change, housing and his lengthy political career …” (more)

[College Tribune, 14 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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Extra Third Level Places Must Be At The Heart Of Any Leaving Cert Alternative – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2020 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson Thomas Byrne has today welcomed the call from the Irish Universities Association for funding for extra places this year. Universities and Institutes of Technology are likely to lose international students this year as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 4 May]

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‘Cancel the Leaving Cert’ – Fianna Fáil says uncertainty causing stress

Posted in Teaching on May 2nd, 2020 by steve

“The Leaving Cert must be cancelled and ‘fair alternatives’ to the State exams must be worked on, Fianna Fáil has said. Speaking following the publication on Friday night of the Government’s plan for exiting the coronavirus lockdown, the party’s education spokesman Thomas Byrne said it had added to the ‘already heightened anxiety’ among students …” (more)

[Patrick Logue and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 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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Student Grants: SUSI criteria should be reviewed during COVID-19 – says TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 27th, 2020 by steve

“Student Universal Support Ireland is better known as SUSI, and is the agency which processes applications for students grants. Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West Aindrias Moynihan says the financial criteria used in the SUSI application process should be reviewed this year in light of the huge financial impact which the COVID-19 pandemic has had on family incomes …” (more)

[Elaine Murphy, TheCork.ie, 27 April]

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Byrne Calls For Clarity On Summer School Time For Leaving Cert Students

Posted in Teaching on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne has written to the Education Minister to seek clarity in relation to the rearranged Leaving Certificate exam. Plans to delay the exams until late July or August were announced last week but parents and students still have many unanswered questions surrounding the exams …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 13 April]

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Wave of Support for No-Detriment Policy as TDs Back Students

Posted in Teaching on April 9th, 2020 by steve

“The campaign for third level institutions to adopt a ‘No-Detriment’ policy has gained a significant amount of political attention over the last week as universities begin to make clear decisions on the issue. Many parties such as Sinn Féin, the Labour Party and the Social Democrats support the policy on a party-wide level whereas Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil continue to dodge the question towards the relevant department with only few TDs from these parties out-rightly supporting the issue …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 9 April]

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Pre-Paid Rents Must Be Returned To Students Who Have Left University Accommodation – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne, has called on the University of Limerick to do the right thing and refund rent to students who had to leave campus accommodation early due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Deputy Byrne said that UL should be following in the path of other Universities who are refunding pre-paid rents to students who have left …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 30 March]

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Cancel the Junior Cert – says Fianna Fail TD

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“The Junior Cert should be cancelled to alleviate pressure on families during the coronavirus crisis, Cork South West Deputy Christopher O’Sullivan said, joining calls by Fianna Fáil education spokesperson Thomas Byrne that all efforts be directed to ensuring the Leaving Cert goes ahead …” (more)

[Bryan Smyth, TheCork.ie, 30 March]

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Refunds On Student Accommodation Must Be Given – O’Brien

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2020 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government, Darragh O’Brien has called on third level universities and institutions to offer partial refunds for accommodation to students …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 March]

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Private Student Accommodation Providers Must Refund Students – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne, has called on those providing private student accommodation to return prepaid rents to students who have had to go home as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 25 March]

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