Higher Education Institutions – Gym fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 20th, 2021 by steve

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to higher education institutions charging gym fees for the current academic year despite the lack of access to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 February]

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Current Leaving Cert Model Locks in Privilege, Says Gannon

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Tackling inequality in higher education involves intervening long before students enter university, Social Democrats education spokesperson Gary Gannon said today. In an interview with The University Times this afternoon, Gannon discussed his hopes for the future of higher education, including leaving certificate reform, funding models for higher education and a re-imagining of university entry …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 4 February]

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Leaving Cert decision due next week

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A decision on the arrangements for this year’s State exams is expected to be made early next week by the Cabinet, amid growing calls to give students certainty about the exams. Discussions continued today between representatives of students, parents, teachers, and school management bodies, with officials from the State Examinations Commission (SEC) and the Department of Education …” (more)

[Jess Casey and Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner, 2 February]

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Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): With the agreement of the House, I will share my time with the Minister of State, Deputy Niall Collins. I welcome the opportunity to update the House on the impact of Covid-19 on the further and higher education sector. I was a little disappointed that, for the first time in my political career, some Members of the Dáil actually voted not to have me here today for questions and answers. I find that a little bit regrettable, as almost half a million people in this country are in further or higher education …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 14 January]

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Graduate Medical Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 10th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the instructions, guidelines or recommendations made to institutions participating in the graduate medical programmes to support and facilitate the participation of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds given SUSI is not available; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 December]

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Covid-19 Pandemic – Teaching

Posted in Teaching on November 27th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for no indoor classes taking place under level 3, which effectively shuts music, dance schools and speech and drama schools …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 November]

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Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 20th, 2020 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I very much welcome the opportunity to update the House on some of the work of the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science just under five months on from its creation and the formation of the Government. I very much appreciate the support and interest from all sides of the Oireachtas for a new stand-alone Department to place a renewed focus on the further and higher education sectors and enhance and develop research and innovation …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 19 November]

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Third Level Admissions – CAO offers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland Gary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there was a difference between the number of CAO first preference offers in 2020 between candidates using 2020 predictive leaving certificate grades and those that completed their leaving certificate in other years in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 September]

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Leaving Cert – Calculated Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide details of the different demographic characteristics including gender and socio-economic status being used to review individual grades from 2020 leaving certificate students which are leading to significant delays; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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Third Level Examinations – Repeat Fees

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

IrelandBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason some colleges are charging a repeat exam fee and most other colleges are not (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 July]

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Third Level Admissions – DARE and HEAR

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

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of students who were successful in their applications to the national alternative entry schemes for students with disabilities and students from low socio-economic backgrounds, DARE and HEAR, for the past two years in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 July]

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Student Grant Scheme – Asylum Seekers

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

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the SUSI requirement will be reduced for students who have applied for asylum, subsidiary protection or leave to remain here from three years in a school here to two years reflecting the duration of the leaving certificate …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 June]

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Student Grant Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if grant thresholds are being extended; and if the registration fee has been considered for abolition (details supplied) …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 May]

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Leaving Cert Inequality Doesn’t Start and End With Predictive Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 14th, 2020 by steve

“When you grow up as a working-class kid, you learn somehow that poverty is somehow your fault, or the fault of your family. You never have enough money because you don’t budget properly, not because our welfare payments don’t meet a minimum essential standard of living …” (more)

[Gary Gannon, University Times, 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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