Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to plans by management at Dundalk Institute of Technology to develop a fifth school with the working title of new school of flexible and postgraduate provision at the institute arising from a recent report on the Review of Key Functional Areas relating to Admissions July 2019; if his Department has had engagement with the institute on this proposal; his views on the failure of the institute to progress an initiative for technological university status; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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Campus Rent Increases Will Hit Most Vulnerable, Says TCDSU President

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has criticised increases to College’s student accommodation prices, arguing that they make living on campus unaffordable to those in need of financial grants. In a statement published this evening, TCDSU President Laura Beston said: ‘TCDSU has not, nor will it ever, support rent increases on our campus’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 9 August]

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Minister for Education Confirms Dundalk IT has not Pursued Technological University Status

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills has confirmed that Dundalk IT has given no indication to him that they plan to pursue technological university status. The Donegal-based TD was replying to a parliamentary question from Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan in the Dáil on Tuesday …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 27 June]

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Technological Universities Status – Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if confirmation has been received from Dundalk Institute of Technology of plans to pursue technological university status; if the process has been formally commenced; his views on whether an application for technological university status would be of benefit the institute and the north east region; if his attention has been drawn to the high levels of staff support at the institute for technological university status; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 June]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 16th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail): I welcome the opportunity to speak on this Bill relating to Quality and Qualifications Ireland, QQI. It is important to note one of the contexts in which this is relevant. There are only five or six countries in the world that are English speaking and the English language education market is a significant market in that regard. With the pending withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union in some shape or form, Ireland is the principal English language speaking destination and therefore English language education destination in the European Union …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 13 June]

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Junior Cycle Reform

Posted in Teaching on March 2nd, 2019 by steve

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will include other subjects such as geography in the context of the review being carried out on the decision to remove history as a core subject in the junior cycle; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 February]

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Third level access scheme for asylum seekers extended

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has said that it will continue to offer a scheme to provide third level financial supports to eligible asylum seekers, with applications being accepted from today. The terms of the scheme are the same as in previous years …” (more)

[Laura Fletcher, RTÉ News, 7 September]

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Third-level education scheme for asylum seekers stalls

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Department of Education-run scheme to facilitate access to third level education for some student asylum seekers appears to have stalled. Two rounds of CAO offers have already been made, but the department has yet to announce the programme for the upcoming academic year …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 2 September]

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Technological Universities: Appointment of Presidents

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2018 by steve

Jan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he will take to ensure that there will be a transparent initiative to attract international and national candidates of calibre and distinction for the post of president of the new university in view of the expected announcement on the establishment of Ireland’s first technological university; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 July]

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Labour’s Higher Education Failings Make Seanad Motion More Than a Little Infuriating

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There is little point in relitigating one of the most extraordinary U-turns in the history of higher education policy in Ireland: that of then-Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn, who, just weeks after signing a giant pledge on behalf of the Labour Party to freeze the student contribution charge at €1,500, announced that the fee would, after all, have to be increased to €2,000 (and this was just the first in a whole series of increases) …” (more)

[University Times, 16 July]

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Brexit Issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 30th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the possible affect of Brexit on fees and access to higher education for Irish students who attend British universities and colleges; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Leaving Cert: More students may now be eligible for higher grant payments

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More students could receive grants, or higher payments than those they were previously eligible for, this year. In line with recommended changes to the student grant scheme, previous education minister Jan O’Sullivan announced some improvements in April …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 May]

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Just two asylum seeking students get grants for third-level accessibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Only two asylum-seeking students have benefited from a scheme aimed at making third-level education accessible for those already living here long term. The Department of Education received 39 applications for student supports under the scheme announced last August …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 23 May]

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Legislative Programme – Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2016 by steve

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his intentions on progressing the Technological Universities Bill; if he will change the requirement for the merger of institutions in order to achieve technological university status; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 May]

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A good day for the University of the South East campaign – no mergers and no Jan O’Sullivan and Tom Boland

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A good day for the University of the South East campaign – no mergers and no Jan O’Sullivan and Tom Boland. John Halligan announced on Facebook that … ‘I have also secured a commitment that the need to merge with another IT will be taken out of the criteria for Technological University Status’ …” (more)

[The John Halligan Facebook post is here]
[University of the South East Campaign, 7 May]

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The opportunity may now be lost to invest in services and our citizens – O’Sullivan

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Firstly can I convey my very sincere congratulations to Richard Bruton on his appointment as Minister for Education and Skills. It was the privilege of my political career to serve as Minister for Education and Skills. The new Minister will find an excellent team in Marlborough Street thoroughly committed to public education in its broadest sense …” (more)

[Jan O’Sullivan, Labour Party, 6 May]

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O’Sullivan to appeal directly to teachers in exam reform row

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has delivered a stinging attack on the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) over how it does its business with members …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 April]

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25% increase in international students studying in Ireland since 2012

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD is attending the annual ceremony for International Student Ambassadors at Farmleigh today (Thursday 21 April). The event recognises the contribution made by international Student Ambassadors to supporting the work of Education in Ireland, managed by Enterprise Ireland, in attracting international students to Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 April]

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Third Level Staff – Rehiring of retired staff

Posted in Governance and administration on April 16th, 2016 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, United Left): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she is satisfied as to the legal permissibility and enforceability of a third level institute enforcing a reduction in the pay of rehired retired staff to an arbitrary level on foot of non-binding written advice from the Higher Education Authority but in the absence of a circular from her advising as to the appropriate level at which such staff should be paid; whether, in the absence of a public sector union agreement as to the appropriate pay level for such staff, she will direct the authority to rescind its advice …” (more)

[Dáil Written answers, 14 April]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Irish citizens born abroad

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 16th, 2016 by steve

IrelandSeán Canney (Galway East, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason children born in the US who are Irish citizens face prohibitive costs by comparison with children born here in respect of accessing student grants and free fees; her plans to amend this situation; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Written answers, 14 April]

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