It’s time for equality for part time students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“One of the proposals in the Report of the Export Group on Future Funding for Higher Education (Cassells Report) is that, whatever the funding model chosen, part time students should be funded in the same manner as full time students. The report also proposes an extension of student supports to part time students …” (more)

[Joanna Tuffy, Lifelong Learning Blog, 11 September]

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Tuffy welcomes support for part time learners proposed in Cassells Report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“It is welcome that the Cassells report is proposing that whatever funding model is chosen for third level education, that part time students would be funded in the same manner as full time students …” (more)

[Joanna Tuffy, Labour Party, 12 July]

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Quality of Teaching in Higher Education: Discussion

Posted in Teaching on January 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Today, we are looking at the issue of the quality of teaching in higher level education. Ireland’s higher education system has played a major role in the development of Irish society and the economy and will continue to do so as we seek to build an innovative, knowledge-based economy which provides sustainable employment opportunities and good standards of living for our citizens as well as a broad education …” (more)

[Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection, 20 January]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Committee Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 16th, 2016 by steve

IrelandJoanna Tuffy (Dublin Mid West, Labour): The topic for debate today is Committee Stage of the Technological Universities Bill 2015. The main purpose of the Bill is to provide for the establishment of technological universities which is a new type of higher education institution to be formed through the consolidation and merger of existing institutes of technology …” (more)

[Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Education and Skills, 14 January]

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Education sub-Committee to debate the Technological Universities Bill 2015

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Select sub-Committee on Education and Skills will convene tomorrow with the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, to debate the Committee Stage of the Technological Universities Bill 2015 …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 13 January]

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Education Committee to meet Chair Designate of State Examination Commission

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection will tomorrow meet with Mr Pat Burke, Chair Designate of the State Examination Commission (SEC) …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 23 June]

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Third Level Student Grant System

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“For the second part of this meeting we have representatives of the Union of Students in Ireland. They are here to discuss proposals for the reform of the student grant system for third level education …” (more)

[Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection, 22 April]

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Future Funding of Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In July 2014, the Minister for Education and Skills established an expert group to examine future funding policy for higher education. The group was charged with identifying and considering issues relating to the long-term sustainable funding of higher education in this country …” (more)

[Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection, 22 April]

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Students union accused of ‘fudge’ on reforming grant system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is urging the department of education to relax the thresholds for accessing student grants to eliminate ‘inequalities’ from the system …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 22 April]

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Education Committee to meet with SUSI and the Department of Education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection Committee will meet tomorrow, Wednesday, February 25th to discuss higher and further education grants, in particular the operation and effects of the current approach to income assessment …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 24 February]

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Technological university plans make progress

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Institutes of technology will be able to offer more to students as technological universities under a Bill to come forward in the new year. Michael McKernan examines the plans …” (more)

[eolas magazine, 12 December]

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Online Learning at University: Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 8th, 2014 by steve

IrelandJoanna Tuffy (Dublin Mid West, Labour): The subject of this meeting is studying at university through online learning, including massive open online courses, MOOCs. I draw to the attention of the witnesses the fact that, by virtue of section 17(2)(l) of the Defamation Act 2009, witnesses are protected by absolute privilege in respect of their evidence to this committee …” (more)

[Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees, 3 December]

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Plan for new Technological University in Dublin moves forward – Tuffy

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Labour TD, Joanna Tuffy, has welcomed the positive assessment given by an international independent panel on plans to establish a Technological University for Dublin …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 5 December]

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Education Committee to consider online learning potential

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Representatives from Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University and the Open University will appear before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection tomorrow afternoon for a discussion on the role and contribution of online courses in the third level sector in Ireland …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 2 December]

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Education Committee to discuss closures of private colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2014 by steve

“The spate of closures of private colleges, which offered English language and other courses, is on the agenda of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection when it meets with representatives of the Irish Council for International Students …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 17 June]

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Education Committee to meet Minister Quinn on new Junior Cycle

Posted in Teaching on May 12th, 2014 by steve

“The implementation of the new Junior Cycle Student award will be on the agenda of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection tomorrow when it meets with the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn TD …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 12 May]

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New Technological Universities Bill should provide for input from local authority reps: Education Committee Report

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“The governing bodies of soon-to-be-established Technological Universities (TUs) should include an elected member of each of the local authorities in the principal catchment area of the University, according to an Oireachtas Committee report …” (more, download)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 17 April]

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Report on the Third Level Student Grant System: Discussion

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2013 by steve

Chairman: The next topic for the meeting is Student Universal Support Ireland, SUSI. I welcome the delegation from SUSI who will address us today, at the committee’s invitation, and provide an update on the current position. I welcome Ms Jacinta Stewart …” (more)

[Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection, 19 June]

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Education Committee to discuss SUSI grants system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 18th, 2013 by steve

“Officials from Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) will tomorrow update the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection on the improvements to the grant support system for the next academic term …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas Press Releases, 18 June]

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Eight unions insist they won’t be bound by Yes vote

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2013 by steve

“Nurses, teachers, civil servants, university lecturers and other state workers have warned the union umbrella body that they will not accept a majority Yes vote on the Croke Park II deal …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh and Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 9 April]

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