COVID-19: Universities and FE Colleges

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

John O’Dowd (Sinn Féin): I welcome the opportunity to speak on an important issue: the return of further education college and university students and lecturers, professors etc to campus, which is very welcome. Last year, there was huge disruption to student and academic life for many …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 14 September]

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O’Dowd welcomes clarity on teaching arrangements for Ulster University Students

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2021 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has welcomed the announcement by Ulster University on teaching arrangements for the next academic year. The party’s spokesperson for Higher and Further Education said: ‘Today’s announcement should be welcomed as it provides clarity for students, parents and staff across the Ulster University campus …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 27 May]

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Student Mobility Survey: Great potential for all-Ireland third-level education – Rose Conway-Walsh TD, John O’Dowd MLA

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokespersons on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh and John O’Dowd MLA, have launched a survey to look at how we can remove barriers and increase cross-border enrolment in third-level education. Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 May]

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Anderson meets with University of Ulster on Magee Expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2021 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLAs Martina Anderson and John O’Dowd today met with the Vice Chancellor of University of Ulster to press for the expansion of Magee University and the delivery on the New Decade New Approach commitments to grow the campus to 10,000 students. Martina Anderson MLA said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 April]

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O’Dowd criticises Economy Minister’s refusal to meet with student unions

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2021 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has criticised Economy Minister Diane Dodds for refusing to meet with the Students Union NUS-USI following a recent request from the student’s representative body for a meeting. The party’s spokesperson on Higher and Further Education said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 April]

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‘Economy Minister should use funding to support students’ – O’Dowd

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has called on the Economy Minister to use funding available to help support students during the COVID-19 pandemic. John O’Dowd said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 23 January]

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‘”The voice of students must be heard” – O’Dowd’

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

“Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has announced that the party will table an Assembly motion in support of students who facing challenges to learning as a result of Covid19. The party’s Further and Higher Education spokesperson said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 23 October]

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Sinn Féin and SDLP MLAs clash over Magee Medical School

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

“An SDLP MLA and Sinn Féin MLA exchanged words at Stormont yesterday over the issue of the Magee Medical School. Foyle MLA Sinead Mclaughlin voiced the need for urgency to get the project over the line for a 2021 start date while Upper Bann MLA John O’Dowd accused her of playing ‘party politics’ and the ‘Derry media’ of writing ‘negative’ headlines …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 4 June]

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Colleges set to slash 17,000 new places for students in Northern Ireland

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

UK“More than 17,000 education and training places may be axed next year under proposals to meet some of the toughest cuts Stormont has ever seen. It emerged last month that the Queen’s University and Ulster University were considering cutting 1,100 places to cope with a 10% reduction in funding from Stormont …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 5 December]

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Bringing students from the North back to Trinity can help build a shared future

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 27th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this year, at the inauguration of Northern Irish judge Donnell Deeny as Pro-Chancellor of Trinity College, I was gobsmacked to learn of the sharp decline in student numbers from the North at Trinity …” (more)

[Liz O’Donnell, Independent, 27 September]

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Higher Education:  Cross-border Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 17th, 2014 by steve

Barry McElduff (Sinn Féin) asked the Minister of Education how many students from the North have progressed to higher education institutions, including universities and institutes of technology, in the South this summer …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 16 September]

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Trinity College aims to triple student intake from Northern Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 4th, 2014 by steve

“Trinity College in Dublin has launched an initiative to triple its intake of students from Northern Ireland. The historic institution has set itself a target of having 8% of its student body from north of the border, which equates to 300 students a year …” (more)

[Independent, 4 July]

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NI review ordered of GCSE grades

Posted in Teaching on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“A review of GCSE English grades awarded to students in Northern Ireland has been ordered. Stormont Education Minister John O’Dowd asked regulators to look at the issue as the controversy over grading boundaries in England continues …” (more)

[Independent, 31 August]

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