Former USI President appointed Labour higher education spokesperson

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

Ireland“This afternoon, Annie Hoey, who is a former Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) President, has been announced as the Labour Party spokesperson on Higher Education, Innovation and Science. Hoey is a Labour Party politician who has been a Senator for the Agricultural Panel since April 2020 …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 7 July]

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Waterford councillors demand action on Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Party in Waterford is calling for a time limit to be put on the Technological University for the South East (TUSE). Alternatively, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) alone should be encouraged to establish a Waterford University under the Universities Act 1997 …” (more)

[Waterford Live, 6 July]

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‘Waterford has been outflanked and overtaken’ – calls for WIT to fight for University status without Carlow unless deadline is met

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

Ireland“The Labour Party in Waterford has called for a time limit to be put on the troubled talks process around the proposed Technological University of the South East. And the party said that unless a deadline for a resolution can be found, Waterford Institute of Technology should go it alone and try to attain university status without IT Carlow …” (more)

[Shane Doran, Waterford Now, 22 June]

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Gifts for teachers to be treated as ‘serious attempt’ to undermine Leaving Cert grades

Posted in Teaching on May 18th, 2020 by steve

“Any attempt to offer teachers gifts or inducements in relation to students’ Leaving Cert results will be treated as a ‘serious attempt’ to interfere with an entire school’s grades, under new Department of Education rules. Department officials are finalising official guidance for teachers and schools over the use of calculated grades for students and it is likely to issue to teachers’ representatives in the middle of this week …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 May]

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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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Kelly: Student nurses must be paid for work during Covid-19 pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2020 by steve

“Student nurses working in hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic must be paid for their work, the Labour Party Health spokesman has urged. As previously reported by the Irish Examiner, the head of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has called for student nurses and midwives on unpaid placements during the Covid-19 pandemic to be treated as paid employees …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 March]

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‘Questionable at best’: Politicians criticise Trinity decision to remove students from campus accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Politicians have criticised a decision to remove students from university accommodation with 24 hours notice. Trinity College in Dublin took the decision yesterday that all students must leave campus accommodation, Trinity Halls, and other linked private student accommodation in an effort to tackle the coronavirus …” (more)

[Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner, 17 March]

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Higher Education must be centre stage in a new Programme for Government, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for higher education to be put centre stage in any new Programme for Government. IFUT General Secretary, Joan Donegan, said that all political parties uniquely committed to address the funding crisis in the recent general election campaign …” (more)

[IFUT, 17 February]

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Political parties rule out student loans to fund third level

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All major political parties have ruled out a student loan scheme as a way of funding higher education over the coming years. The comments were made at a debate on the future of higher education involving the spokespeople for the main political parties at Trinity College Dublin on Tuesday moderated by Newstalk’s Shane Coleman …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Parties outline education vote-grabbing proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Bonus points for honours Mandarin in the Leaving Cert – the first exams are coming in 2022 – may seem an unlikely vote-grabber, but it is among the pre-election promises from Fianna Fail …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 January]

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Labour Party make Dundalk IT Technological University status pledge

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“According to local Labour election candidate Ged Nash, his party has pledged to deliver Technological University Status for DkIT as part of its manifesto. In a statement to the Democrat, Senator Ged Nash said: …” (more)

[David Lynch, Dundalk Democrat, 28 January]

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Minister admits need for increased funding as parties debate future of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Representatives from six of Ireland’s main political parties clashed over the future of higher education at a debate held in Trinity today, with significant attention given to the balance between a system funded by taxation or by student fees and the current Fine Gael government’s allocations to higher education, which Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said were larger than suggested by other parties but conceded that the sector still required ‘extra funding …” (more)

[Lauren Boland and Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 28 January]

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Parties row over cost of public sector deal

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

Ireland“Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have gone to war over the cost of the next public sector pay deal. With two weeks to go until election day, the two main parties launched attacks on each other’s approach to the forthcoming talks with public sector unions …” (more)

[Philip Ryan, Independent, 26 January]

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Editorial: ‘Vow on college fees welcome but plans for funding needed’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Going to college is expensive so Education Minister Joe McHugh’s promise to freeze fees for the next five years will be welcomed by students and their parents. A similar promise has already been made by Fianna Fáil so we can be reasonably sure that fee rises won’t happen for the foreseeable future …” (more)

[Independent, 12 August]

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Dublin Bus must stop discriminating against UCD students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Labour Transport spokesperson Kevin Humphreys has called on Dublin Bus to reverse its decision not to pick students up at UCD at night, and to work with students, An Garda Síochána, and the University to find a solution. Senator Humphreys said …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 6 March]

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New Minister for Education must make fees funding decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the new Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, needs to rule out student loan schemes. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The Government has been sitting on the report carried out by Peter Cassells into the future of higher education funding for months now. Three options were laid on the table, one of which is publicly funded higher education. The onus is on Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor to get the ball rolling on this extremely important issue …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 15 October]

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Terrible assaults emphasise the need for educational campaigns surrounding consent

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour spokesperson on Justice, and TD for Cork East, Seán Sherlock has called on Minister Mitchell O’Connor to lay out a timeline for the delivery of promised compulsory consent classes in Irish Universities. This call follows reporting today of three incidents of rape of students in Cork in recent weeks …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 25 September]

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Government not doing enough to tackle rising student rents

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2018 by steve

“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said the Government must do more to tackle rising student accommodation rents. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘Today, we have read reports that there has been a rise in the numbers of students commuting to college as rents are becoming unaffordable in many college cities and towns …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 11 June]

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FG cannot continue to be evasive on Higher Education funding

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2018 by steve

“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said that unless the Minister for Education addresses the issues with higher education funding, the sector will remain stagnant. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘While I am no fan of education ranking systems, the fact that Irish universities continue to fall in the QS World University Rankings, is a damning inditement of the lack of the lack of investment in the third level sector …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 7 June]

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Student Accommodation should be included in rent pressure zones

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the Government should ensure that student accommodation should be included in rent pressure zones. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘Today, while the Cabinet approved legislative proposals to strengthen the Residential Tenancies Board, hundreds of students were protesting accommodation hikes in DCU outside the Dáil …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 17 April]

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