Taoiseach ‘Frustrated’ by Protracted Technological University Bid

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spoken of his frustration with the protracted progress of the Waterford IT/IT Carlow submission to create a Technological University of the South East (TUSE) …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 12 September]

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Taoiseach frustrated at lack of progress with Tech Uni in the South East

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

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says he is very frustrated at the lack of progress in the establishment of a Technological University in Waterford. The application for the TU South East from WIT and IT Carlow has still not been submitted after a memorandum of understanding between both IT’s was rejected by the unions in Carlow …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 9 September]

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Education Minister Vows Not to Increase Fees for Next Five Years

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Joe McHugh has pledged not to raise college fees past €3,000 for the next five years if his party is returned to government in the next general election. In a move that echoes the recent promise by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar not to increase Ireland’s fees …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 11 August]

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Developers ‘build for students and co-living over family homes’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Developers are increasingly pursuing student accommodation or co-living developments at the expense of family homes, experts have warned. Schemes that targeted first-time buyers are slowing amid tight restrictions on mortgage lending but are increasing rapidly when it comes to apartment builds …” (more)

[Gareth Morgan, Independent, 9 August]

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Taoiseach confident about Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Taoiseach says he’s confident the Technological University for the South East can be achieved within the next year. The application from WIT and IT Carlow still has not been submitted. It hit another delay last month when a memorandum of understanding agreed between management at both IT’s and the Teachers Union of Ireland was rejected by union members in Carlow …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 18 July]

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McHugh Quizzed Again On Student Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Joe McHugh has said reducing student contribution charges by a third would cost the government over €76 million, while taking €500 off the charge would set the Department of Education back €38 million …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 12 July]

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Abolishing Fees Would Cost Government €229m, Says Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The abolition of the student contribution fee would cost the government €229 million, according to Minister for Education Joe McHugh. McHugh, answering questions in the Dáil this week, said the cost of abolishing Ireland’s fees – which currently stand as the second highest in the EU – would hit the budget of the government’s grant scheme …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 5 July]

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Leo Varadkar Can’t Take Any Credit for Trinity’s Impressive New Business School

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

Ireland“This week, Provost Patrick Prendergast, Dean of Trinity Business School Andrew Burke and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar cut the ribbon on Trinity Business School’s new building on the east end of campus. Now located within walking distance of the so-called Silicon Docks, it is an exciting time for the school, which is also now just one accreditation away from being listed in the top ranks of world business schools …” (more)

[University Times, 26 May]

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Taoiseach opens new €80m Trinity business school

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin unveiled its new €80 million business school on Thursday, formally opened by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The new flagship building, which opens on to Pearse Street, was funded by a large European Investment Bank loan to be repaid over 30 years, and €20m in philanthropic donations …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 23 May]

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€80m building for scaled up Trinity Business School opens

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s new €80m Business School was opened today by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The new building will house the scaled up Trinity Business School, a global leader in innovative business education programmes …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 May]

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University of Limerick students greet Taoiseach with protest against Direct Provision

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was greeted by a silent protest at the University of Limerick this Thursday lunchtime. Students were demonstrating against the continued use of Direct Provision in Ireland, with UL student life welfare officer Lorcan O’Donnell describing it as ‘inhumane’ …” (more, video)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 2 May]

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The Taoiseach has told Waterford IT and IT Carlow to get on with the application for Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“TU Dublin was established in January and the Munster consortium submitted their application in February. However, the South East grouping has yet to follow suit. Speaking in Waterford, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called on them to act …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 1 May]

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Students call on Taoiseach to commit to publicly-funded higher education system

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student groups have welcomed comments from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar which appear to rule out a student loan scheme or increase in fees for higher education. Until now, Mr Varadkar has voiced his opposition to ‘US or UK-style’ student loans schemes but has not ruled out other loan schemes which involve smaller levels of debt …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 March]

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Student fee hike and loan scheme ruled out

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Further increases to student fees or the introduction of a student loan scheme have been ruled out, the Irish Examiner can reveal. In a ‘highly significant’ development, the Government has rejected two of three recommendations contained in a 2016 report into how a gaping hole in third-level funding is to be filled …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 27 March]

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Varadkar suggests it could ‘make sense’ to extend Metro to UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has suggested it could be ‘make sense’ to extend the MetroLink line to UCD and on to Sandyford in future years. His remarks came as he was challenged in the Dáil on the current plan for the Metro Line to stop at Charlemont in the south city and the abandonment of the proposal to continue it along the existing Luas Green Line to Sandyford …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 26 March]

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RCSI appeals for university status within Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Officials from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) have been urging members of the Oireachtas to amend legislation, allowing the institute to describe itself as a university in Ireland and overseas. Under current legislation, RCSI may describe itself as a University of Medicine and Health Sciences overseas but may not do so in Ireland …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 22 January]

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Consideration of student loan scheme for third-level to be delayed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Controversial proposals for a student loan scheme to fund third-level education are being referred by the Government to the European Commission for detailed economic analysis. The move is set to push back any decision on a future funding model for higher education by at least a year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 January]

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College’s Senators at Odds Over Proposals to Scrap Trinity Seats

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The College’s Senators are at cross purposes over proposals that would see the amalgamation of the Trinity and National University of Ireland (NUI) panels in the Seanad …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 20 December]

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4,000 signatures raised against pharmacy students’ unpaid work placement

Posted in Teaching on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dissatisfaction with a new course structure for pharmacy students in Ireland is escalating around the country, with students launching a campaign against unpaid work placements. An online petition formed this weekend has received over 4,000 signatures at the time of publication …” (more)

[Yasmin Mello, Trinity News, 17 December]

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An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD and Minister Mitchell O’Connor launch Gender Equality Action Plan for Higher Education Institutions 2018-2020 and announce the Government of Ireland Senior Academic Talent Initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, and Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education today (12th Nov 2018) will launch the Gender Action Plan 2018 – 2020: Accelerating Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions. The Action Plan is designed to transform the Higher Education sector’s gender equality performance …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 12 November]

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