Varadkar says it would be a real shame if the Tech Uni was delayed over HQ row

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Tánaiste said he is strongly of the view that the Technological University of the South-East should be centred in Waterford. Leo Varadkar was responding to Waterford Sinn Fein TD David Cullinane and Fianna Fail TD in Carlow/Kilkenny Jennifer Murnane O’Connor in the Dail. Both Deputies were making the case for the headquarters of the new entity to be in their respective areas …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 18 February]

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Leo Varadkar says former Waterford Crystal site being looked at for WIT expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Tánaiste has confirmed that the old Waterford Crystal site is being looked at as part of the planned expansion of WIT. The site in Kilbarry is vacant since 2009. It was bought by Waterford developer Noel Frisby, his company Ibrook successfully applied for planning permission to refurbish the site in 2019. Leo Varadkar was responding to questions on promised legislation from Sinn Fein’s David Cullinane …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 4 February]

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IUA universities account for four-fifths of higher ed research spend

Posted in Research on January 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the publication of the Higher Education Research & Development Survey (HERD) by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD. This latest HERD survey clearly shows the need for a step change in research and innovation investment in Ireland given the fall in our research spend rankings from 14th to 23rd place in the OECD list …” (more)

[IUA, 20 January]

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Forcing student nurses to work full shifts ‘tantamount to slavery’, Byrne says

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Forcing student nurses to work full shifts is ‘tantamount to slavery’, Minister of State for European Affairs Thomas Byrne has said. The Government has been widely criticised in recent weeks for not providing student nurses with full pay for their work. A review is underway of allowances for all student nurses, and for the payment of final year students, and Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said he is certain allowances will increase when the review is completed by the end of the year …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 13 December]

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All student nurses should be paid if doing work of staff , Tánaiste says

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses and midwives who are doing the work of staff nurses should be paid for their efforts ‘and that includes those in first, second and third year’, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil. But he hit out at the Opposition over a Dáil motion calling for student nurses and midwives to be paid, which the Government rejected …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 10 December]

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A Broken System, A Fed-Up Workforce – Student Nurses React To Dáil Decision

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Late on Tuesday the 2nd of December, the Dáil rejected a motion, brought forward by People Before Profit, to pay student nurses and midwives for working during the Covid-19 pandemic. The motion was rejected by a narrow margin of 77-72. The three parties in government all voted against the motion …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 3 December]

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Student nurses who worked for free in Covid wards may be paid

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Health Minister Stephen Donnelly is examining whether to pay a bonus or other stipend to student nurses who work for free in Covid wards around the country. Confirmation of the move, previously mooted, comes after 12,000 people signed an internet petition overnight calling for the 3,000 students to be paid for both the work and the risk they are running of contracting the life-altering disease …” (more)

[Senan Molony, Independent, 27 November]

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Varadkar rules out ‘significant’ public service pay rise

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

“Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar has ruled out significant pay rises for government employees in the next public service agreement. But he described pay inequality for post-2012 recruits as an unfair ‘running sore’, which had never been intended to last forever …” (more)

[Ingrid Miley, RTÉ News, 23 November]

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Third Level Institutions – Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 9th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMairead Farrell (Galway West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Trade, Enterprise and Employment if universities and third level institutions are bound by SI 146 of 2000 Industrial Relations Act 1990 (Code of Practice on Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 October]

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Scientific Research – CERN

Posted in Research on July 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if the application by Ireland to become a full member of CERN will be progressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 July]

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College Students Among Worst Hit From Cuts To Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Friday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced cuts to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment for part-time workers from €350 to €203 a week, affecting students who were working part-time during the academic term. For many students, the summer months are a time for saving money to pay for college accommodation and student fees. The payment cut affects those who were working part-time and making less than €200 a week prior to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Rachel Healy, College Tribune, 6 June]

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USI call for students to be entitled to €350 pandemic payment for work lost during summer months

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

Ireland“The Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) has called for the government to allocate adequate unemployment payment to students who will miss out on summer work due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This follows Taoiseach Leo Varadakar’s statement yesterday that the unemployment payment is due to be cut for some part-time workers …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 5 June]

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WIT President: ‘We Have Earned the Title of University’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“While admitting to feeling ‘a little let down’ in the wake of last week’s Munster Technological University (MTU) announcement, WIT President Willie Donnelly has told staff: ‘We have earned the title of University’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 31 May]

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Government announces decision on Munster Technological University application

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today (26 May 2020) announced the decision to grant Technological University Status to the TU Consortium made up of Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 26 May]

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Leaving Cert 2020: Students to be assessed using predictive grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 8th, 2020 by steve

“This year’s Leaving Cert students are expected to be assessed through predictive grades, in a radical departures from the normal State exams. These grades would be based on their performance in school, under plans that are set to go before the Cabinet on Friday …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 May]

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Leaving Cert ‘Plan B’ could see grades based on class rankings

Posted in Teaching on May 7th, 2020 by steve

“Leaving Cert students may be awarded grades based on their class ranking and their performance in recent assessments under a potential ‘Plan B’ to the summer exams. The Irish Times understands that a draft Department of Education plan could involve school principals signing off on a process where teachers award provisional grades based on student performance to date …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 7 May]

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‘Let students opt out of the State exams’

Posted in Teaching on May 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Each Leaving Cert student should be given the choice of sitting an exam this year or having their marks calculated on a mixture of past results and overall national averages, says an education expert. It would be kinder to students and better for their mental health if the State examinations were formally cancelled and replaced with a series of options …” (more)

[Alan O’Keeffe, Independent, 3 May]

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‘Cancel the Leaving Cert’ – Fianna Fáil says uncertainty causing stress

Posted in Teaching on May 2nd, 2020 by steve

“The Leaving Cert must be cancelled and ‘fair alternatives’ to the State exams must be worked on, Fianna Fáil has said. Speaking following the publication on Friday night of the Government’s plan for exiting the coronavirus lockdown, the party’s education spokesman Thomas Byrne said it had added to the ‘already heightened anxiety’ among students …” (more)

[Patrick Logue and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 May]

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NUIG says funding will support Covid-19 focused research

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2020 by steve

“The President of NUI Galway has said significant investment in profound research focused on helping human health and well-being during the current health emergency will be announced today by the Taoiseach. Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh said the funding will support medical, technical and social research projects specifically focused on Covid-19, a number of which are based at NUI Galway …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 April]

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‘We Need You’, Taoiseach Tells Trinity’s Graduating Medicine Students

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

“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today told Trinity’s graduating medicine students that they’ll play a vital role in battling the coronavirus pandemic, in an online graduation ceremony held so students can join the frontlines in the next month …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 28 April]

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