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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Joe McHugh is Inheriting a Higher Education Sector Riddled With Problems

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

Ireland“It was with relatively little fanfare that Richard Bruton’s tenure as Minister for Education came to a close, with Bruton shifted to the Department of Communications by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and landed with the unenviable task of salvaging the mess that the national broadband plan has become …” (more)

[Matthew Murphy, University Times, 16 October]

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In Cabinet Reshuffle, Joe McHugh Appointed Minister for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Joe McHugh has been appointed Minister for Education and Skills, replacing Richard Bruton, as part of a series of ministerial changes made in the wake of the resignation of Denis Naughten. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today announced that Bruton would replace Naughten …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 13 October]

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Taoiseach: University ‘will open next year’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar East recently to discuss progress hopes to see a university up and running in Waterford next year. He told guests at the Carlow Business Awards last week that it would be the country’s second technological university. ‘The new University of Technology for Dublin will be established in January next year’ …” (more)

[Waterford Today, 3 October]

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Student accommodation rent caps are too little, too late

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

Ireland“In the midst of ludicrously high rent prices and rising homelessness on the streets of Dublin, conjoined with exponential population growth in the city centre, the cries for solutions to the housing crisis in Dublin have reached a fever pitch. For students and citizens alike, the cost of living in Dublin has become untenable and pressure has been placed on the government to react as soon as possible …” (more)

[Eoin O’Donnell, Trinity News, 16 September]

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Government investment in Higher Education to triple

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Capital investment in higher education is to be nearly trebled as part of Project Ireland 2040. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor announced today a large increase in education investment under Project Ireland 2040, a €116 billion investment and development plan …” (more)

[Shauna Bannon Ward, Trinity News, 14 September]

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Taoiseach and Ministers Announce €11.9 billion Investment in Education as part of Project Ireland 2040

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“70% increase in school building budget. Capital investment in Higher Education to be almost trebled. First dedicated capital budget for Further Education and Training. The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD, the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD today …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 September]

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Universities U-Turn on Loans

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Universities will no longer lobby the government to introduce a student loan scheme, marking a complete U-turn in their approach to the higher education funding crisis. In an interview with The University Times, the head of the Irish Universities Association (IUA), Jim Miley, said that universities are becoming ‘agnostic on loans’ …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 6 September]

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