Brexit is a big risk – and an opportunity to become a global centre for learning

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

Ireland“Brexit poses significant challenges for relationships on these islands. But it also provides an opportunity for Ireland in higher education and research. There has long been close collaboration in this area on these shores. Ireland and the UK share a common quality assurance and peer-review culture and there is extensive co-operation between universities and higher education and research organisation …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Irish Times, 8 December]

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Universities face funding gap of up to €200m due to pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities could be facing a deficit of up to €200m due to the ongoing pandemic in the event of a ‘worst-case scenario’, higher education representatives have warned. Even taking on board positive forecasts for 2021, universities are still estimated to be facing a combined deficit of at least €102m between this academic year and the last, according to the Irish Universities Association (IUA) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 3 December]

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Seanad Electoral (University Members) (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMalcolm Byrne (Fianna Fail): I move: ‘That the Bill be now read a Second Time’. I thank the Minister of State for coming to the House again. As the Cathaoirleach has said, we are becoming friends in the context of debates on electoral reform. I am very happy to present this legislation to the House on Second Stage …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 10 November]

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Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 25th, 2020 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): … I thank the Cathaoirleach for the opportunity to present the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2020 to the House. The primary purpose of the Bill is to establish the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. The establishment of the Department is a major initiative of the new Government. It underscores our strong belief that the interface of knowledge, skills, innovation and access to educational opportunity at further and higher level is critical to our future prosperity and fairness as a society …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 23 July]

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Seanad Electoral (University Members) (Amendment) Bill 2020: First Stage

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

IrelandMalcolm Byrne (Fianna Fail): I move: That leave be granted to introduce Bill entitled an Act to provide for the amendment of the Seanad Electoral (University Members) Acts 1937 to 2006, to provide for the provisions of the seventh amendment of Bunreacht na hÉireann and to extend the franchise of the university panel of Seanad Éireann to all people who are over eighteen and are holders of an appropriate third level qualification from an Irish Institute of Higher Education and to provide for related matters …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 16 July]

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There is a better way to ensure all students have a fair shot at third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There is no other country in the world where the final exam at second level dominates public discourse as much as in Ireland. Newspapers analyse why a certain poet did or did not appear on a particular paper while talk radio can guarantee to get listeners going by mentioning any possible changes …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Irish Times, 23 June]

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Referendum result on extending Seanad vote may be put into effect after 41 years

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 40 years after a referendum was passed to extend Seanad voting rights to graduates of all third level institutions, legislation to finally give effect to the result could be among the first Bills debated if a new government is formed …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Institutes of Technology – IT Carlow and Waterford IT

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

IrelandMalcolm Byrne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the delay in the submission of the application from the institutes of technology in counties Carlow and Waterford for designation as a technological university; and the measures he is taking to assist in such a designation …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 December]

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