Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2021 by steve

IrelandMatt Shanahan (Waterford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the workstreams activity agreed regarding the new technological university for the south east development (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 February]

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Taoiseach addresses TUSEI issue in Dáil

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

Ireland“The Taoiseach says no decision has been made on the headquarters of the new university in the South East. Michael Martin was responding to questions in the Dáil from Matt Shanahan. The Independent TD says the technological university process appears to have turned negative, with outside political influence wishing to see WIT’s leadership credentials dismantled …” (more)

[Julie Smyth, WLR FM, 4 February]

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The TUSE: A Lie Repeated?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The past decade has been politically difficult for Waterford. Power resided elsewhere in the region and the effort needed to lobby government was immense. The number of times people were forced onto the streets for hospital services was outrageous. Have Limerick or Galway people ever had to march the streets for anything? Ever? …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 3 February]

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South East University HQ discussed on Déise Today

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The issue of the headquarters for the South East University is a burning topic right now. This week, on Déise Today with Damien Tiernan, the issue was discussed with politicians from both Waterford and Kilkenny …” (more, video)

[FUSE, 1 February]

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Waterford and Carlow IT Presidents Chair First TU Advisory Group Meeting

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Presidents of Waterford and Carlow’s Institutes of Technology co-chaired the inaugural meeting of the Technological University of the South East’s (TUSEI) Regional Engagement Advisory Group this afternoon …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 28 January]

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Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): With the agreement of the House, I will share my time with the Minister of State, Deputy Niall Collins. I welcome the opportunity to update the House on the impact of Covid-19 on the further and higher education sector. I was a little disappointed that, for the first time in my political career, some Members of the Dáil actually voted not to have me here today for questions and answers. I find that a little bit regrettable, as almost half a million people in this country are in further or higher education …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 14 January]

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Technological Universities – Funding

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

IrelandMatt Shanahan (Waterford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the technological university resources will now be rebalanced to align with the aspirations of Project Ireland 2040 to support regional growth given that the university sector has grown by 40% since 2000 and the institute of technology sector has grown by 3% which is feeding the perception that Dublin, with its multiple universities, is sucking the life out of the rest of the country …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 December]

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Third Level Education – The South-East

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMatt Shanahan (Waterford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that approximately €1.7 billion has been spent in the university sector and that less than 1% has been delivered to the south east, which accounts for 10% of the student population; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that the south east has experienced a pronounced decline in that period; if he is satisfied with the current capital allocations process; his plans going forward to manage the process, ensuring it is delivering fair and equitable direct value equally to the regions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 15 December]

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IT Carlow

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

IrelandMatt Shanahan (Waterford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether programmes delivered as collaborative provision in association with the Institute of Technology Carlow satisfy the QQI guidelines on cyclical review and annual institutional quality reporting; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 December]

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HPAT and calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMatt Shanahan (Waterford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students that recently took their HPAT exams; his views on whether these exams took place in and around the time of the pre-examinations those students with an ambition to study medicine would have focused more on the HPAT than the pre-leaving certificate; his further views on whether these students are now at a distinct disadvantage in view of the recent announcement that their calculated grades will be partially based on those pre-results; his plans to provide equity for these students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 June]

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