Higher Education to ‘Anchor’ Economy Under National Development Plan

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

Ireland“The government has committed to bolstering the role of higher and further education as ‘anchors for enterprise and regional growth’ as part of the National Development Plan, which was launched today …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 4 October]

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Taoiseach Under Fire Over Student Accommodation Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Taoiseach has promised to keep a ‘close eye’ on universities and colleges to ensure they ‘do not charge exorbitant rent’ after being challenged on the topic in the Dáil. The crisis in the student rental market was brought up in the first leader’s questions following the return of the Dáil after its summer recess …” (more)

[Conor Paterson, College Tribune, 27 September]

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College students commuting up to four hours because of accommodation

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

Ireland“Unaffordable accommodation has resulted in record levels of homelessness among students who are sleeping on couches or forced to commute up to four hours a day, the Dáil has been told. People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said the situation was ‘absolutely dire’ for students who are being forced to stay in hotels where they have to pay up to €400 a week …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Schools and colleges on course to reopen despite rise in Covid-19 cases

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The reopening of schools and colleges in the autumn is to proceed as planned, despite a fresh increase in Covid-19 cases. Schools are ‘on course’ to return to normal in-person teaching later this month, a Government source indicated on Sunday, with specific measures put in place to control the spread of infection …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 9 August]

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Return of colleges and international travel on track despite Delta threat

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

Ireland“Plans to welcome students back to college campuses and the return of international travel remain on track, despite the threat of the Delta variant. Taoiseach Micheal Martin said plans to implement the EU’s Digital Covid passport on July 19 are ‘on track’, despite reports ministers privately fear there will be delays …” (more)

[James Ward, Independent, 5 July]

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Government announces €25 million in funding for Trinity College’s Old Library

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government has announced funding of €25 million for the restoration of one of Ireland’s foremost national heritage sites, the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin. The Old Library is home to the magnificent Long Room and precious manuscripts, including the 9th century Book of Kells …” (more)

[TCD, 20 May]

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‘IUA Future of Ireland Webinar: An Taoiseach Micheál Martin on The role of third-level education and research in the knowledge economy’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Two years ago, at the inaugural IUA Future of Ireland event, Micheál Martin TD and Leader of Fianna Fáil put forward his plan for a new Department for Higher Education. As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, he returns as Taoiseach on May 27th at 12:00 to outline his vision for the role of universities and other third level institutions in Irish society and economy …” (more)

[IUA, 7 May]

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Taoiseach: ‘I want to see our students on campus’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Speaking to the country this evening, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that he ‘wants to see our students on campus for the new academic year, enjoying the further and higher education experience that they deserve’. Martin acknowledged that plans are being developed for the resumption of activities in the arts, culture, and educational sectors, however ‘the key factor remains stick with the strategy; a gradual, responsible, reopening’ …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, University Times, 29 April]

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Taoiseach and Minister Harris launch Science Foundation Ireland’s new five year strategy – ‘Shaping Our Future’

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on March 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD and Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD have today (Monday) launched Science Foundation Ireland’s new five year strategy. Shaping our Future sets out ambitious actions and targets to deliver reform today and protect us for the challenges of the future …” (more)

[gov.ie, 1 March]

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Taoiseach rejects call for cancellation of Leaving Cert exams

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

Ireland“Taoiseach Micheál Martin has rejected a call for the Leaving Certificate exams to be cancelled and for a university place to be offered to every student who wants one. He also rejected claims that the Government had been ‘dithering’ over the status of the exams and said it was engaging with all the education partners to give students the clarity on the exams that they need …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 17 February]

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Leaving Cert talks between Government and teacher unions to continue

Posted in Teaching on February 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Intensive talks between the Government and teacher unions will continue on Monday in a bid to find agreement on this year’s Leaving Cert State exam. Both sides held confidential discussions throughout the weekend, but Government sources said there was no certainty that agreement could be reached in time for Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Sarah Burns, Simon Carswell and Anne Lucey, Irish Times, 15 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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University Autonomy is Under Threat. Colleges Must Step Up

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Alarm bells sounded last week when this newspaper reported that the government is considering a bill which would give the Minister for Higher Education the power to suspend or replace the governing bodies of a state-funded universities if it has serious concerns about how the institution is being run …” (more)

[University Times, 31 January]

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Taoiseach: Combination of calculated grades system and written Leaving Cert exam ‘preferred option’

Posted in Teaching on February 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A combination of a calculated grades system and a written exam is the current ‘preferred option’ to be offered to 60,000 students due to sit the Leaving Certificate this year. Taoiseach Micheál Martin, in an interview with the Irish Examiner, has said the Government is keen to give choices to students with a clear desire to hold some form of a written exam …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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‘Inflexible’ Leaving Cert uses ‘limited range’ of assessments, says Taoiseach

Posted in Teaching on January 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Certificate is ‘often too inflexible’ and uses a ‘very limited range’ of methods for assessing learning, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has told educators. Mr Martin was speaking at the launch of the 2020 Education Matters Education Yearbook this afternoon …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 19 January]

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Calls growing for Leaving Cert 2021 to be cancelled as TD warns of huge mental health risks for students

Posted in Teaching on January 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“This year’s Leaving Cert should be cancelled as a result of Covid-19, with all students allowed to access their first or second-choice college courses, a Solidarity–People Before Profit TD has insisted. Mick Barry said today that running the exams – a rite of passage for thousands of young people across the country every year – risks ‘the potential for an unacceptable level of mental health pressures on a large number of leaving cert students’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, Irish Mirror, 6 January]

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Taoiseach told of student nurses’ concerns as early as last summer

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Shortly after 3.30pm on September 2nd, Taoiseach Micheál Martin sent an email to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly. He was following up on correspondence received from a student nurse who expressed concern about unpaid placements in hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic. Martin wanted Donnelly to have the student’s points examined and to let him know what he found out …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 31 December]

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University fees will not rise under current Government, vows Taoiseach

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University fees will not rise during the lifetime of this Government, Taoiseach Micheal Martin has said. Irish students currently face annual fees of up to €3,000 to attend college, a rate that is among the highest in Europe …” (more)

[James Ward, Belfast Telegraph, 23 December]

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Colleges to remain online as January restrictions tightened

Posted in Teaching on December 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Colleges and higher level institutions are to remain primarily online in the start of the new year, Taoiseach Michéal Martin has said. This comes after a sharp rise in cases over recent days, after the UK announced a new variant had broken out in London and other colleges are to remain online until January 12 as part of a tightening of restrictions …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 22 December]

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Student nurses rostered for work should be paid, Taoiseach says

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses who are rostered to work should be paid by their employers, the Taoiseach has said. But he warned such a situation would cause problems for the nursing degree programme, potentially bringing it back to the apprenticeship model, and reducing the quality of nurse education …” (more)

[James Ward, BreakingNews.ie, 15 December]

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