Taoiseach appeals to 3rd level students to help prevent Covid-19 spread

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Taoiseach has issued a direct appeal to third-level students to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 ahead of the reopening of colleges next week. Micheál Martin made his appeal this morning as he again expressed concerns about the rising number of cases in Cork and in other counties showing worrying trends including Waterford, Louth, Wicklow, Kildare, and Galway …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 25 September]

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Harris wants students to think beyond CAO points and degrees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Simon Harris wants to take the focus off CAO points and university degrees as the main goal of school-leavers. The Further and Higher Education Minister wants as much discussion about apprenticeships and other forms of learning and training as paths to good careers and fulfilling lives …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 July]

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Government Approves Legislation Establishing Higher Education Department

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government today passed legislation officially establishing the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced the new Department last month that Provost Patrick Prendergast hailed as a move with ‘the potential to be a new beginning for the third level sector after a decade treading water’ …” (more)

[Emma Donohoe, University Times, 13 July]

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TDs and senators will get their 2% pay rise this year

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

Ireland“TDs, senators and the public service workforce are set for a 2% pay rise in October, the new Expenditure Minister has signalled. Michael McGrath indicated that the Government will honour the wage increase due under a pay deal …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 1 July]

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A Third-Level Department Represents Big Progress – But Does Not a Funding Model Make

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In July 17th, 2019, in the basement of the Alex Hotel in Dublin city centre, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin promised Ireland’s higher education leaders a new department, just for them. It was easy at the time to be cynical about the pitch: Martin, who wasn’t in government, was speaking at a conference organised by universities, for universities, and addressing a sector starved of both funding and political attention …” (more)

[University Times, 28 June]

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IUA welcomes the announcement that a new independent Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science is being formed

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

Ireland“The IUA warmly welcomes the announcement by Taoiseach Micheal Martin that a new independent Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science is to be formed. Reacting to the announcement Jim Miley, Director General of IUA said: ‘This key change in government clearly recognises the central importance of universities and other third level institutes as producers of the talent pipeline for the economy and as hubs of research and innovation …'” (more)

[IUA, 27 June]

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Provost Hails ‘New Beginning’ as Higher Education Department Set Up

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

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has welcomed a new government decision to create a specific department for higher education and research, hailing it as a move with ‘the potential to be a new beginning for the third level sector after a decade treading water’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 27 June]

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Micheál Martin Interview – Universities ‘Under Significant Pressure’

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

“Micheál Martin has been a TD for Cork South-Central since 1989. He is the current leader of Fianna Fáil and is currently in talks to form a Government with Fine Gael and The Green Party. The College Tribune’s Neil Stokes was very grateful for the opportunity to speak with him on a wide range of matters including education, government formation, climate change, housing and his lengthy political career …” (more)

[College Tribune, 14 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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Wave of Support for No-Detriment Policy as TDs Back Students

Posted in Teaching on April 9th, 2020 by steve

“The campaign for third level institutions to adopt a ‘No-Detriment’ policy has gained a significant amount of political attention over the last week as universities begin to make clear decisions on the issue. Many parties such as Sinn Féin, the Labour Party and the Social Democrats support the policy on a party-wide level whereas Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil continue to dodge the question towards the relevant department with only few TDs from these parties out-rightly supporting the issue …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 9 April]

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Fianna Fáil Would Maintain €3,000 College Fee in Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil has pledged an extra €100 million a year in core funding for higher education, but refused to commit to any of the three options outlined in the 2016 Cassells report. The party is also promising a 20% increase in undergraduate state grants, a restoration of postgraduate grants and the maintenance of fees at their current level, Fianna Fáil education spokesperson Thomas Byrne said at a press briefing this morning …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 23 January]

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The Big Two Parties on Higher Education – In Their Own Words

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

Ireland“If we’re to believe the pundits, this election more than most others in Irish politics is a battle of the big two – Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. The conclusion of the parties’ confidence-and-supply deal signalled the end of the uneasy truce that bound them together for three years, and potshots have started flying in both directions as the parties seek to differentiate themselves and pitch to voters …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 16 January]

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Universities Round on Joe McHugh After Government Fee Promise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have rounded on Minister for Education Joe McHugh after he pledged not to increase student fees in the next five years, calling for ‘positive solutions on funding’ from the government. In a statement released this afternoon, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) said that McHugh’s promise not to increase fees beyond €3,000, made in an interview with the Sunday Independent, ‘tells us what the Minister will not do’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 12 August]

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It’s Been a Busy Week for Third-Level. But Momentum Is at a Premium

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s been an unusually busy news week for the higher education sector. On Wednesday morning, higher education’s biggest names assembled in the basement of the Alex Hotel to listen to Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin discuss the future of higher education. The speech was well received by university heads, with Brian MacCraith, the Chair of the Irish Universities Association, even describing his remarks as ‘brave’ …” (more)

[University Times, 21 July]

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Martin calls for department of higher education

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin has called for the creation of a department of higher education and research that would be separate from the Department of Education. Mr Martin said his party in government would seek a ‘broader reconfiguration’ of the departments as there was not ‘enough thought’ put into the structures of some of those established in recent times …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Loan Schemes May Be Third-Level’s Best – and Most Equitable – Option

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin made headlines yesterday morning when, at a prominent higher education funding conference, he confessed that, if in government, Fianna Fáil would not abolish student fees, and would consider the introduction of student loans. This bombshell, contained within an otherwise lengthy and relatively uncontroversial speech, is likely to provoke cries of derision from across the political spectrum …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 18 July]

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Government Hits Back at Fianna Fáil Higher Education Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The government has hit back at Micheál Martin’s proposal to create a new government department for higher education and research, questioning the feasibility of a plan mooted by the Fianna Fáíl leader at a higher education conference this morning …” (more)

[Ross Malervy, University Times, 17 July]

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Micheál Martin calls for a separate Department of Higher Education and Research at IUA Future of Ireland Event

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Speaking at the Irish Universities Association (IUA) inaugural Future of Ireland series, Leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin called for the creation of a separate Department of Higher Education and Research and for clarity and certainty around core funding. Micheál Martin also highlighted the need to tackle the funding of the innovation gap between large and small enterprises, and the need for fostering diversity and accessibility within higher education …” (more, download)

[IUA, 17 July]

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Government Supports Creation of Forum on Student Sexual Assault

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After reports of three students raped in University College Cork, the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan has lent his support to the creation of a Garda forum to tackle sexual assault in universities …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 26 September]

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University Status Applications: NCAD and IADT

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2018 by steve

Micheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on recent reports regarding the possible merger of the NCAD and IADT to form a creative arts university; if there have been meetings with the HEA on the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 June]

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