Access to Higher Education – Direct Provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 5th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGerald Nash (Louth, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her plans to provide third level educational opportunities for residents in direct provision; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 July]

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Third Level Fees and COVID-19

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 5th, 2020 by steve

IrelandPaul Donnelly (Dublin West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the supports that have been put in place to help students returning to third-level education who are uncertain as to the way in which they will pay fees, especially in cases in which part-time income has been affected by Covid-19 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 July]

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Technological Universities: Munster TU

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Alan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the costs expended to date by all agencies on the establishment of the Munster technological university; the estimated expenditure that will be needed for the remainder of 2020; if Cork Institute of Technology or Institute of Technology Tralee will be offering a voluntary redundancy scheme to staff; if so, the estimated cost of such a scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 July]

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Technological Universities – TUSE and Wexford

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2020 by steve

IrelandJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the establishment of the technological university of the south-east with the provision of a County Wexford campus; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 July]

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Leaving Cert – Calculated Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMary Lou McDonald (Leader of the Opposition; Dublin Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which the delay in receiving leaving certificate calculated grades will impact on students that have applied to study at an EU member state university many of whom require results in August 2020 to secure an offer of a place; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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SUSI – Maintenance Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of increasing the SUSI maintenance grant by 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 percent respectively; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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SUSI Grants – Master’s Programmes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of expanding SUSI grants to cover master’s programmes; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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Leaving Cert – Calculated Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide details of the different demographic characteristics including gender and socio-economic status being used to review individual grades from 2020 leaving certificate students which are leading to significant delays; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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Third Level Fees – Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of reducing the student contribution charge for higher education by €100, €200, €500, €1,000 and €3,000, respectively; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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Minister Foley welcomes positive response of Minister van Engelshoven to registration of Irish students to Higher Education Institutions in the Netherlands

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has welcomed an agreement reached with Dutch higher education institutions that will allow Leaving Certificate students receiving their Calculated Grades results on 7 September to register to enter higher education in the Netherlands for the 2020/21 academic year …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 July]

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Third Level Education – COVID-19

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

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her views on whether many third-level students face challenges during the Covid-19 restrictions, such as issues of mental health and well-being, access to on-campus support services, challenging home lives and access to the internet for remote learning; if she has considered encouraging third-level institutions to consider allowing students to use work done during the year to contribute towards their final grade, particularly for students that for a variety of reasons failed their final exam in the summer; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 July]

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State Examinations – Leaving Cert delay

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

IrelandCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the delay in leaving certificate results being pushed out to September 2020; the provisions in place for third-level applications here and for students seeking to apply and begin courses abroad; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 July]

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Third Level Examinations – Repeat Fees

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

IrelandBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason some colleges are charging a repeat exam fee and most other colleges are not (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 July]

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Student Accommodation – Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if her attention has been drawn to reports that a third level institution (details supplied) is not refunding prepaid rent for campus accommodation; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 July]

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Third Level Admissions – DARE and HEAR

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

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of students who were successful in their applications to the national alternative entry schemes for students with disabilities and students from low socio-economic backgrounds, DARE and HEAR, for the past two years in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 July]

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Student Accommodation – Refunds

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandMattie McGrath (Tipperary, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures she will introduce to provide protections for third level students in circumstances in which many are expected to pay accommodation deposits and a number of months’ rent up front when it is not clear whether they will be attending their colleges for classes in the coming term; if she will ensure that legislative protections are introduced to ensure that those providing student accommodation cannot take advantage of students in view of the current circumstances; if her attention has been drawn to the large demands being placed on students for payments up front despite the fact that many received no refunds for last term; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 July]

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Student Grant Scheme – Postgraduate Students

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

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will raise the threshold for postgraduate SUSI grants to allow for the economic uncertainty due to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 July]

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Student Grant Scheme – Mature Students

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

IrelandPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Aontú): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if mature applicants to third level colleges living at home with their parents due to lack of affordable housing options can be means-assessed independently for the SUSI grant and not as dependents on their parents’ household income; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 July]

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Education Minister Norma Foley accused of breaching ministerial code

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Norma Foley has been accused of breaching the ministerial code after she failed to tell the Dáil last week that the Leaving Cert results would be delayed until September 7 …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 21 July]

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Postponed Leaving Cert exams planned for November

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students have less than a week to register online to opt-in to receive their calculated grades. Minister for Education Norma Foley has confirmed that the deadline to opt-in for results online will expire on Monday July 27th at 4pm …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 July]

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