Third Level Education – Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 27th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if funding is available for students wishing to continue to third-level education abroad in September 2021 given the likely rise in CAO points requirements for domestic courses; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 March]

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Government votes down PBP proposal to scrap third level fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Tonight, the government voted against the People Before Profit (PBP) Young People and Access to Further and Higher Education motion in the Dáil. All opposition TDs bar 8 members of the Regional Group of independents voted in favour of the bill …” (more)

[Kate Henshaw, Trinity News, 25 March]

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Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I am delighted to be here today again addressing Dáil Éireann on the work of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. We have been working very hard in recent months to establish a new Department. Indeed, the Department was only formally set up in law last August and we have tried to pursue an ambitious agenda of work since then …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 10 March]

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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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Extra College Places Here to Stay, Says Harris

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has confirmed that the thousands of extra college places introduced this year because of the pandemic are here to stay. Harris will also introduce 2,000 additional higher education places this year ‘to deal with the demographic pressures’ that the sector is currently facing …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 15 January]

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Third Level Fees – Graduate Entry Medicine

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 17th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the rationale for charging fees of over €15,000 per year for graduate entry medicine courses, which means that many students who finish the course leave university with loans of up to €100,000, and in turn results in emigration and exacerbates staff shortages in medicine; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 December]

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Explainer: What is the current situation with unpaid student nurse placements?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses have been in the headlines recently after the government voted against a motion to pay them for clinical placement during the pandemic. The motion was rejected by the three parties in government, which was described as ‘cold-hearted’ and a ‘betrayal that won’t be forgotten’ by People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett …” (more)

[Orla Dwyer, TheJournal.ie, 9 December]

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Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 20th, 2020 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I very much welcome the opportunity to update the House on some of the work of the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science just under five months on from its creation and the formation of the Government. I very much appreciate the support and interest from all sides of the Oireachtas for a new stand-alone Department to place a renewed focus on the further and higher education sectors and enhance and develop research and innovation …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 19 November]

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Student Grant Scheme – Cost of Increase

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

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of increasing student grants to their highest historical levels …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 September]

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Third Level Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to abolish third level registration fees in view of the fact that many students will not be attending lectures as normal, will have extra IT costs due to online learning and will find it more difficult to find work; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 9 September]

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Norma Foley: Colleges can charge students full €3k in fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges will be able to charge the full €3,000 in fees to their students even if they severely restrict access to campus and force them to stay at home, Education Minister Norma Foley has said …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 30 August]

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Ministers and Secretaries and Ministerial, Parliamentary, Judicial and Court Offices (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage

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

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I move: ‘That the Bill be now read a Second Time’. It is a great pleasure to present to the House the Ministers and Secretaries and Ministerial, Parliamentary, Judicial and Court Offices (Amendment) Bill 2020, which passed all Stages in the Seanad yesterday. This Bill establishes, for the first time in the history of the State, a Department focused on further and higher education, research, innovation and science. We will now have a Department whose chief remit will be the further and higher education needs of our economy and our people …” (debate, resumed debate)

[Dáil debates, 24 July]

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No Sign of Fee Reductions for an Upcoming Year of Blended Learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Several Irish universities, including University College Dublin (UCD), have ruled out fee reductions for students this Autumn semester despite fundamental changes in how courses will be delivered as a result of COVID-19 disruptions …” (more)

[Rowan Kelleher, College Tribune, 2 July]

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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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Political parties rule out student loans to fund third level

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All major political parties have ruled out a student loan scheme as a way of funding higher education over the coming years. The comments were made at a debate on the future of higher education involving the spokespeople for the main political parties at Trinity College Dublin on Tuesday moderated by Newstalk’s Shane Coleman …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Minister admits need for increased funding as parties debate future of higher education

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

Ireland“Representatives from six of Ireland’s main political parties clashed over the future of higher education at a debate held in Trinity today, with significant attention given to the balance between a system funded by taxation or by student fees and the current Fine Gael government’s allocations to higher education, which Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said were larger than suggested by other parties but conceded that the sector still required ‘extra funding …” (more)

[Lauren Boland and Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 28 January]

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Language Schools

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2018 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if language schools will be required to provide evidence of financial viability to ensure that closures such as that of a college (details supplied) is not allowed to happen again in view of the fact that non-EU students applying for visas to study English here must produce bank accounts and evidence of financial viability; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 December]

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Third Level Charges – Student Contribution

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Richard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to reduce or abolish the student contribution for third level students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 July]

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Student Grant Scheme – Non-adjacent Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Richard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to reduce the non-adjacent rate of the grant below the current 45 km; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 July]

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Meanwhile, At Trinity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This afternoon. At Trinity College Dublin. Students protesting over a flat fee of €450 for supplement exams block the entrance to the Book of Kells (top), occupy the college’s dining hall (third pic) and block the college’s Nassau Street entrance (above) …” (pictures, video)

[Broadsheet, 13 March]

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