Scientific Research – CERN

Posted in Research on June 18th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost to the Exchequer of Ireland becoming a full member of CERN; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 June]

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Planned reopening of college campuses welcome but light on detail – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Further and Higher Education Rose Conway-Walsh TD has welcomed the government’s announcement that further and higher education campuses will be open in September but called on the Minister to provide greater clarity. The Mayo TD said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 15 June]

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Additional college places needed to match demand – Mayo TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Mayo TD Rose Conway-Walsh has called on the government to stop downplaying the scale of the increase of applicants to the CAO and to take action to make additional places available. The Sinn Féin spokesperson for Further and Higher Education, Conway-Walsh stated: ‘The Leaving Cert results being delayed until September 3 will be very stressful news for students and their families …'” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 6 June]

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End Israeli access to Horizon and billions in EU funding – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has said there is a ‘window of opportunity’ to use the powerful lever of Horizon funding to pressurise Israel to end its apartheid regime. Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 May]

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Making Castlebar a university town is now within reach – TD

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Mayo TD has welcomed the submission of the application by the Connacht Ulster Alliance for the formation of a Technological University in the West/North West. Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Further and Higher Education Deputy Rose Conway-Walsh said: ‘Making Castlebar a university town is now within reach and will be a game changer for the county town’ …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 24 May]

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Graduate-entry Medicine

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 21st, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address the barriers facing students accessing graduate-entry medicine; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 20 May]

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PhD researchers

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to improve the working conditions for PhD researchers; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Debates, 20 May]

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Student Mobility Survey: Great potential for all-Ireland third-level education – Rose Conway-Walsh TD, John O’Dowd MLA

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokespersons on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh and John O’Dowd MLA, have launched a survey to look at how we can remove barriers and increase cross-border enrolment in third-level education. Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 May]

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Third Level Staff – Temporary or Casual Hiring

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he plans to take to address the situation regarding the hiring of academic staff on a temporary or casual basis in universities and the resulting precarious working conditions for the staff involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 May]

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SUSI funding – Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 30th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the percentage of SUSI funding that goes towards covering the student contribution charge in each year since 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 April]

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The USI’s Residential Tenancies Bill – What’s Next?

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

Ireland“On Wednesday April 28th, Dail Eireann was presented with The USI’s Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Act 2021 by Sinn Fein and signed by 56 opposition TDS. In a statement from the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), they outlined the changes that would take place under the proposed Bill …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 28 April]

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Research and Development – Public Investment

Posted in Research on March 30th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide the public and private investment in research and development as a numerical value, a share of GDP, a share of GNI and a share of GNI* in each year since 2006, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 March]

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Select Committee on Education and Skills – Vote 45 – Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I thank the committee for the opportunity to speak to it as part of its consideration of the Department’s Revised Estimates. I am accompanied today by the Minister of State, Deputy Niall Collins, who has responsibility for skills and further education and by officials from the Department. I am conscious that I have only five minutes to deliver my opening statement so I will be very brief and give an overview of the Revised Estimates for my Department for 2021. I can pick up on issues in the exchanges with members. The allocation for the Department’s 2021 Estimate was drawn up in late 2020 as part of the 2021 Estimates process, which allocated an additional €236 million …” (more)

[Select Committee on Education and Skills, 23 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 – Repeat years

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 6th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if support will continue to be provided through the free fees initiative and SUSI grants for students that have to repeat a year due to the impact of Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 March]

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More than 90% of students ‘struggling with loneliness and stress in pandemic’

Posted in Life on March 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“More than 90% of students say they are struggling with loneliness, stress and feeling disconnected, a Sinn Fein survey has found. The Student Wellbeing Survey found that four out of five students say their college experience is negatively impacting their mental health in the pandemic …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Independent, 4 March]

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Mental health crisis looming among students – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has warned of a looming mental health crisis among students and urged the Government to act urgently. Teachta Conway-Walsh’s comments come as she publishes the results of her Student Wellbeing survey which reveals extremely concerning feelings of isolation, stress and poor mental health among students …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 March]

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Research and Development

Posted in Research on February 27th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the public expenditure on research and development and as a percentage in each year since 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 February]

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Student renters entitled to refund of accommodation costs under new Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD and spokesperson on Higher Education Rose Conway-Walsh TD have commented on the launch of the Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Bill 2021. The Bill has been signed by 56 opposition TDs and was launched with the USI today …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 25 February]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the most recent data his Department has on the breakdown between purpose-built student accommodation in the private market and on campus are from 2014; his plans to update this information; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 February]

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