Third Level Institutions – TU Dublin

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

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No 236 of 14 October 2020, if Dublin Technical University currently holds no debt; if he plans to create a borrowing framework for the technological universities to allow them to borrow in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 October]

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Student Accommodation – Refunds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the mechanisms he has explored to ensure students in both on-campus and off-campus accommodation will receive full refunds for unused accommodation; the institutes of higher education and accommodation providers that have agreed to give refunds; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more, and even more)

[Dáil debates, 20 October]

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State Examinations – Leaving Cert

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason no specific plan was put in place to address the disadvantage faced by the 8,000 students who sat the leaving certificate prior to 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 October]

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Trinity College and DCU yet to outline student accommodation refund policy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Five of the State’s seven universities have confirmed they will refund students who leave their third-level accommodation, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 21 October]

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Third Level Institutions – Debt

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department is monitoring the debt levels of publicly funded universities and technological universities; the total amount and by each publicly funded university and technological university; the anticipated impact on levels of debt held by universities due to Covid-related disruption to the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 October]

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Trinity ‘reviewing’ possibility of offering refunds for unused accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity have said that they are reviewing the possibility of offering refunds to students who have paid for college owned accommodation but are not now using that accommodation due to classes being moved online. Speaking to Trinity News, a College spokesperson said: ‘Trinity is currently reviewing its policies in relation to such refunds and more information will be available shortly’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy and Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 13 October]

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Many students left behind by Government – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Rose Conway-Walsh TD has called on the government to take immediate action to support students to make it to third-level by cutting fees and increasing SUSI supports …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 14 September]

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Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost in 2020 if the student contribution charge was reduced by €100, €200, €500, €1000 and €3000, respectively …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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Student Grant Scheme – Mature Independents

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of expanding eligibility for mature independents maintenance grants to include all mature applicants that have been forced to live with their parents for financial reasons; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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Third Level Reform – Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the Cassells report has been sent to the European Commission for review; when he expects the Commission to respond; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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Third Level Costs per student

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of each student enrolled as an undergraduate full-time, part-time, remote and FETAC; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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Third Level Education – Learning Difficulties

Posted in Teaching on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the provisions in place for those with learning difficulties if all third level education is to be online; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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Discrimination of past Leaving Cert students cannot be tolerated – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Higher Education Rose Conway-Walsh has accused the government of completely ignoring past Leaving Cert students as they prepare to release the Leaving Cert results on Monday …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 September]

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Third-level fees must be reduced to reflect reality – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has challenged the Government for expecting students and their families to pay full fees for partial access to campus and facilities. Responding to statements made by the Minister for Education that third-level colleges will be able to charge the full €3,000 in fees to students even if campus access is severely restricted, Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 31 August]

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Ministers must step up and protect student nurses – David Cullinane TD and Rose Conway-Walsh TD

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health David Cullinane TD and spokesperson on Further and Higher Education Rose Conway-Walsh TD have called on the Ministers for Health and Higher Education to step up to the plate and protect student nurses …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 27 August]

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Students urged not to rush into booking third level accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the Leaving Certificate results date of September 7th draws closer, many students are facing uncertainty regarding where they will get accommodation for the academic year. Earlier in the summer, University of Limerick (UL) announced they have amended their accommodation offerings, allowing some students to avail of ‘flexible accommodation’ in recognition of the reduced on-campus time they will have due to Covid-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Muireann Duffy, BreakingNews.ie, 26 August]

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Don’t Sign Long-Term Leases Without College Plan, Says Sinn Féin

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Higher Education Spokesperson Rose Conway-Walsh today said that students should hold off on signing long-term leases on accommodation until they receive clarity on what the next academic year will look like …” (more)

[Emma Donohoe, University Times, 25 August]

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Majority of Irish students fear they won’t have enough money to stay in college this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Four in five students fear they won’t have enough money to stay in college this year. And Covid-19 is to blame because of falling incomes in families and the complete collapse of summer work that normally allow students to build a nest egg for the year …” (more)

[Ferghal Blaney, Dublin Live, 20 August]

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NUI Galway urged to reduce ‘unacceptable’ exam repeat fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Sinn Féin TD has urged NUI Galway to reverse its decision to charge students almost €300 for each repeat exam. Mayo TD Rose Conway-Walsh said that any fees charge must reflect the costs involved and the changed circumstances of students …” (more)

[Michael Malone, Galway Daily, 14 August]

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Telling the real story: Sinn Féin launch Student Funding survey

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Rose Conway-Walsh has called on Further and Higher Education to be made accessible and affordable for everyone irrespective of their age, geography or financial circumstances …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 6 August]

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