Student Placements

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

IrelandMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the advice that has issued from his Department to third-level colleges in relation to student placements at present; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 November]

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Israel and Horizon Europe

Posted in Research on November 24th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the recently concluded agreement to include Israel in Horizon Europe until 2027; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 November]

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Higher Education Authority Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

IrelandMarc Ó Cathasaigh (Waterford, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the higher education governance Bill; when the Bill is expected to be enacted; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 November]

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Cassells report

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when he will publish the economic evaluation of the Cassells report; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 November]

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Simon Harris confirms ‘contingency’ shutdown plans are in place for colleges as Covid rates rise

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister Simon Harris is confident colleges can stay open with high Covid rates, but he has revealed that contingency shutdown plans are ‘of course’ in place as well. Third level colleges have coped well with the latest wave of Covid, with campuses open and lectures running as normal across most colleges and universities …” (more)

[Ferghal Blaney, Irish Mirror, 23 November]

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New north-west institute named the Atlantic Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris announced on Tuesday the name of the Technological University in the west and north-west as the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) …” (more)

[Kenneth Fox, BreakingNews.ie, 23 November]

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GSU Co-Signs Open Letter Calling for In-Person Exams to be Scrapped

Posted in Teaching on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An open letter to Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly calling for Christmas exams to be held online has garnered more than 2,600 signatures …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 22 November]

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30,000 staff third level colleges to be surveyed on bullying at work

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Staff in third-level colleges are being surveyed on the extent and nature of bullying and cyberbullying in the workplace and other work-related experiences. It comes amid increasing anecdotal evidence that bullying among staff is an issue …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 November]

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Questions of Examinations and Lectures

Posted in Teaching on November 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The deterioration of the Covid-19 situation in Ireland continues apace, with a 7-day average of new cases currently around 4300 per day and 640 people in hospital with 121 needing intensive care …” (more)

[In the Dark, 20 November]

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Erasmus – Northern Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 19th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if students from universities in Northern Ireland were able to register for Erasmus for the winter semester of the 2021-2022 academic year; if they will be able to register in the summer semester; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 November]

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Minister Harris invites expressions of interest to fill Chairperson and Ordinary Members positions on the first Governing Body of the new Technological University for the West and Northwest

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, today (16 November 2021) invited expressions of interest from suitably-qualified and experienced candidates, for consideration for nomination as Chairperson and Ordinary Members of the first Governing Body of the new Technological University for the West and Northwest …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 16 November]

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Irish as Official Language

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 11th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps that are being taken to prepare the third level education system to meet the demands that will be placed on it by the enactment of the Official Language (Amendment) Bill 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 November]

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TU Requires University Level Monies

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“‘I am concerned that the announcement about Waterford, which took into account not only the status and achievements of that college, but also the specific higher education needs of the south-east region, has been interpreted as in some way diminishing the status of Cork regional technical college. That is not the case’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 9 November]

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Embedded Inequality at Third Level

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“‘WIT has been stymied mercilessly by the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education.’ In October 1985, I met the late Padraig Ó Gríofa, Waterford Chamber President Tom Bradfield and Ollie Cleary coming down the steps of the Tower Hotel after the launch of the Bannon Report on a Tech University for Waterford …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 9 November]

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Simon Harris: Now is not the time ‘to tell young people not to socialise’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Minister says that it is ‘not for the Government to tell young people not to socialise’. Simon Harris was speaking as the numbers of Covid cases among 18- to 24-year-olds remains high …” (more)

[Paul Hosford, Irish Examiner, 5 November]

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Harris and USI to create spiking awareness campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, has said he has agreed to put together, with the Union of Students in Ireland, an awareness campaign warning about the possible spiking of women and others with drugs in bars and nightclubs here …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 5 November]

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CAO system must change to reflect wider range of students’ skills – Harris

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities must review the CAO points system to ensure it recognises a wider range of students’ skills or risk losing public funding, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has warned …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 November]

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Technological Universities – TUSE

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2021 by steve

IrelandJohn Cummins (Fine Gael):Yesterday marked a very significant milestone in a journey which has had more twists than a murder mystery novel. Thankfully, that chapter has come to a conclusion and a new chapter has begun with yesterday’s announcement that a technical university for the south east will be established by 1 May and that all final year students currently attending Waterford Institute of Technology, WIT, and IT Carlow will graduate with a university degree …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 3 November]

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Trinity College to continue talks with State on funding to keep Science Gallery open

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

Ireland“The board of Trinity College has decided to continue talks with the Government to see if funding can be secured to save the Science Gallery on Pearse Street in Dublin from closing …” (more)

[Ciarán Hancock, Irish Times, 3 November]

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Trinity and Government officials meet over Science Gallery

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Representatives from Trinity College and Government officials met on Tuesday to see if a proposal can be worked out that could save the Science Gallery on Pearse Street from closing …” (more)

[Ciarán Hancock, Irish Times, 2 November]

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