‘”The voice of students must be heard” – O’Dowd’

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

“Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has announced that the party will table an Assembly motion in support of students who facing challenges to learning as a result of Covid19. The party’s Further and Higher Education spokesperson said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 23 October]

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Leaving Cert students ‘kept in dark’ over grading errors

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cabinet ministers and Leaving Certificate students were ‘kept in the dark’ over the calculated grades errors, it has been claimed. Sinn Fein’s Donnchadh O Laoghaire said there was a ‘striking’ lack of clarity over exactly who knew what and when about the errors in the system …” (more)

[Michelle Devane, Belfast Telegraph, 1 October]

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Health Minister should bring forward guidance for students returning to university – Archibald

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has urged the Health Minister and Public Health Agency to bring forward guidance for students returning to university and college. The party’s further and higher education person said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 September]

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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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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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Ulster University must meet commitments on Magee expansion – Mullan

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has said the Ulster University must deliver on its commitments on the expansion of Magee. The Foyle MLA said …” (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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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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Leaving Cert students should not be punished as a result of government mismanagement

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Mental Health Mark Ward has called on the Minister for Education to reassure Leaving Cert students awaiting results after standardisation measures used to calculate grades, similar to those being employed here, were scrapped in the North and in Britain …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 19 August]

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Pressure mounts for change to calculated Leaving Cert grading system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is coming under pressure to change its calculated grading system for Leaving Cert students after similar ‘standardisation’ measures in the United Kingdom were scrapped amid controversy on Monday. Opposition parties last night called for a review of the Government’s plan after the British government made a U-turn on A-level results, abandoning its standardisation process …” (more)

[Jack Power, Pat Leahy, Jack Horgan-Jones and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 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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Funchion Calls For Universal Access To Third-Level Education

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD Kathleen Funchion is calling for third-level education to be made accessible and affordable for everyone, irrespective of age, geography or financial circumstances. Deputy Funchion is asking students in the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency to ‘tell their story’ by filling out Sinn Féin’s survey on the grants system …” (more)

[Suzanne Pender, Carlow Nationalist, 6 August]

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IT Carlow to investigate site as war of words continues

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Management at IT Carlow once again fired shots at certain elected representatives this week in a discussion with delegates of Wexford Sinn Féin who attended a meeting at the college …” (more)

[Pádraig Byrne, Wexford People, 14 July]

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IT Carlow Are Actively Investigating A Site For University In Wexford

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

Ireland“Sinn Féín representatives have described as ‘positive and progressive’ a meeting which took place with representatives from IT Carlow at the college on Tuesday of this week. The purpose of this meeting, which was requested by Cllrs Tom Forde and Fionntán Ó Súilleabhain and also attended by TD Johnny Mythen, Dr Patricia Mulcahy (ITC President) and John Moore (Chairperson), was to further progress, and troubleshoot, the provision of the much sought after university in the South East …” (more)

[Wexford Weekly, 8 July]

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Maurice Quinlivan TD welcomes UL decision to ‘do the right thing’ on student rents

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Limerick City Maurice Quinlivan has said that today’s news that students at UL will be granted refunds for vacating student accommodation early due to COVID 19 is very welcome. UL have finally done the right thing. Speaking today in Limerick, Teachta Quinlivan said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 29 May]

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‘Medical school an exciting opportunity for Derry’ – Mullan

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has said the delivery of a medical school at the Magee campus is an exciting opportunity for Derry and the north west. Speaking after receiving a letter from the Health Minister restating the Executive’s commitment to completing the project, the Foyle MLA said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 28 May]

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Limerick university students wait for refunds

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has urged the University of Limerick (UL) to ‘get their finger’ out over the refunding of rents to students. It comes after it emerged that Education Minister Joe McHugh took it upon himself to contact the college’s chancellor, Mary Harney to discuss the matter …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 21 May]

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Fianna Fáil Will Seek State Funding for Extra College Places if in Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“Fianna Fáil will seek to secure state funding for extra college places if it forms a government, its education spokesperson has said, amid fears that some students could be disadvantaged due to the introduction of calculated grades in this year’s leaving certificate …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 8 May]

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Call for urgent plan to safeguard third-level sector from serious financial fallout due to Covid-19

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

“An urgent plan to safeguard the Irish third-level sector from serious financial fallout due to the Covid-19 crisis must be a top priority for the Government. That is the warning as Irish universities face potential revenue losses running into the hundreds of millions due to the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 April]

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