Universities must divest from fossil fuels – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin’s Climate Action Spokesperson, Caoimhe Archibald MLA, has written to the senior management of Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University seeking a commitment from both institutions to divest from fossil fuels. The East Derry MLA said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 10 March]

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Students must be protected against Brexit – Archibald

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

“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald, has called for the rights of students and young people to be protected in the aftermath of Brexit. The party’s Economy spokesperson said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 March]

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Mullan raises Magee medical school with Health Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has welcomed confirmation that the Health Minister will visit Derry for meetings to discuss the Magee medical school. The Foyle MLA said: ‘Today in the Assembly, I raised with the Health Minister need for official sign off on the graduate entry medical school at Magee University …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 25 February]

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UCD statement on student rent increases begs more questions than it answers – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on UCD to clarify its position on the student accommodation rent increases. Deputy Ó Broin said: ‘The statement issued by UCD yesterday in response to the student protests against a 12% increase in rents over the next three years begs more questions than it answers …'” (more)

[Sinn Fein, 21 February]

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Higher Education must be centre stage in a new Programme for Government, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for higher education to be put centre stage in any new Programme for Government. IFUT General Secretary, Joan Donegan, said that all political parties uniquely committed to address the funding crisis in the recent general election campaign …” (more)

[IFUT, 17 February]

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Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin Hits Out at University Rent Increases

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has written to university presidents seeking a meeting over ‘deeply disappointing’ rent increases that he says ‘are not recognising the spirit’ of new laws introduced to curb the price of student accommodation …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 17 February]

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UCD students to protest against campus rent increases

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students in University College Dublin (UCD) are to demonstrate over a decision by the university to increase on-campus accommodation rents by 12% over the next three years. The UCD students’ union is to hold a rally on the south Dublin campus at 9:15am on Tuesday morning in the student centre over the rent increase …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 17 February]

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Eoin Ó Broin seeks meeting with Universities on rising student accommodation costs

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD has written to the Presidents of University College Dublin, Dublin City University, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, Limerick University, Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork requesting a meeting to discuss plans to increase on-campus student accommodation charges by up to 4% per year …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 17 February]

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‘We must reduce barriers and encourage women to participate in STEM’ – Archibald

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Dr Caoimhe Archibald has said we must break down barriers and challenge misconceptions which limit women’s participation in STEM subjects and careers. Speaking on International Day of Women and Girls in Science the East Derry MLA said: ‘The theme for this year is “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth” focusing on the empowerment of women and girls, promoting the achievement of full and equal access to careers in science …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 February]

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Anderson presses minister on medical school

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

“Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has welcomed confirmation that the Health Minister is looking at the Magee medical school as a way of tackling the GP shortage. The newly co-opted Foyle MLA said: ‘Today, I raised with the Health Minister the urgent need to progress the delivery of a post-graduate medical school at Magee University …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 10 February]

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Universities must have continued access to EU funding streams – Archibald

Posted in Research on February 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald had said Brexit must not be allowed to damage scientific research and that the concerns of the scientific community must be heard. The party’s climate and economy spokesperson was speaking after representatives of university, research and science groups across Europe issued a statement calling for universities in Britain and the north to have ‘full association’ with European research projects after Brexit …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 3 February]

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At Funding-Heavy Third-Level Debate, More Squabbles than Solutions

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Political discussions about higher education, it seems, are a bit like buses: you wait ages for one and then suddenly you have politicians and stakeholders in the same room, publicly debating how best to tackle the sector’s many issues …” (more)

[University Times, 2 February]

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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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Parties outline education vote-grabbing proposals

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

Ireland“Bonus points for honours Mandarin in the Leaving Cert – the first exams are coming in 2022 – may seem an unlikely vote-grabber, but it is among the pre-election promises from Fianna Fail …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 January]

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Few Revelatory Moments in Tetchy Higher Education Debate

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

Ireland“Higher education’s Cassells report came under scrutiny this afternoon at a third-level education debate held in Trinity, with politicians of all hues quarreling over funding during a debate that saw more arguments about figures and statistics than on the ideas underpinning the future of the sector …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, Sárán Fogarty, Ciaran Molloy and Emer Moreau, University 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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‘Not the way to go’ – Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill rules out hike in tuition fees

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

“Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has said raising tuition fees in Northern Ireland is ‘not the way to go’ to plug any shortfall in funding from the UK Government. Her comments come just days after First Minister Arlene Foster stated there will have to be a ‘positive debate’ on the issue. Currently, students pay up to £4,275 a year to study in Northern Ireland, compared to up to £9,250 in England …” (more)

[Andrew Madden, Belfast Telegraph, 19 January]

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Sinn Féin believes in publicly funded education – Archibald

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

Ireland“Speaking tonight on the issue of student fees Sinn Féin economy spokesperson Caoimhe Archibald MLA said: ‘In the south we have costed budget proposals to begin the process of removing student contribution charges, however here in the north we are constrained by the block grant and more challenging budgetary conditions and a lack of fiscal powers …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 17 January]

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DkIT and TUI must meet to discuss strategic future of the Institute – Gerry Adams TD

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams and Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú have called for talks between DkIT and the TUI. Deputy Adams commented following recent media coverage which suggests possible industrial action by TUI members at DkIT. Gerry Adams said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 12 November]

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Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD calls for Minister to engage with DkIT staff

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has called on Minister for State Mary Mitchell O’Connor and DkIT management to engage with staff in the coming days in order to avoid next weeks strike action. Teachta Ó Laoghaire said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 12 November]

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