Third level students must not be overlooked during Level 5 restrictions – Holly Cairns TD

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

Ireland“Holly Cairns TD, Social Democrats spokesperson for Further and Higher Education, has called on the Government to immediately address the impact of Level 5 restrictions on third level students …” (more)

[Elaine Murphy,, 21 October]

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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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Wave of Support for No-Detriment Policy as TDs Back Students

Posted in Teaching on April 9th, 2020 by steve

“The campaign for third level institutions to adopt a ‘No-Detriment’ policy has gained a significant amount of political attention over the last week as universities begin to make clear decisions on the issue. Many parties such as Sinn Féin, the Labour Party and the Social Democrats support the policy on a party-wide level whereas Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil continue to dodge the question towards the relevant department with only few TDs from these parties out-rightly supporting the issue …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 9 April]

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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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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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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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What the Election 2016 Manifestos say about third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2016 by steve

IrelandFianna Fáil: ‘(xv) Freeze student fees. A particularly cynical addition to the government’s list of broken promises was the increase in student fees which has inflicted great hardship on many students. In addition it placed a further burden on already stretched parents struggling to make ends meet trying to support their children’s education …'” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 17 February]

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Without Investment in Third-Level, Ireland’s Long-Term Prosperity is in Danger

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Politicians in Ireland need to start thinking long-term about how we deal with the third-level sector. While politicians are happy to talk about the reduction of fees, or improving access to education, they rarely talk about investing in the institutions themselves …” (more)

[Stephen Donnelly, University Times, 13 February]

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Social Democrats and Education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“So, the Social Democrats have launched their ‘not a manifesto’, making them second to Renua in the early stages of the 2016 General Election. As I reviewed the Renua offering on education, so as not to be accused of partisanship, I will, time permitting, do them all …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 25 January]

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Social Democrats Would Reduce Student Contribution by €1000

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Social Democrats will commit to reducing the student contribution charge by €1,000 as part of their general election manifesto, which is due to be launched this morning. They will also propose the reintroduction of maintenance grants for postgraduate students …” (more)

[Chris McMahon, University Times, 22 January]

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