Senator Hoey: Student Nurses ‘Can’t Live on Applause and Platitudes’

Posted in Teaching on November 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There have been renewed calls for Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and the HSE to end the practice of unpaid work by student nurses in hospitals across Ireland. The Labour Party’s spokeswoman for higher education, Senator Annie Hoey, called on the Government to act, reiterating that student nurses on the frontline ‘can’t live on applause and platitudes’ …” (more)

[Jack O’Gorman, College Tribune, 21 November]

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Student nurses working on the frontline still not being paid

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses who are on the front line of the fight against Covid-19 are still not being paid, but they are hopeful the minister for Health Stephen Donnelly will listen to their pleas. The Department of Health is engaging with trade unions on revising the existing student nurse and midwife allowances for clinical placements, and they say the process should be completed ‘in the coming days’ …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 2 November]

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Campus accommodation to remain open around country with some in-person teaching allowed to continue

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students and staff living in on-campus accommodation around the country are to be permitted to remain in their current housing but with no visitors allowed under guidelines for higher education following the announcement of new Level 5 restrictions last night …” (more)

[Kate Henshaw, Trinity News, 20 October]

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‘Shocking irresponsibility’: Residents in Cork criticise decision to proceed with Freshers Week event

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Residents in Cork city have called for University College Cork (UCC) to call off Freshers Week as the number of Covid-19 cases in Cork continue to rise. Yesterday, a further 54 cases were confirmed in Cork and the county is under consideration for additional lockdown measures …” (more)

[Michelle McGlynn, Irish Examiner, 28 September]

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College party crackdown by Coalition

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is examining new measures to crack down on large gatherings, such as college parties, after Health Minister Stephen Donnelly’s plans to make it a criminal offence to have more than six people in a person’s home were blocked by the Cabinet …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 30 August]

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Donnelly Brings Together Student Union Presidents From All Across Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health and Wicklow TD, Stephen Donnelly is brining together a group of Student’s Union Presidents from across the country to discuss issues relating to education, housing, health and Brexit. Deputy Donnelly said it that was important to get the perspective of the Student Unions in order to bring forward real and meaningful solutions to the various crisis that exist within each of the sectors …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 25 September]

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IT Carlow says claims made by TD about rise in STIs on campus are completely false

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The head of student services at IT Carlow says a claim that STIs are on the rise in the college doesn’t correlate with the information they have whatsoever. Rosemary Flynn responded this morning to Stephen Donnelly’s claims that there had been an increase in Sexually Transmitted Infections on the campus …” (more)

[MaryAnn Vaughan, KCLR96FM, 19 June]

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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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Has the Government learned the lessons of the Web Summit?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2013 by steve

“… I wanted to find out if the Taoiseach was listening to Elon Musk, if he is committed to improving our education, if he will reverse the cuts to third level education in Budget 2014, or if he was just along for the ride at the Web Summit …” (more, video)

[Stephen Donnelly, 6 November]

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Donnelly critical of funding cuts for third-level institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland could not aspire to being a global leader in technology while halving the level of funding per student, Independent TD Stephen Donnelly said …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 6 November]

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University Sector – Teaching

Posted in Teaching on April 18th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Stephen S Donnelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the work that has been done to assess, analyse and improve teaching outcomes in universities here; the tangible actions that have been planned for the next 12 months as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 17 April]

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Tackling the third-level crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – Stephen Donnelly’s article highlighting the crisis in the third-level sector is timely, but his analysis makes the usual mistake of blaming all of the ills of the sector on the provider side …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 12 December]

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University crisis is ‘greatest threat’ to prosperity

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2012 by steve

“The growing crisis in our university system threatens Ireland’s future development. Rather than tackling it, the Government is denying it exists, and last week’s Budget will make it worse through further cutbacks …” (more)

[Stephen Donnelly, Irish Times, 11 December]

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Lost generation will find no hope in Government’s plans

Posted in Life on December 9th, 2012 by steve

“Graduate unemployment is at nearly 40%, but the young don’t vote Fine Gael, so they are left out, writes Stephen Donnelly …” (more)

[Independent, 9 December]

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Student Grant Scheme Applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 7th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason it is taking so long to process college grant applications to Student Universal Support Ireland, in some cases up to four months since applications were submitted …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 6 November]

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Dealing with SUSI backlog: The Ministers’s response

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 7th, 2012 by steve

“A number of constituents have been in touch regarding the backlog of 52,430 claims to Student Universal Support Ireland, or SUSI, the new centralised grant awarding authority for third level grants. Last week I asked the minister whether he was aware of backlog …” (more)

[Stephen Donnelly, 7 November]

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Croke Park Agreement: Where do the political parties stand?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2012 by steve

“In the build-up to December’s Budget the Croke Park Agreement on public sector pay and reform is sure to dominate as the government looks to make a €3.5 billion fiscal adjustment …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 September]

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Leaving Cert: let’s stop pretending everything is fine

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2012 by steve

“… The accuracy of global rankings is debatable, but three facts are inescapable. Firstly, the trend in Irish universities is a dramatic decline; secondly, international students and staff use these rankings when deciding which universities to attend or teach in; and thirdly, employers use the rankings to inform which universities to recruit from …” (more)

[Stephen Donnelly, Independent, 26 August]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Stephen S Donnelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the plans or additional revenue streams, if any, he is pursuing, in order to reverse the current planned cuts to third level education, which over the next four years will amount to a cut of approximately 30% per student in real terms assuming the 6% cut in absolute funding in Budget 2012, 2% inflation per year and 18% more students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 27 June]

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Quinn cites high student charge in response to call for fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 28th, 2012 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has been urged to consider the full reintroduction of college fees. During Dáil question time Independent Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly said funding had been cut by 18 per cent for each student since 2008 …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 28 June]

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