Ministers under fire over cost of living comments

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Two Government ministers are under fire for ‘alarming’ comments on the cost of living for students. Craig McHugh, Union of Students in Ireland vice president for the Dublin region, said young people face huge obstacles to university due to rising rents and stagnated student grants …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 17 August]

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Minister comes under pressure over lobbying for Susi grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has been accused of ‘wink-and-elbow politics’ after she made scores of representations on behalf of students whose Susi application was rejected. The Fine Gael minister wants students around the country to contact her office if their application for a grant is rejected by Susi …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 16 August]

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FG is slammed for ‘let them eat cake’ attitude to grants and rental costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government has been heavily criticised for suggesting students should use their Susi grant to cover the cost of accommodation, or go to regional colleges. Fianna Fáil accused Fine Gael of having a ‘let them eat cake’ attitude to higher education costs facing families, as Leaving Cert students receive their first round CAO offers today …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 15 August]

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Education Minister Abdicates His Responsibility To Tackle Third Level Funding Crisis – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne, has said the Minister for Education must not be allowed to wait for the next Government to tackle the tumbling ratings of Ireland’s Universities. Deputy Byrne was speaking following comments made by Minister McHugh where he stated that the Government will not act to address the crisis in higher education in this Dáil …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 14 August]

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‘Reform Leaving Cert to bring it into 21st century’ – Ibec says radical overhaul of senior cycle needed to prepare students better for future world of work

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Cert must be made more relevant for the 21st century, according to employers. As up to 59,000 students from the class of 2019 received their results, the employers’ group Ibec said reform of senior cycle and careers guidance was necessary to better prepare students for the future world of work …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Evie Kearney, Independent, 14 August]

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Third-level funding reform scrapped until after election due to lack of Dáil majority

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans to tackle the funding crisis in Ireland’s third-level institutions are being scrapped until after the next election as the Government insists the sector already receives significant amounts of taxpayers’ money. Despite universities warning that nearly €140m in extra funding is needed to cater for rising student numbers, the Government signalled yesterday it would not move on the three-year-old Cassells report, which lays out options for the future funding of the sector …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 14 August]

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No input from Department of Finance in promise to freeze college fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Joe McHugh’s political promise to freeze college fees for five years was made without any input from the Department of Finance, the Irish Examiner understands. The promise to freeze fees at €3,000 a year for college students was made by Mr McHugh despite ongoing demands from universities for the Government to address a major funding shortfall in the sector …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 12 August]

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Freeze on student fees puts McHugh under pressure on third-level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Joe McHugh has been told he must come up with a solution to the shortfall in third-level funding after he ruled out hiking students’ fees for the next five years. The call comes as universities are looking for an extra €117m in State funding for next year to pay for their basic operations …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 12 August]

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Student loan scheme ruled out, says Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A formal loan scheme for third-level students will not be introduced and college fees will be frozen, the Government has pledged. Minister for Education Joe McHugh said university registration fees will not go beyond €3,000 per year if Fine Gael is returned to Government after the next general election …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 11 August]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the results of the economic analysis of the Cassells report on third-level funding referred to the European Commission will be made available …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 July]

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Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of a reduction of €100 to the student contribution at third-level …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 July]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Amendment Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): Níl éinne eile anseo. B’fhéidir go gcríochnóidh an díospóireacht níos luaithe ná mar a chríochnódh sé de ghnáth. Fianna Fáil is committed to maintaining and improving the highest standards in education. It is intended to increase the number of international students and the number of students entering higher education in this country is increasing all the time. It is vital, therefore, that these students are supported by a high quality education system …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 12 June]

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Higher education fees for students from Northern Ireland to be frozen

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students from Northern Ireland and Britain will face the same higher education fees as EU students on an ongoing basis in the event of a hard Brexit. While the Government has previously pledged to freeze fees for UK students starting undergraduate courses in 2019 only, an amendment to the Brexit Omnibus Bill would maintain this system indefinitely …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 March]

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Hard Brexit could put major pressure on ‘creaking’ third-level sector

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

Ireland“A crash-out Brexit could place significant pressure on the third-level education system as thousands of Irish students might have to study at home rather than in the UK, the Oireachtas education committee has heard. Up to 12,000 students from the Republic study in the UK, while about 2,000 attend third-level institutions in the North …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Third Level Institutions – Hazing at Trinity College Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the practices of hazing at Trinity College, Dublin in respect of student initiation into certain societies …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 February]

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RCSI appeals for university status within Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Officials from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) have been urging members of the Oireachtas to amend legislation, allowing the institute to describe itself as a university in Ireland and overseas. Under current legislation, RCSI may describe itself as a University of Medicine and Health Sciences overseas but may not do so in Ireland …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 22 January]

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Student Grants Data – Costs of Increase

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 10th, 2018 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of increasing the third-level maintenance grant by 10%, 20% and 30%, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 November]

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Third Level Admissions Entry Requirements – UCD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 20th, 2018 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention was drawn to the fact that UCD had changed its enrolment policy for the 2018-19 academic year; when his attention was further drawn to the fact that this would impact on the ability of students to commence their studies in this academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 October]

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An unnerving lack of vision for Ireland’s education system in Budget 2019 – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Education Spokesman Thomas Byrne TD has said today’s Budget 2019 announcement goes little or no way towards transforming the quality of our country’s education system. He said, ‘For the most part, Budget 2019 looks likely to change very little of the poor status quo in education …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 9 October]

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Bruton must act on dysfunctional Leaving Certificate appeals process – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has called for an overhaul of the Leaving Certificate appeals process. Deputy Byrne made the comments following yesterday’s High Court judgement which found that the current appeals process is highly unfair and causes untold stress for students …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 27 September]

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