Trinity to reopen tomorrow

  Trinity is to reopen on Tuesday, October 17, after College was closed today due to Hurricane Ophelia. The Department of Education and Skills left the decision to open tomorrow at the discretion of each institution. Trinity tweeted that normal college activities would resume as normal just after 8pm.   An email was sent to staff […]

€16.5m to be allocated to widen access to higher education

 The government has announced plans to allocate €16.5m in funding for new initiatives to help increase access to third level education for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.   Approximately 2,000 students will directly benefit from the funding. The groups it aims to benefit include members of the Irish Traveller community, students entering college on the basis […]

Drop in SUSI grant applications

College grant applications have seen a drop in compared to recent years, a total of 87,738 claims were made for support for fees and living expenses, which was 0.3% less than last year’s figure.   An increase in Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) applications was to be expected. When the Minister for Education and Skills, […]

Minister for Education and Skills increases power to investigate universities

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, has announced that the Minister’s powers will expand to allow him to appoint investigators to look into issues of concern in higher education institutions.   This announcement follows revelations of financial mismanagement and issues of poor governance in a number of universities. Both the Higher Education Authority (HEA) […]

Trinity to build a technology campus at Grand Canal Dock

Trinity are to build a technology-centered campus at Grand Canal Dock, according to The Irish Times. The first phase of the construction will cost €250 million and is part of a €1 billion plan to develop the district.   Trinity has obtained 100,000 sq m in Grand Canal Dock and plans to relocate much of […]

Minister for Education announces new employer investment mechanism for higher education

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, have announced the launch of a new consultation process on a proposed Exchequer-Employer Investment Mechanism, which will operate from 2018 onwards.   Speaking in Dublin Institute of Technology last week, Minister Bruton explained that through the Exchequer-Employer Investment […]

New figures released show class divide in third level education

New figures on grant recipients in higher education institutions have been released showing the class divide between universities and institutes of technology (ITs). Over 50% of students in all institutes of technology around the country receive grant support.   School-leavers that don’t receive a grant are significantly more likely to gain entry into high-points courses. […]

Department of Education occupied in protest of allegations of misconduct at UL

Five individuals are occupying the Department of Education and Skills’ head office as part of a protest against the non-intervention in allegations of misconduct at the University of Limerick (UL). According to the Irish Times, at least three of the protestors worked for the university’s financial division. The group are looking for an independent inquiry into the […]

Funding shortages could affect quality of Irish graduates

  The Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) annual performance report for 2014-2016 shows that Irish institutions have expanded to include an extra 15,000 students. Meanwhile, staff-student ratios are significantly deteriorating, compared to the average in developed countries, rising from 1:16 to 1:20.   The report states, “It is reasonable to conclude that the departure of the […]

ASTI withdraws from supervision and substitution duties

  The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has decided to withdraw from supervision and substitution duties as of Monday November 7 and is striking for 7 days to protest recently qualified teachers pay.  This action has resulted in the closure of roughly 400 secondary schools on health and safety grounds.   ASTI teachers are […]

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