Archive for 10 September 2010

Minister announces new industry-run research centres

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe TD, today announced the team of technology leaders that will run eight research centres aimed at linking industry and academics to work on market-focused innovative products …” (more)

[TechCentral.ie, 10 September]

Maynooth SU needs to get real

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“One of the most disingenuous press releases to come my way in recent days was today’s release from the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) distributed on behalf of the equivalent body at NUI Maynooth. The gist of the release was that the students union at NUI Maynooth has decided to boycott Minister Hanafin’s planned visit …” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 10 September]

Kenny faces university challenge

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“Enda Kenny has been pressed by one of his own councillors to ‘publicly confirm unequivocally that we will make WIT a University if elected to Government’. Tramore Town Councillor Tom Raine, a WIT student, says he ‘remains uncertain’ as to whether his party is committed to University status for WIT, and has asked Mr Kenny to quash his lingering doubts …” (more)

[Munster Express, 10 September]

Students set to snub Minister at opening of new NUI Maynooth building

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“Students at NUI Maynooth are planning a ‘guard of dishonour’ for Government Minister, Mary Hanafin, when she visits the university this Thursday, 16 September. When the Minister arrives around 11:00 am, members of Maynooth Students’ Union plan to make a political point to Minister Mary Hanafin as she opens NUI Maynooth’s new Iontas building …” (more)

[Henry Bauress, Leinster Leader, 10 September]

Clarity required in the debate over university fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“By all means let’s have a public debate over university funding and fees but let’s first clear the ground of a tuft of oft-repeated nonsense. The notion that poor people are denied a university education because money goes to pay the fees of those who can afford it is silly …” (more)

[Colum McCaffery’s Weblog, 10 September]

USI Says Centralised Grant Agency Would Save State €5 million Per Year

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has urged the Government to establish a centralised student grant agency to save the country €5 million annually. USI surveyed eight local authorities across the country in both 2008 and 2009, representing a quarter of all local authorities in Ireland, and estimated a national average on grant costs …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 10 September]

Tánaiste defends Irish record on educational spend

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“The Tanaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan was in Kilkenny this week where she defended the government’s record on spending on education. The government was slammed in a recent OECD report published this week which stated that the Irish government ranked 29th out of 33 countries for their investment in education amounting to just 4.7% of the GDP …” (more)

[Naoise Coogan, Kilkenny Advertiser, 10 September]