National Student Accommodation Strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Minister of State with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English TD today released the end Q3 2018 progress report on the National Student Accommodation Strategy …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 November]

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National Student Accommodation Strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2018 by steve

“2,990 PBSA Bed Spaces Completed by Q2, 2018. Continued Progress Towards Student Accommodation Goals. The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Minister of State with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English TD today released the end Q2 2018 progress report on the National Student Accommodation Strategy …” (more)

[Merrion Street .ie, 11 July]

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Government launches Ireland’s National Skills Strategy 2025

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The new Strategy is a key pillar in the Government’s plan to keep the recovery going and build sustainable economic growth. The Taoiseach and Tánaiste today (Wednesday) launched the new National Skills Strategy 2025 – Ireland’s Future, along with Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan, TD, and Minister for Skills, Research, Innovation Damien English, TD, at the Blackrock Further Education Institute, Dublin …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 January]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility: Residence Requirements

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 26th, 2015 by steve

IrelandMichelle Mulherin (Mayo, Fine Gael): I am delighted this Topical Issue is being taken. There is an inherent unfairness in the operation of the Student Universal Support Ireland, SUSI, higher education grant scheme in respect of certain citizens, and I ask that it be put right. Irish citizens who have been resident in this jurisdiction but leave to work as volunteers overseas, doing charitable development work for a number of years in some of the world’s least developed and poorest countries …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 22 October]

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Horizon 2020: Statements

Posted in Research on October 9th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDamien English (Meath West, Fine Gael): I welcome this opportunity to address Seanad Éireann on Ireland’s results so far in Horizon 2020, the biggest ever European research and innovation programme. With approximately €78 billion of funding available over seven years, Horizon 2020 is the EU funding programme for research and development for the period 2014 to 2020. Its objectives are to enable a world-class research system for Europe, to support European leaders …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 8 October]

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USI hold Showdown Talks with Government ahead of Budget

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Showdown talks were held between the USI and junior minister for education, Damien English to discuss the upcoming budget and the student accommodation crisis ahead of next week’s budget …” (more)

[Paul Dwyer, Campus.ie, 5 October]

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Fine Gael Meeting with the Union of Students in Ireland to talk about their Pre-Budget Submission

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland and Fine Gael’s Junior Minister for Education, Damien English, met in Leinster House yesterday to discuss the student accommodation crisis and the impact the Budget will have on financially struggling students across Ireland …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 30 September]

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Minister English appoints Professor Jane Ohlmeyer as Chair of the Irish Research Council

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English, TD has announced the appointment of Professor Jane Ohlmeyer as the new Chair of the Irish Research Council. Professor Ohlmeyer is the Erasmus Smith Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin and the Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 September]

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Science and engineering

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – What a depressingly outdated concept of the balance between science and engineering presented in the letter by Prof John Kelly (August 6th). Throughout the leading academic centres in the US, science and engineering are interwoven, particularly in the pursuit of advances relevant to human health …” (more)

[Letters from Garret FitzGerald and Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 7 August]

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Science, research and the economy

Posted in Research on August 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dick Ahlstrom, in his interview (‘Minister knows importance of research goes beyond economy’, August 4th) with the Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English, asks if there is too strong an emphasis on applied research in favour of basic research …” (more)

[John Kelly, Irish Times, 6 August]

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Minister knows importance of research goes beyond economic benefits

Posted in Research on August 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Does Ireland have a future conducting research and making important world-class discoveries? The answer will depend on success in devising a strategy for building an international reputation for research …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 4 August]

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Ireland achieves €127 million in EU Research funding

Posted in Research on July 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Mr Damien English TD, Minister for Skills Research and Innovation, today (28 July 2015) congratulated Ireland’s researchers and companies for their €127 million success in the first year of Horizon 2020, the current EU programme funding research and innovation …” (more)

[SFI, 28 July]

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University Status Applications: Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Sinn Fein): I welcome the Minister of State to the House. He will be aware that parts of the Kelly report, which has not been published but has been furnished to the Minister for Education and Skills and brought to the Cabinet, on a technological university for the south east were leaked last week. The belief was that the report was going to be discussed by the Cabinet, but I do not know whether that has happened yet …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 16 July]

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Minister English launches Digital Repository of Ireland

Posted in Research on June 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Damien English TD, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation today launched the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) at a major international conference on digital preservation in Croke Park. The DRI is an online, open digital repository for content from the humanities, social sciences and cultural domains …” (more)

[Digital Repository Ireland, 25 June]

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Minister English calls on students to consider Tech careers ahead of CAO deadline

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In advance of the CAO change of mind deadline on 1st July, the Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD, encouraged students to consider a career in technology. Vacancies in the sector have increased by 89% since the start of 2011 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 June]

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Ministers O’Sullivan and English launch largest Springboard offering of 9,000 free higher education places for jobseekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Springboard+ 2015 is the largest offering of free part-time and full time higher education places to provide reskilling and upskilling opportunities for up to 9,000 jobseekers. Springboard+ 2015 which incorporates part-time Springboard courses and full-time ICT skills conversion programmes will provide for 285 courses at 42 higher education institutions across Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 7 May]

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Research Funding – Definition of ‘Basic Research’

Posted in Research on May 1st, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the definition of basic research used by his Department in deciding allocations to different types of research …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 30 April]

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Third Level Staff: NUIG and Gender Equality

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 15th, 2015 by steve

IrelandLorraine Higgins (Labour): I am raising the approach of the National University of Ireland Galway, NUIG, to gender among its academic ranks. The Minister of State may be aware that in December 2014, an NUIG academic, Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, won an Equality Tribunal case against the university for discrimination on the basis of gender in the 2009 round of promotions to senior lecturer. Dr Sheehy Skeffington is the first female academic to have achieved this outcome in Ireland …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 15 April]

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Education Select sub Committee to take Third Stage of the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Select sub Committee on Education and Skills will meet with Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, Damien English TD, to take Committee Stage (Third Stage) of the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014, tomorrow, Thursday 26th February 2015 …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 25 February]

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Research Minister says science spend has to rise

Posted in Research on January 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government will have to increase its spending on science and research significantly in the future, the Minister of State with responsibility for the area has conceded. Damien English said Ireland currently spends less than 1% of GDP on science, while countries that are doing best in the area spend 2% …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 15 January]

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