An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD and Minister Mitchell O’Connor launch Gender Equality Action Plan for Higher Education Institutions 2018-2020 and announce the Government of Ireland Senior Academic Talent Initiative

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

Ireland“An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, and Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education today (12th Nov 2018) will launch the Gender Action Plan 2018 – 2020: Accelerating Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions. The Action Plan is designed to transform the Higher Education sector’s gender equality performance …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 12 November]

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Higher education chair urged chief to change his mind on resignation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The chair of the Higher Education Authority tried to convince its chief executive to reverse his decision to resign over issues such as the risks posed to colleges from underfunding, new records show. Dr Graham Love announced his resignation from the regulatory body for the third-level sector last August, a year and a half after taking up the role …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 November]

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Third-Sector May Be Insulated From Worst Of Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education and Skills (DES) are collaborating with the Higher Education Authority (HEA), to prepare for consequences of both a ‘negotiated exit’ and ‘no deal’ Brexit on their institutions. The EU has stated as past of the Withdrawal Agreement, that the UK and Ireland could agree to maintain their current higher education relationship under the Common Travel Area (CTA) …” (more)

[College Tribune, 7 November]

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Ministers announce significant changes to process of Leaving Certificate examination appeals and entry to higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, have today (1st November 2018) announced significant changes to the Leaving Certificate examination appeals process from 2019. The changes will mean that, in future, students who appeal the results of the Leaving Certificate will be informed by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) of the outcome of their appeals much earlier than has previously been possible …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 November]

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UL president hopes that ‘very grave matters are dealt with fully and finally’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has ‘a sharp focus’ on ensuring ‘very grave matters are dealt with fully and finally’ at the university, the UL president has told staff. In a letter to staff this Tuesday morning, Dr Des Fitzgerald updated his UL colleagues on changes made at the university, ahead of the publication of a special report carried out by the Comptroller and Auditor General …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 30 October]

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HEA Financial Statements 2017

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

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): We are joined again by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr Seamus McCarthy, who is a permanent witness to the committee and Ms Colette Drinan, deputy director of audit at the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General. We are meeting representatives from the Department of Education and Skills and the Higher Education Authority, HEA, to discuss the Higher Education Authority’s financial statements for 2017 …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 18 October]

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Student graduations may be disrupted due to industrial action

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

Ireland“Graduation ceremonies for thousands of students could face disruption as a result of industrial action being taken by staff in institutes of technology across the country. Library, clerical and administrative staff at the State’s 14 institutes of technology have not been engaging in any form of communication …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 22 October]

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Teachers under pressure from ‘initiative overload’, says new Minister for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There is a sense of ‘initiative overload’ among teachers who feel pressurised into implementing a range of policies and reforms, according to the new Minister for Education. Speaking at his first public engagement since taking over the brief from his predecessor Richard Bruton, Joe McHugh – a former teacher – told the Oireachtas education committee that …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 October]

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Outgoing Chief Executive of HEA outlines reasons for resignation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The outgoing CEO of the Higher Education Authority, Dr Graham Love has outlined some of the reasons for his unexpected resignation from the body in August after 18 months in the role. He was speaking as both the Department of Education and the Higher Education Authority appeared before the Public Accounts Committee this afternoon …” (more)

[Edel McAllister, RTÉ News, 18 October]

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HEA boss quit over his ‘serious concerns’ on funding issues

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The outgoing boss of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) quit amid ‘serious concerns’, including a claim there has been a failure to resolve funding issues in the sector. HEA chief executive Dr Graham Love announced his shock decision to resign in August after less than 18 months in the job …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 18 October]

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President appoints Joe McHugh as new Education Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Donegal TD Joe McHugh has been appointed the new Minister for Education and Skills following a special ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin on Tuesday evening. Following a vote in the Dail chamber, President Michael D Higgins officially appointed the new Government ministers at a ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin …” (more)

[Diarmaid Doherty, Donegal Democrat, 17 October]

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Has the Education Plan passed the test?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“‘To provide the best education system in Europe.’ This is the ambition of the Department of Education’s Statement of Strategy and Action Plan 2016–2019. The seventy page report published in September 2016 by the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton lays out thirteen key objectives of the department, and how they propose to achieve them …” (more)

[Doireann De Courcy MacDonnell, University Observer, 15 October]

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UCD to admit many more upgraded students this year on ‘exceptional’ basis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Many more Leaving Cert students who secure upgrades to their exams will be accepted onto degree courses in UCD this year on an ‘exceptional’ basis following the Rebecca Carter ruling. It is estimated up to 60 students will secure upgrades in their appeals this week which would make them eligible for courses at UCD …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor in Newry to welcome the Southern Regional College as a member of the North East Further & Higher Education Alliance (NEFHEA)

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, attended a meeting today (Monday, 8th October 2018) to welcome Southern Regional College, Newry, as the first Northern Ireland partner to join the North East Further and Higher Education Alliance (NEFHEA) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 October]

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Ministers invite expressions of interest to fill vacancies on the Senate of the National University of Ireland (NUI)

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today invited expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill 4 vacancies on the Senate of the National University of Ireland. The five year term of office of the Senate expires on 31st October 2022 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 September]

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Third level access scheme for asylum seekers extended

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has said that it will continue to offer a scheme to provide third level financial supports to eligible asylum seekers, with applications being accepted from today. The terms of the scheme are the same as in previous years …” (more)

[Laura Fletcher, RTÉ News, 7 September]

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Third-level education scheme for asylum seekers stalls

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Department of Education-run scheme to facilitate access to third level education for some student asylum seekers appears to have stalled. Two rounds of CAO offers have already been made, but the department has yet to announce the programme for the upcoming academic year …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 2 September]

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Higher Education Authority raised department role before CEO resigned

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Authority board members raised the role of the Department of Education in their work with a senior official less than three months before the authority’s chief executive stepped down. Graham Love’s resignation, announced on the HEA website a week ago, is strongly linked to the perceived micro-management of the statutory body’s work by the department …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 29 August]

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Higher education chief steps down amid tensions over third-level funding

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

Ireland“The sudden resignation of the chief executive of the Higher Education Authority is being blamed on increasing control over the agency’s activities by the Department of Education coupled with a lack of progress on the third-level funding issue …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 August]

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Higher Education Authority chief’s retirement raises concerns

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

Ireland“The sudden resignation of Higher Education Authority (HEA) chief executive Graham Love has prompted questions about the relationship between the funding body and the Department of Education. Although there have also been internal tensions with his board, Mr Love’s resignation is understood to be mainly due to frustration with the tight control of the department over the HEA and its work …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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