Almost €100 million investment under Project Ireland 2040 for five major building projects in higher education institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced almost €100 million is to be invested by the Government in major building projects at five higher education institutions …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 August]

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State approves €100m for higher education building projects

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The State has approved €100m for five large higher education building projects. The funding is part of ongoing investment in the sector through Project Ireland 2040 and a fund known as the Higher Education Strategic Infrastructure Fund (HESIF) …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 30 August]

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Exemption from Irish to be made easier, education sources say

Posted in Teaching on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Pupils will be able to secure exemptions from the study of Irish without requiring psychologists’ reports under new changes being introduced from the start of the school year. It follows a Department of Education review which found evidence that the system was being ‘gamed’, with psychologists being placed under pressure by parents to give exemptions to students who did not qualify for the opt-out …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 August]

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Minister McHugh announces Capital Investment of €1.8m for Letterkenny IT School of Tourism in Killybegs

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

Ireland“Investment at campus under Project Ireland 2040 for lecture space, library, offices and upgrade works. The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Sunday August 11) announced funding of €1.8m towards significant building upgrades at the School of Tourism at Letterkenny IT (LYIT) Killybegs Campus …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 August]

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Department reluctant to cede power over higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Born on the eve of 1971, myself and the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Act are the same age. In the near five decades since, I have lost most of my hair, my waist has thickened, and I sometimes forget things. But I have reinvented myself many times, investing in my education and skills, moving from private to not-for-profit to public sector …” (more)

[Graham Love, Irish Times, 6 August]

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Talks for New Tech Uni Stalled

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It seems talks to try and resolve problems around the Technological University for the South East are on hold. At the end of June TUI members in IT Carlow voted against an agreement that had been reached at the Workplace Relations Commission. It’s expected talks will resume in September after progress came to a standstill over a month ago …” (more)

[KCLR 96FM, 5 August]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor publishes and invites views on detailed legislative proposals and consultation report on reform of regulation of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Comprehensive reform of Higher Education Act, 1971 agreed by Government. Priority objectives under the proposed new legislation include: promote and safeguard the interests of students; maintain and enhance the reputation of the higher education sector; re-constitute Higher Education Authority (HEA) as Higher Education Commission with new statutory responsibilities, including regulation and oversight of private higher education bodies …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 July]

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Munster technological university bid fails to get green light

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Government plans to award university status to institutes of technology may prove ‘problematic’ due to a lack of clarity over what constitutes research activity, according to an international panel of academics. The comment is contained in a report which found the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and IT Tralee only partially met the criteria required to secure university status. It is likely the bid will be reconsidered in six months …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 July]

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Martin calls for department of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin has called for the creation of a department of higher education and research that would be separate from the Department of Education. Mr Martin said his party in government would seek a ‘broader reconfiguration’ of the departments as there was not ‘enough thought’ put into the structures of some of those established in recent times …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Government Hits Back at Fianna Fáil Higher Education Plan

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

Ireland“The government has hit back at Micheál Martin’s proposal to create a new government department for higher education and research, questioning the feasibility of a plan mooted by the Fianna Fáíl leader at a higher education conference this morning …” (more)

[Ross Malervy, University Times, 17 July]

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Micheál Martin calls for a separate Department of Higher Education and Research at IUA Future of Ireland Event

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Speaking at the Irish Universities Association (IUA) inaugural Future of Ireland series, Leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin called for the creation of a separate Department of Higher Education and Research and for clarity and certainty around core funding. Micheál Martin also highlighted the need to tackle the funding of the innovation gap between large and small enterprises, and the need for fostering diversity and accessibility within higher education …” (more, download)

[IUA, 17 July]

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Another tech university project hit by wrangle over €26m issue

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A second technological university project has been hit by a wrangle over who picks up the tab for outstanding deficits, debt and certain other costs when colleges merge to form a new entity. The proposed Technological University of the South East (TUSE) involves a merger of the Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow) and Waterford Institute of Technology (Waterford IT) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 July]

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Half a billion euro surplus in State training fund ‘unacceptable’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government has been criticised for running a ‘scandalous’ unspent surplus of about half a billion euro in a State training fund. Latest figures show the projected underspend for the National Training Fund – an employers’ levy aimed at supporting the training of those in employment – this year will be almost €200 million …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 July]

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University of Limerick criticised for ‘governance failure’ that may cost €1.2m

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has criticised the University of Limerick for what it has says is a ‘governance failure that could have cost the State €1.2 million’. The findings are contained in a document circulated among members of the PAC as they finalise their latest periodic report …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 27 June]

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Long-awaited Munster Technological University decision due shortly

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A long-awaited decision on the Munster Technological University (MTU) is expected to be made shortly as an independent report sparks uncertainty over the project. Following a formal application earlier this year, an international panel of experts assessed a bid by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) to become Munster’s first technological university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor convenes a consultative meeting on substance abuse in Third Level Education at The Writers Museum, Parnell Sq

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills with special responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD is today (24 June) bringing together higher education representatives, students’ unions, leaders in the area of drug rehabilitation and Gardaí from the National Drugs Strategy Unit, for a consultative meeting to discuss substance abuse in higher education institutes …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 June]

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Senior Academic Leadership Initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are invited to submit applications for funding under the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI) Call 2019, in line with the requirements set out in the Call for Applications. This Call is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills (DES) …” (more, download)

[HEA, 21 June]

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IUA and the Irish Refugee Council welcome changes to a Support Scheme to allow more young people in direct provision enter Irish higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“To mark World Refugee Day, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) are delighted to jointly welcome a rule change in the Department of Education and Skills Student Support Scheme for students living in direct provision, which will allow a greater number of young people in or having come through direct provision to gain a financially supported place in an Irish university …” (more)

[IUA, 20 June]

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Ministers invite expressions of interest to fill chairperson vacancies on the governing bodies of Limerick IT and Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Monday 10 June) invited expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill vacancies of chairperson of Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) and chairperson of Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 June]

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Criteria eased for asylum seekers to attend third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has lowered the eligibility criteria for a scheme which enables asylum seeker students to go on to third level education here. The change comes amid criticism that the programme was too restrictive. School leavers applying to the Student Support Scheme must now have spent three years in the Irish education system, as opposed to five years as was previously required …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 4 June]

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