Comments on the new STEM policy document of the DES

Posted in Teaching on December 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The STEM Policy Document produced by the Department of Education and Skills was recently launched. It follows on from the report produced by an advisory group chaired by DCU President, Brian McCraith. That report was generally sensible and made some good suggestions about how science and technology education could be improved in schools …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 18 December]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces ring fenced funding for the Castlebar campus of GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today 15th December 2017 published the report of the Working Group on the future of the Castlebar campus of GMIT. The Working Group was established by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and the then Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, in March 2017. The objective of the Working group was to formulate a plan for the sustainable future of the GMIT Mayo Campus in Castlebar …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 December]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches two QQI reports to enhance quality in Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O Connor, TD, Minister for Higher Education, today launched two reports by the national regulator for quality in Further and Higher Education: Quality within higher education which is a summary report of the quality assurance and quality enhancement activities in publicly funded higher education institutions pertaining to the previous academic year; and Professional Body Accreditation in Higher Education Institutions in Ireland which was commissioned by QQI to establish a clearer picture of the professional accreditation landscape in Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 13 December]

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Minister Bruton makes two new appointments to the Board of the Higher Education Authority

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, today announced the appointment of two new members to the Board of the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Following a public recruitment process run by the Public Appointments Service and consultation with the Chair of the HEA, the Minister …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 November]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces that Ireland will be hosting the 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education today (17th November 2017) has announced that Ireland will host the 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education. This is the first occasion that this major biennial conference will be held in Ireland. These European conferences have since 1998 brought together hundreds of gender equality practitioners, researchers and administrators from Europe and beyond … (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 November]

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‘Dolphin ice sculpture’ part of €13,000 spend on Cork IT chief’s departure

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education was not aware that €13,000 of public money was spent on classical musicians, drapes and an ice sculpture of a dolphin to mark the retirement of the ex-president of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 16 November]

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€13,000 spent on retirement party for former CIT president, committee told

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has been asked to clamp down on the use of taxpayers’ money for retirement functions after it emerged that €13,000 was spent on a lavish retirement party for the former president of Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 November]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces €6.3m allocation to support Technological University development and higher education landscape restructuring

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Tuesday, 14 November) announced the allocation of €6.3 million in funding in support of the ongoing restructuring of the higher education landscape including the development of consortia projects seeking to progress to designation as Technological Universities. Minister Mitchell O’Connor said …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 November]

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UL faces sanctions over €1.7m deals for former staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick faces possible sanctions for misleading the Department of Education and others over severance payments to former staff who were then rehired. A damning report showed two of the payments totalling around €650,000 were among eight severance or compromise deals totalling €1.7m …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 November]

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HR practices and use of severance payments at University of Limerick criticised following review

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has been criticised for its use of severance payments worth €1.7m and its handling of staff issues in a new report on a series of controversies at the college in recent years. A total of eight severance packages, agreed between 2007 and 2015, came under scrutiny in the review carried out by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and Department of Education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 November]

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Minister Bruton and Minister of State Mitchell O’Connor note of the review into University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister for State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today noted the publication by the Higher Education Authority of the review of the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 November]

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Cabinet approves progression of the Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (7th November 2017) welcomed the approval by the Government of insertions and amendments to the Technological Universities Bill. Minister Mitchell O’Connor said, ‘I am delighted that we can now proceed to progress the revised Technological Universities Bill through the Houses of the Oireachtas …'” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 7 November]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches Gender Equality Taskforce for Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education today (6th November 2017) has announced the establishment of a Gender Equality Taskforce. The Minister has appointed this high level taskforce to prepare a prioritised three year action plan, in consultation with stakeholders …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 6 November]

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Whistleblowers anxiously await release of University of Limerick report

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The long-awaited report into a series of allegations of misconduct at the University of Limerick is now in the hands of the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education and Science. Dr Graham Love, chief executive of the HEA, confirmed that the report was received this week from Dr Richard Thorn, following months of investigations, interviews and analysis …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 27 October]

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Eleven Institutes of Technology to get extra buildings

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has announced details of 11 large-scale construction projects that are to be built at Institutes of Technology using Public Private Partnerships in coming years. The state will pay €200m towards the buildings, which will be operated and maintained by private developers for 25 years after their construction …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 October]

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All schools and colleges to remain closed tomorrow, Department of Education confirms

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In response to the imminent Storm Ophelia, the Department of Education and Skills has confirmed all schools, colleges and other education institutions will remain closed tomorrow …” (more)

[Independent, 15 October]

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University of Limerick paid out €1.9m to staff in severance deals, FOI shows

Posted in Legal issues on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick paid out more than €1.9 million in settlements to close to 60 former employees within the past decade, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show. UL refused to comment on how many of those packages it sought sanction for in advance from the Department of Education and Skills, which it is obliged to notify before any severance is approved …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 22 September]

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Third Level Staff – Part-time and Fixed Term employment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress his Department has made in respect of the implementation of the Cush Report regarding part time and fixed term employment in third level institutions and in particular her Department’s request in June 2017 that third level institutions establish an adjudication system to hear disputes arising from the implementation of the Cush Report; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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Nothing to show ‘anything illegal’ at UL

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has said there is ‘no evidence of anything illegal’ in any of the allegations against the university. The allegations are being examined by a State-appointed reviewer Dr Richard Thorn. The former president of Sligo Institute of Technology is probing up to two dozen complaints made against UL by current and former staff, in areas of finance, human resources, and governance …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 24 August]

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Ministers announce €16.5m to increase Third Level Access

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today (Wednesday 23rd August) announced €16.5m for new initiatives to widen access to higher education over the next three years, with a strong focus on helping lone parents to access higher level education …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 23 August]

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