Ministers Bruton and Halligan announce the launch of the Irish Research Council’s €2.5m Frontier Research (LAUREATE) Programme

Posted in Research on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD, today (Thursday) announced the launch of the Irish Research Council’s €2.5 Million Frontier Research Programme, which will be titled the Irish Research Council’s Laureate Awards. The Programme will aim to attract world class researchers to Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 6 April]

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Plan to prosecute firms who offer paid-for essays to students

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education is planning to introduce laws to prosecute ‘essay mill’ companies who offer to write students’ assignments in exchange for money. The move is a response to mounting concern over the practice which allows students to circumvent their college’s plagiarism detection systems …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 March]

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Minister Bruton announces a further competitive Call to Higher Education providers for course proposals which will be funded under Springboard+ 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) which manages Springboard+ on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills has issued a competitive Call to all Higher Education providers for course proposals which will be funded under Springboard+ 2017. Springboard+ forms part of the Action Plan for Education, our plan to make the Irish education and training system the best in Europe within a decade …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 February]

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Government Launches Action Plan for Education 2017

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

Ireland“Hundreds of Actions to be delivered with a focus on Skills, Technology, Wellbeing and tackling disadvantage. Over 400 actions and sub actions in Plan led by Minister Bruton. The Government today (Monday 6th February) published the Action Plan for Education 2017, led by Minister Richard Bruton, aimed at making Ireland’s education and training system the best in Europe within a decade …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 6 February]

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Staff and students protesting at former CICE site in Rathmines

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Board of Governors of the Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE) has repeatedly sought assistance from the Department of Education in attempting to resolve issues with staff there through the Workplace Relations Commission, Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson has said …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 27 January]

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NUI Galway welcomes confirmation that Northern Irish Students will continue to Qualify for the Free Fees Initiative

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway today welcomed confirmation from the Department of Education and Skills that eligible students from the UK who enrol for eligible courses for the 2017/18 academic year will be able to avail of the Department’s Free Fee Schemes as in previous years …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 27 January]

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Minister due to meet University of Limerick whistleblowers

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

Ireland“A meeting with the Minister for Education has been scheduled for the coming weeks with three whistleblowers associated with the University of Limerick’s finance department, who staged a sit-in at the Department of Education in Dublin this week. An exact date has been scheduled with the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, which will possibly be brought forward if he is in Limerick before that date …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 27 January]

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University of Limerick whistleblowers stage sit-in at Department

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trio say they are are ‘not prepared to wait any longer’ for resolution. Three whistleblowers in the University of Limerick’s finance department are continuing their sit-in at the Department of Education and Skills in Dublin this Monday afternoon …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 23 January]

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Department of Education occupied over UL claims ‘inaction’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A group of protesters says it has occupied the Department of Education head office in Dublin to highlight ‘inaction’ regarding allegations of misconduct at University of Limerick. The five individuals, who include at least three people who worked in the college’s finance department, are seeking an independent investigation into concerns over irregular expenses claims and human resources issues …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Minister Bruton announces breakdown of €36.5m Third Level spend

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD, has today published a detailed breakdown of the additional €36.5m which is being allocated to Higher Education in Budget 2017. During the last decade, student numbers have increased by 38,000 while spending was cut by 33%. The additional allocation of €36.5m to higher education is the first significant investment in higher education for 9 years …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 January]

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Public sector work stoppages now on eight days in November

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Secondary schools will be thrown into chaos in the run up to Christmas with seven days of closures due to teacher strikes. The wave of work stoppages by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) will affect up to 250,000 students …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 October]

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Richard Bruton: At least seven weeks to draw up plan for teachers’ action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton said it will take the Department of Education ‘at least’ seven weeks to put together plans to cope with industrial action threatened by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI). The time will be required to recruit staff to take over supervision duties in schools and to allow for Garda vetting, the Minister told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland …” (more)

[Vivienne Clark, Irish Times, 14 October]

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Over 2,500 new teaching jobs are to be created

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“… Overall, the Department of Education and Skills’ budget will increase by €458 million. An initial additional €160 million in total funding has also been committed to higher education over three years, the first significant expansion in government spending on higher education in a decade …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 October]

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Minister Bruton Launches International Education Strategy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister Richard Bruton has today (Friday 7th October) launched the International Education Strategy. This Plan represents a key element of Ireland’s growth strategy for the next five years, and an important action as part of the Action Plan for Education. It aims to increase the economic value of this sector grow to €2.1bn per annum by 2020, a 33% increase …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 7 October]

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Minister for Education and Skills announces €10m capital grant for Institutes of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, today announced a €10m grant for the country’s 14 Institutes of Technology to address their most critical health and safety, infrastructure and ICT needs. The grant will ensure that the Institutes can fund a range of small-scale building works, refurbish existing facilities and / or upgrade equipment. This funding is being made to the institutes by the Department of Education and Skills through the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 September]

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Action Plan for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The first Action Plan for Education was launched by Minister Bruton in 2016. It aims at making the Irish education and training service the best in Europe by 2026. Ireland already has a top 5 position in Europe in several important spheres (for example, post-primary literacy, third level participation, take up of STEM at third level) and a top 10 position in others (educational attainment, innovation, low dropout from school) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 September]

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Minister appoints Mr Lionel Alexander as Chairperson of the Governing Body of the Institute of Technology Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton, TD has appointed Mr Lionel Alexander as Chairperson of the Governing Body of the Institute of Technology, Tralee with effect from today, 22 September 2016. Mr. Alexander has been selected by the Minister having come through the process run by the Public Appointments Service …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 September]

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Minister Bruton responds to Statement from the ASTI

Posted in Teaching on September 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister Bruton expressed disappointment at the decision of the ASTI to ballot its members on industrial action. The Minister reiterated his genuine belief that continuing dialogue between his Department and the ASTI would be in the best interests of schools, parents, students and teachers as is evidenced by the agreements reached with the INTO and TUI on issues of mutual concern …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 September]

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Progress in talks on restoring allowances worth €5,000 to new teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Progress has been reported in talks aimed at restoring annual allowances worth €5,000 to newly qualified teachers – but the Department of Education has been warned that a deal must be done soon …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 August]

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Minister Bruton welcomes the report of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD today welcomed the Report of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education. As committed to in the Programme for Government, the report will now be forwarded to the Oireachtas Committee for comprehensive examination and discussion, in an effort to build a consensus on a plan for the future direction of the funding model for higher education in Ireland …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 July]

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