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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CAO points race is distorting the true meaning of education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“With this year’s State examinations almost upon us, and a review of the senior cycle underway, it is perhaps timely to consider how that review should proceed. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) represents second level teachers as well as teachers in further and adult education and third level lecturers …” (more)

[Seamus Lahart, Irish Times, 3 June]

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Government announces €7.5 million capital funding to support Apprenticeship Programmes

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, together with the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development John Halligan TD today announced capital funding of more than €7.5 million for nine Institutes of Technology and the Technological University (TU) Dublin …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 June]

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Mitchell scholarship body claims ‘misleading’, says Rhodes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The head of the Rhodes scholarship programme has dismissed as ‘misleading’ claims by the US-Ireland Alliance that a majority of students choose its scholarship instead. The Mitchell scholarship, which is managed by Trina Vargo, the head of the US-Ireland Alliance, was established almost 20 years ago and named after Senator George Mitchell …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times, 3 June]

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Colleges log cost overruns of almost €70m for new buildings

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The capacity of higher-education institutions to manage large-scale construction projects has been called into question by a spending review. The review shows major buildings have consistently been delivered late and with cost overruns of tens of millions of euro. The Comptroller and Auditor General report examined 10 projects delivered over the past decade at a cost of €350 million …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 May]

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Vast majority of new student beds built in Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just seven purpose-built student beds have been completed in Limerick since the launch of the government’s Rebuilding Ireland strategy in 2016. A new progress update issued by the Department of Education and Skills shows that the vast majority of new student beds have been built in Dublin …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 8 May]

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Minister launches first quarterly progress report on the Action Plan for Education 2019

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today (Tuesday 30 April) welcomed the publication of the Action Plan for Education 2019 Quarter 1 progress report. The Action Plan – Cumasú is based on the idea of empowering through learning. The Plan highlights the significant strategic reform programme under way in the education and training sector …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 April]

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Public sector unions hold talks with Government on pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Public service unions have had discussions with the Department of Public Expenditure on a review of the pay terms set out in the agreement for State employees, informed sources have said. Minister of Education Joe McHugh said on Tuesday he was aware that the parties to the Public Service Stability Agreement were engaged in exploratory discussions …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 25 April]

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Increase in student numbers will put strain on third level institutions, union warns

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

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is warning that a significant projected increase in the number of students in the country’s third level institutions will greatly worsen the current crisis in the sector unless urgent action is taken. Next week, the TUI hosts its annual congress in Killarney …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 April]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor Launches Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (5 April 2019) launched the Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions: ‘Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive – Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions’. The Framework aims to ensure the creation of an institutional campus culture which is safe, respectful and supportive …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 April]

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Minister McHugh hosts Regional Stakeholder Forum in Dundalk Institute of Technology – DkIT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Thursday 4 April) hosted the fourth in a series of regional forums with stakeholders in the education and skills sector in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT). Minister McHugh and his officials heard from a wide range of voices across the sector with a focus on Brexit and future skills needs …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 4 April]

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Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD hosts next in a series of Regional Stakeholder Forums

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD hosts the third in a series of five regional forums with stakeholders in the education and skills sector this evening, Wednesday, 27 March 2019, at NUI Galway. The Minister invited a range of stakeholders from the education system, teachers and academics, figures involved in Irish language organisations and passionate voices to gather views about how best to improve the teaching and learning of Irish at all levels in the education system …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 March]

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