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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Surprise resignation leaves HEA back at square one

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The sudden resignation of HEA head Graham Love, just a year-and-a-half after he took up the position, has come as a surprise to people working in the higher education sector. Even for people working within the HEA itself it has come as a shock. No one expected this …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 21 August]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor opens Major European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education at Trinity College Dublin

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

Ireland“Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, with special responsibility for Higher Education today (20th August 2018) officially opened the 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 August]

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GMIT is ‘functioning as normal’ although president on sick leave

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

Ireland“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) says it is ‘functioning as normal’ although its president, Dr Fergal Barry, is on extended leave. The third-level college, which is due to become a technology university with its Sligo and Letterkenny partners, has declined to comment on claims that it has received correspondence from legal representatives for Dr Barry …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Government Launch New €5m Higher Education Innovation and Transformation Fund

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2018 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 Monday 30th July launched the new Higher Education and Innovation Fund for which up to €5m is available for investment in 2018. The innovation fund is part of the additional €100m which the government are investing in higher education since 2016 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 July]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces the publication of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 22nd, 2018 by steve

“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today announced that the Government has approved publication of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training)(Amendment) Bill. Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomed the Government decision noting that ‘This is a key piece of legislation that will further empower QQI as a regulator of quality and will strengthen the agency’s role in ensuring high standards across Ireland’s Higher and Further Education sectors’ …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 July]

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New technological university for greater Dublin area to be announced

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2018 by steve

“The State’s first technological university is set to be announced later this week based on the merger of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and a number of Cabinet Ministers are due to make the announcement at an event at DIT’s new campus at Grangegorman …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 July]

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Minister Bruton and Mitchell O’Connor welcome TU4Dublin application

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2018 by steve

“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today welcomed receipt of the HEA’s report and recommendation on the application from Technological University for Dublin Alliance (TU4Dublin) to seek designation …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 2 July]

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Government to examine ways of improving university performance in global rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2018 by steve

“The Department of Education is to work with universities to identify ways of improving their performance in international rankings. This follows the latest set of figures which saw most Irish universities tumble down the global league table …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 June]

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Design Work Begins on New Buildings for Institutes of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2018 by steve

“Design teams appointed, final scope of projects agreed. Strong Focus on STEM, including ICT, Engineering and Life Sciences to drive Regional Development. 11 new Higher Education buildings to provide over 8,000 new student places and 75,000m² teaching and learning space …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 June]

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Government publishes the National Training Fund Expenditure Report 2018

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

“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD, today published the National Training Fund Expenditure Report 2018 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 May]

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Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD and her counterpart the Minister of Higher Education, HE Dr Rawya Al Busaidi sign a Memorandum of Understanding

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2018 by steve

“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, has today, in Dublin, signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of Higher Education cooperation with her counterpart from the Sultanate of Oman, the Minister of Higher Education, and HE Dr Rawya Al Busaidi …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 May]

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Ministers turn sod on €220m building project in DIT Grangegorman

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2018 by steve

“Ministers Bruton, Donohoe and Mitchell O’Connor announce construction is to begin on €220m building project for DIT at Grangegorman. 10,000 students and 600 staff to be accommodated on 52,000m² development …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 April]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor hosts information summit on Technological University application process

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

“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD today convened an information summit of all the Presidents and Governing Body Chairpersons of institutes of technology involved in consortia working towards technological university designation …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 April]

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Eurostat leaves vast third-level borrowings off State balance sheet

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 16th, 2018 by steve

“The European Union’s statistics agency has confirmed that hundreds of millions of euro in borrowings by Irish universities should remain off the Government’s balance sheet. The decision by Eurostat is a major relief for universities and policymakers who feared the opposite decision would jeopardise expansion plans to cope with rising student numbers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 April]

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