Schools may drop foreign languages due to lack of teachers

Posted in Teaching on November 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Some secondary schools say they will be forced to reduce pupils’ access to foreign languages due to difficulties recruiting qualified teachers, according to a Department of Education audit. The report also shows evidence of a class gap in access to language tuition, with students in fee-paying secondary schools much more likely to have a choice of languages to study …” (more)

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

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Groundhog Day At The Department Of Education As Govt Re-Announce Third Level Funding

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne has said the constant re-announcement of funding for projects is raising false hopes for third level education. His comments come as the Government held yet another glossy launch for its Human Capital Initiative, a project first announced in 2018 …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 9 November]

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An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar joins Ministers to launch €300 million Human Capital Initiative and Future Jobs Ireland Skills and Talent Pillar

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD today (Thursday 7th November) joined Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD. to launch the €300 million Human Capital Initiative and the Skills and Talent pillar of Future Jobs Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 7 November]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce €90m Technological University transformative fund at launch of Technological University Research Network report

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

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (6 November 2019) welcomed the report of the TU Research Network (TURN): Connectedness and Collaboration enabled by Connectivity, which was presented to the Department by the TURN high level working group …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 6 November]

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Just 61 Travellers in Third-Level in 2017, Finds Report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just 61 students in higher education in 2017 were members of the Travelling community, a new report from the Department of Education has found. The report examines a wide range of areas across primary, post-primary and third-level education in Ireland …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 31 October]

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

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today (Thursday 31 October) welcomed the publication of the Action Plan for Education 2019 Quarter 3 Progress Report. The Action Plan – Cumasú is emphasising empowering through learning and highlights the significant strategic reform programme under way in the education and training sector …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 31 October]

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Minister McHugh welcomes publication of special report – ‘Education Indicators for Ireland’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Department publishes facts and figures on all aspects of the education system. The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today (Thursday 31 October) announced a special new report has been published providing a snapshot of our education system. The Education Indicators for Ireland report for the first time gives a comprehensive overview of the scale of school and third level education and training …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 31 October]

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Minister announces €500,000 to support Irish Higher Education Institutions preparing for the pilot European Universities Initiative

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

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (24 October) launched a call for applications for financial support for eligible Irish higher education institutions (HEIs), in advance of the second call of the European Universities Initiative by the European Commission …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 October]

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Funding announced for creation and expansion of technological universities

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

Ireland“The Department of Education has announced the allocation of funding aimed primarily at the creation and expansion of technological universities here. TU Dublin, which comprises the former Dublin, Blanchardstown and Tallaght Institutes of Technology, has received €3.8m from the almost €15m fund, a portion of which also goes towards the promotion of cross-border third level projects …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 18 October]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce €14.25m in higher education landscape funding with emphasis on the development of Technological Universities

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (18 October 2019) announced funding of €14.25 million to higher education institutions. The €14.25m fund was allocated under the Higher Education Authority 2019 call for submissions for higher education landscape restructuring, consolidation and collaborative projects …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces €153 million increase in funding for Tertiary Education

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

“Increase includes a multi-annual programme of €90 million for Technological Universities and a new initiative to promote Research Excellence. The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (9 October 2019) announced an increase of over €153 million for tertiary education. This will provide for a wide range of measures to provide greater choice and opportunity to students, meet future skills needs, support student well-being and promote excellence in research …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 9 October]

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Record investment in Education and Skills with hundreds of new teachers and more than 1,000 additional special needs assistants

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

Ireland“Budget increases by €360 million to €11.1 billion as special education, small schools and teaching principals benefit from new investment. More higher education places and new third level courses being created as part of new €60 million fund. Increase in funding for apprenticeships and training under the National Training Fund. Budget 2020 provides the fourth successive year of major reinvestment in our education and training system …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 9 October]

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€74 million increase in funding for higher education in Budget 2020

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

Ireland“An increase in investment of €74 million for higher education has been announced by the Finance Minister Paschal Donohue in today’s budget statement. The additional funding will be provided by a 0.1% increase to the National Training Fund, a levy on employers …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 8 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor establishes Rapid Response Group on Drug and Substance Abuse in Higher Education

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

Ireland“Expert group tasked with developing action plan includes senior academics, Gardaí, students, parents and first responders within institutions. The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (25th September 2019) named the members of her Rapid Response Group that she has tasked with devising an action plan to deal with drug and substance abuse within the country’s higher education institutions …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 25 September]

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Government gives €5m in emergency funding to keep IT Tralee afloat

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government has given €5 million in emergency funding to IT Tralee in order to keep the institution afloat. The Irish Times understands that Kerry’s only third-level institution has been experiencing serious cash-flow problems and faced the possibility of drastic cutbacks or not being able to pay staff …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 September]

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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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