NUIG Access Centre introduces 150 new undergraduate places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) Access Centre has introduced 170 new full-time places for undergraduate students entering from Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), Further Education and Training (FET), and Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) routes …” (more)

[Aoife Ní Chadhain, Trinity News, 18 January]

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Colleges running fewer courses suitable for students with disabilities, says report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A culture of ‘low expectations’ and a limited supply of appropriate training courses have been identified as key barriers to people with intellectual disabilities entering further education …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 1 March]

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Quality and Qualifications Ireland Accreditation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills when he envisages that the QQI will determine the fees that will apply to the providers with which it engages; his views on whether the fees could possibly reach up to €5,000; if this is the case, his views on whether such a high level of fees chargeable to legacy providers would make them financially unsustainable; if he will grant a waiver for community education providers in such circumstances in relation to fees for FETAC delivery under QQI; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 8 July]

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Quality and Qualifications Ireland Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the budget allocated to Quality and Qualifications Ireland for 2012, 2013 and 2014; the number of staff employed; the staff costs broken down between the numbers earning below and above €80,000 per annum; if he will outline this body’s work; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 23 January]

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Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2013 by steve

Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the limbo endured by aspirant providers due to the setting up the new Quality and Qualifications Ireland; when new applications for FETAC level accreditation will be accepted; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 5 March]

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500% increase in higher education courses offered to those with FETAC qualifications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 28th, 2013 by steve

“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien, TD, has said the thousands of adult learners who benefit from PLC courses highlights the short-sightedness of the government’s decision to increase the pupil teacher ratio from 17:1 – 19:1 in the further education sector …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 28 January]

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FETAC abuse must be halted – Healy Eames

Posted in Teaching on January 25th, 2013 by steve

“The issue of educational providers abusing FETAC accreditation by using additional accreditation bodies outside Ireland and advertising courses as FETAC Diplomas must be brought to an end, Fine Gael Galway Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has warned …” (more)

[Lorraine O’Hanlon, Galway Independent, 25 January]

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QQI chief welcomes establishment of new body

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2012 by steve

“QQI, the amalgamated qualifications and quality assurance authority, replaces the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI), the Further Education and Training Awards Council of Ireland (FETAC), and the Higher Education Training and Awards Council (HETAC) …” (more)

[Education Matters, 8 November]

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University of Limerick – Entrance Criteria

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 18th, 2012 by steve

“The University of Limerick has today announced a change in entrance criteria to a large number of Arts, Humanities and Social Science degree programmes, which will greatly increase access to university education. As of 2013, holders of a number of FETAC awards will be able to apply directly via CAO to study a degree programme in Arts, Humanities and Social Science at the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Francis O’ Toole, Careers Ireland, 18 October]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Bill 2011 [Seanad]: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2012 by steve

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): I move: ‘That the Bill be now read a Second Time’. I am pleased to bring the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Bill 2011 before the House. The main purpose of the Bill is to amalgamate the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, known as HETAC, and the Further Education and Training Awards Council, known as FETAC, into a new agency entitled the Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority of Ireland …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 22 May]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2012 by steve

Mattie McGrath: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the establishment of the qualifications and quality assurance authority of Ireland; when new applications for provider registration for FETAC will be accepted; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann written answers, 17 January]

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Public Sector Reform

Posted in Research on November 18th, 2011 by steve

“From a first look at the Public Sector Reform document published today, the following would seem to have an effect on Higher Education, Research and Science sectors …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, Communicate Science, 17 November]

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Colleges seek bond to protect student

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 10th, 2011 by steve

“An alliance of private colleges offering paid-for courses is working to develop a bond system to protect students and limit their exposure should another provider go out of business. The colleges, members of the Irish Course Providers Association, are hoping to meet Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn to secure his approval …” (more)

[Steven Carroll, Irish Times, 10 August]

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700 applicants turned away from ag colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2011 by steve

“More than 700 applicants have been turned down by the six remaining agricultural colleges in the past week. The numbers of students refused a place on a FETAC course in agriculture following the final aptitude and general knowledge tests last week has almost trebled compared to 12 months ago …” (more)

[Darragh McCullough, Independent, 5 July]

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Young lives left cruelly scarred by latest FAS betrayal

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2010 by steve

“Let’s not shrug off the latest FAS headlines as just another instalment in the sorry saga of that sorry organisation. This is rock bottom. This is betrayal. The news that the education authority Fetac has stopped granting certificates to FAs graduates, until it has conducted a national audit, is no mere technicality …” (more)

[Herald, 11 December]

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Both Fás and Fetac have questions to answer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 10th, 2010 by steve

“The decision by FETAC to suspend certification of all FÁS courses, including apprenticeships, is another damaging blow to the credibility of both agencies. It will lead to renewed concern about the performance of FÁS and it is now inevitable that it will have to be taken apart and a new agency put in its place …” (more)

[Ruairi Quinn, Labour Party Blog, 10 December]

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Education body refuses certs to FAS students

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2010 by steve

“The education authority responsible for certifying further education courses last night confirmed it is refusing to issue certificates to students who complete FAS courses. FETAC is withholding the certificates until the controversial state agency completes its national audit later this month …” (more)

[Patricia McDonagh, Independent, 10 December]

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FETAC defends response to Empower inquiry

Posted in Legal issues on October 14th, 2010 by steve

“Education accreditation body FETAC has defended itself against accusations of inaction after Empower Training ceased trading last week, leaving hundreds of students fearing they have lost more than €250,000 in fees …” (more)

[Scott Millar and Conor Kane, Irish Examiner, 14 October]

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Criminal inquiry begins into training college

Posted in Legal issues on October 13th, 2010 by steve

“Gardai have begun a criminal investigation into a training college over allegations it took students’ money without providing the courses promised and continued to advertise courses after its Fetac accreditation had been suspended …” (more)

[Conor Lally and Conor Kane, Irish Times, 13 October]

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In my opinion: Too many cooks decide further education policy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“The last 10 years have seen dramatic changes in Further Education and Training (FET) in Ireland. From a situation in the 1990s when there were 15 different certifying bodies, to the establishment of the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) in 2001, this hugely diverse sector of the Irish education system has been a shining example of how ‘joined-up thinking’ can really happen in the public service …” (more)

[Rory O’Sullivan, Independent, 4 November]

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