Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor welcome earlier date for Round One CAO offers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD have today (15 February, 2019) welcomed confirmation that Round One offers from the Central Applications Office (CAO) will be issued this year on the earlier date of Thursday, 15 August 2019 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 February]

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Disadvantaged students need much better access to third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In a recent High Court decision, Mr Justice Richard Humphreys vindicated a citizen’s right to access higher education and vocational training. It is both surprising and disappointing that the Minister for Education and Skills has decided to appeal this decision and is to argue that no individual has a right to access to higher education …” (more)

[Judith Harford and Brian Fleming, Irish Times, 14 February]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the breakdown of the €15 million allocation for 2019 for a college (details supplied); the date in 2019 the project will commence; if this will be impacted by the cost overrun with the national children’s hospital; if he has been consulted by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 February]

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Munster Technological University bid lodged

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) have submitted a formal application to become the Munster Technological University (MTU). If it all goes according to plan, MTU will become the country’s second technological university after TU Dublin, which was established in January …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 February]

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Hard Brexit could put major pressure on ‘creaking’ third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A crash-out Brexit could place significant pressure on the third-level education system as thousands of Irish students might have to study at home rather than in the UK, the Oireachtas education committee has heard. Up to 12,000 students from the Republic study in the UK, while about 2,000 attend third-level institutions in the North …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Minister to be quizzed over impact of no deal on education and skills

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Joe McHugh will discuss the impact of Brexit on his sector at an Oireachtas hearing today. The Education Committee will focus particularly on what would happen in the event of a no-deal scenario when the UK exits the European Union on March 29 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 February]

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Third Level Institutions – Hazing at Trinity College Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the practices of hazing at Trinity College, Dublin in respect of student initiation into certain societies …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 February]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor allocate €23 million in funding under the new Higher Education Innovation and Transformation Fund

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced that 22 projects across 23 educational institutions have been awarded a total of €23 million under the new Innovation and Transformation Fund …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 February]

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Minister McHugh hosts first in series of Regional Stakeholder Forums

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD will today (Thursday February 7th) host the first of a series of five themed regional meetings with stakeholders in the education and skills sector. The forums, the first of which takes place in Letterkenny Institute of Technology, are an opportunity for people to get involved in discussions on the education sector to give their views on key themes and issues …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 7 February]

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Analysis: Carter case appeal puts Government in a thorny position

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Should every individual have a right to access higher or further education after they leave school? It’s a question which lies at the heart of the Minister for Education Joe McHugh’s decision to appeal against key elements of a landmark ruling in favour of Rebecca Carter, whose Leaving Cert points were incorrectly totted up …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 February]

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Minister to argue no right of access to higher education in Carter appeal

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education is to argue that no individual has a right of access to higher education in an appeal against a landmark ruling in favour of a Leaving Cert student whose points were incorrectly added up …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 February]

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Third Level Costs – Pharmacy Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the issues faced by pharmacy students who will now have enormous tuition fees for the fifth year of their course will be addressed; his views on whether the changes will result in students not pursuing studies in pharmacy in the future for purely financial reasons; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 February]

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Minister for Education to argue against right of access to higher education

Posted in Legal issues on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Joe McHugh is set to argue that no individual has a right of access to higher education in an upcoming court appeal. The appeal is being made against a ruling carried out last September …” (more)

[Sarah Moran, Trinity News, 6 February]

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Third Level Funding

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

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his position on the future funding of third level education; if student loans will be ruled out as a means of raising funding for the sector; the details of the recent application to the European Commission to carry out a detailed economic analysis of third level education funding here; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 January]

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IT Carlow and Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the merger process between Carlow Institute of Technology and Waterford Institute of Technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 January]

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Minister launches new Irish Sign Language Bachelor of Education programme for deaf students

Posted in Teaching on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today formally launched a new undergraduate programme in DCU that enables deaf and hard of hearing people who use Irish Sign Language (ISL) to enter primary teaching. The programme is receiving funding from the Department of Education and Skills under the PATH 1 inclusion programme …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 January]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMick Barry (Cork North Central, Solidarity): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of student accommodation units in the planning pipeline; and the number and percentages for both the public and private sectors …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 January]

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Higher Education Authority Funding – Letterkenny IT

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the funding that has been approved for an institution (details supplied) in the past three years; the funding that has been specifically indicated for the campus at a location as part of that funding; the system used to ensure that allocations are used for the purpose proposed; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 January]

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Student Support Schemes – 1916 Bursary Fund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the criteria necessary for receipt of the 1916 bursary fund; if these criteria are uniformly applied across higher education institutions; the person or body which decides which students receive funding; if there is oversight regarding these decisions from an authority separate to the higher education institution offering the award; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 January]

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Minister launches results of National Employer Survey 2018

Posted in Research on January 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today launched the National Employer Survey 2018. The survey, completed in Q2 2018, has shown that employers are very satisfied with graduate recruits across a range of personal and workplace attributes, including computer and technical literacy, working effectively with others and numeracy/processing numerical data …” (more, download)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 23 January]

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