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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Technological Universities Status – Cork IT and IT Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the mechanism by which a Cork Institute of Technology will not take on the debts of IT Tralee in the event that they merge to form a new university; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 October]

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Minister McHugh to attend canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman in Rome

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD will attend the canonisation ceremony of Cardinal John Henry Newman, founder of University College Dublin, in Rome on Sunday October 13th. Minister McHugh will represent An Taoiseach and the Government at the canonisation of Cardinal Newman who was UCD’s first rector and president when it was founded as the Catholic University of Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 12 October]

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UCD and John Henry Newman

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

Ireland“Sir, – The Government is to be commended for its last-minute decision to send Minister for Education Joe McHugh to represent Ireland at the canonisation of John Henry Newman (News, October 9th). Cardinal Newman will be only the third person with a direct connection to Ireland to have been canonised since the State was founded, after St Oliver Plunkett in 1975 and St Charles of Mount Argus in 2007 …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 12 October]

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Waterford IT and IT Carlow

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

IrelandJohn Deasy (Waterford, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has advised Waterford and Carlow Institutes of Technology of the way in which the projected combined deficit, debt and payroll costs of the planned technological university of the south east, reportedly estimated at €26 million by 2024-2025, will be addressed …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 October]

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Third Level Institutions – Student Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 10th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the third level institutions which have informed his Department of plans to reduce enrolment in the coming years; the institute and planned enrolment reduction; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 October]

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UCD says it will be represented at Cardinal Newman canonisation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

“UCD has announced it will send a representative to Rome next Sunday for the canonisation of its first rector Cardinal John Henry Newman. In a statement, UCD said: ‘In light of the Government decision to send Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, to represent the Government at the canonisation of John Henry Newman, UCD will be represented by Vice-President, Professor Orla Feely’ …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 9 October]

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Higher Education Institutions – Sexual Harassment

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

Joan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address sexual harassment of staff in higher education institutions; the work programme of the new Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality to address same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 October]

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Hundreds of new teachers to keep pace with growing school population

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

Ireland“Hundreds of teachers and special needs assistants will be hired over the coming year to meet the needs of our growing school population. Overall, the education budget next year will climb to a record high of €11.1 billion, up about 3% on last year. The bulk of additional funding will go towards demographic pressures and maintaining existing pupil-teacher ratios …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 October]

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Former registrar appeals for UCD to attend canonisation of Cardinal Newman

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

Ireland“A former UCD registrar has described as ‘extraordinarily narrowminded’ a decision by the university that it will not be officially represented at the canonisation of its first rector Cardinal John Henry Newman in Rome next Sunday. A Government spokesman said the Irish Ambassador to the Holy See Derek Hannon would represent the State and Minister for Education Joe McHugh would represent the Government …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 8 October]

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Cork IT will not have to take on IT Tralee debt if merged, Minister pledge

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

“The Minister for Education has assured Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) it will not have to take on IT Tralee’s debts in the event that they merge to form a new university for the Munster area. Rising deficits and cashflow problems at IT Tralee have been a key obstacle in the creation of a new Munster Technological University …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 October]

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CIT merger postponed

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

“The merging of CIT and IT Tralee has been officially postponed for at least six months by the Department of Education, the Cork Independent can reveal. Two letters were sent to the staff and students of both colleges on Tuesday. One was from the presidents of the colleges and the other was from Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh …” (more)

[Niamh Aine Ryan, Cork Independent, 2 October]

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History and the curriculum

Posted in Teaching on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – By giving history ‘special core status’, Minister for Education Joe McHugh has essentially made the Framework for Junior Cycle document null and void as it has removed a key principle that it stands on choice and flexibility for schools and students …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 3 October]

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Higher Education Authority Funding: University College Cork

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

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has received a request for funding for the renovation of the Kane Science Building in UCC; and the consideration given to it …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 October]

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University Global Rankings

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

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether education is key to maintaining competitiveness here; and his further views on the continuing falling in the rankings by universities here in the university league …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 October]

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The Irish Times view on history in schools: good call – with caveats

Posted in Teaching on October 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On one hand, the debate over the place of history on the school curriculum has been an invigorating, encouraging experience. A discussion that has drawn in everyone from the President to school-children, has been a reminder of the importance society attaches to understanding its past. On the other hand, that debate has been beset by confusion …” (more)

[Irish Times, 1 October]

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McHugh rules out giving special status to other Junior Cycle subjects

Posted in Teaching on October 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education Joe McHugh has ruled out making subjects such as geography or science mandatory after moving to make the study of history compulsory for Junior Cycle students. Mr McHugh announced on Tuesday that he will give history ‘special core status’ in the Junior Cycle following a review on whether the subject should remain optional or not …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 October]

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Third Level Facilities: UCD Confucius Institute

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

IrelandBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the University College Dublin Confucius institute has been completed; if not, when it is expected to be completed; the estimated cost of the project; the amount spent to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 September]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 20th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJohn Brassil (Kerry, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the SUSI grant income threshold for families will be increased to the same amount as the affordable childcare scheme to reflect the growing costs of college education and rental accommodation for students in view of an announcement (details supplied) by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 September]

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