Ministers Humphreys and McHugh announce €4.6m in Government funding through the Regional Technology Clustering Fund

Posted in Research on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Twelve successful applicants representing Academic Institutions from across all regions have secured funding for their projects
Speaking ahead of a special Cabinet meeting on jobs in Trim, Co Meath, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD and Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today announced the results of the Regional Technology Clustering Fund, the first annual competitive fund of its kind …” (more)

[DBEI, 6 December]

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Third Level Institutions Governance

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

IrelandTommy Broughan (Dublin Bay North, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the implementation of the Code of Governance for Irish Universities 2019; the date by which the universities must apply the code; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 December]

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Third Level Participation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Tommy Broughan (Dublin Bay North, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the fact that recent HEA research indicates that students from better-off backgrounds dominate university courses with high points entry requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 November]

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Student Support Schemes – Students With Disabilities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“John Brassil (Kerry, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the policies being developed to ensure that students with disabilities can complete their university education without incurring fees for deferring some of their coursework; and if a plan that would allocate funds to allow additional time for students with visual and hearing impairments and who use wheelchairs to complete their university degree will be supported …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 November]

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Higher Education Institutions – Changing Workforce Trends

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Tony McLoughlin (Sligo-Leitrim, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures his Department takes to ensure that courses undertaken at universities and institutes of technology remain relevant to the changing workforce trends here; if there is data available which identifies the number of students that gained full-time employment directly as a result of their institute qualification; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 November]

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Higher Education Institution – Students With Disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

IrelandJohn Brassil (Kerry, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the timeframe in which students with disabilities that are wheelchair users, visually impaired and hearing impaired could complete their degree course will be extended by at least one extra year without incurring extra costs or fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 November]

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University Status Applications – IT Sligo

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

IrelandTony McLoughlin (Sligo-Leitrim, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the application by Sligo Institute of Technology for university status; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 November]

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Institutes of Technology Funding – Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2019 by steve

IrelandDarragh O’Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of steps to establish funding mechanisms for institutes of technology to support the development of their student accommodation capacity …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 November]

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Dundalk IT

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

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to plans by management at Dundalk Institute of Technology to develop a fifth school with the working title of new school of flexible and postgraduate provision at the institute arising from a recent report on the Review of Key Functional Areas relating to Admissions July 2019; if his Department has had engagement with the institute on this proposal; his views on the failure of the institute to progress an initiative for technological university status; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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Higher Education Institutions – Funding

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

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of the additional contribution by the State, exclusive of that funded by employers, in respect of pay restoration; the amount to meet demographic increases; the amount that represented a real additional investment in higher education institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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Third Level Funding – Discussions

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

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has had meetings with his officials recently to discuss third level policy funding …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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Third Level Funding – Cassells Report

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

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a commitment has not been given to address the future funding of third level education; the further reason no response has been given on the Cassells report since it was first published three years ago; the representations he has made to the European Commission regarding its decision on funding options; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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Third Level Funding – Allocations

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

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of funding provided to the higher education sector in each of the years 2015 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; the projected funding allocated for 2020; the amount of the additional funding allocated funded by employers via increases in the national training fund levy; and the amount funded directly by the Exchequer …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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No Higher Education Funding Plans to be Ready for Next Election

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

Ireland“The government is unlikely propose any firm policies for higher education funding in an upcoming general election, after instead appointing a group of financial management consultants on a 12-month contract to examine the best way forward for the sector …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 18 November]

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Ministers announce awarding of EU contract for review regarding increasing the sustainability of higher and further education provision in Ireland

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD have today (Monday 18 November 2019) announced that a contract has been awarded by the Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) of the European Commission for an economic review to be conducted on increasing future sustainability of higher and further education provision in Ireland and the associated assessment of future funding options for the tertiary education sector …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 November]

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University Status Applications – Waterford IT

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

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the application by Waterford Institute of Technology for university status …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 November]

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Third Level Funding

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

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the investment made in public and private higher education as a proportion of national income, that is GDP and GNI; the way in which this compares to key competitor countries such as the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 November]

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Minister Joe McHugh accused of having ‘no vision or direction’ for third-level funding shortages

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister Joe McHugh has been accused of stonewalling an Oireachtas Committee for a year-and-a-half on the future of third-level education. The chair of the Education Committee has said the funding crisis at third-level is being ignored by the Government, which has yet to start value-for-money report on the three proposed funding options for higher education …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 11 November]

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Canonisation of UCD Founder Sparks Contention on Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On the 13th of October in a ceremony in Rome attended by Prince Charles, Education Minister Joe McHugh and tens of thousands of pilgrims UCD’s founder John Henry Newman was canonised by Pope Francis. A so-called traitor to England, Newman has now been acclaimed by the heir of his country’s throne and is a respected as a beloved saint across the Catholic world …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 11 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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