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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Education Minister signals he’s open to history being core Junior Cert subject

Posted in Teaching on January 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education minister Joe McHugh has signalled he’s open to history being made a core subject for Junior Cert students telling the Dáil that it’s ‘vital’ young people learn from the past. He said it’s important that the historic contexts of Brexit and events being marked in Centenary Commemorations are understood …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 22 January]

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Research shows some increase in number of students taking higher level subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD announced today that the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has published research on the early impacts of the revised grading scheme for Leaving Certificate examinations which was introduced in June 2017 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 January]

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Equality of Opportunity in Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 17th, 2019 by steve

IrelandPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures being taken to promote equality of opportunity in higher education; the efforts being made to remove barriers to accessing higher education and to promote greater participation by those under represented in the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 January]

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Ministers McHugh and Halligan announce competitive call for Springboard+ 2019

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

Ireland“Focus on skills for the workplace of the future. The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD together with the Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, John Halligan TD today issued a competitive call to all higher education providers for course proposals which will be funded under Springboard+ 2019 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 January]

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The Government’s UK Fees Pledge is Less a Solution and More a Deferral

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

Ireland“By now, there remain precious few areas of Irish life over which Brexit’s spectre doesn’t cast an ominous shadow. The full extent of its implications – demonstrably unclear to the UK’s own politicians – is still a mystery, but what’s certain is that, when it comes to developing contingency plans, the Irish government has a battle on its hands …” (more)

[University Times, 13 January]

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Student teachers to receive financial aid for training costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student teachers who are struggling with the cost of tuition fees and unpaid school placements are being given access to ring-fenced financial assistance. Minister for Education Joe McHugh has announced that an additional €1 million is being allocated to the Student Assistance Fund for students completing professional Masters of Education courses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 January]

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Irish students studying in the UK to receive tuition fees support post-Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The government has confirmed it will continue supporting students applying to universities in the United Kingdom as well as Northern Ireland pupils wishing to study here after Brexit. Pupils from Northern Ireland expressed concern over whether they will be treated as non-EU students after the UK leaves the European Union in March, meaning they would have to pay much higher fees …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 11 January]

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