Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces the publication of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 22nd, 2018 by steve

“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today announced that the Government has approved publication of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training)(Amendment) Bill. Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomed the Government decision noting that ‘This is a key piece of legislation that will further empower QQI as a regulator of quality and will strengthen the agency’s role in ensuring high standards across Ireland’s Higher and Further Education sectors’ …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 July]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor invites views on updating the Higher Education Authority Act 1971

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 19th, 2018 by steve

“Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today, the 19th of July, launched a public consultation seeking views on updating the Higher Education Authority Act 1971. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is the statutory funding authority for the universities, institutes of technology and a number of other designated institutions …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 19 July]

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USI Pitches Accommodation Regulation to Oireachtas Committee

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 14th, 2018 by steve

“Student accommodation needs investment and regulation, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has told an Oireachtas committee debating new housing legislation. USI President Michael Kerrigan and Vice-President for Campaigns Amy Kelly were presenting at the Oireachtas Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Committee this morning as it debated the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Bill …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 14 June]

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The Student Accommodation Bill is More Evidence That Direct Action Works

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2018 by steve

“This past year has been a busy one for Ireland’s student leaders. They’ve fought for abortion rights for women at a national level, revolted against extortionate fees and clamoured to keep higher education funding on the agenda. We’ve had emotionally charged marches and new forms of direct action. But one thing is clear: students have had enough …” (more)

[Univeristy Times, 4 June]

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USI supporting bill to impose rent caps on student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland is supporting a Sinn Féin bill that includes student accommodation in rent pressure zones. It comes after students in DCU and NUI Galway protested against rent increases of almost 30% in recent months …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 May]

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Ibec welcomes Technological Universities (TU) Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has welcomed the enactment of the Technological Universities (TU) Bill which could create a new type of higher education institution to meet enterprise needs and drive regional development. However, it has warned that the TUs will require significant public investment if they are to reach the scale needed to attract top academic talent and compete in the challenging international research environment …” (more)

[IBEC, 21 March]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor passes into law the Technological Universities Act

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins signs the Technological Universities Bill. Minister Mitchell O’Connor said, ‘This is a transformative piece of legislation and I am delighted that it is now enacted. The Technological Universities legislation has been a high priority for this Government and will radically change the higher education landscape …'” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 March]

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IT Tralee ready to progress merger following signing into law of legislation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee says now that the Technological Universities Bill has been signed into law it can move onto the next stage of its merger with Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 16 March]

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ITs must meet strict upgrade criteria

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The rapid establishment of technological universities (TU) is not guaranteed by last week’s passing of enabling legislation, the head of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has cautioned. While the Technological Universities Bill should be signed soon by President Michael D Higgins, any institutes of technology hoping to be upgraded must meet strict criteria …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 March]

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Seanad Approval Clears Way for Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Years after it was initially proposed, the Technological Universities Bill completed its journey through both houses of the Oireachtas last night as the Seanad approved its contents. The bill, which will see a radical overhaul of several of Ireland’s institutes of technology, will now be signed into law …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 9 March]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor successfully steers the Technological Universities Bill through the Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Universities Bill has now completed all stages, in both houses of the Oireachtas and will soon be signed into law. Minister Mitchell O’Connor said, ‘This is a transformative piece of legislation and I am delighted that we have got it over the line. The Technological Universities Bill is a high priority for Government and will radically change the higher education landscape …'” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 9 March]

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Statement from the Technological Higher Education Association on the passing of the Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The passing today by Seanad of the Technological Universities Bill marks a step change in the development of the technological higher education sector with the realization of an even more exciting and diversified higher education landscape in this country. The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) warmly welcomes the support that the Bill has garnered from TDs and Senators …” (more)

[THEA, 8 March]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2018 by steve

IrelandGerry Horkan (Fianna Fail): I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor, and wish everybody a happy International Women’s Day. I also wish Senator Grace O’Sullivan a happy birthday …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 8 March]

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No ‘dumbing down’ of criteria for new technological university status

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has insisted there has been no ‘dumbing down’ of standards required for institutes of technology to secure new technological university status. Legislation providing for the establishment of new technological universities is set to be debated in the Seanad on Thursday and will be enacted shortly …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 March]

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How Institutes of Technology Fell Out of Favour

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As the Technological University Bill nears the final stages of the legislative process, much ambiguity persists as to what a technological university actually is. So familiar are we with its predecessor, the institute of technology, that the landscape of higher education in Ireland is difficult to picture without it …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 26 February]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Report Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

IrelandGerry Horkan (Fianna Fail): I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor, to the House. Before we commence I remind Senators that a Senator may speak only once on Report Stage except for the proposer of an amendment who may reply to the discussion on the amendment. In addition, on Report Stage each amendment must be seconded. Amendment No 1 is in the names of Senators Lynn Ruane and Alice-Mary Higgins …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 21 February]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Committee Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 14th, 2018 by steve

IrelandGerry Horkan (Fianna Fail): I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor, back to the House. The debate will resume on Committee Stage of the Technological Universities Bill 2015. When the debate adjourned last week, the House was discussing amendment No 19 which had been moved by Senator Alice Mary Higgins. A number of Senators had contributed. Before I call on the Minister of State, do any other Senators wish to contribute at this point? …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 13 February]

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The Technological Universities Bill 2015 in the Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Universities Bill 2015 passed the Dáil at the end of January and is now going through the process to obtain Seanad approval. The Bill sets out the framework under which the Institutes of Technology around the country would be able to merge into larger ‘Technological Universities’. Original plans could see up to ten of the fourteen Institutes become involved in mergers …” (more)

[College Tribune, 13 February]

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Technological Universities Bill 2017: Committee Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Question proposed: ‘That section 1 stand part of the Bill’. David Norris (Independent): I would like to raise a question about the Title. Paul Coghlan (Fine Gael): Perhaps you should wait until the end for the Title. Is it relevant to section 1? …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 7 February]

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First technological universities could open in September

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government expects the first technological universities to open next September, despite the law to facilitate applications not yet being passed. The ambition was set out as it launched its Action Plan for Education 2018, setting a range of targets for delivery across the entire education system …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 8 February]

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