‘Essay mills’ offering bespoke assignments to students to be made illegal

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Websites offering bespoke essays to those in third level education are to be made illegal. New laws are being introduced to make cheating more difficult for students who are ‘gaming the system’. It will also be an offence if a person or company advertises the provision of these essay mill services …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 29 October]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor welcomes Oireachtas approval of the draft order to establish Ireland’s first Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Following the granting on 17 July 2018 by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, of the application for technological university status made under the Technological Universities Act 2018 by Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght, the Dáil on 16 October 2018 approved a draft order by the Minister, appointing 1 January 2019 as the date on which these three Institutes of Technology shall be dissolved …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 October]

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Technological University Dublin – Establishment

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

IrelandJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the Technological Universities Act 2018 will commence in practical terms; the implications for IT Tallaght; and if it will retain its Tallaght identity in its name …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 October]

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Public Sector Pay – Compulsory Retirement Age

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 11th, 2018 by steve

IrelandMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if public sector employees that are to be allowed to work beyond 65 years of age in certain circumstances will continue to be paid at the point on the increment scale they were at when they reached 65 years of age; the position in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 October]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 completes second stage in Seanad Éireann

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomed the completion of second stage of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 in Seanad Éireann. This Bill will amend the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 which established Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the national agency with responsibility for external quality assurance and qualifications across the further and higher education sectors …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 October]

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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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