Terrible assaults emphasise the need for educational campaigns surrounding consent

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour spokesperson on Justice, and TD for Cork East, Seán Sherlock has called on Minister Mitchell O’Connor to lay out a timeline for the delivery of promised compulsory consent classes in Irish Universities. This call follows reporting today of three incidents of rape of students in Cork in recent weeks …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 25 September]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor travels to UK to meet higher education counterpart Minister Gyimah

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O Connor, TD today (Tuesday, 25 September) met with Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Gyimah to discuss current developments in higher education in Ireland and the UK …” (more)

[Department of Education of Skills, 25 September]

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Minister of State for Higher Education announces further €6.8m funding allocation to support Technological University development and other higher education landscape restructuring

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

Ireland“Following on from the announcement made on 17 July at an event held at the Grangegorman campus of Dublin Institute of Technology in the presence of An Taoiseach, of a significant 2018 funding allocation of €4.4 million to the three Dublin based Institutes of Technology – Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology, Tallaght – who are seeking designation as the State’s first technological university, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today (September 2018) announced the allocation of a further €6.8 million in funding in support of the ongoing restructuring of the higher education landscape this year …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 September]

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Ministers invite expressions of interest to fill vacancies on the Senate of the National University of Ireland (NUI)

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today invited expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill 4 vacancies on the Senate of the National University of Ireland. The five year term of office of the Senate expires on 31st October 2022 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 September]

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Why we need more women at the top of higher education

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

Ireland“The recent rush to balance the university books in order to demonstrate the existence of gender equality has, not surprisingly, proved more complex than many in leadership positions (mainly men) originally envisaged. An economic imperative, whereby funding for universities is now linked to diversity targets, has contributed to the sudden enlightenment regarding the importance of gender equality within the higher educational landscape …” (more)

[Judith Harford, Irish Times, 17 September]

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Government investment in Higher Education to triple

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Capital investment in higher education is to be nearly trebled as part of Project Ireland 2040. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor announced today a large increase in education investment under Project Ireland 2040, a €116 billion investment and development plan …” (more)

[Shauna Bannon Ward, Trinity News, 14 September]

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Taoiseach and Ministers Announce €11.9 billion Investment in Education as part of Project Ireland 2040

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“70% increase in school building budget. Capital investment in Higher Education to be almost trebled. First dedicated capital budget for Further Education and Training. The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD, the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD today …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 September]

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Universities U-Turn on Loans

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Universities will no longer lobby the government to introduce a student loan scheme, marking a complete U-turn in their approach to the higher education funding crisis. In an interview with The University Times, the head of the Irish Universities Association (IUA), Jim Miley, said that universities are becoming ‘agnostic on loans’ …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 6 September]

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UL student group taking strong stance on sexual consent classes

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor is considering making classes on sexual consent compulsory in all Irish colleges, following a series of workshops at the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon, Limerick Post, 3 September]

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More than aspiration needed to tackle gender discrimination

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

Ireland“The 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education was held in Trinity College Dublin, on the 20th-22nd August 2018. This is the first occasion that this major biennial conference was held in Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 30 August]

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Tech institutes commit to  putting more women in senior posts

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

Ireland“The country’s 14 institutes of technology have committed to increasing the number of women in senior positions. Some 48% of academic staff in the institutes are female, but only 17% are in the highest paid positions with salaries of at least €106,000, according to a report from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 August]

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Third-level sector funding to be tied to gender equality improvements

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Future funding for higher education institutions will be tied to how well they tackle the problem of gender equality in the sector, Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has said. A report setting out how universities and Institutes of Technology will be judged on their efforts to tackle the gender gap in the sector is due in the middle of September …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Publication of Gender and Diversity Statement

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As part of her opening address to the European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education today, Monday 20 August, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD announced the launch of the first Gender and Diversity Statement for higher education institutions …” (more)

[Technological Higher Education Association, 20 August]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor opens Major European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education at Trinity College Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, with special responsibility for Higher Education today (20th August 2018) officially opened the 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 August]

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Sexual consent workshops for students should be compulsory after ‘troubling’ report – Minister

Posted in Teaching on August 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sexual consent workshops may become mandatory for students in all third-level colleges in the wake of new research on sex-related attitudes and behaviours on campus. Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor said she thought it was time to make them compulsory, describing as ‘troubling’ findings from a study by NUI Galway …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 August]

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Minister slates slow progress on higher education gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A lack of leadership is limiting the number of women in senior positions at third-level colleges, Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has warned. Universities and other colleges have taken positive steps towards gender equality, but women continue to be under-represented in key roles, according to a new report by Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 August]

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Large gender gaps in senior levels of Irish academia

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Women remain hugely underrepresented in the senior levels of Irish universities despite policies aimed at promoting greater gender equality, new figures show. They are also far more likely to earn less, with men accounting for the vast majority of best-paid posts in higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Ring-fenced funding for multi-campus institutions is good news for GMIT

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

Ireland“The announcement of ring-fenced funding for multi-campus institutions is positive news for GMIT, according to Galway East TD Sean Canney. The Minister of State for OPW and Flood Relief welcomed the funding, which will amount to an additional €250,000 per annum per institution …” (more)

[Micheál Ó Maoileoin, Galway Daily, 20 July]

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Government Launch New €5m Higher Education Innovation and Transformation Fund

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today Monday 30th July launched the new Higher Education and Innovation Fund for which up to €5m is available for investment in 2018. The innovation fund is part of the additional €100m which the government are investing in higher education since 2016 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 July]

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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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