Ministers invite expressions of interest for a number of vacancies to governing authorities of higher education institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today invited expressions of interest for a number of vacancies to governing authorities of higher education institutions. Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons for consideration for nomination …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 January]

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Higher education revolution will allow more to embrace our love affair with universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘Vote for me and you’ll get a university’ sounds like a tongue-in-cheek campaign slogan, but it’s one that many Fine Gael candidates will be able to promise in next month’s election. And it’s all because a revolution is taking place in higher education which will more than double the number of university towns across the country …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 15 January]

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Government Must Give ‘Clarity’ on Voter Registration Ahead of Election, Says USI

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called for clarity around voter registration ahead of the upcoming general election, arguing the government must ensure students who have registered in the last year are automatically able to vote on February 8th …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 14 January]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor chairs NUI Galway seminar on universities driving transformational change

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (13 January 2019) chaired a seminar hosted by NUI Galway to highlight the role of higher education in driving the national agenda on regional development and transformational change. Universities play a pivotal role in achieving national strategic priorities and underpin Ireland’s future economic and social sustainability …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 13 January]

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Irish students planning to study in UK will not face fee hike, says minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish students hoping to study at UK universities next September will not face a hike in fees and can continue to avail of Irish grant support despite the UK’s scheduled exit from the EU at the end of the month, according to the Department of Education. In a statement released on Friday, Minister for Education Joe McHugh said the current fee regime and grants support for Irish students studying at UK institutions from September 2020 would remain in place …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 10 January]

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Fee Arrangements Maintained for UK and Irish Students Next Year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government has confirmed that existing fee arrangements will be maintained for Irish students enrolling in UK universities in 2020/21, amid ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit’s implications …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 10 January]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor provide assurance to students and their families for studies in the UK

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced that current fee regimes and grant supports are being maintained for Irish students going to higher education institutions in the UK from September 2020. The Ministers also confirmed the current system will apply for students from Britain and Northern Ireland who are applying to attend colleges in Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 January]

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20 New Reserved Professorial Positions for Women Welcome, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on January 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed confirmation by Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, TD, that 20 additional professorial positions will be created this year for women to assist gender balance in higher education institutions …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 7 January]

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Women-only professorships ‘not discriminating against men’, says Mitchell O’Connor

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The creation of female-only professorships in Irish third-level institutions is ‘not discriminating against men’, the Minister of State for Higher Education has said. 45 female-only additional professor positions were announced by Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor in November 2018 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 5 January]

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20 women-only professorships to be established this year

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister responsible for higher education, tells us about women-only professorships and responds to calls for greater state support for third-level colleges here …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – This Week, 5 January]

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Twenty women-only professorships to be established this year

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges have received approval for 20 women-only professorships aimed at tackling gender inequality in higher education. The appointments are in areas where there is ‘clear evidence’ of significant under-representation of women, such as physics, computer science and engineering …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 February]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces approval for 20 professorial-level posts in Higher Education under the Senior Academic leadership Initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education today (3rd January 2020) announced the approval of 20 posts at professorial-level in higher education. This announcement is being made under the Minister’s Senior Academic Leadership Initiative the goal of which is to accelerate progress in achieving gender balance at the senior academic level in Higher Education Institutions …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 January]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomes introduction of self-awarding powers for institutes of technology

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (1 January 2020) announced the granting of award making powers, with exception of doctoral awards, to all institutes of technology. In welcoming this announcement, the Minister said: ‘This is a significant step for the sector. The measures introduced today establishes all institutes of technology as autonomous awarding bodies, placing them on an equal footing with other designated awarding bodies such as the universities and the RCSI …'” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 January]

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Institutes of Technology Gain New Award-Giving Powers in Win for Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government today granted institutes of technology award-giving powers, in what amounts to a win for the autonomy of regional colleges. Institutes of technology will now be able to independently grant their students degrees, giving them equal rights to universities. The institutes won’t, however, be able to grant doctoral awards …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 1 January]

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2019 Report from Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor

Posted in Governance and administration on January 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“We have had a very productive year in the Dept of Education and I worked hard with my senior officials and education stakeholders including the most important stakeholders of all: students, in 2019. The ‘student’ is at the epicentre of my agenda …” (more)

[Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, 31 December]

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USI Calls for National Framework on Students’ Union Autonomy

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called on the government to recognise the autonomy of students’ unions, arguing a national framework is a necessity if students are to hold their colleges to account …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 20 December]

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Minister criticises ‘lack of transparency ’ at NUI Galway charity

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has criticised a charity linked to NUI Galway for its ‘lack of transparency and oversight’ on spending on taxis, business class flights and five-star hotels. The Charities Regulator’s investigation into Galway University Foundation, a charity that fundraises for the university, found it did not have adequate controls over travel expenses or credit-card based expenditure …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 December]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce €18.75m capital grant for Cork Institute of Technology under Project Ireland 2040

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced an €18.75 million investment in Cork institute of technology. The funding is being allocated under Project Ireland 2040, which commits to exchequer investments of €2.2 billion in Ireland’s higher education infrastructure over the coming decade. The Department’s approval in principle for the €18.75 capital allocation will go towards significant building upgrades and refurbishment for CIT’s Bishopstown campus, built in 1974 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 December]

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Third-level colleges will open almost 3,000 places extra places over the next two years in €24m Government-funded move

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges will open almost 3,000 places extra places over the next two years, in a €24m Government-funded move to produce more graduates for priority areas of the economy. Colleges will receive a cash incentive to create the new places, which will cross 138 full-time undergraduate courses in 22 higher education institutions …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 December]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor Announce 3,000 New Student Places

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Monday 16th December 2019) announced 3,000 new places on 138 full-time undergraduate courses for autumn 2020 and 2021 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 16 December]

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