Ministers Breen and Mitchell O’Connor announce the establishment of Joint Labour Committee for the English language education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen TD, has formally accepted the recommendation of the Labour Court for the establishment of a Joint Labour Committee for the English language education sector. He made the announcement today together with Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD …” (more)

[DBEI, 2 December]

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National Student Accommodation Strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“8,229 PBSA Bed Spaces completed by end Q3, 2019. Student Accommodation target for 2019 surpassed. The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Minister of State with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English TD today released the end Q3 2019 progress report on the National Student Accommodation Strategy …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 November]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches new Action Plan to promote Traveller participation in higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland"“Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD. today, on World Access to Higher Education Day, launched the Action Plan to Promote Traveller Participation in Higher Education. The Minister was joined at the launch, held in TU Dublin, by several third level students and recent graduates from the Traveller community, who told their own stories of studying in universities and colleges around Ireland, and gave insights into the supports that are most useful to students …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 26 November]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor highlights importance of College Awareness Week

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today highlighted the importance of College Awareness Week, a nationwide campaign aimed at raising awareness relating to the benefits of going to college. The Minister also took the opportunity to emphasise to prospective students the many other pathways available to them through apprenticeships, traineeships and Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 November]

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Ministers announce awarding of EU contract for review regarding increasing the sustainability of higher and further education provision in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD have today (Monday 18 November 2019) announced that a contract has been awarded by the Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) of the European Commission for an economic review to be conducted on increasing future sustainability of higher and further education provision in Ireland and the associated assessment of future funding options for the tertiary education sector …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 November]

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Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD calls for Minister to engage with DkIT staff

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has called on Minister for State Mary Mitchell O’Connor and DkIT management to engage with staff in the coming days in order to avoid next weeks strike action. Teachta Ó Laoghaire said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 12 November]

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Trinity Asks Government for Exemption to Higher Education Reforms

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has appealed for an exemption to controversial government proposals for higher education, asking for time to implement ‘similar reforms’ itself rather than allow the state to make sweeping changes to its governance structures, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 November]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce €90m Technological University transformative fund at launch of Technological University Research Network report

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (6 November 2019) welcomed the report of the TU Research Network (TURN): Connectedness and Collaboration enabled by Connectivity, which was presented to the Department by the TURN high level working group …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 6 November]

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Trinity Rushed Through the Appointment of Top Gender Equality Official

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity rushed through the appointment of a top-ranking officer for gender equality, The University Times has learned, U-turning on an earlier decision not to create the position amid fears that its application for a new government equality initiative would be ‘seriously weakened’ without a senior equality advocate …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 5 November]

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Higher Education’s Stakeholders are Now Disagreeing – Publicly – on Basic Policy Issues

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fall of Ireland’s top universities in international rankings has for a number of years teetered on the verge of becoming a national embarrassment. But perhaps even more embarrassing is that this week, two of the most powerful figures in Irish higher education took entirely antithetical stances on how to tackle the problem …” (more)

[University Times, 28 October]

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Minister announces €500,000 to support Irish Higher Education Institutions preparing for the pilot European Universities Initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (24 October) launched a call for applications for financial support for eligible Irish higher education institutions (HEIs), in advance of the second call of the European Universities Initiative by the European Commission …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 October]

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Provost Patrick Prendergast has called for a national rankings strategy, a suggestion rejected by the Minister for Higher Education

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

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has called for the introduction of a national strategy on university rankings, after Trinity’s persistent falls in both the Times Higher Education and QS rankings in recent years …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 21 October]

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Social class and postcode determine students’ access to highly paid careers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Social class speaks volumes when it comes to a student’s chances of going to college, the sort of degree they study, and how much they earn in their first job. The most detailed breakdown ever of the socio-economic and geographic background of third-level students paints a disturbing picture of the extent to which postcode determines study and career chances …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 October]

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Funding announced for creation and expansion of technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has announced the allocation of funding aimed primarily at the creation and expansion of technological universities here. TU Dublin, which comprises the former Dublin, Blanchardstown and Tallaght Institutes of Technology, has received €3.8m from the almost €15m fund, a portion of which also goes towards the promotion of cross-border third level projects …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 18 October]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce €14.25m in higher education landscape funding with emphasis on the development of Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (18 October 2019) announced funding of €14.25 million to higher education institutions. The €14.25m fund was allocated under the Higher Education Authority 2019 call for submissions for higher education landscape restructuring, consolidation and collaborative projects …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 October]

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Trinity Bypassed Board on Last-Day Response to Higher Education Reforms

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Members of the College Board were not consulted on Trinity’s last-ditch submission to the government regarding proposed reforms that could see the governance structures of the College reshaped radically, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 October]

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Long-term funding needed to help people with intellectual disabilities access higher education says report

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new report launched this evening highlights a lack of funding for resources that support people with intellectual disabilities in accessing higher education. The report calls for a national response to support people with intellectual disabilities transitioning from secondary education into further and higher education or employment …” (more)

[Alfie Fletcher, Trinity News, 10 October]

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CUA Consortium Welcomes €90m Allocation To Support TU Development

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Presidents of GMIT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT (Connacht-Ulster Alliance) welcome the announcement today (9 October 2019) by the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, of an increase of over €153 million for tertiary education including a multi-annual fund of €90 million to assist the development and progression of Technological Universities …” (more)

[GMIT, 9 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces €153 million increase in funding for Tertiary Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

“Increase includes a multi-annual programme of €90 million for Technological Universities and a new initiative to promote Research Excellence. The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (9 October 2019) announced an increase of over €153 million for tertiary education. This will provide for a wide range of measures to provide greater choice and opportunity to students, meet future skills needs, support student well-being and promote excellence in research …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 9 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor establishes Rapid Response Group on Drug and Substance Abuse in Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Expert group tasked with developing action plan includes senior academics, Gardaí, students, parents and first responders within institutions. The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (25th September 2019) named the members of her Rapid Response Group that she has tasked with devising an action plan to deal with drug and substance abuse within the country’s higher education institutions …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 25 September]

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