Minister Mitchell O’Connor Launches Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (5 April 2019) launched the Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions: ‘Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive – Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions’. The Framework aims to ensure the creation of an institutional campus culture which is safe, respectful and supportive …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 April]

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Consent classes ‘to help create safe college campuses’

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are under orders to work at making their campuses free from sexual violence and harassment through the implementation of a range of measures, including offering students classes in consent and calling out unacceptable behaviour. A drive to create campuses where everyone feels safe and supported is not a ‘box-ticking’ exercise they have been told …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 April]

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St Angela’s College, Sligo

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

IrelandFrank Feighan (Fine Gael): I am delighted to see the Minister of State and that she is taking this Commencement matter. St Angela’s College in Sligo is the only home economics college in the country and the need for capital funding for larger capacity classrooms-laboratories to accommodate students has never been greater. A national shortage of home economics teachers and a much more health conscious population is making this discipline more attractive than ever …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 4 April]

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College consent classes too little, too late

Posted in Teaching on March 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A proposal to compel third level institutions to provide sexual consent classes or risk losing funding was floated last week after it was recommended in a Government-commissioned report. The report, which was sought by the Minister for State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor raised concerns about the levels of sexual assaults happening on Irish college campuses …” (more)

[Deborah Coleman, The Corkman, 30 March]

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The Irish Times view on sexual consent classes: time to bring this hidden violence into the public eye

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Research indicates that rape, sexual assault and harassment are mostly hidden problems on our college campuses. A Union of Students in Ireland report in recent years, based on a survey of more than 2,700 students, found 16% of respondents had experienced ‘unwanted sexual contact’ …” (more)

[Irish Times, 20 March]

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Colleges risk losing funding if sexual consent classes not provided

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Teaching on March 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“All third-level colleges should be obliged to provide classes on sexual consent for students or risk losing State funding, a Government-commissioned report has recommended. The report follows rising concern over the level of rape and sexual assault on college campuses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Capital investment of €13.7m announced for IT Sligo under Project Ireland 2040

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 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 a €13.7m capital allocation towards significant building upgrades in IT Sligo. The funding is being provided under Project Ireland 2040 which commits to exchequer investments of €2.2 billion in Ireland’s higher education infrastructure over the coming decade …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 March]

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Men have ‘teeny-weeny’ interest in gender equality, says minister

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has delivered a blistering attack on male attitudes to gender equality. She described men’s level of interest in equality as ‘small, as in teeny-weeny small, as in this small’, as she gestured to her audience with her thumb and forefinger only centimetres apart …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 March]

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Live horse and you’ll get grass!

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

Ireland“For the past decade higher education institutions, staff and students have been forced to survive on a mantra from government of ‘live horse and you’ll get grass’. But on 20th February last, the Department of Education and Skills held a novel ‘Stakeholders Consultation on Higher Education’, on the site of the newly launched Technological University of Dublin, to discuss a brighter future …” (more)

[IFUT, 6 March]

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Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to be given university status

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is set to secure university status within months after the Cabinet approved a change in legislation. Legal restrictions have prevented the 235-year-old Dublin college from being granted university status even though it is ranked among the top higher-education institutions in the world …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Students are given all-clear for September

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish students who want to study in the UK after Brexit, or UK students who want to attend third-level here, have certainty about continuation of the current fees regime for the duration of their studies if they start this September. Nor will there be any change to student grants, and Irish students in the UK will also be able to access student loans there …” (more)

[Independent, 6 March]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD supports university designation for the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“RCSI in line for university status. Minister Mitchell O’Connor presents legislative changes which allow for new university status. The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, has today welcomed the approval by Government in seeking to advance university designation for the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 March]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor welcome earlier date for Round One CAO offers

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

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD have today (15 February, 2019) welcomed confirmation that Round One offers from the Central Applications Office (CAO) will be issued this year on the earlier date of Thursday, 15 August 2019 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 February]

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Minister says she’s still waiting on application for Technological University of the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor says she is waiting for the application from WIT and IT Carlow, for a technological university in the South East. The application for Munster Technological University, was submitted yesterday. It looks likely to become the country’s second technological university after TU Dublin, which was established in January …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 13 February]

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Hard Brexit could put major pressure on ‘creaking’ third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A crash-out Brexit could place significant pressure on the third-level education system as thousands of Irish students might have to study at home rather than in the UK, the Oireachtas education committee has heard. Up to 12,000 students from the Republic study in the UK, while about 2,000 attend third-level institutions in the North …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor to address Future Skills Needs and Gender Equality in Higher Education at the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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

Ireland“Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD Minister of State for Higher Education will attend the seventh edition of the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (10th and 11th February), to participate in the Advanced Skills Global Policy Platform …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 February]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor allocate €23 million in funding under the new Higher Education Innovation and Transformation Fund

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced that 22 projects across 23 educational institutions have been awarded a total of €23 million under the new Innovation and Transformation Fund …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 February]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018: Committee Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMary Mitchell O’Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): I wish to address the matter of stakeholder engagement, which has been of great concern to Senators. I also want to remedy and remediate the indiscretion in that regard. I wanted to ensure that it would be procedurally possible for the Joint Committee on Education and Skills to continue with its proposed stakeholder engagement once the Bill had been introduced in this House …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 7 February]

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Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland set to become State’s eighth university

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) is set to become the country’s eighth university under new legislation likely to complete its passage through the Oireachtas shortly. The 235-year-old Dublin college has been lobbying the government for many years to grant it university status to help boost its chances of attracting top international researchers and students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

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Bystander intervention programme launched for UCC students

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An online bystander intervention programme against sexual harassment and violence was launched in University College Cork on January 28th. The programme was launched by Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor. It is an online project taught through six one-hour workshops available to 22,000 UCC students …” (more)

[Orla Dwyer, The College View, 6 February]

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