Government task force on gender bias welcomed, but at NUI Galway and other Irish Universities, it helps to look at where the power is

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In July, the Higher Education Authority issued this year’s figures for gender percentages in Irish Universities and other higher-education institutions. Because this Web page focused on the four female lecturers’ mediation coming to an end at NUI Galway, we made no comment on the HEA report – and we didn’t produce an updated version of our table ranking the Irish Universities. But we found we didn’t need to …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 4 August]

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Mitchell O’Connor warned of ‘unprecedented demand’ for student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new minister for higher education has been warned of an ‘unprecedented demand’ for affordable student accommodation. Mary Mitchell O’Connor has been told of the ‘significant challenges’ in addressing the issue, as parents and students face into the scramble to find accommodation for the academic year ahead …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 25 July]

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23,000 students left without a place to stay as year begins

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is short of 23,000 purpose-built student bed spaces to meet the demand from college-goers this autumn, according to a new report that outlines plans to tackle the deficit up to 2024. While demand for student beds is put at 57,075 this year, only 33,441 spaces are available in dedicated student complexes, whether on campus or developed by private providers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 July]

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Brexit sees non-EU students apply to Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More college students are choosing Ireland as a study destination because of Brexit. Evidence of the trend can be found at Trinity College Dublin, according to Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast. ‘We have seen some evidence of increased numbers of non-EU students applying to Trinity courses and I think other Irish universities are seeing something of an uplift’, he said …” (more)

[Joyce Fegan and Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 July]

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Government Launches Accommodation Strategy Promising 21,000 Student Beds by 2024

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With a target of providing 21,000 student beds by 2024, the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, launched the government’s plan to address a student housing crisis that has for years tested the resources of universities and students’ unions …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Dominic McGrath, University Times, 20 July]

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Ministers launch the National Student Accommodation Strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The development of the first National Student Accommodation Strategy is a key action in the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland: Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.  It has been developed by the Department of Education and Skills (DES), together with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPCLG), as well as key stakeholders to introduce measures to support the delivery of an increased level of supply of Purpose Built Student Accommodation …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 July]

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Blow for AIT as merger requirement retained in Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“On Monday, Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, announced amendments to the Technological Universities Bill, which do not include the possibility of an institute of technology gaining university status without merging with another educational institution. It is now intended that the revised Bill will be re-introduced at Committee stage early in the next Dáil session …” (more)

[Robert Grace, Athlone Advertiser, 20 July]

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Mary Mitchell O’Connor won’t be drawn on €16k top-up

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Super junior minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has refused to say if she is still seeking a €16,288 salary top-up linked to the role despite the fact that the payment would need new legislation to be passed by the Dáil. The Fine Gael TD declined to clarify the situation on three occasions during a media briefing at the Department of Education, insisting the issue is ‘very low down on my agenda’ …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 18 July]

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Minister Bruton and Minister Mitchell O’Connor Secure Government Approval to Progress Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, together with the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Monday 17th July) announced their intention to prioritise the passing of the Technological Universities Bill following Government approval to the drafting of insertions and amendments to the 2015 Bill …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 July]

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Ministers announce capital funding to support Apprenticeship Programmes

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, together with the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, John Halligan TD today announced capital funding of just over €8 million for 10 Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 July]

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Education role created ‘for political expediency’ says FF spokesman

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil has called on the Government to ‘clearly define’ the role of the Minister of State for higher education following the appointment of Mary Mitchell O’Connor to the role in last month’s Cabinet reshuffle by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 4 July]

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Ministers Bruton and Mitchell O’Connor Announce Capital Funding for St Angela’s College, Sligo

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, together with the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today announced capital funding of €343,000 for St Angela’s College, Sligo. The funding will support the College in undertaking essential infrastructural improvements over the summer months …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 July]

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Ministers welcome progress made by GMIT Working Group

Posted in Governance and administration on July 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, have welcomed the significant progress being made by the Working Group that has been established to secure the future of the GMIT campus in Castlebar …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 4 July]

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FF vows to block law allowing top-up of minister’s wage

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil has warned that it will block legislation aimed at topping up Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s TD salary to reflect her new ‘super-junior’ minister role. The revelation that the law will have to be changed to allow for a €16,288-a-year allowance on top of the minister of State salary of €124,439 has provoked a storm of controversy …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn and Philip Ryan, Independent, 17 June]

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Fianna Fáil and Labour Will Not Back Creation of New Higher Education Cabinet Position

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil and Labour have refused to support the creation of a new cabinet position with responsibility for higher education. A new role set to be filled by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, its creation had been seen as a signal of a renewed government focus on the sector …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 16 June]

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FF to block Mary Mitchell O’Connor appointment as ‘super junior’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil will not support legislation to create a third super junior role for Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Ms O’Connor was appointed as a Minister of State with responsibility for higher education in Wednesday’s re-shuffle by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The position will allow her to sit at the Cabinet table …” (more)

[Sarah Bardon, Irish Times, 16 June]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s €16,288 pay rise a slap in the face for struggling nurses, teachers and guards – Cullinane

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane TD said today that Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s €16,288 pay rise is a slap in the face for struggling nurses, teachers and guards. Deputy Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 June]

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New legislation required for Minister Mitchell O’Connor to receive extra €16k allowance

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“New legislation will be required to allow Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor hold the role of super junior minister in Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s cabinet. Minister for Finance Pachal Donohoe confirmed that the legislation would be required …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 16 June]

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Mary Mitchell O’Connor ‘was a tiny bit disappointed yesterday’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor admits she is disappointed at being demoted by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The former jobs minister was the only one of Enda Kenny’s cabinet not to retain a full ministerial position and has been dropped to a minster of state with special responsibility for higher education …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 16 June]

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Bruton has Listened and Learned from Universities and Students. Now he Must Act

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Enda Kenny stood beside Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, in a primary school last July, discussing lighthouse keepers. Their job, he said, was to guide ships away from dangerous rocks and safely into harbours. This, in a nutshell, will be Bruton’s job now that he’s been reappointed to the Department of Education and Skills …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 15 June]

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