Hopes for Funding Report Report by Christmas, Says Higher Education Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the Minister of State for Higher Education, said she hopes to have a report on funding from the Oireachtas committee considering the sector’s future before Christmas. Speaking on RTÉ Radio One this morning, Mitchell O’Connor said she was waiting on the much-anticipated report from the Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 19 October]

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Institutes of technology to share €200m building fund

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

Ireland“A total of 11 institutes of technology are to share €200m for major building projects to create state-of-the-art facilities for science, engineering and computing. The 11 projects, to be built under the Public Private Partnership programme (PPP), are designed to help drive regional development and meet skills needs in their areas …” (more)

[Independent, 16 October]

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Students Shouldn’t Fear ‘Financial Pressure’, Says Higher Education Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor has made her most strident comments in the higher education funding debate today. As students prepare to march in their thousands for publicly funded education, she warned them not to fear financial pressure. In a statement today before the March for Education makes it way to Leinster House …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 4 October]

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Mary Immaculate College – Library

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

IrelandMaria Byrne (Fine Gael): I welcome the Minister of State and thank her for coming here to take these matters. I wish to highlight the importance of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick in terms of teacher training. The college was founded in 1898 and is the oldest training college in the State for primary school teachers. It was started by the Sisters of Mercy as part of their convent on the South Circular Road and has expanded over many years …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 3 October]

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Bruton Launches New International Fund for Irish Universities

Posted in Research on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The government will give Irish universities €500,000 to promote collaboration with universities from around the world. A new fund, set to be managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), will make the funding available to colleges across the country …” (more)

[University Times, 2 October]

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Mary Mitchell O’Connor: ‘I’m happy to forgo salary increase’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has said she is happy to forgo a salary increase for her new role as a super junior Minister after a report found she is ineligible for the payment. Ms Mitchell O’Connor has been informed she is not entitled to an extra €16,288-a-year allowance, which is given to Ministers of State who attend Cabinet meetings …” (more)

[Sarah Bardon, Irish Times, 26 September]

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I Won’t Saddle Students With ‘Enormous Debt’, Varadkar Tells Trinity on 425th Anniversary

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In the 425th anniversary of Trinity’s foundation, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told an audience in the College that he couldn’t support a funding model that would see students ‘saddled with enormous debt’. The thorny issue of a funding model has dominated debate in the higher education sector over the last several years …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 26 September]

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Colleges see surge of interest from homeowners over student ‘digs’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Colleges have reported a surge of interest among homeowners interested in renting rooms out to students in light of the crisis in accommodation. Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Minister of State with responsibility for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor last week appealed to householders to consider ‘digs’ as an accommodation option …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 28 August]

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Ministers announce €16.5m to increase Third Level Access

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 23rd, 2017 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 (Wednesday 23rd August) announced €16.5m for new initiatives to widen access to higher education over the next three years, with a strong focus on helping lone parents to access higher level education …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 23 August]

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Solving the third level education crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“We spoke to Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education. Keelin Shanley began by asking her how concerned she is about where all of those students are going to live” (audio).

[RTÉ – News at One, 22 August]

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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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