Expert urges action to end third-level funding impasse

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 14th, 2018 by steve

“Decisions and action are needed before a stalemate on higher education funding leads to further impact on students, the author of a key 2016 report to Government has warned. Peter Cassells, chair of the expert group whose report has been awaiting political decisions for two years, said the status quo is not a cost-free option …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 June]

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Government to examine ways of improving university performance in global rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2018 by steve

“The Department of Education is to work with universities to identify ways of improving their performance in international rankings. This follows the latest set of figures which saw most Irish universities tumble down the global league table …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 June]

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Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor addressed IIEA Conference on Higher Education Funding in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2018 by steve

“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today 13th June, 2018 gave a closing address to the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) conference on future funding of Higher Education in Ireland. This conference presented a range of expert speakers on higher education including former Minister for Education and IIEA chairperson Ruairi Quinn and Peter Cassells author of the expert report titled Investing in National Ambition: A Strategy for Funding Higher Education …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 13 June]

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Calls made for third level involvement in National Development Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has called on all Irish universities and institutes of technology to become involved in the government’s National Development Plan. The plan will encourage collaboration between education institutes, businesses, and public bodies over the coming eight years …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 12 June]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor calls on Higher Education Institutions to transform Ireland through four new National Development Funds

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2018 by steve

“€195 million to be allocated to Funds in Budget 2019 and €4 billion between 2019 and 2027. Intensive collaboration planned in rural development, urban development, climate action and disruptive technology. Minister Mitchell O’Connor urges all the Presidents of the universities and institutes of technology to join consortia that will transform Ireland as part of our National Development Plan …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 June]

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Government announces €8m funding for apprenticeships

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2018 by steve

“The Government has announced funding of €8 million for 10 Institutes of Technology to support an estimated 2,300 additional apprenticeships in 13 different trades. Minister for Education Richard Bruton, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister of State for Training John Halligan announced the capital funding on Monday …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 11 June]

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Design Work Begins on New Buildings for Institutes of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2018 by steve

“Design teams appointed, final scope of projects agreed. Strong Focus on STEM, including ICT, Engineering and Life Sciences to drive Regional Development. 11 new Higher Education buildings to provide over 8,000 new student places and 75,000m² teaching and learning space …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 June]

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The Student Accommodation Bill is More Evidence That Direct Action Works

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2018 by steve

“This past year has been a busy one for Ireland’s student leaders. They’ve fought for abortion rights for women at a national level, revolted against extortionate fees and clamoured to keep higher education funding on the agenda. We’ve had emotionally charged marches and new forms of direct action. But one thing is clear: students have had enough …” (more)

[Univeristy Times, 4 June]

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Upside for universities if more students embrace volunteering

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“Universities whose students get involved in volunteering or efforts to tackle social issues stand to benefit under a system which measures the performance of third-level colleges. Higher education institutions are being encouraged to boost their impact on the wider community through measures such as volunteering, accrediting students who work with civil society organisations and initiating research into social challenges …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 May]

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Government Promises Legal Solutions to Spiralling Student Rents

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has promised to work for a legal solution to the high cost of student accommodation amid anger on several campuses over housing. In a video statement posted on Twitter, Mitchell O’Connor said …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 30 May]

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Recruitment campaign for head of GMIT Mayo campus will begin in coming weeks – Burke

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2018 by steve

“Fine Gael senator Paddy Burke has outlined a number of developments in building a sustainable future for the Castlebar campus of GMIT. Senator Burke said the appointment of an external facilitator and a recruitment campaign for a head of campus will begin in the coming weeks …” (more)

[Mayo Advertiser, 25 May]

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Government publishes the National Training Fund Expenditure Report 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2018 by steve

“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD, today published the National Training Fund Expenditure Report 2018 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 May]

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Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD and her counterpart the Minister of Higher Education, HE Dr Rawya Al Busaidi sign a Memorandum of Understanding

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2018 by steve

“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, has today, in Dublin, signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of Higher Education cooperation with her counterpart from the Sultanate of Oman, the Minister of Higher Education, and HE Dr Rawya Al Busaidi …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 May]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor gives opening address at first Technological Higher Education Association Colloquium in GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2018 by steve

“Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, opened the first annual Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) Colloquium in GMIT today (10th of May). The three core themes for the day revolve around a central theme of ‘Engagement’ and it brings together students, agencies, enterprises, further education, policy makers, and the voluntary sector to explore the reality of the ‘Engaged Institution’ and how to meet the challenges ahead while working with industry, community, and policy-makers …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 May]

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NUI Galway wins recognition for gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2018 by steve

“NUI Galway, which was at the centre of a high-profile gender discrimination row, is to receive official recognition for its work to advance gender equality. The college, along with Maynooth University, has received the internationally-recognised Athena Swan bronze award, which demonstrates a solid foundation in eliminating gender bias …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 May]

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Institutes of Technology: GMIT Mayo Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2018 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Sinn Féin): Cuirim fáilte leis an Aire Stáit, atá tagtha anseo chun eolais a thabhairt dúinn maidir le GMIT. I want to talk to the Minister about the implementation of the report of the working group on the development and sustainable plan for the Mayo campus of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. I will not beat about the bush. The report recommended that the permanent head of centre be appointed. I know the post was advertised in September. Why was it re-advertised in February? …” (more)

[Seanad Éireann, 1 May]

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Ministers turn sod on €220m building project in DIT Grangegorman

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2018 by steve

“Ministers Bruton, Donohoe and Mitchell O’Connor announce construction is to begin on €220m building project for DIT at Grangegorman. 10,000 students and 600 staff to be accommodated on 52,000m² development …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 April]

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DIT Launches ‘Historic’ Expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2018 by steve

“Crowds gathered at Grangegorman today as government ministers, staff and students came together to mark the next stage of Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) historic expansion, as technological university status looms. Speaking at DIT today, Minister for Education Richard Bruton called the €220 million project ‘the greatest investment we have made in many years in higher education’ …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 30 April]

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Three Dublin ITs submit application to become Ireland’s first technological university

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Three Dublin institutes of technology have submitted an application to become Ireland’s first technological university – with campuses in Grangegorman, Blanchardstown and Tallaght. The Technological University for Dublin Alliance (TU4Dublin) is made up of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 April]

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Third-level college with 1,000 students proposed for Kilkenny

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2018 by steve

“A new third-level college should be created in an urban renewal area of Kilkenny city focusing on design, crafts, animation, heritage, tourism and the agri-food sectors, according to a new report. The report, which will be launched by Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor on Monday, recommends the proposed 1,000-student campus should tie in with plans for a Technological University of the South East (TUSE) which is being jointly pursued by Waterford IT and IT Carlow …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 April]

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