Funds for women-only professorships aim end gender inequality

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

Ireland“The Government is to fund dozens of women-only professorships over the next three years to help ‘eradicate gender inequality’ in higher education institutions. It follows the recommendations of a taskforce which says dramatic steps are needed to ensure more women occupy key leadership positions …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 November]

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Poll: Are female-only professorial posts a good idea?

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

Ireland“Minster for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor will tomorrow announce she is creating female-only professorial posts …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 November]

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Fears over ‘jobs for the girls’ backlash as High Education Minister to create professor posts ‘only for women’ to end bias

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

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education is to create women-only professorships in a radical move to address persistent gender inequality at senior levels in universities and third level colleges. Mary Mitchell O’Connor has revealed that she is making some professorial posts in third level institutions open to female applicants only under new plans to counter the ‘paltry proportion’ of women in senior third level positions …” (more)

[Maeve Sheehan, Independent, 11 November]

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Technological Universities – The South-East

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made to advance a technological university of the south east; the stage at which the process is at; the next steps; the costs associated with the process; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Ministers announce significant changes to process of Leaving Certificate examination appeals and entry to higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, have today (1st November 2018) announced significant changes to the Leaving Certificate examination appeals process from 2019. The changes will mean that, in future, students who appeal the results of the Leaving Certificate will be informed by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) of the outcome of their appeals much earlier than has previously been possible …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 November]

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‘Essay mills’ offering bespoke assignments to students to be made illegal

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Websites offering bespoke essays to those in third level education are to be made illegal. New laws are being introduced to make cheating more difficult for students who are ‘gaming the system’. It will also be an offence if a person or company advertises the provision of these essay mill services …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 29 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor leads Education Mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD Minister of State for Higher Education is today embarking on an education mission to the United Arab Emirates (30th October to 1st November). The Minister will meet with a number of key partners, including her counterpart, HE Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al-Falasi …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 October]

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‘RTÉ – This Week’ on third level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As Richard Bruton left the Department of Education this week, he left for his successor one big decision to make: what to do about third level education funding. It’s been two years since the publication of the Cassells Report …” (podcast)

[RTÉ – This Week, 21 October]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor welcomes Oireachtas approval of the draft order to establish Ireland’s first Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Following the granting on 17 July 2018 by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, of the application for technological university status made under the Technological Universities Act 2018 by Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght, the Dáil on 16 October 2018 approved a draft order by the Minister, appointing 1 January 2019 as the date on which these three Institutes of Technology shall be dissolved …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 October]

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AIT technological university status in view as vision in sight

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The aspirational quest to attain technological university status at Athlone Institute of Technology advanced this week with the allocation of additional Government funding aimed at facilitating the ultimate goal of the third level educational establishment …” (more)

[Ronan Fagan, Athlone Advertiser, 18 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor underlines 20% increase in investment levels in Higher Education in three years since 2016 following announcements in Budget 2019 while launching Maynooth University Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022

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

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, speaking this morning in Maynooth University highlighted her role in securing agreement in the recent Budget for the €300m multiannual Human Capital Initiative (HCI) for Higher Education (HE) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 October]

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Joe McHugh is Inheriting a Higher Education Sector Riddled With Problems

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

Ireland“It was with relatively little fanfare that Richard Bruton’s tenure as Minister for Education came to a close, with Bruton shifted to the Department of Communications by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and landed with the unenviable task of salvaging the mess that the national broadband plan has become …” (more)

[Matthew Murphy, University Times, 16 October]

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Limerick IT awarded funding to work towards technological university status

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Limerick Institute of Technology has been allocated €50,000 in funding from the Department of Education to work towards acquiring technological university status. According to the Department, the funding aims to ‘strengthen collaborative regional clustering and co-operation between higher education and further education and training institutions, including on a cross-border basis, and multi-campus integration’ …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 16 October]

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New Minister for Education must make fees funding decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the new Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, needs to rule out student loan schemes. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The Government has been sitting on the report carried out by Peter Cassells into the future of higher education funding for months now. Three options were laid on the table, one of which is publicly funded higher education. The onus is on Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor to get the ball rolling on this extremely important issue …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 15 October]

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HEA Invests €800,000 in Four Institutes of Technology

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

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor announced €0.8 million funding for the institutes of technology in Letterkenny, Limerick, Athlone and Dundalk, as they transition into larger technological universities. The move comes after Mitchell O’Connor’s allocation of €11.2 million to third-level institutes in September …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 12 October]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor announces further €0.8 million funding allocation to support higher education landscape restructuring

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

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today (12th October 2018) announced a further €0.8 million in funding to four Institutes of Technology as the final element of the HEA 2018 call for funding submissions in relation to the development of technological university projects and other restructuring projects in the higher education landscape …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 12 October]

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Gender inequality in Irish universities

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

Ireland“Sir, – Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the Minister of State with responsibility for higher education, is absolutely right in her reported comments on gender inequality in Irish universities (‘Universities have failed to appoint a female president for 426 years, says Minister of State’, News, October 11th). This is a chronic problem entirely of the universities’ own making …” (more)

[Eunan O’Halpin, Irish Times, 12 October]

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Forum-Funded report on the Use of Technology in Assessment Published Today by Minister for Higher Education

Posted in Teaching on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new report, on the use of technology for assessment by academic staff in higher education, was launched today (Wednesday 10 October) by the Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD. The report was written by Trinity researchers, Dr Ann Devitt and Dr Mairead Brady, and was funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, in partnership with the Irish Research Council, to provide insight and transparency into this critical issue in education …” (more)

[National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 10 October]

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Government Launches Trinity Report on Technology in Assessment

Posted in Teaching on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today launched a Trinity report on use of technology for assessment by academic staff. Carried out by Trinity researchers Dr Ann Devitt and Dr Mairead Brady, the report was funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 10 October]

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Universities have failed to appoint a female president for 426 years, says Minister

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

Ireland“The fact that there has never been a female university president in 426 years is a sign of how far the sector needs to go achieve gender equality, a Government Minister has said. Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the Minister of State with responsibility for higher education, said latest figures showed that while women made up half of the staff at third level, only a quarter of university professors were female …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 October]

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