Minister for Higher Education Welcomes Establishment of TU Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (1 January 2019) welcomed the formal establishment of Technological University Dublin. Minister Mitchell O’Connor said ‘I am absolutely delighted that after years of hard work by a wide array of people and institutions including the staff and students of the three institutions now merged …'” (more)

[Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, 1 January]

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TU Dublin now Ireland’s largest institution as ITs merge

Posted in Governance and administration on January 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The merger of DIT, IT Tallaght, and IT Blanchardstown as the new Technological University Dublin takes effect from today. TU Dublin is now the largest higher education institution in the State with almost 28,000 students and over 3,000 staff. It will be a multi-campus university with campuses in Grangegorman, Blanchardstown and Tallaght …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 January]

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Plan for vending machines to give out free condoms in universities and pubs

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

Ireland“Vending machines could be used to dispense free condoms in a drive to reduce crisis pregnancies and promote sexual health. The HSE is seeking to provide free condoms in colleges and among ‘at risk’ groups. The installation of machines in pubs and clubs has emerged as one of the options to be investigated as the HSE researches the best way to distribute the condoms …” (more)

[Laura Larkin, Independent, 31 December]

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Drop in first-time mature students at third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The proportion of older students starting third-level courses has fallen instead of increasing in the past three years. The statistic on college access for ‘first-time’ mature students is contained in a Higher Education Authority (HEA) review on progress with targets to widen participation. It also shows only tiny increases in numbers of Travellers progressing to third level …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 December]

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Minister for Education and Skills and Minister for Higher Education announce first president of Technological University Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today (December 2018) announced that Professor David FitzPatrick has been designated under the Technological Universities Act 2018 for appointment as the first president of Technological University Dublin …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 December]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces €1.65m in funding for innovative Teaching and Learning projects in the higher education sector

Posted in Teaching on December 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education, today (19 December 2018) announced funding of €1.65m for 16 innovative projects to enhance teaching and learning in the higher education institutions …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 19 December]

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One step closer to gender equality in Irish higher education institutions

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On November 12th 2018, the Gender Equality Taskforce Action Plan for Higher Education 2018-2020 was launched by Irish Minister for Higher Education, Ms Mitchell O’Connor. In addition to this Action Plan, the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative has been launched, which foresees the creation of 45 senior academic posts for women in Higher Education colleges nationwide …” (more)

[ETUCE, 18 December]

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Revised timeline for college offers still not approved by CAO

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges have not yet agreed a shortened timeline for offering places to Leaving Certificate students, seven weeks after it was hastily announced by two Government ministers. Education Minister Joe McHugh and Higher Education Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor said on November 1 that the State Examinations Commission (SEC) would get exam results out a day earlier than usual next August …” (more)

[Niall Murray, BreakingNews.ie, 18 December]

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Ministers welcome plans to bring forward legislation to provide certainty to families on student accommodation costs

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Tuesday, 11 December) welcomed the publication of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 by Minister for Housing, planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD. The Ministers confirmed the intention to outline amendments to the legislation to include rent predictability measures for students living in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) under licence agreements, and in PBSA let by a public authority, for the first time …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 December]

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Gender Action Plan

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

Ireland“Following the 2016 National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutes and the ‘exceptionally slow’ progress that has followed a Higher Education Authority (HEA) Expert Group report, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD has introduced a Gender Action Plan that will create 45 female-only professorships …” (more)

[eolas, 10 December]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor calls for stronger employment protections for teachers in the English language training sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Speaking in the Seanad today the Minister for Higher Education, Minister Mitchell O’Connor highlighted that the situation at Grafton College Dublin, exposed weaknesses in the availability of fair terms and conditions of employment in areas of the English language training sector. Minister Mitchell O’Connor was speaking at Committee Stage of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Amendment) Bill …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 December]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor opens the consultation forum on the legislative reform of the Higher Education Authority Act

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today (23rd of November), opened the consultation forum on the new Higher Education Authority Act. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is the statutory funding authority for the universities, institutes of technology and a number of other designated institutions, and is the advisory body to the Minister for Education and Skills in relation to the higher education sector …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 23 November]

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National Student Accommodation Strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Minister of State with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English TD today released the end Q3 2018 progress report on the National Student Accommodation Strategy …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 November]

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Women-only professorships

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

Ireland“There has been a lot of commentary on the women-only professorships proposed by Mary Mitchell O’Connor. On balance, it seems that both men and women are in favour of the idea. There seems to be two arguments made in favour of the proposal …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 18 November]

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Women-only professorial posts

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

Ireland“Sir, – Congratulations to The Irish Times for commissioning Prof Yvonne Galligan to pen her article welcoming the radical proposals from Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor proposing to address the shortage of women at senior levels in Irish third-level colleges (‘Women-only professorial posts will work’, Opinion & Analysis, November 16th) …” (more)

[Niamh Bhreathnach, Irish Times, 16 November]

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Top jobs have to change so that women, and men, can get a life

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The proposal was always going to be crazy but what makes it insulting is its timing, writes Victoria White. The commitment by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the minister of state at the Department of Education with special responsibility for higher education, to create 45 women-only professorships in our third level institutions at the cost of €6m per annum comes when these institutions are struggling for their lives …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 15 November]

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Women-only professorial posts will work

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This week Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, announced the Government’s intention to create up to 45 new posts to boost women’s representation in senior academic positions. These are additional professorial appointments to existing staffing provision. They are expected to cost €6 million …” (more)

[Yvonne Galligan, Irish Times, 15 November]

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Higher Education Gender Report moves in right direction, says IFUT

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed recommendations in the ‘Gender Action Plan 2018 – 2020’ published today (Monday November 12th, 2018) and launched by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell-O’Connor …” (more)

[IFUT, 12 November]

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Statement From Technological Higher Education Association

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) strongly supports Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s stated ambitions to ‘eradicate gender inequality in higher education institutions’ and welcomes the targets outlined in the Report of the Gender Equality Taskforce Action Plan 2018-2020 …” (more)

[THEA, 12 November]

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The Government’s Shouting about Gender Equality Feels One-Note

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The launch of the government’s plan to tackle gender equality in higher education today has caused a media stir. In particular, the decision by higher education minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor to create 45 women-only professorships – like most proposals that involve affirmative action – was met with controversy …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 12 November]

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