Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces that Ireland will be hosting the 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education

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

IrelandMary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education today (17th November 2017) has announced that Ireland will host the 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education. This is the first occasion that this major biennial conference will be held in Ireland. These European conferences have since 1998 brought together hundreds of gender equality practitioners, researchers and administrators from Europe and beyond … (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 November]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces €6.3m allocation to support Technological University development and higher education landscape restructuring

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Tuesday, 14 November) announced the allocation of €6.3 million in funding in support of the ongoing restructuring of the higher education landscape including the development of consortia projects seeking to progress to designation as Technological Universities. Minister Mitchell O’Connor said …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 November]

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Report on controversies ‘shows university failed in how it treated its staff’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The recently appointed president of the University of Limerick (UL) has expressed concern about the way the university ‘treated some of its people in the past’. Dr Des Fitzgerald said a new report into a string of controversies at the college cast light on occasions in the past where UL fell short in its duty of care as an employer …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 November]

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Universities need more entrepreneurship in the arts

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Universities should increase the entrepreneurship taught in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, according to a recent report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The review looked at five higher education institutes selected by the Department of Education and the OECD …” (more)

[Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 8 November]

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Minister Bruton and Minister of State Mitchell O’Connor note of the review into University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister for State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today noted the publication by the Higher Education Authority of the review of the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 November]

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Technological Universities One Step Closer, After Cabinet Approval

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is now one step closer to having a legal foundation for the ambitious technological universities project, after cabinet today approved the progression of the Technological Universities Bill. Cabinet-level approval for the bill means a proposed increase in investigatory powers for the Higher Education Authority (HEA) – which has already triggered some concerns from Irish universities over an erosion of autonomy – is one step closer to being implemented …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 7 November]

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Cabinet approves progression of the Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (7th November 2017) welcomed the approval by the Government of insertions and amendments to the Technological Universities Bill. Minister Mitchell O’Connor said, ‘I am delighted that we can now proceed to progress the revised Technological Universities Bill through the Houses of the Oireachtas …'” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 7 November]

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Irish Research Council welcomes establishment of gender equality task force for higher education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Research Council has welcomed the launch by Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD of a gender equality task force in higher education. Commenting today, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Chair of the Irish Research Council, said …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 6 November]

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Gender equality in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – We had the report on gender equality in NUI Galway (2016). We had the Higher Education Authority’s National Review of Gender Equality in Higher Education (2016). The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has publicly accepted that gender inequality is a problem …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 7 November]

[The 2016 Report is here]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches Gender Equality Taskforce for Higher Education

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

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education today (6th November 2017) has announced the establishment of a Gender Equality Taskforce. The Minister has appointed this high level taskforce to prepare a prioritised three year action plan, in consultation with stakeholders …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 6 November]

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Now minister declares war on university gender bias

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

Ireland“Gender inequality and discrimination against women is rampant in our colleges and universities, according to Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, who has vowed to eliminate the ‘men only’ hierarchy at the top of third level. ‘The first Irish University was set up 424 years ago and since then, no university here has had a female president …'” (more)

[Jerome Reilly, Independent, 5 November]

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IFUT welcomes new Gender Equality Initiative

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed the initiative by Minister Mary Mitchell-O’Connor to launch a new task force to address the issue of gender inequality in third-level education …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 5 November]

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Universities to lose funding if they do not promote more women

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

Ireland“Third level colleges have been warned they will lose access to funding if they fail to promote more women to senior grades in colleges. Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State for Higher Education, said there was ‘nowhere to hide’ for colleges involved in gender discrimination …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 November]

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Poll: Should there be gender quotas for third-level institutions?

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

Ireland“Do you think there should be gender quotas for third-level institutions? Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor is to establish a taskforce across the colleges and universities after it was revealed that just 19% of professors in Ireland are women …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 5 November]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches an online resource to inform Higher Level Institutions’ Student Retention Strategies

Posted in Teaching on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, Minister of State for Higher Education, today 2nd of November, 2017, launched an online resource to assist higher level institutions to create effective student retention strategies and to enhance student experiences …” (more)

[Teaching and Learning, 2 November]

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Third Level Admissions Entry Requirements: A-levels

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 25th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Ó Donnghaile (Sinn Fein): I raised this Commencement matter because the issue in question is coming to the fore. Many students, educationalists and teachers in the North are noticing and falling foul of a particular anomaly where there is a difference in the recognition of the A-level grading system by institutions in the South. This has only been exacerbated by Brexit …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 24 October]

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Improve Links Between Business and Higher Education, Says New International Report

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new international report into entrepreneurship education in Ireland has called on colleges and the government to continue supporting startups – and asked universities to be ‘innovative’ themselves as they look to engage with businesses across the world …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 23 October]

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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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