Bruton urges colleges to help take pressure out of exam points system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Richard Bruton has urged more colleges to take pressure out of the points system by reducing the number of courses from which to choose for students. One element of the college entry reforms kicking in this year is resulting in more Leaving Cert students taking Higher Level exams in most subjects. However, long-running proposals to have fewer but more general entry-level courses, particularly by universities, have only been adopted by some colleges …” (more)

[Niall Murray and Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner, 17 August]

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Employers to help shape education sector

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

Ireland“The National Training Fund (NTF) is set to receive up to €200 million in funding over the next three years from Ireland’s biggest employers in order to ‘win the war for talent’. That’s according to Education Minister Richard Bruton …” (more)

[Paul Saunders, Limerick Post, 15 August]

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Govt extends college grants scheme for asylum seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A college grants scheme for asylum seekers is being extended. The Education Minister Richard Bruton today announced the pilot student grant programme will continue for the new college year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 10 August]

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Plans to review teaching quality in universities ‘exasperating’

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

Ireland“College lecturers have criticised plans which they say could result in rankings on teaching quality which place a major emphasis on student satisfaction. The Irish Times reported recently that a review into the quality of higher education is to be carried out by the Government following concerns over the impact of falling investment and rising student numbers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 August]

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Student visa delays could cost UCD millions in fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Serious delays for international students acquiring visas could cost UCD €8.4 million worth of fees, the college’s president Andrew Deeks has told the Department of Justice. Mr Deeks said if international students did not receive visas in time to start their studies in September millions of euros in fees would be lost, causing major ‘reputational damage’ to Ireland’s universities internationally …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 5 August]

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Teaching framework is not the solution to third-level education problems

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

Ireland“Sir, – Your article (Concerns over quality of third-level tuition prompts review, Home News, July 25th) reports that Minister for Education Richard Bruton is considering a UK-style Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) as part of a proposed review on standards in higher education. This is both incredible and exasperating …” (more)

[Mike Jennings, Irish Times, 27 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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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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Third-level sector risks penalties for audit and salary breaches

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Colleges and universities will face significantly increased financial penalties from this autumn if they fail to produce audited accounts, ignore salary rules, or breach strict spin-off company laws. Education Minister Richard Bruton also announced greater inspection powers just a week after the Public Accounts Committee report revealed serious concerns over how the facilities are spending €1.5bn in taxpayers’ money every year …” (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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University for South East legislation could be passed by year end

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Education Minister hopes to see the first students enter proposed Technological Universities by September 2018. The Education Minister hopes to see the first students enter proposed Technological Universities by September 2018 …” (more)

[KCLR96FM, 17 July]

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Richard Bruton to increase powers to investigate universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton is seeking powers to appoint investigators to examine ‘issues of concern’ in higher education institutions. The proposal comes as universities face increasing pressure over their spending of public funds from the Higher Education Authority and the Dáil Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Education minister to have power to probe colleges

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Legal powers to investigate misuse of funding and governance failures in third-level colleges are to be introduced by Education Minister Richard Bruton. His plans to remove the need for High Court approvals before appointing an investigator come after damning criticism of a number of colleges from the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 July]

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Government’s Kowtowing to Employers in Response to Education Levy Sets a Risible Precedent

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This week, the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, reaffirmed that his department is still strongly considering marginally – and gradually – increasing the rate at which employers must pay into the National Training Fund, with a view to using the proceeds to increase funding to higher education. But why is it that he feels the need to kowtow to the sector as a result? …” (more)

[University Times, 16 July]

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Amid Talk of Increased Levy, Government Promises Employers Greater Impact on Education Policy

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

Ireland“The government has sought to address employer concerns about an increase in the contributions employers pay to higher education, offering them greater input into future decisions on the training and education in Ireland …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 14 July]

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Employers to get greater say on education policy

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

Ireland“Employers are to be given a greater say in shaping the type of education and training that is delivered over the coming years, in exchange for increases in payroll taxes. Earlier this year, Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced a proposal to raise an additional €200 million for the sector through increases in employers’ PRSI to the national training fund …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 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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Language Schools

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Collins (Dublin South Central, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that persons in the English language teaching sector experience abuses …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 July]

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