Minister Bruton and Minister Halligan welcome latest rolling review project for the Higher Education Sector

Posted in Research on May 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) and Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) are to commission a review of Intellectual Property (IP) policies and their implementation and the policies and procedures in the HEIs for the management of Conflicts of Interest in respect of the commercialisation of intellectual property …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 May]

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Institutes of Technology Funding: Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there are cost cutting plans being considered by Waterford Institute of Technology including redundancies, curtailment of campus opening hours and cuts in course contact hours; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 May]

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Students and lecturers react to Bruton’s plan to ban essay mills

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Education Minister is looking to clamp down on ‘essay mills’ that are selling work to third-level students. It will be made an offence under new draft laws aimed at cutting down on cheating in higher education …” (more)

[Fionnuala Jones, Newtalk, 15 May]

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Bruton must provide an urgent update on QQI report – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD is to seek an urgent update from Minister Richard Bruton following a damning report about employee, management and operational structures at Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). A review relating to QQI’s internal operations, which was commissioned by the Department of Education and Skills, found the state agency’s structure was not fit for purpose …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 15 May]

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Bruton Announces New Powers for the Higher and Further Education Regulator

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“New Bill to Tackle Academic Cheating, Establish an International Education Mark. Institutes of Technology to Have Greater Autonomy in Awarding Bachelors and Masters Degrees. The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, has today (Monday) announced that the Government have approved the draft outline of a law which will provide new powers to the Higher and Further Education Regulator, QQI, to improve the quality of our education system …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 May]

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New university president warns staff to prepare for further revelations in whistleblower controversy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new president of the University of Limerick (UL) has told staff to prepare for further revelations in the whistle-blower controversy that has hit the college. Prof Des Fitzgerald addressed staff at a series of meetings on the campus over the past week …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 May]

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Government outlines independent review of UL

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An independent inquiry into misconduct allegations at University of Limerick will focus on governance, human resources and financial practices at the college. Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced details of the review’s terms of reference on Friday evening …” (more)

[Aine McMahon and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 May]

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Institutes of Technology Funding: Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFergus O’Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of funding proposals made by the Dundalk Institute of Technology to his Department …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 May]

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Higher Education Authority Funding: Mayo campus of GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of funding granted to the Mayo campus of the GMIT for each of the years 2012 to 2016 and to date in 2017; if he will consider proposals for future allocations to be ring fenced for the Mayo campus; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 May]

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UL probe to examine severance pay

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The use of severance payments is to be included in the independent review of governance, human resources, and financial issues at University of Limerick (UL) ordered by Education Minister Richard Bruton. Details of the inquiry, to be carried out by former Institute of Technology Sligo president Richard Thorn, were announced by the Department of Education last night …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 May]

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Statement by Minister Bruton regarding University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At the request of the University of Limerick my Department, in consultation with the Higher Education Authority (HEA), have agreed to conduct an independent review into the governance, HR and financial practices and procedures at the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 12 May]

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Student Retention Rates: Progression

Posted in Teaching on May 12th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address the high levels of non-progression in some courses in institutes of technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 May]

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Third Level Funding: Improving Access

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 12th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the value of additional funding received by universities or other third level institutions for the purposes of improving access, including premium level of funding for target students; the institutions in receipt of such funding; the amount received by each institution over the past five years and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 May]

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Higher Education Courses Provision: Numbers taking PhDs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 12th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department or a body under its aegis has figures on numbers undertaking PhDs in each year since 2009, including PhD entry rates compared to completion rates in HEIs here; and if he will provide same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 May]

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‘31,000 more university students into 5,000 less teachers doesn’t go!’ – IFUT tells Minister for Education

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

Ireland“Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, must immediately address the rapidly deteriorating funding and staffing situation at third-level to avoid a further worsening of pressure on staff and students alike, Mike Jennings, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, said at the 2017 Annual Delegate Conference of IFUT …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 6 May]

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University of Limerick whistleblowers ‘very genuine’, says Bruton

Posted in Legal issues on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said he believes the University of Limerick whistleblowers who have made allegations over financial practices are ‘very genuine’. Mr Bruton was speaking in Limerick following the announcement that there will be a full independent inquiry into the treatment of those who raised concerns into financial practices at the university …” (more)

[Irish Times, 5 May]

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JP McManus spends €32m on college scholarships for low income students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Limerick billionaire JP McManus is to spend €32 million on third-level scholarships for more than 1,000 students from less well-off backgrounds over the next decade. He is due to make the announcement on Friday at an event with Minister for Education Richard Bruton in Adare, Co Limerick …” (more)

[Brian Mooney and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 May]

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Third Level Funding: Funding and Student Numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the €600 million core funding requirement by 2020 referenced in the Cassells report includes or excludes provision for demographic increases that have already been included in fiscal parameters for 2018 and 2019 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 May]

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Third Level Funding – Banks and Affinity Credit Cards

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNoel Grealish (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No 163 of 5 July 2016, if a response will be provided to the question (details supplied) in view of the fact the HEA has not provided the information requested; if the relevant information for 2016 can be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Written answers, 2 May]

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Higher Education Authority waits months to fill board positions

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Richard Bruton has left eight positions vacant on the board of one of his most important agencies for more than three months — and it could be months more before they are filled … ” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 May]

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