Ministers invite expressions of interest to fill vacancies on the Senate of the National University of Ireland (NUI)

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today invited expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill 4 vacancies on the Senate of the National University of Ireland. The five year term of office of the Senate expires on 31st October 2022 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 September]

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Technical university will need additional funding, Richard Bruton told

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

Ireland“Additional funding and acknowledgement of staff concerns will be vital to the success of the country’s first technological university, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has told Education Minister Richard Bruton. The concerns were raised in a letter supporting the recommendations of a panel of international experts to allow three institutes of technology in Dublin to create the first technological university (TU) …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 September]

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Universities seek freedom from ‘grinding levers of State control’

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

Ireland“Irish universities are seeking more freedom and flexibility to hire staff in order to compete with Europe’s top-performing colleges. The aims are contained in a new charter which the State’s seven universities say will underpin the future of third-level education …” (more)

[The Charter itself is here]
[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 September]

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Minister Bruton Launches Campaign to Encourage Learning of Foreign Languages and Announces Funding for School Exchanges

Posted in Teaching on September 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Government prioritizes teaching of foreign languages in context of Brexit. €15,000 for schools to offer school exchanges. Upskilling opportunities for teachers and new website launched as resource for schools, students and teachers. The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD today (17th September 2018) launched a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of foreign languages and announced new funding for teacher upskilling and school language exchanges …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 September]

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Minister Bruton leads Education and Trade Mission to Malaysia and Indonesia

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

Ireland“Enterprise Ireland education mission to include the signing of several new bilateral agreements between Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Malaysian and Indonesian universities. The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, will today lead a five day Enterprise Ireland education mission to Indonesia (17th and 18th September 2018) and Malaysia (19th-21st September 2018) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 September]

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Government investment in Higher Education to triple

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

Ireland“Capital investment in higher education is to be nearly trebled as part of Project Ireland 2040. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor announced today a large increase in education investment under Project Ireland 2040, a €116 billion investment and development plan …” (more)

[Shauna Bannon Ward, Trinity News, 14 September]

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Taoiseach and Ministers Announce €11.9 billion Investment in Education as part of Project Ireland 2040

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

Ireland“70% increase in school building budget. Capital investment in Higher Education to be almost trebled. First dedicated capital budget for Further Education and Training. The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD, the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD today …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 September]

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University Global Rankings

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

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the decline in Irish university ratings in international rankings; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 September]

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OECD report shows Irish education system underfunded – Byrne

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Education spokesperson, Thomas Byrne TD says that the latest OECD Education at a Glance Report clearly illustrates that investment in education in Ireland is way below what it should be, despite Government rhetoric …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 11 September]

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Third level access scheme for asylum seekers extended

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has said that it will continue to offer a scheme to provide third level financial supports to eligible asylum seekers, with applications being accepted from today. The terms of the scheme are the same as in previous years …” (more)

[Laura Fletcher, RTÉ News, 7 September]

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Universities U-Turn on Loans

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

Ireland“Universities will no longer lobby the government to introduce a student loan scheme, marking a complete U-turn in their approach to the higher education funding crisis. In an interview with The University Times, the head of the Irish Universities Association (IUA), Jim Miley, said that universities are becoming ‘agnostic on loans’ …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 6 September]

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Minister Bruton publishes independent review of the National Training Fund

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, has today published a comprehensive independent review of the National Training Fund. The National Training Fund (NTF) was established by the National Training Fund Act 2000 to raise the skills of those in employment, to give relevant skills to those preparing for employment and to support lifelong learning …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 August]

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Bruton plays down high failure rate in ordinary level maths

Posted in Teaching on August 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said officials will examine whether there are ‘lessons to be learned’ from the volume of students who failed ordinary level maths in this year’s Leaving Cert exam. However, he played down concerns over the issue and said the proportion of failures at ordinary level was linked to greater numbers taking on the higher level paper …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Ring-fenced funding for multi-campus institutions is good news for GMIT

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

Ireland“The announcement of ring-fenced funding for multi-campus institutions is positive news for GMIT, according to Galway East TD Sean Canney. The Minister of State for OPW and Flood Relief welcomed the funding, which will amount to an additional €250,000 per annum per institution …” (more)

[Micheál Ó Maoileoin, Galway Daily, 20 July]

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Government Launch New €5m Higher Education Innovation and Transformation Fund

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today Monday 30th July launched the new Higher Education and Innovation Fund for which up to €5m is available for investment in 2018. The innovation fund is part of the additional €100m which the government are investing in higher education since 2016 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 July]

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Carlow and Waterford ITs to submit joint university bid

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

“The joint application for university status by institutes of technology in Carlow and Waterford will be submitted to the Government by the end of September but no timeframe has been set out by the Minister for Education Richard Bruton for approval of the plan …” (more)

[Conor Kane, Irish Examiner, 23 July]

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Education Minister to turn the sod on new IT Carlow sports campus

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

“The sod will officially be turned on a new multi-million euro sports campus for IT Carlow today. The Minister for Education, Richard Bruton is doing the honours this morning on the South Sports Campus which will be built over 31 acres on the Kilkenny Road in the town …” (more)

[KCLR96FM News, 17 July]

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Dublin colleges to merge into technological university in January

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

“The State’s first technological university – based on the merger of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown – is set to be the country’s biggest third level institution …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Government Gives Green Light to Ireland’s First Technological University

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

“The Taoiseach Mr Leo Varadkar TD, the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today (17th of July 2018) announced that the application for Technological University status from the TU4Dublin consortium would be granted …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 July]

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Technological Universities: Appointment of Presidents

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

Jan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he will take to ensure that there will be a transparent initiative to attract international and national candidates of calibre and distinction for the post of president of the new university in view of the expected announcement on the establishment of Ireland’s first technological university; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 July]

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