Ministers Bruton and Mitchell O’Connor Announce Capital Funding for St Angela’s College, Sligo

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 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 announced capital funding of €343,000 for St Angela’s College, Sligo. The funding will support the College in undertaking essential infrastructural improvements over the summer months …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 July]

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Ministers welcome progress made by GMIT Working Group

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, have welcomed the significant progress being made by the Working Group that has been established to secure the future of the GMIT campus in Castlebar …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 4 July]

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Upskilling workers for the Brexit Challenge

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

Ireland“The Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald, TD, along with Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, today (Monday, 3rd July, 2017) host a joint stakeholder dialogue on ‘Enterprise Skills Needs and Brexit’ in the Aviva in Dublin. Noting that action to improve the skills base represents one of the most practical and effective domestic responses to Brexit, the Tánaiste said …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 July]

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Third Level Charges: Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 1st, 2017 by steve

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Solidarity): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will reduce the student contribution charge in third level education; his views on an organisation’s (details supplied) call for the charge to be reduced by a minimum of €250; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 June]

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Third Level Funding: Mental Health Services

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2017 by steve

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Solidarity): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will increase funding for mental health services in third level colleges; and his views on the call by an organisation (details supplied) for a €3 million per annum ring-fenced budget for student counselling and supports …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 June]

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Protected Disclosures

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 30th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMary Lou McDonald (Dublin Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his expectations and those of the HEA regarding board members and audit committees handling whistleblowers’ cases in institutes of technology and universities …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Brexit Issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 30th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the possible affect of Brexit on fees and access to higher education for Irish students who attend British universities and colleges; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Third Level Fees: Students from Northern Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 29th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if students from Northern Ireland wishing to enter colleges here in 2017 will be treated as EU students for fee purposes; if this status will remain for the duration of their course; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 June]

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Student Grant Scheme Administration

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandWillie Penrose (Longford-Westmeath, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will review the cuts to the student grant implemented in 2011 and 2012 and restore the distance of adjacent rate to 24 kilometres from the current distance of 45 kilometres; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 June]

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Third Level Staff Data

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

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the academic and non-academic staff employed in all universities, higher education authority designated colleges and the institutes of technology during the periods December 2014, December 2015 and December 2016 respectively in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 June]

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Higher Education Institutions

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

IrelandKevin O’Keeffe (Cork East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to put in place an independent inquiry into the governance at universities here further to a television programme (details supplied); his plans to carry out a due diligence review of the purchase by a university purchase of an institute (details supplied) in respect of commercial academic and pension related issues; if he has or plans to intervene in the purchase of the institute by the university in view of the fact that its payment of over €20 million is excessive; his plans for a full review of the higher education authority role in view of its inability to effect a culture of good governance at universities …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 June]

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Third Level Funding

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

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the €600 million base funding requirement in higher education institutions by 2021 identified by the Cassells report includes the €124 million that has been set aside from the calculation of the fiscal space for demographic increases in third level in 2018 and 2019 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 June]

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Minister Bruton fills vacancies on the Board of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, today announced measures to fill vacancies on the Board of the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Following consultation with the Chair of the HEA, the Minister is pleased to reappoint two non-academic Members to the HEA Board: Mr Jim Mountjoy and Mr Bahram Bekhradnia …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 June]

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Bruton has Listened and Learned from Universities and Students. Now he Must Act

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

Ireland“Enda Kenny stood beside Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, in a primary school last July, discussing lighthouse keepers. Their job, he said, was to guide ships away from dangerous rocks and safely into harbours. This, in a nutshell, will be Bruton’s job now that he’s been reappointed to the Department of Education and Skills …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 15 June]

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Lecturers’ vote clears way for laws to create technological universities

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

Ireland“Lecturers at institutes of technology have voted for a deal with colleges and the Department of Education that should clear the way for new laws allowing the creation of technological universities. Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) opposition to various aspects of the bill published 18 months ago to underpin a TU sector had led to an impasse that meant the legislation had stalled …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 June]

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Bruton Returns and Mitchell O’Connor Given Third-Level Responsibility, as Funding Decisions Loom

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

Ireland“Richard Bruton has been reappointed Minister for Education and Skills in Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s cabinet, while Mary Mitchell O’Connor has been given responsibility for higher education – a move that has been welcomed by the higher education sector …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 14 June]

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Education Minister Criticised Over ‘failure’ To Progress Important Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton is being slammed for his Department of Education’s ‘failure’ to progress the Technological Universities Bill. Describing the lack of progress so far as ‘deeply disappointing’ Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD tells Hot Press …” (more)

[Hot Press, 2 June]

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Employers resist Government moves to force them to pay more for education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Employers are resisting Government plans to oblige them to contribute more to higher education through increases in a payroll levy. Earlier this year, Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced a proposal to raise an additional €200 million for the sector through increases in employer’s PRSI to the national training fund …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 May]

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Tánaiste Fitzgerald and Minister Bruton Outline revised Graduate Programme aimed at non-EEA students studying in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald TD, and the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD, have today (Thursday) announced changes to the Third Level Graduate Programme, a key action under the International Education Strategy …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 June]

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‘Ringfence corporate tax rather than hike PRSI to boost third-level funds’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Employers and unions agree that ringfencing a portion of corporate tax or business profits could be a better way to bolster higher education funding than a government proposal to increase employers’ PRSI. The increased contribution has been suggested by Education Minister Richard Bruton and Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe through a proposed increase in the National Training Fund (NTF) levy …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 June]

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