Technological Universities a ‘Priority’, Says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has today said that he is ‘eager to push forward with the technological university agenda’. In a tweet, Harris said that technological universities were a ‘priority for government’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 8 July]

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Waterford councillors demand action on Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Party in Waterford is calling for a time limit to be put on the Technological University for the South East (TUSE). Alternatively, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) alone should be encouraged to establish a Waterford University under the Universities Act 1997 …” (more)

[Waterford Live, 6 July]

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Third-Level ‘Too Reliant’ on Private Accommodation, says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris today said that the third-level sector has been ‘too reliant’ on private accommodation and advocated for more university-owned accommodation …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 July]

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Facing Huge Hurdles, Harris Offers a Higher Education Dept With an Economic Focus

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s been one week since the creation of the Department of Higher Education – and slowly but surely Simon Harris, the new minister in charge of it, has shown us what the future of the department will look like. The new department, he says, will have an ‘economic focus’, and will ‘drive investment to our country’ …” (more)

[University Times, 5 July]

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Minister Harris needs to address is the immediate huge hole in our colleges finances

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A striking feature of the current Covid crisis is the emergence of a new group of scientific experts on our television screens, radios, and newspapers. From epidemiologists to immunologists and virologists to biochemists, some academics have left their laboratories to become household names …” (more)

[Declan Jordan, Irish Examiner, 5 July]

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USI has ‘constructive meeting’ with Minister Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This afternoon, Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) President Lorna Fitzpatrick and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kevin McStravock had a ‘constructive’ meeting with the new Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 2 July]

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A Higher Education Department is Welcome. Its Business-Oriented Slant May Not Be

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“With the formation of a new Cabinet, higher education in Ireland went from being a near-afterthought of most politicians to centre stage – almost overnight. The sector now has its own dedicated department – the Department of Higher and Further Education, Research Innovation and Science – headed by Simon Harris, the outgoing health minister and one of the most high-profile politicians in the country …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 1 July]

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Niall Collins Appointed Minister of State in Higher Education Department

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins has tonight been appointed as a minister of state in the newly created Department of Higher Education. In a tweet tonight, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris welcomed Collins, saying that he was ‘looking forward to working with the new Minister of State as we create our new Department’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 1 July]

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How the New Department of Higher Education Will Affect Students

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“With the formation of a new government comes the announcement of the new Department for Higher Education, Innovation and Science. Simon Harris, Fine Gael TD for Wicklow is now to take the position of a dedicated Minister for Higher Education, meaning the sector will have a full-time seat at the government table. This is a major development from the previous incarnation of the job, a junior position under the Department of Education …” (more)

[Ann Jaffray, College Tribune, 30 June]

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‘Positive meeting’ between Provost, IUA and Simon Harris on future of new higher education department

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Science Simon Harris met with the Irish Universities’ Association (IUA) and Provost Patrick Prendergast on Tuesday morning to discuss the future of the new higher education department following the appointment of the new government Cabinet at the weekend …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 30 June]

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Further Education to be Under Remit of Higher Education Minister, says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Further education will be under the remit of the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris, the newly appointed minister announced today. In a tweet this morning, Harris said he was looking forward to creating a Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science that will ‘drive inclusion and equality in further and higher education’, dispelling speculation over whether further education would be included in his responsibilities …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 29 June]

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Will the new Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science make any difference?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The decision by the Taoiseach and Tánaiste to create a new Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science has been universally welcomed across the higher education sector. The view seems to be that this decision is evidence that Government is finally taking the sector seriously and many are hoping for more funding not, just for education but also for research, especially ‘basic research’ …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 29 June]

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IFUT welcomes new Cabinet Minister for Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warmly welcomed the creation of a new Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science in the new government. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said the creation of the new Department reflects a decision by the government to address the fact that, over the past decade, higher education and research had very much become the ‘cinderella’ within the overall education system …” (more)

[IFUT, 28 June]

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New Higher Education Department Will Have an ‘Economic Focus’, says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The new department of higher and further education, innovation and research will have an ‘economic focus’ and will ‘drive investment to our country’, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 29 June]

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New higher education minister position praised by USI and IUA

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This evening, both the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) have welcomed the appointment of Simon Harris to the new position of Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation. In a statement, IUA expressed their ‘warm welcome’ to Simon Harris as Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Research …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 27 June]

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Provost Hails ‘New Beginning’ as Higher Education Department Set Up

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has welcomed a new government decision to create a specific department for higher education and research, hailing it as a move with ‘the potential to be a new beginning for the third level sector after a decade treading water’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 27 June]

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Simon Harris Becomes Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Research

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael’s Simon Harris has been appointed minister for higher education, innovation and research, according to reports, in a move that seems to indicate the creation of a new, specific department with responsibility for third-level – a major development for the sector …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 27 June]

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Over 220 medicine students graduate from UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Some 228 University College Dublin (UCD) medicine students graduated on Friday during a virtual ceremony due to the coronavirus restrictions. In 17 days time many of the new graduates will begin medical internships on the frontline of the fight against Covid-19 in Irish hospitals …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 1 May]

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Claims emerge that student nurses not being paid for their work

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“There have been claims that student nurses who are on placement are not being paid for their work. Last week Health Minister Simon Harris announced that student nurses would be paid for their efforts at tackling Covid-19. In light of the claims, Aontu leader, Peadar Toibin, has called for the immediate reopening of the written question facility for TDs …” (more)

[EchoLive, 4 April]

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Student nurses to be paid for duration of coronavirus pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2020 by steve

“Student nurses will be paid for working in the health service for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, Health Minister Simon Harris has confirmed. Around 4,000 student nurses and midwives will be offered a contract as a Healthcare Assistant – which commands a salary of around €28,000 per year – and be paid accordingly …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 26 March]

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