New legislation planned for third level

SECTION A – Bills expected to be published during the Spring/Summer Session 2015

  • Technological Universities Bill to provide for the establishment of Technological Universities and the amendment of IoT/DIT, HEA and other Acts
  • Universities (Amendment) Bill to give the Minister the power to require universities to comply with government guidelines on remuneration, allowances, pensions and staffing numbers in the University sector

SECTION C – Bills in respect of which heads have yet to be approved by Government – publication expected 2015

  • Higher Education Bill to modernise the legislative framework underpinning the governance and functions of the Higher Education Authority and the governance structures of the universities
  • Public Sector Standards Bill to reform the existing legislative framework in relation to ethics regulation for those in public office
  • Seanad Electoral (University Members) (Amendment) Bill to implement the 1979 amendment to the Constitution on the Seanad university franchise

SECTION D – Bills currently before the Dáil and Seanad

  • Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014 [Seanad] – on Dáil Order Paper (Second Stage) –  to enable an education provider to describe itself in certain circumstances as a university; to amend the Universities Act 1997; to amend the Education Act 1998; to amend the Student Support Act 2011 and to provide for related matters


[Extract from: Government Legislation Programme Spring/Summer Session 2015, 14 January]

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