Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces €153 million increase in funding for Tertiary Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

“Increase includes a multi-annual programme of €90 million for Technological Universities and a new initiative to promote Research Excellence. The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (9 October 2019) announced an increase of over €153 million for tertiary education. This will provide for a wide range of measures to provide greater choice and opportunity to students, meet future skills needs, support student well-being and promote excellence in research …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 9 October]

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Record investment in Education and Skills with hundreds of new teachers and more than 1,000 additional special needs assistants

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Budget increases by €360 million to €11.1 billion as special education, small schools and teaching principals benefit from new investment. More higher education places and new third level courses being created as part of new €60 million fund. Increase in funding for apprenticeships and training under the National Training Fund. Budget 2020 provides the fourth successive year of major reinvestment in our education and training system …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 9 October]

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€74 million increase in funding for higher education in Budget 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An increase in investment of €74 million for higher education has been announced by the Finance Minister Paschal Donohue in today’s budget statement. The additional funding will be provided by a 0.1% increase to the National Training Fund, a levy on employers …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 8 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor establishes Rapid Response Group on Drug and Substance Abuse in Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Expert group tasked with developing action plan includes senior academics, Gardaí, students, parents and first responders within institutions. The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (25th September 2019) named the members of her Rapid Response Group that she has tasked with devising an action plan to deal with drug and substance abuse within the country’s higher education institutions …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 25 September]

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Government gives €5m in emergency funding to keep IT Tralee afloat

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government has given €5 million in emergency funding to IT Tralee in order to keep the institution afloat. The Irish Times understands that Kerry’s only third-level institution has been experiencing serious cash-flow problems and faced the possibility of drastic cutbacks or not being able to pay staff …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 September]

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Almost €100 million investment under Project Ireland 2040 for five major building projects in higher education institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced almost €100 million is to be invested by the Government in major building projects at five higher education institutions …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 August]

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State approves €100m for higher education building projects

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The State has approved €100m for five large higher education building projects. The funding is part of ongoing investment in the sector through Project Ireland 2040 and a fund known as the Higher Education Strategic Infrastructure Fund (HESIF) …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 30 August]

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Exemption from Irish to be made easier, education sources say

Posted in Teaching on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Pupils will be able to secure exemptions from the study of Irish without requiring psychologists’ reports under new changes being introduced from the start of the school year. It follows a Department of Education review which found evidence that the system was being ‘gamed’, with psychologists being placed under pressure by parents to give exemptions to students who did not qualify for the opt-out …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 August]

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Minister McHugh announces Capital Investment of €1.8m for Letterkenny IT School of Tourism in Killybegs

Posted in Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Investment at campus under Project Ireland 2040 for lecture space, library, offices and upgrade works. The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Sunday August 11) announced funding of €1.8m towards significant building upgrades at the School of Tourism at Letterkenny IT (LYIT) Killybegs Campus …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 August]

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Department reluctant to cede power over higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Born on the eve of 1971, myself and the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Act are the same age. In the near five decades since, I have lost most of my hair, my waist has thickened, and I sometimes forget things. But I have reinvented myself many times, investing in my education and skills, moving from private to not-for-profit to public sector …” (more)

[Graham Love, Irish Times, 6 August]

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Talks for New Tech Uni Stalled

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It seems talks to try and resolve problems around the Technological University for the South East are on hold. At the end of June TUI members in IT Carlow voted against an agreement that had been reached at the Workplace Relations Commission. It’s expected talks will resume in September after progress came to a standstill over a month ago …” (more)

[KCLR 96FM, 5 August]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor publishes and invites views on detailed legislative proposals and consultation report on reform of regulation of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Comprehensive reform of Higher Education Act, 1971 agreed by Government. Priority objectives under the proposed new legislation include: promote and safeguard the interests of students; maintain and enhance the reputation of the higher education sector; re-constitute Higher Education Authority (HEA) as Higher Education Commission with new statutory responsibilities, including regulation and oversight of private higher education bodies …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 July]

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Munster technological university bid fails to get green light

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Government plans to award university status to institutes of technology may prove ‘problematic’ due to a lack of clarity over what constitutes research activity, according to an international panel of academics. The comment is contained in a report which found the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and IT Tralee only partially met the criteria required to secure university status. It is likely the bid will be reconsidered in six months …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 July]

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Martin calls for department of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin has called for the creation of a department of higher education and research that would be separate from the Department of Education. Mr Martin said his party in government would seek a ‘broader reconfiguration’ of the departments as there was not ‘enough thought’ put into the structures of some of those established in recent times …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Government Hits Back at Fianna Fáil Higher Education Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The government has hit back at Micheál Martin’s proposal to create a new government department for higher education and research, questioning the feasibility of a plan mooted by the Fianna Fáíl leader at a higher education conference this morning …” (more)

[Ross Malervy, University Times, 17 July]

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Micheál Martin calls for a separate Department of Higher Education and Research at IUA Future of Ireland Event

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Speaking at the Irish Universities Association (IUA) inaugural Future of Ireland series, Leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin called for the creation of a separate Department of Higher Education and Research and for clarity and certainty around core funding. Micheál Martin also highlighted the need to tackle the funding of the innovation gap between large and small enterprises, and the need for fostering diversity and accessibility within higher education …” (more, download)

[IUA, 17 July]

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Another tech university project hit by wrangle over €26m issue

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A second technological university project has been hit by a wrangle over who picks up the tab for outstanding deficits, debt and certain other costs when colleges merge to form a new entity. The proposed Technological University of the South East (TUSE) involves a merger of the Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow) and Waterford Institute of Technology (Waterford IT) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 July]

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Half a billion euro surplus in State training fund ‘unacceptable’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government has been criticised for running a ‘scandalous’ unspent surplus of about half a billion euro in a State training fund. Latest figures show the projected underspend for the National Training Fund – an employers’ levy aimed at supporting the training of those in employment – this year will be almost €200 million …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 July]

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University of Limerick criticised for ‘governance failure’ that may cost €1.2m

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has criticised the University of Limerick for what it has says is a ‘governance failure that could have cost the State €1.2 million’. The findings are contained in a document circulated among members of the PAC as they finalise their latest periodic report …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 27 June]

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Long-awaited Munster Technological University decision due shortly

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A long-awaited decision on the Munster Technological University (MTU) is expected to be made shortly as an independent report sparks uncertainty over the project. Following a formal application earlier this year, an international panel of experts assessed a bid by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) to become Munster’s first technological university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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