Third Level Education: Student Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 23rd, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the actions taken to expand in-demand third level course places for the 2021-22 academic year; the target number for increased places; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 January]

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Seismic shift needed in the relationship between Irish universities and enterprise

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“At €200 million, the recent Human Capital Initiative is one of the largest investments ever in Irish higher education. It aims to increase the capacity of universities to meet priority skills needs at this pivotal time and in the disruptive aftermath of Covid-19. To fully deliver on this investment, a seismic shift is needed in the relationship between Irish universities and enterprise …” (more)

[Deirdre Lillis, Business Post, 8 January]

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Why do we dump everything on the universities?

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

Ireland“The latest ‘announcement’ by the Minster regarding short courses and standalone modules to be delivered by the universities as part of the post-covid recovery process is interesting. I’m presuming that this is simply another announcement of the HCI (Human Capital Initiative) which has many good aspects to it …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 26 October]

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Minister Harris announces €10 million project with UCD, IADT and NCAD

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

Ireland“Minister Harris announced on Monday that the Creative Futures Academy – a joint project between UCD, IADT and NCAD – would receive €10 million in funding under the Human Capital Initiative …” (more)

[Iseult O’Callaghan, College Tribune, 8 October]

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Minister Harris announces 22 innovative projects to be funded under Human Capital Initiative

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, TD has today announced 22 projects are to be funded under the Human Capital Initiative. The projects include the use of virtual laboratories in higher education, a new hub to upskill the building sector on green construction, and the establishment of Creative Futures Academy to support digital and screen culture, cinema, literature and broadcasting, art, design, and fashion …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 5 October]

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Cabinet to hear plans for 1,000 new college places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The number of college places is to increase by more than a thousand this year with a particular focus on high-demand areas such as health and education. Under plans to be brought before Cabinet on Tuesday by Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris, each third-level institution will receive a quota of additional places. This quota will be based on their most recent intake of undergraduates …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 September]

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Government launches 17,000 free and subsidised higher education places on Springboard+ 2020 and Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister of State for Training Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan today announced almost 17,000 new places to be made available to people seeking to upskill or reskill …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 June]

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‘Programme for Government: Our Shared Future’ (June 2020)

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research, Teaching on June 17th, 2020 by steve

IrelandThe full (draft) Programme is here; extracts related to third level are here.

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Springboard+ and Human Capital Initiative Pillar One 2020 Call for Proposals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The 2020 Call for proposals is being launched today, 16th January. The Springboard+ Call is being run in conjunction with the Call for applications under Pillar One of the Human Capital Initiative. The Human Capital Initiative (HCI) will deliver an investment targeted towards increasing capacity in higher education in skills-focused programmes designed to meet priority skills needs …” (more)

[Maria Cross, HEA, 16 January]

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For this Government, ‘Looking to Tomorrow’ Means Serving Today’s Corporations

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

Ireland“To much fanfare, the government today announced 3,000 new places on 138 undergraduate courses funded by €24 million from the Human Capital Initiative. Hooray. Except almost all of these courses are ‘key skills areas’, which the government says are ‘high priority’. In the surprise of the year, none of these areas are anywhere near the Arts Block …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 December]

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Third-level colleges will open almost 3,000 places extra places over the next two years in €24m Government-funded move

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges will open almost 3,000 places extra places over the next two years, in a €24m Government-funded move to produce more graduates for priority areas of the economy. Colleges will receive a cash incentive to create the new places, which will cross 138 full-time undergraduate courses in 22 higher education institutions …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 December]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor Announce 3,000 New Student Places

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Monday 16th December 2019) announced 3,000 new places on 138 full-time undergraduate courses for autumn 2020 and 2021 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 16 December]

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