GMIT Mayo campus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2021 by steve

IrelandAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the terms of reference approved by the HEA and a company (details supplied) for the mid-term review report at GMIT County Mayo campus; the progress on the implementation of the working group’s recommendations; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 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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Government to Extend WiFi Initiative for Students to 90 New Locations

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The government will extend internet access for students to 90 new locations across the country in order to create ‘extended virtual campuses’, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris announced today. HEAnet will lead the initiative, rolling out eduroam – a WiFi connection that students can automatically connect to – to locations accessible to students, such as libraries, museums, public offices, coffee shops and shopping centres …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 5 January]

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Christmas Wishes

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“… the development of the proposed TUSE between WIT and Carlow IT will be a tremendous political challenge. Many people here are afraid of a shabby political betrayal. A recent Zoom meeting between the heads of WIT, Carlow IT and staff from both institutions, facilitated by Tom Boland, demonstrated the extent to which Carlow IT has been allowed to dominate the proceedings although it is by far the smaller institution …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 21 December]

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The HEA’s Socioeconomic Survey is an Embarrassing Setback for Trinity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When The University Times reported on a survey conducted by the Higher Education Authority this week that revealed dramatic inequality in higher education institutions, hardly anyone was surprised. The findings of the survey revealed that Trinity fared the worst when it came to equality in higher education: it came joint last, in an embarrassing tie with University College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in terms of having the fewest students from disadvantaged backgrounds …” (more)

[University Times, 13 December]

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Technological Universities – Munster TU

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

IrelandAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a further eligibility criteria sample process review report was prepared by auditors for the Munster Technological University consortium after 28 May 2019 (details supplied); if so, if he will make the report available; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 December]

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Class gap: More affluent students dominate high-points courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The class gap in higher education is revealed in new figures that show affluent students dominate high-points courses such as medicine, finance and engineering. By contrast, students from disadvantaged areas are more likely to study courses in areas such as childcare, sport and secretarial studies …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 December]

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New HEA Data provides in-depth insight into the socio-economic profile of our universities and institutes of technology

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Research on December 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Data covering 94% of all enrolments in 2018/2019 creates a socio-economic profile of Irish higher education students. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has today (Monday, December 7) published detailed data which offers an insight into the Spatial and Socio-Economic profile of the Higher Education Population …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 7 December]

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UCD SU Reject UMT-Offered Student Levy Rebate

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

Ireland“The University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCD SU) rejected a proposed rebate of €50 on the student levy from the University Management Team (UMT) on Monday. The offer came as a counter proposal after president Andrew Deeks rejected a request by UCD SU for a rebate taken from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) €11 million surplus generated from student fees …” (more)

[Stephen Kisbey-Green, College Tribune, 1 December]

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Education around consent should be a requirement, not an option in third level institutions – Harris

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

Ireland“A survey is set to be carried out into harassment, sexual harassment and bullying in the country’s higher education institutions. The survey, which will look into harassment and bullying of both staff and students, was confirmed by Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris …” (more)

[Michelle McGlynn, Irish Examiner, 26 November]

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Minister Harris confirms survey into harassment, sexual harassment and bullying of staff and students in higher education institutions

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has confirmed a survey is to be carried out into harassment, sexual harassment and bullying of both staff and students in our higher education institutions …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 26 November]

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Colleges must report annual bullying and sexual harassment figures

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

Ireland“All third level colleges are to be required to measure cases of sexual harassment and bullying of staff and students as part of new ‘zero tolerance’ initiative to create safe campuses for all. Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris TD is to announce on Thursday that higher education institutions will be required to record and report these statistics annually from now on …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 November]

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Irish Survey of Student Engagement National Report 2020

Posted in Research, Teaching on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More students than ever before have taken part in the 2020 Irish Survey of Student Engagement and the results provide invaluable insights for the higher education sector as well as for the students themselves. The Irish Survey of Student Engagement National Report 2020 was published today, in partnership with the HEA, the IUA, THEA and the USI …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 24 November]

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University governing bodies to be slimmed down under new reforms

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University governing bodies will be smaller and feature more external members under new legislation to be published next year, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said. He said current legislation on higher education governance is ‘not fit for purpose and does not reflect the world in which we live’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 November]

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UCD Launches Diversity Screen to Track Equality Progress

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has launched a Diversity Screen programme, asking staff to divulge personal information to track diversity progress. The voluntary scheme asks staff members to report their gender, sexuality, date of birth, ethnicity, nationality, religion, civil status, family status and disability. The information is not mandatory to divulge, however, UCD is seeking to track their progress on implementing Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) goals …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 20 November]

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Responses from the Department for Higher Ed to Questions raised at recent Education Futures Webinar

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDelighted to hear about the prospect for a cross border university, what stage is that issue currently at and how will it proceed? The establishment of a technological university (TU) in the north-west is being advanced through the Connacht Ulster Alliance (CUA) TU development consortium composed of Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Galway Mayo IT and IT Sligo …” (more)

[IFUT, 13 November]

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Minister Harris Announces €5 million COVID-19 fund for teaching and learning reforms

Posted in Teaching on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has announced a €5 million fund designed to drive teaching and learning innovation across the higher education sector. The aim of the fund is to improve how to teach and learn in a digital world …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 9 November]

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TD reveals details of his top level talks over future of Mayo GMIT Campus

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

Ireland“Mayo Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon has revealed details of his top level talks with Minister of Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, GMIT president Dr Orla Fynn and Government departmental officials and members of the HEA as positive and progressive …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 1 November]

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Universities face stronger governance and accountability requirements

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Stronger governance and accountability measures for third-level institutions will be contained in new legislation to be published next year, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said. Speaking at a conference organised by the Irish Universities Association (IUA), he said the agility and flexibility of colleges were key strengths, and this required an appropriate level of autonomy …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 October]

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Higher Education Minister Simon Harris promises more freedom for universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris says he wants to give universities more freedom over their affairs but that it must go hand in hand with greater accountability. It was one of the themes in his first major policy speech since taking on the role of leading the first full government department with responsibility for higher education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 October]

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