State exams may be delayed until late summer or autumn

Posted in Teaching on April 9th, 2020 by steve

“State exams may now be held in late summer or autumn as the Government believes it is unlikely that Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted in time for the usual June start date. Students have been urged to continue with their studies as senior officials in the Department of Education consider a range of contingency options due to the coronavirus crisis …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray and Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 9 April]

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Minister urges students to ‘keep studying’ as he awaits advice on Junior and Leaving Cert exams

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“A decision on whether the State exams will go ahead is due in the coming days. It’s understood that the main priority of Education Minister Joe McHugh is that the Leaving Certificate should sit as normal, but the decision will ultimately rest on the advice of the National Public Health Emergency team …” (more)

[Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner, 8 April]

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Ireland’s newest university set to play crucial role in post-coronavirus recovery in Munster

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

“The creation of Ireland’s newest university through the merger of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) will play a crucial part in the national recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. Education Minister Joe McHugh has now been given clarifying details on the proposed Munster Technology University (MTU) merger by the consortium partners which aims to keep Ireland at the forefront of global technology, engineering excellence and world class research and development …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 2 April]

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Students want to be involved in decision-making around State exams

Posted in Teaching on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Second-level students want to involved in the decision-making around the Leaving Cert and Junior cycle exams, in the face of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) said there was an immense feeling of uncertainty and anxiety as students await clarification on the exams …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 March]

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Schools, universities to remain shut until after Easter holidays

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Schools and universities will not reopen until after the Easter holidays, the Government has said. The Government confirmed that all guidelines on closures will be extended, with the hope that schools will reopen in May or June …” (more)

[Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner, 25 March]

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Taoiseach says ‘everything possible’ done to ensure Leaving Cert will go ahead

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

“Taoiseach Leo Vardakar said the government will do ‘everything possible’ so that the Leaving Certificate and college exams will go ahead. It comes as Education Minister Joe McHugh confirmed on Tuesday that although schools are closed up to March 29, they will not be opening immediately after that …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Belfast Telegraph, 24 March]

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Students urged to ignore speculation about exams and keep focused on studies

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

“Students have been urged to ignore speculation about the exams, particularly on social media, and stay focused on their studies as schools look set to remain closed. Joe McHugh, the Minister for Education, confirmed this Tuesday that although schools are closed up to March 29, they will not be opening immediately after that …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 March]

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Colleges to Remain Shut Beyond March 29th, Says Education Minister

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

“Ireland’s colleges are set to remain closed beyond next Monday, Minister for Education Joe McHugh confirmed today, with schools and creches also staying shut …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 24 March]

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Education Minister: Irish schools will not reopen after Friday

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

“Schools across Ireland will not reopen after Friday. Education Minister Joe McHugh says that although schools are closed up to March 29, they will not be opening immediately after that. He added he hoped to have confirmation today or tomorrow of the extension of the school closures …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 24 March]

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Junior Cert could be cancelled to prioritise Leaving Cert written exams

Posted in Teaching on March 20th, 2020 by steve

“The Department of Education is considering cancelling the summer Junior Cert exams for tens of thousands of students in a bid to prioritise the Leaving Cert if schools do not reopen. The move is one of a number of contingency plans being examined by officials in response to the coronavirus threat. The Minister for Education said this week that his department is currently working on the assumption that the Leaving Cert will go ahead as planned …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 March]

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Fresh exam uncertainty as ‘schools could shut until May’

Posted in Teaching on March 20th, 2020 by steve

“There is fresh uncertainty over the viability of written State exams this summer after the Taoiseach warned schools could now be shut until May. Students were assured it is too early to make any final decision, although Leaving Cert and Junior Cycle oral and practical exams have already been cancelled …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Philip Ryan, Independent, 20 March]

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Ministers McHugh, Bruton and Mitchell O’Connor announce €3 million fund to improve energy efficiency in higher education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2020 by steve

“The Government has today (Monday 9 March 2020) announced a €3 million pilot programme to improve energy efficiency and support decarbonisation in higher education institutions as part of targets in the Climate Action Plan. The programme is co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills and Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) under Project Ireland 2040, and administered through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 9 March]

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Education Minister expects State exams to go ahead in June

Posted in Teaching on March 19th, 2020 by steve

“Education Minister Joe McHugh has said that despite the oral and practical State exams being cancelled, he expects the main written exams to go ahead as normal in June. He said: ‘We are still working on the basis that the Leaving Cert will go ahead as normal in June’. Junior and Leaving certificate oral and practical examinations have been cancelled …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Independent, 19 March]

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Leaving Cert and Junior Cycle orals and practical exams have been cancelled

Posted in Teaching on March 19th, 2020 by steve

“The Leaving Cert and Junior Cycle orals and practical exams are being cancelled – but students will be awarded full marks for them. However, no decision has been made yet about the written exams in June, Education Minister Joe McHugh said today …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 March]

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Ministers McHugh, Bruton and Mitchell O’Connor announce €3 million fund to improve energy efficiency in higher education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government has today (Monday 9 March 2020) announced a €3 million pilot programme to improve energy efficiency and support decarbonisation in higher education institutions as part of targets in the Climate Action Plan. The programme is co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills and Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (DCCAE) under Project Ireland 2040, and administered through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 9 March]

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Minister McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce extension of 1916 Bursary Scheme for a further three years

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor announced today that the 1916 Bursary Fund is being extended to new applicants for another three years from 2020. To date the scheme has already supported 600 students. The expansion will double the number of people on the programme by supporting an additional 200 students to access higher education in each of the next three academic years …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 February]

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How RCSI became a university

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In December, the Education Minister Joe McHugh tweeted a picture from his office with the message, ‘Sign-off. Putting pen to paper on university status for @RCSI_Irl after a 235-year history’. It was a signature moment for RCSI, which could finally call itself a university in Ireland after years of lobbying. It had met the criteria under a new legal process …” (more)

[Catherine Reilly, Medical Independent, 17 February]

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More strikes likely as ASTI ballots members over lower pay arrangements

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

Ireland“The next government is facing potentially more industrial unrest in schools as the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) on Tuesday said it expected its members to resoundingly back industrial action in a forthcoming ballot. About 450 second level schools as well as institutes of technology and centres of further education were closed on Tuesday as a result of a one-day stoppage by members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) over lower pay arrangements for staff recruited since 2011 …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 4 February]

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Ministers invite expressions of interest for a number of vacancies to governing authorities of higher education institutions

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today invited expressions of interest for a number of vacancies to governing authorities of higher education institutions. Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons for consideration for nomination …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 January]

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The Big Two Parties on Higher Education – In Their Own Words

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

Ireland“If we’re to believe the pundits, this election more than most others in Irish politics is a battle of the big two – Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. The conclusion of the parties’ confidence-and-supply deal signalled the end of the uneasy truce that bound them together for three years, and potshots have started flying in both directions as the parties seek to differentiate themselves and pitch to voters …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 16 January]

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