Ministers Harris and Collins announce investment in higher education, student supports, apprenticeships and skills

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, and Minister of State for Skills and Further Education, Niall Collins, have today announced a series of measures as part of Budget 2022. The package includes …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 12 October]

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Ministers Harris and Collins welcome launch of new National Development Plan

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris and Minister of State Niall Collins have today welcomed the publication today of the new National Development Plan (NDP). The revised NDP provides for Exchequer investment of nearly €2.9 billion in further and higher education infrastructure, research and innovation, over the five year period 2021-2025 …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 4 October]

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Ireland’s newest university formally established

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The country’s newest university has been formally established from the merger of existing institutes of technology in Athlone and Limerick. The Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest is the third technological university to be established and formally comes into being on October 1st …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 October]

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Ministers O’Brien and Collins welcome student accommodation circular

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien, and Minister with responsibility for Skills and Further Education, Niall Collins, have confirmed a Department of Housing circular has issued in relation to student accommodation …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 29 September]

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Minister Does Not Expect Reversal of In-Person College Plan

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Skills and Further Education, Niall Collins, spoke about the recently announced return to campus on Newstalk this Friday. UCD has announced a full return to the in-person learning experience, without strict social distancing measures in place. In his interview, the Minister emphasised that the rules regulating this milestone in the post-pandemic recovery will be largely left to individual institutions, stating ‘one size does not fit all here’ …” (more)

[Rosie Kuntz, College Tribune, 21 August]

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Technological Universities – Governing Bodies

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2021 by steve

IrelandPaul McAuliffe (Dublin North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will consider an amendment to the Technological Universities Act 2018 for section 12(j) to be amended to increase the number of education and training board nominees onto each technological university’s governing body from one to three nominees …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 June]

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Minister Harris publishes new legislation aimed at reforming and modernising governance of the Higher Education sector

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today (6th May) published legislation to reform and modernise the Higher Education sector. The Higher Education Authority Act, 2021 will advance equality, diversity and inclusion at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), while ensuring they provide accountability and transparency, as well as value-for-money for public funding …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 6 May]

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‘Hopefully only a minor setback’: Further Education Minister on vote rejecting university terms

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Further Education has said that the TUI vote at WIT rejecting the terms for the proposed new new technological university is ‘hopefully’ only a minor setback. Fianna Fail’s Niall Collins, who is the Minister of State for Skills and Further Education, said what has happened is a bit of a ‘bump on the rollercoaster’ and hopefully, the Governing bodies of both WIT and IT Carlow will be able to find a way to move the process on when they have their respective meetings this week …” (more)

[Jennifer Long, WLR FM, 26 April]

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Select Committee on Education and Skills – Vote 45 – Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I thank the committee for the opportunity to speak to it as part of its consideration of the Department’s Revised Estimates. I am accompanied today by the Minister of State, Deputy Niall Collins, who has responsibility for skills and further education and by officials from the Department. I am conscious that I have only five minutes to deliver my opening statement so I will be very brief and give an overview of the Revised Estimates for my Department for 2021. I can pick up on issues in the exchanges with members. The allocation for the Department’s 2021 Estimate was drawn up in late 2020 as part of the 2021 Estimates process, which allocated an additional €236 million …” (more)

[Select Committee on Education and Skills, 23 March]

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Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I am delighted to be here today again addressing Dáil Éireann on the work of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. We have been working very hard in recent months to establish a new Department. Indeed, the Department was only formally set up in law last August and we have tried to pursue an ambitious agenda of work since then …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 10 March]

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Ministers Harris and Collins launch Department three-year strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris and Minister of State for Further Education and Skills Niall Collins have today launched a three-year strategy for the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science …” (more)

[gov.ie, 8 March]

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TDs criticise loose talk and ‘bun fight’ over location of university HQ

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

Ireland“A number of TDs have criticsed the chatter emanating from some quarters regarding the location of the headquarters of the new South-east university, saying it is not helpful. At the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, chair Paul Kehoe said people were doing ‘a considerable amount of damage’ to the TUSE …” (more)

[Sam Matthews, Kilkenny People, 4 March]

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Partying students ‘let rest of us down’ says Limerick minister

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The minority of UL students who are flouting public health guidelines are ‘letting themselves, their families and their communities down’, Minister Niall Collins has said. The Minister of State at the Department of Higher Education was speaking following comments made by students on RTÉ’s Drivetime last week …” (more)

[Donal O’Regan, Limerick Leader, 1 March]

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Third Level Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 27th, 2021 by steve

IrelandFintan Warfield (Sinn Fein): It will come as no surprise to the Minister of State to hear me say that I believe in a publicly-funded model of third level education and moving towards the complete removal of fees. Universities and colleges have been underfunded for over a decade, forcing them to find money in the private sector or to charge international students huge fees …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 26 January]

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‘Minister for Higher Education needs to stand up for students – Senator Fintan Warfield’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield today called on the Government to directly intervene in cases where key components of university courses have not proceeded due to Covid-19, and to ask for reductions in fees for the next academic year. Speaking on the issue in the Seanad today, Senator Warfield said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 January]

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Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements

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

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): With the agreement of the House, I will share my time with the Minister of State, Deputy Niall Collins. I welcome the opportunity to update the House on the impact of Covid-19 on the further and higher education sector. I was a little disappointed that, for the first time in my political career, some Members of the Dáil actually voted not to have me here today for questions and answers. I find that a little bit regrettable, as almost half a million people in this country are in further or higher education …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 14 January]

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Fees – withdrawal from courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandAnnie Hoey (Labour): I am raising the need to address the issue around higher education funding being potentially lost to students who withdraw from their courses and the knock-on consequences that this will have not only for free fees – a term I use lightly – but also for their access to Student Universal Support Ireland, SUSI, grants …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 15 December]

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Minister Harris welcomes application for TU status from Athlone and Limerick Institutes of Technology

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris today (Monday) welcomed the application to establish a new technological university in the Midlands and Mid-West from Athlone Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology …” (more)

[gov.ie, 23 November]

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Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements

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

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I very much welcome the opportunity to update the House on some of the work of the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science just under five months on from its creation and the formation of the Government. I very much appreciate the support and interest from all sides of the Oireachtas for a new stand-alone Department to place a renewed focus on the further and higher education sectors and enhance and develop research and innovation …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 19 November]

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Third Level Payments

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

Ireland“Niall Collins, Junior Education Minister, talks to Cormac about the €50 million scheme launched today to help third level students …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 19 November]

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