Students likely to be back on campus in September, Harris says

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

Ireland“Third-level students are likely to be back on university and college campuses next September, according to the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris. Plans were already in place for such a possibility, the Minister told Newstalk Breakfast. The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine programme means ‘we will be in a different place’ …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Breakingnews.ie, 25 March]

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€95 billion European research and innovation programme launched

Posted in Research on March 25th, 2021 by steve

“Horizon Europe, the European Union’s new research and investment programme – the biggest programme ever undertaken in Europe – has been launched today. The new multidisciplinary programme will run until 2027 and will be backed by a budget of over €95 billion …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 25 March]

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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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Minister Harris announces €5.2 million to support Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme

Posted in Research, Teaching on March 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today (Monday) announced €5.2 million in funding to support 49 projects as part of Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Programme. The funding will support a number of exciting projects including supports for deaf and hard of hearing people who wish to learn Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths, or Girls Coding which seeks to address imbalance by encouraging, facilitating, and providing opportunities to teenage female students to engage with Computer Science …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 22 March]

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Harris asks officials for plans to build more college-owned accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Simon Harris plans on ‘overhauling’ the CAO, looking at alternatives to the Leaving Cert in future years and wants to build more ‘college-owned’ student accommodation. This morning, the Minister for Further and Higher Education appeared on youth radio station SPIN1038, speaking about his plans for the future of higher education in Ireland …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 20 March]

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Higher Education Dept Launches Public Consultation on SUSI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Higher Education has launched a public consultation reviewing SUSI, with submissions closing on April 16th. The terms of reference of the public consultation include reviewing SUSI eligibility criteria, reviewing income thresholds, review of the SUSI maintenance grant, comparison of student supports with other European countries, examination of costs for postgraduate students and determining the real cost of attending higher education in Ireland …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 18 March]

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Minister Harris to meet with IT Sligo and St Angela’s representatives next week

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A meeting between Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, and representatives of IT Sligo and St Angela’s College will take place next week. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday next in relation to the possible merger of IT Sligo and St Angela’s College as well as the potential for a Technological University in the north west …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 18 March]

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The Black Spot

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“… Why is everything around TUSE so opaque? Can government ever just make a direct announcement in favour of Waterford city? Not while politicians from Wexford or Kilkenny are in power? We have been burned often enough to be wary lest the site becomes the grave of Waterford’s final separation from the other cities of Ireland. ‘Announcements’ about its purchase for WIT were recently imminent, but vanished like the snow of a few weeks ago, without trace. Why is everything around TUSE so opaque? …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 16 March]

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TUSE application set to be lodged next month

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

Ireland“An application for the Technological University of the South East (TUSE) is set to be formally lodged on April 28th. The proposed merger of Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow is set to have a significant campus in Wexford, according to Senator Malcolm Byrne. The project has been interrupted by COVID-19 as well as significant political tensions in recent weeks regarding the location of its headquarters …” (more)

[Jordan Norris, Munster Express, 16 March]

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Minister Harris welcomes the publication of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) PROPEL Project report, towards tackling sexual harassment and violence in third level institutions

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

Ireland“Speaking today, Minister Harris said: ‘The preparation of the report was funded by my Department. In August 2020, I wrote to the Presidents of all publicly funded higher education institutions requesting that they develop and publish specific institutional action plans on tackling sexual violence and harassment …'” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 15 March]

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Institutes of technology seek posts to deal with sexual violence

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Institutes of technology are seeking funding to create new posts dedicated to preventing and responding to sexual misconduct. It is recommended in a report from the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) dealing with consent and the prevention of sexual violence in higher education institutions …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 March]

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NI students could be able to avail of Erasmus scheme in September

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2021 by steve

“Third-level students in Northern Ireland have reacted positively to plans to give them access to the Erasmus programme post-Brexit, Ireland’s Further and Higher Education Minister has said. Simon Harris said talks have been under way between higher education institutions (HEIs) on both sides of the border about Northern Ireland students taking part in the EU’s student exchange scheme through Irish colleges and that early indications are that students are interested in taking up the offer …” (more)

[Michelle Devane, Belfast Telegraph, 15 March]

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Castlebar set to become a university town

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Castlebar is set to become a university town. That’s according to the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris. He confirmed to Mayo Senator Paddy Burke yesterday that the formal application for a technology university for the western region is due to be lodged by the end in of the month …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 14 March]

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Participation in Third and Fourth-level Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 15th, 2021 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he hopes to encourage participation in third and fourth-level education throughout the country regardless of socioeconomic background; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 March]

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Minister Harris urges people to have their say on Review of the Student Grant Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris today welcomed the start of a public consultation on the review of the Student Grant Scheme. This Review was committed to under the current Programme for Government and announced as part of Budget 2021 …” (more)

[gov.ie, 12 March]

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SIPTU Education members call on Minister to ‘get real’ on crisis in third level education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members across the Education Sector have today (Thursday, 11th March) said that, unless the crisis in third level funding is addressed, all the problems that have continuously plagued the sector will continue to persist. The calls come following an online meeting of delegates of the unions Education Sector when a motion to secure an enhanced budget for tertiary education was passed unanimously …” (more)

[SIPTU, 11 March]

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Minister Harris gives clarity about South East Tech Uni in Dáil

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education says there will be no changes to the terms and conditions for staff at the new university in the south-east. The new technological university is expected to open early next year with the consortium to submit their application no later than April 28th …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 11 March]

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Ministers Harris and O’Gorman announce further changes for students living in direct provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, TD and Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, TD have today announced changes to fee arrangements for students living in Direct Provision. From the start of the 2021/22 academic year, international protection applicants who have permission to work and are seeking to access Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses will no longer have to pay international fees of €3,600 …” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 11 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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University of south east looking likely for January 2022

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The south east of the country is increasingly likely to have its long-awaited university next January. An application for the Technological University of the South East (TUSE) will be lodged on April 28, many years after it was first mooted. The proposed university, based on a merger of Waterford Institute of Technology IT and IT Carlow, will have campuses in Waterford, Carlow and Wexford …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 March]

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