News & Statements
Minister for Education and Skills and Minister for Higher Education announce first president of Technological University Dublin
The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., today (December 2018) announced that Professor David FitzPatrick has been designated under the Technological Universities Act 2018 for appointment as the first president of Technological University Dublin.
Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces €1.65m in funding for innovative Teaching and Learning projects in the higher education sector
Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education, today (19 December 2018) announced funding of €1.65m for 16 innovative projects to enhance teaching and learning in the higher education institutions.
Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces major Government Initiative at launch of Gender Equality Action Plan for Higher Education Institutions
Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education today (12th Nov 2018) announced the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative for the Higher Education sector at the launch of the Action Plan for Gender Equality in Higher Education Institutions 2018 - 2020.
MINISTERS MADIGAN & MITCHELL O’CONNOR ANNOUNCE CO-FUNDING OF RE-DEVELOPMENT OF ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY OF MUSIC ON WESTLAND ROW
The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., together with the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., today (25th October 2018) announced joint funding of €9 million for the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) to assist in the re-development of its historic Westland Row premises.
Minister Mitchell O’Connor Launches two Innovative Initiatives in STEM Education in Ireland
Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today launched two important initiatives for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education in Ireland. The first is DCU’s ‘A World of Opportunities’; a landmark STEM careers guide for parents, teachers and students. In partnership the Minister launched the fifth annual I Wish showcases, which takes place across four days in Dublin and Cork next February. To mark with the occasion, I Wish has released its annual survey of more than 2,200 Transition Year students, which shows secondary school girls and their teachers still don’t know enough about STEM subjects and the careers that can follow.
Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor welcomes Oireachtas approval of the draft order to establish Ireland’s first Technological University
Technological universities will have an emphasis on the social and economic development of their regions through an emphasis on programmes at levels 6 to 8 (as well as post-graduate levels 9 and 10) on the National Qualifications Framework and the development and use of new knowledge through industry-focused research. Technological universities will also enhance the pivotal national role traditionally played by the Institutes of Technology in facilitating access and progression by a wide range of students.
Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces further €0.8 million funding allocation to support HE landscape restructuring
The Higher Education Authority (HEA) invited submissions for funding support in respect of the costs arising from landscape reform as part of the implementation of the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 in March 2018. The total funding available under this call in the academic year 2018/2019 is €12 million. Following the Minister of State’s announcement the full funding allocations have been made and are set out under. Expenditure will be subject to ongoing monitoring, review and formal approval by the HEA.
Minister Mitchell O’Connor convened a major higher education workshop on consent and tackling sexual violence
Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, with special responsibility for Higher Education has today (4th October 2018) brought together higher education representatives, students unions and other stakeholders for a workshop on consent and tackling sexual violence in third level education.
MINISTER MITCHELL O’CONNOR ANNOUNCES FURTHER €6.8M FUNDING ALLOCATION TO SUPPORT TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT
Following on from the announcement made on 17 July at an event held at the Grangegorman campus of Dublin Institute of Technology in the presence of An Taoiseach, of a significant 2018 funding allocation of €4.4 million to the three Dublin based Institutes of Technology – Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology, Tallaght – who are seeking designation as the State’s first technological university, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., today (21 September 2018) announced the allocation of a further €6.8 million in funding in support of the ongoing restructuring of the higher education landscape this year.
Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor Launches Report on Sexual Consent among Third Level Students
The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, will today, Tuesday 7th August, launch a research report on sexual consent among third level students carried out by the NUI Galway SMART Consent research team in collaboration with their partners at four colleges.