News & Statements
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.
Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces the publication of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill
The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., today announced that the Government has approved publication of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training)(Amendment) Bill.
Minister Mitchell O’Connor invites views on updating the Higher Education Authority Act 1971
Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today, the 19th of July, launched a public consultation seeking views on updating the Higher Education Authority Act 1971.
National Student Accommodation Strategy
The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. and the Minister of State with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English T.D. today released the end Q2 2018 progress report on the National Student Accommodation Strategy. The National Student Accommodation Strategy complements the initiatives being taken by the Minister for Housing to increase housing supply under Rebuilding Ireland.
Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor addressed IIEA Conference on Higher Education Funding in Ireland
The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., today (13th June, 2018) gave a closing address to the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) conference on future funding of Higher Education in Ireland.
Minister Mitchell O’Connor calls on Higher Education Institutions to transform Ireland through new National Development Funds
€195 million to be allocated to Funds in Budget 2019 and €4 billion between 2019 and 2027 Intensive collaboration planned in rural development, urban development, climate action and disruptive technology