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Minister Mitchell O’Connor visits UCD to congratulate three access students who got their CAO places

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today, 15 August, visited UCD to congratulate three access students who got places on their desired courses.

The Minister met with three mature students, Laura Kinnear from Blackrock Co. Dublin who will be starting Social Policy and Sociology in September, Kildare man, Shane Black who previously had been in the army is starting Law and young mum Maria Connor from Clongriffin who is looking forward to joining first year in Law with Social Justice.

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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, as part of Project Ireland 2040, released the end Q2 2019 progress report on the National Student Accommodation Strategy.

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor publishes and invites views on reform of regulation of higher education

The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (24 July 2019), published, inviting views on:
• the detailed legislative proposals for the reform of the HEA Act, 1971;
• the consultation report on the proposed reform, together with the response of the Department of Education and Skills (DES).

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On World Youth Skills Day, Minister Mitchell O’Connor holds reception to honour the Medal winners of Ireland Skills Live National Competition

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. was delighted to welcome the Silver Medal winners from Ireland Skills Live – National Competitions to the Department of Education and Skills today to congratulate them personally on their achievements at the recent competition.

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 Passes both Houses of the Oireachtas

The Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 was today (Thursday, 11th of July) passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas and will now be presented to the President for his signature.

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. said: “I am delighted to be able to say today that the Government has put in place protections for the staff and students of English language schools, with the passing of this Bill.

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Ministers publish the National Training Fund Expenditure Report 2019

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D., the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. and the Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan T.D. today published the National Training Fund Expenditure Report 2019.

The National Training Fund (NTF) was established by the National Training Fund Act 2000 to raise the skills of those in employment, to give jobseekers relevant skills and to facilitate lifelong learning.

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Consultative Meeting on Substance Abuse in Higher Education

Increasingly, we are all aware of the negative impact of substance and alcohol abuse, of alcohol and drug related behaviour, on the wellbeing of young people, and increasingly those young people are students in higher education.

It poses a real threat not only for the lives of our individual students and their families, but also the sector as a whole and wider society.

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Launch of Strategic Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI)

Today (21st June 2019) I announced the opening of the call for applications to the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative; a targeted positive action initiative which aims to accelerate gender balance at senior positions in Irish higher education institutions.

I am delighted and proud to be able to launch the HEA’s call today to higher education institutions to apply for the new and additional professorial and senior lecturer level 3 academic posts that will now be made available under the senior academic leadership initiative.

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Visit to US Universities 29-31 May 2019

Last week I visited five US universities over three days to discuss many aspects of Higher Education and connections and collaborations between these universities and Irish Higher Education Institutions. I also attended an important roundtable event with education stakeholders organised by the Irish American Partnership in Boston.

Though short, the visit was very productive.

Yeats Academy of Arts, Design & Architecture @IT Sligo

Launching the Yeats Academy of Arts, Design & Architecture @ IT Sligo 04 June 2019

I believe that culture and creativity are the greatest assets of any society.

The Yeats Academy will help students of IT Sligo to develop their critical and creative thinking, be innovative, be engaged, be collaborative and be fearless.

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