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Announcement of €90m Technological University transformative fund at launch of Technological University Research Network report

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (6 November 2019) welcomed the report of the TU Research Network (TURN): Connectedness & Collaboration enabled by Connectivity, which was presented to the Department by the TURN high level working group.

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Minister announces €500,000 to support Irish Higher Education Institutions preparing for the pilot European Universities Initiative

The Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (24 October) launched a call for applications for financial support for eligible Irish higher education institutions (HEIs), in advance of the second call of the European Universities Initiative by the European Commission.

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces €153 million increase in funding for Tertiary Education

The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (9 October 2019) announced an increase of over €153 million for tertiary education. This will provide for a wide range of measures to provide greater choice and opportunity to students, meet future skills needs, support student well-being and promote excellence in research.

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Ministers McHugh, Mitchell O’Connor and Halligan congratulate students receiving Junior Cycle examination results today

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D., Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development John Halligan T.D., congratulated students who are receiving their Junior Cycle examination results today (Friday, 04 October).

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor launches 4th year Insurance Practice Apprenticeship

Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor was in the Institute of Technology Sligo today to officially launch the fourth year of the Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship Programme. This honours degree programme is aimed at preparing insurance professionals for the world of work, delivered by IT Sligo in partnership with the Insurance Institute and the Life Insurance Association. This year will see the first set of apprentices graduate from the programme.

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Almost €100 million investment under Project Ireland 2040 for five major building projects in higher education institutions

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today announced almost €100 million is to be invested by the Government in major building projects at five higher education institutions.

As part of ongoing investment in the sector through Project Ireland 2040, the funding has been approved in principle to help support up to 14,000 new places for students in higher education institutions.

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor opens the inaugural REACT [Responding to Excessive Consumption of Alcohol in Third Level] awards in DCU

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today, 28 August, visited DCU and presented the students and staff in 10 of Ireland’s 3rd level institutions with awards in recognition of their efforts to reduce harm experienced by students from excess use of alcohol.

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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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