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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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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…. Read More

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… Read More