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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 completes Report Stage in Seanad Éireann

RCSI recognition as a university, English Language College regulation, Learner and teacher protection amendments all welcomed by Minister

Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (22 May 2019) welcomed the completion of Report Stage of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 in Seanad Éireann.

This Bill will amend the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 which established Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the national agency with responsibility for external quality assurance and qualifications across the further and higher education sectors.

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches a European Charter to promote gender equality in the university sector

Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. Minister of State for Higher Education today (15th May 2019) formally launched a Charter to promote gender equality in the University sector.

SAGE – Systemic Action for Gender Equality – is an EU-Horizon 2020 funded project designed to seek stronger action on gender equality in higher education and research. SAGE devises and implements interventions to advance gender equality in European countries, and is being led by Trinity College Dublin.

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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 released the end Q1 2019 progress report on the National Student Accommodation Strategy.

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D, welcomes the latest Athena Swan awards.

The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., has welcomed the Athena Swan awards that were announced this week.

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD leads Generation Apprenticeship – What’s Next Employer Consultation Event

Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (1 May 2019) opened an apprenticeship employer consultation event to hear ideas on current and future apprenticeship provision. The event, entitled Generation Apprenticeship – What’s Next?, was organised by the Apprenticeship Council and held in Dublin’s Gibson Hotel.

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D, launches GMIT’s Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023

The Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. formally launched the new GMIT Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023 at a reception in the Galway campus today (26 April) attended by Dr Michael Hannon, deputising President of GMIT, Cormac MacDonncha, Chair of the Governing Body, members of the Governing Body, students, staff, colleagues from the Connacht-Ulster Alliance and invited guests.

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor gives closing address at conference on Mental Health in Higher Education

Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today (25th April 2019) gave the closing address at a conference on Mental Health in Higher Education – Personal Wellbeing for Professional Development. Chaired by Dr. Patricia Frazer and hosted in the Dublin Business School, the conference was organised by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning.

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce the opening of the Student Grant Scheme for 2019

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (25 April, 2019) announced the opening of the Student Grant Scheme for applications for the 2019/20 academic year and highlighted a number of improvements that will benefit some of the most disadvantaged students.

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Mentoring Coaching and Supervision Conference

It was a great honour for me to deliver the European Mentoring Coaching and Supervision Conference 2019 opening address. The theme of the conference was reflect, learn, transform.

The European Mentoring and Coaching Council exists to develop, promote, and set the expectation of best practice in mentoring, coaching, and supervision globally for the benefit of society.

Conferences are vital, and in addition evidence based coaching training programmes are important to meet the demand for the skill set.
As we deliver training programmes we must also assess their effectiveness.

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Excerpts from Speech at the 2nd International Symposium of European Association of Chinese Teaching

Ireland’s membership of the European Union has played an integral role in building Ireland’s reputation as a location for world class research and as a centre of excellence in higher education. Ireland is deeply committed to its membership of the EU. Our place at its heart will ensure that Irish higher education institutions continue to access valuable EU funding. This will allow Ireland to remain at the forefront of research and innovation.

Ireland is perfectly positioned between the U.S. and Europe. It is the ideal place for young Chinese students to launch global careers. It is the destination of choice for many of the world’s leading firms. One thousand international companies – including Google, eBay, Intel and Facebook – have chosen Ireland as the hub of their European network.

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