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Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Expenditure (20 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: As part of the policy response to the Funding the Future framework published in May 2022, I identified the need to address cost as a barrier to higher education. I also outlined my intention to pursue funding measures on these issues through the Estimates process, including in respect of reductions to the student contribution payable by free fees eligible undergraduate students. From...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Funding (20 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: The Governing Authority of a University has responsibility under the Universities Act, 1997 for oversight of the governance and strategic direction of the university including the approval of expenditure for major capital and investment projects, and providing strategic direction and managing the financial affairs of the university to ensure value for money and its financial viability. As...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Schemes (20 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: Apprentices are scheduled to the nearest available training location from their home base. SOLAS continues to schedule apprentices to courses due to commence in 2024 and monitors the situation regarding capacity for apprenticeship programmes. To ensure that the system has the capacity to meet the training needs of rapidly increasing numbers of apprentices, expansion of the...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Funding (20 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: It is a priority for my Department to support higher education institutions, in their critical role as drivers of social and economic development in their regions. Within this overall context, the creation of Technological Universities represents a radical reconfiguration of the higher education landscape, which will deliver significant benefits for regional development. This will be...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Policies (20 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: The Advanced Healthcare Assistant Practitioner programme is a 2 year consortia-led apprenticeship at QQI Level 6, and was launched in May 2021. It is a matter for Griffith College as the coordinating provider, in consultation with the consortium, to determine whether there is a need for additional training capacity. This is based on the demand from the healthcare sector. The...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (7 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: I refer to the details provided by Deputy Feighan. Officials in my Department have made enquiries with SOLAS on behalf of the apprentice concerned. SOLAS have advised that this employer is not registered with SOLAS as an apprentice employer, and as such this period of employment cannot be included in the apprentice’s time served.

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (7 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: Within the meaning of the Universities Act 1997, the Institutions of Technology Acts 1992 to 2006 and the Technological Universities Act 2018, higher education institutions (HEIs) in Ireland are autonomous bodies. As such, these institutions are academically independent and are entitled to regulate their own academic affairs and administrative processes including their academic...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: EU Agreements (7 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: I am deeply concerned by the desperate situation of civilians in Gaza. This remains a central priority for the Government, including at EU level, where Ireland is consistently calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - Horizon Europe - is the European Union’s largest research and innovation programme and encompasses all...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Staff (6 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: I propose to take Questions Nos. 233, 234 and 235 together. Redundancy or severance payments in the Civil Service generally arise with respect to specific categories of employees, as determined by the Department of Public Expenditure, National Development Plan Delivery and Reform (DPENDR) and approved by Government. My Department was established in August 2020. Accordingly, there are no...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Third Level Education (5 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the table below. The data was sourced from the HEA Student Records System. The table shows the proportion of enrolments in the Royal College of Surgeons by their domicile group for the most recent five years available. There has been substantial additionality in healthcare and medicine programmes for Irish and EU students. Along with...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Disability Services (5 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: Since the introduction of the Disability Act in 2005, building regulations have been updated with Universal Design in mind and a more comprehensive technical guidance document is now in place. ‘Technical Guidance Document M – Access and Use’, or TGD Part M which came into force on 1st January 2012 describes the minimum guidance to illustrate compliance with the...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Disability Services (5 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: Under Section 25 of Disability Act 2005, public bodies must ensure that public buildings are accessible "as far as practicable" to persons with disabilities. This requirement is outlined in part M of the Building Regulations Act, and public buildings must abide by any amendment made to part M within 10 years of that amendment. All capital projects including new construction, material...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Third Level Education (5 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: The information requested by Deputy Cairns is presently being collated by SOLAS. An answer will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Third Level Staff (5 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: In November 2022, I appointed Dr Andrea Johnson and Mr David Cagney to undertake an independent National Review of State Supports for PhD Researchers. This is the first time that State supports for PhD students have been considered holistically in this manner. During their exercise they met with over 35 stakeholder organisations, one of which was the PWO, and they received over 750 online...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Third Level Education (5 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: UCC is an autonomous body established under statute. As an autonomous body, it is a matter for UCC to prioritise its capital projects accordingly and the expenditure of the University’s income (public and private) is a matter for the individual institution and this includes responsibility for ensuring appropriate policies and procedures are in place to oversee the use of its resources....

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Third Level Education (5 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: Under the terms of the Student Grant Scheme, grant assistance is awarded to students attending an approved course in an approved institution who meet the prescribed conditions of funding, including those relating to nationality, residency, progression, previous academic attainment and means. The decision on eligibility for a student grant is a matter, in the first instance, for the...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: An Teanga Gaeilge (5 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: I propose to take Questions Nos. 802 and 803 together. Leithdháileann mo Roinn maoiniú athfhillteach ar an Údarás um Ard-Oideachas (HEA) le haghaidh eisíocaíochta dírí d’institiúidí ardoideachais an HEA. Leithdháileann HEA é sin mar bhlocdheontas d’institiúidí ardoideachais chun tacú le costais phá...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Properties (5 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: My Department's offices are spread across three locations, Stephen's Green, Marlborough St and Tullamore. The Office of Public Works sources and funds the Accommodation for each of these properties. The information in respect of aegis bodies, within the scope of the Deputy’s question, is not held by my Department. Contact details for these bodies are set out in the attached...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Third Level Education (5 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: I recently received Government approval for an overarching policy approach for student accommodation in Ireland. This policy looks at a number of ways to stimulate supply of student accommodation, including standardised design, continued promotion of the rent-a-room scheme and recognition of the Government's commitment to reactivating vacant and derelict properties. My officials are...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (5 Mar 2024)

Simon Harris: The information requested by Deputy McAuliffe is presently being collated by SOLAS. An answer will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.

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