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Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Technological Universities (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: Not that it is needed, but I offer my encouragement to the Deputy in continuing his work. There is a major vehicle for the west and the north west in the form of the ATU. There is a brilliant leadership team place, including the president, Dr. Orla Flynn, and the chair of the governing authority, Maura McNally. I was in that beautiful library on Monday last. To use the hotel as an...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions (1 Dec 2022)

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions (1 Dec 2022)

Catherine Connolly: The Deputy who tabled the next question is not here. If a Deputy is delayed, we will go back and take the question when they arrive.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions (1 Dec 2022)

Question No. 92 taken with Written Answers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Reform (1 Dec 2022)

Third Level Reform

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Reform (1 Dec 2022)

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: 93. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding an announcement of the funding allocations being made available under PATH 4, phase 1; the institutions that have applied for this funding; if the quantum of funding will be sufficient to meet the demand; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59617/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Reform (1 Dec 2022)

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: We discussed this issue at a meeting of the Joint Committee on Autism recently. I am seeking further detail on the announcement of the funding allocations to be made under PATH 4, phase 1. I wish to know the institutions that have applied for funding and whether the quantum of funding will be sufficient to meet the demand. Will the Minister make a statement on the matter?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Reform (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I thank Deputy Ó Cathasaigh for the question. We initially discussed this at the Committee on Autism and I thank him for following it up further. In June, I announced €12 million in funding for a new four-year strand of PATH funding. This is funding that is directed as under-represented groups in higher education. This is known as PATH 4. Phase 1 supports the embedding of...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Reform (1 Dec 2022)

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: I thank the Minister for the answer. I want to try to dig down and understand how the funding allocation model works. The Minister stated that there is base funding, with a proportion allocated on the basis of student numbers. In regard to applying a cost-benefit analysis, €3 million in the first year is a significant amount. I want to rest assured that we are giving plenty of...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Reform (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I should have said that we have brought in the National Disability Authority, NDA, to evaluate these projects. I wish to thank it for doing so. The Higher Education Authority, HEA, and the NDA are evaluating these projects. Before I launched the call for funding, I met with representatives from the NDA to discuss this matter. I also met them briefly again at a conference I attended...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Reform (1 Dec 2022)

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: I acknowledge the work that Dublin City University, DCU, has been doing in this space. Representatives from DCU also made a presentation to the joint committee. It is exciting to see the idea and principle of universal design being applied to universities and to housing and such matters. It acknowledges that these specific interventions might be of particular use to autistic people and...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Reform (1 Dec 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I have engaged with the Minister on this issue previously. There are many positives. As Deputy Ó Cathasaigh said, it is a matter of ensuring that best practice is employed. Universal design makes campuses more comfortable. Whether we are talking about autistic people or those with other disabilities, it is by means of universal design for learning that we can enable individuals. It...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Reform (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I agree with Deputy Ó Murchú. That is a very good summary of what we are trying to do. As Deputy Ó Cathasaigh said, having the evaluation is key to this. As we discussed in some detail at the Joint Committee on Autism, the cliff edge has moved for far too many students from getting from primary to secondary school or from getting from secondary school to third level. That...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Research Funding (1 Dec 2022)

Research Funding

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Research Funding (1 Dec 2022)

Paul Murphy: 94. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will engage with PhD researcher unions (details supplied) to ensure that all PhD research students receive a living wage income or above via their stipend; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59820/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Research Funding (1 Dec 2022)

Paul Murphy: Will the Minister engage with PhD researchers' unions to ensure that all PhD students receive a living wage income and that they are treated as workers? The truth is that they are well below the minimum wage. The highest available PhD stipends are €18,500 over a 40-hour week. Most of them do significantly more than that, which works out at less than €9 per hour.

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Apprenticeship Programmes (1 Dec 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: What I want to know is when the backlog will be dealt with because I get a different answer every time I ask this question. It is difficult to compare figures. Last year we were working on a waiting list of more than 8,000 people. This year we get the number of people that are waiting just under six months. The figures are difficult to decipher. In the meantime, we have a situation where...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Apprenticeship Programmes (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: The answers the Deputy gets are not changing. There was more than 11,000 people waiting at the peak in August 2021. We engaged very intensively with SOLAS to find out how long somebody would generally wait, forgetting Covid-19. If Covid-19 had never happened, the normal time somebody would generally wait between one phase and the other is six months. That is the standard time people wait...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Apprenticeship Programmes (1 Dec 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: I thank the Minister. Going into a new apprenticeship needs to be attractive to young people and indeed to people throughout their life cycle. They get paid very little for the very hard work they do and the Government and SOLAS needs to get this right. We know that years of under-investment have left a shortage of capacity in the system but the fact is that only 1,798 apprentices became...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Apprenticeship Programmes (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I agree with the last point but the Deputy knows when quoting those figures that obviously Covid-19 had an impact on the pace at which people were able to fully qualify as an apprentice. I do not think that is news; that is a reality of the Covid-19 pandemic when our training centres had to shut down for sustained periods of time to keep people safe. The more important figure is that more...

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