Written answers

Thursday, 19 January 2023

Department of Education and Skills

Third Level Education

Photo of Mark WardMark Ward (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein)
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280. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the current number of dieticians who are due to graduate from third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2495/23]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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The information requested by the Deputy is not yet available. The following tables show the enrolments on CORU approved programmes for 2021/2022 academic year and the number of graduates from 2018 to 2021. This data was sourced from the Student Records System (SRS) from the Higher Education Authority and is the most up to date information available.

Table 1 - Enrolments (rounded to nearest 5) by course and year of study in the academic year 2021-22

HEI Course Name Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Technological University Dublin Bachelor of Science (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics 20 20 20 20
Trinity College Dublin Human Nutrition and Dietetics (Joint Degree) 25 20 20 20
University College Cork MSc (Human Nutrition and Dietetics) 10 10
University College Dublin MSc Clinic NutrandDiet (Jan) FT 25 20
University of Limerick Human Nutrition and Dietetics (masters) 15 15
Total 95 85 40 40

Table 2 - Graduates by year

HEI Course Name 2018 2019 2020 2021
Technological University Dublin Bachelor of Science (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics 25 20 25 30
Trinity College Dublin Human Nutrition and Dietetics (Joint Degree) 25 20 25 25
University College Dublin MSc Clinic NutrandDiet (Jan) FT 15 20 20 25
University of Limerick Human Nutrition and Dietetics 10 15
Total 65 60 80 95

Photo of Cathal CroweCathal Crowe (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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281. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will give consideration to a proposal (details supplied) to establish a panel of experts to oversee work on setting up a new veterinary school. [2497/23]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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Expressions of interest (EOI) were recently sought by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) from institutions with capability to expand existing courses or create new courses in academic year 2024-25 or 2025-26, in a number of areas including veterinary.

The process is currently in a second stage with further information sought from institutions. The closing date for receipt of this information was Monday 16th January 2023. As the process is ongoing, the HEA is not releasing further details at this point in time.

The Veterinary Council of Ireland is the Statutory Body responsible for the regulation and management of the practice of veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing in Ireland. The Higher Education Authority is engaging with the Veterinary Council as part of their assessment process.

The HEA will make recommendations to the Minister in due course in respect of the five disciplines covered by the EOI (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing and veterinary science)

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