Written answers

Tuesday, 7 March 2023

Department of Education and Skills

Third Level Education

Photo of Thomas PringleThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent)
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492. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there is an underrepresentation of specific expertise from both academia and practice in the areas being reviewed by the recently appointed expert advisory panel to review opportunities for new programmes in dentistry, pharmacy, medicine, nursing and veterinary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11437/23]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy may be aware, the Expressions of Interest is an independent process managed by the Higher Education Authority. As such, it is not appropriate for me to comment.

I am satisfied that as with all HEA processes, this process is being conducted to the highest standards and will be externally validated. This includes the expert advisory panel.

I understand from the HEA that the panel is comprised of representatives from Government Departments and regulatory and professional bodies that have direct professional experience and/or academic expertise in the relevant disciplines, or knowledge of the higher education system at a senior level.

The HEA will consider opportunities for new programme provision alongside options for current programme expansion, to determine a final list of options to present to me by the end of quarter one 2023.


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