May 2009

The HEA (Higher Education Authority) is creating a national strategy for higher education and is looking for submissions from stakeholders. Like any other consultation it is an opportunity to have your say and influence policy.

“The Higher Education Strategy Group has been established by the Minister for Education and Science with detailed terms of reference. The Group is expected to report to the Minister by year end. The Strategy Group are now inviting submissions for the first stage of the consultation process in respect of the development of the vision and objectives for Irish higher education. Accordingly, stakeholders are invited to submit

  • The three most significant changes that they would wish to see made to Irish higher education,


  • The barriers or obstacles which they would identify to the achievement of those objectives.”

More details can be found in this document. Submissions are due by the 19th June.

Whether you choose to participate in this or not, if you would like to share your three ideas with us, comments are always open and we’d be delighted to hear from you!

Via Damien I found out about this competition where NCI & Metro are offering an amazing prize to the winner of their essay competition. You could win a package including an educational fund worth €20,000 and €15,000 in other supports, like personal mentoring, computer equipment and even a style package worth €1,000.  If you’re thinking about going back to college, or re-evaluating what you’re doing right now, your career plan, this could be worth a shot!

To win write a 2000 word essay on: Why do you want to change your life, and how could education help?

More information can be found on the website

The Department of Social & Family Affairs is carrying out a review of their Disability Sectoral Plan and looking for people to complete their questionnaires. I’m going to attempt to complete it myself and would reccommend that everyone try to have their say. You can find the questionnaire here For more information about the review, just click here!

If you could work for anyone (in Ireland) anyone at all, who would it be?

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