Royal Irish Academy of Music officially open its redeveloped campus

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, and Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, have today opened the redeveloped campus of the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM). The RIAM renovation project was built to the rear of Georgian buildings owned by the RIAM on … Read more

Cost of living fund worth €4.3m announced to help struggling students

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Simon Harris, has announced €4.3 million to assist students with the cost of living. The once off funding will be provided through the Student Assistance Fund, which assists students with books and class materials, rent, childcare, transport among other things. The HEA will distribute funding of … Read more

Victims of crime organisations receive €5m funding boost

The Minister for Justice Simon Harris has announced funding totalling €5.25 million for more than 65 organisations to support victims of crime. The allocations range from €3,000 to €740,000, and they cover: national and larger organisations such as Women’s Aid, Ruhama, and One in Four local organisations across the country working with victims such as … Read more

Minister Harris encourages adults to unlock their literacy potential

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris is encouraging people to avail of support available nationwide to improve their literacy and numeracy skills in the New Year. The Adult Literacy for Life (ALL) strategy enables people, who may have left school at a young age, to return to education through adult education … Read more

Swords step closer to getting new college campus

A new College of the Future campus catering 1,000 students is getting closer to opening in Swords, Dublin. It is one of ten areas around the nation that has been given the go-ahead to begin developing a College of the Future (COTF) to the next level for capital investment. Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon … Read more

€11 million Dundalk capital investment and green light for next stage of DKIT project announced by Minister Harris

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has announced an €11 million investment in the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre of Excellence (AMTCE) in Dundalk, Co Louth. Minister Harris confirmed the capital investment to expand and refurbish the centre to facilitate AMTCE. In addition, Minister Harris also confirmed Dundalk Institute of … Read more

Simon Harris selling €43,500 Audi after taxpayer provides new state car

Higher Education Minister Simon Harris is selling his own private high-end car after receiving a new State car from the taxpayers with a garda driver. His Audi A6 is on the market for €43,500. This week, the minister posted an advertisement for the sale to his social media pages, but it was taken down shortly after. … Read more

New Limerick Film and Digital Media Centre announced

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, and Minister of State for Skills and Further Education, Niall Collins, have announced significant investment to support the establishment of a new Film and Digital Media Centre of Excellence in Limerick. This key project in Limerick forms part of a first phase of … Read more

Major investment in Athlone further education sector announced

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, has announced a significant capital investment in Athlone. This key project in Athlone forms part of the first phase of projects to be advanced under the national Further Education and Training (FET) Strategic Infrastructure Upgrade Fund (SIUF). Speaking today, Minister Harris said, “Today … Read more

Minister Harris announces significant capital investment in Equestrian Centre in Kilkenny

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has announced a significant capital investment in further education in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Grennan College Equestrian Centre in Thomastown is a key project which forms part of the first phase of projects to be advanced under the national Further Education and Training (FET) … Read more

Minister Harris publishes options paper on reducing cost of education

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science Simon Harris has today published ‘Funding the Future: An annual options paper on reducing the cost of higher education. This paper is a non-exhaustive list of options to be considered in advance of Budget 2023 and is published without prejudice to eventual Government Budget decisions. Speaking today, … Read more

New national access plan to drive equality of access to higher education

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has today launched the fourth National Access Plan – ‘A strategic action plan for equity of access, participation and success in higher education. The National Access Plan, which will cover the period from 2022- 2028, is a national priority and a key commitment in the … Read more

Minister appeals to homeowners to rent out rooms to students

Homeowners have been urged to help ease the student accommodation crisis by renting out a room and in turn benefit from a generous tax break.  The Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has appealed to homeowners to consider renting rooms to students ahead of the start of the new academic year, in what … Read more

Govt announces €40m funding to make colleges greener and more accessible

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science Simon Harris has announced an extra €40 million for higher education institutions for the upcoming academic year. The funding is to be invested in universities and colleges across the country to make them greener and more accessible. The money is to be used to support … Read more

€65m fund launched to address climate and technology ‘challenges’

The Government has launched a €65 million research fund to help Ireland become climate neutral by 2050 and address the challenges of disruptive technologies. Minister Simon Harris announced a €65 million fund to drive solutions to the green transition and to digital transformation. The National Challenge Fund consists of eight challenges, three in digital transformation … Read more