New Joint Progammes between Further and Higher Education - progress made

By msandland, Friday, 7th July 2023 | 0 comments

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland notes progress made in discussions today


TUI welcomes assurances provided by Minister


TUI General Secretary, Michael Gillespie, said that significant progress has been made as a result of intensive engagement through the course of the day between the Teachers’ Union of Ireland and the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, and officials of his Department.


“It is our members - teachers in the Education and Training Boards and lecturers in the Technological Universities - who will deliver the courses and we welcome the assurances given by the Minister that their terms and conditions, as well as all relevant existing collective agreements and agreed practices and processes, will be fully respected and protected.”


“The Minister has also agreed that there will be an ongoing process of meaningful consultation and engagement about outstanding or emerging matters related to the introduction of the pilot project.”


In the context of these assurances, stated Mr Gillespie, the TUI would strongly encourage those interested in pursuing third level studies, including students who sat the Leaving Certificate this summer and mature students, seriously to consider the course options that will be available through the pilot scheme.


The addition of a pathway to a degree programme, without the need to go through the CAO, will broaden educational opportunities and will help to advance both societal equity and inclusion.”


“The TUI is committed to making this a quality alternative local pathway so that our students can enjoy optimal outcomes. Therefore, we sought and we have received the Minister’s commitment that the pilot programme will be properly and fully resourced”, said Mr. Gillespie


“This welcome guarantee of quality and of a well-resourced programme will mean that students and their families can have confidence in this alternative pathway.”