Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Questions (86)

Finian McGrath

Question:

86. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills following the winding down of All Hallows College Dublin, if he will ensure that all current BA degree students are facilitated to complete their full degree and that this important adult learning degree, which responds to the complex requirements of adult learners providing them with a second chance degree level education, continues into the future. [28712/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The position is that All Hallows College is a private college and is not an approved institution under the Higher Education Authority (HEA). It does not receive core funding, however, my Department provides grant in lieu of tuition fee funding to the College in respect of three approved undergraduate courses. This funding amounted to over €430,000 for the 2013/14 academic year.

My Department does not have a role in the placement of students in any third level institution and decisions regarding courses to be run are matters for individual institutions as autonomous bodies. I welcome the fact that the college has stated that it intends to wind down on a phased basis in order to facilitate as much as possible the completion of current students' studies.