Thursday, 10 September 2020

Ceisteanna (160)

Holly Cairns

Ceist:

160. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science his engagement with colleges and universities to enable the provision of additional places in high demand courses. [23149/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Further and Higher Education)

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has been engaging with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) on an ongoing basis to determine the number of additional places that can be provided in high demand courses this year. There have also been a number of meetings on this between officials from my Department and representatives from the Irish Universities Association (IUA), the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) and TU Dublin.

I recently announced the creation of 1,250 places in high-demand courses in order to offset to pressures put on the higher education admissions system this year. I am currently actively engaging with higher education institutions on providing more places, and will provide further information in advance of CAO Round 1 offers being announced.