No. 66: To the Minister for Education and Science
To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide the details of the linkage agreement between Dublin City University and All Hallows; and if he will confirm that this agreement includes QQI approval for DCU to validate ALBA degrees.– Clare Daly.
For ORAL answer on Tuesday, 8th July, 2014.
Reference Number: 29369/14
Minister Ruairí Quinn
Dublin City University (DCU) is an approved institution under the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and is an autonomous institution whose operational affairs are matters for the Governing Authority. All Hallows is a private college and is not an approved institution under the HEA. My Department, or the HEA, had no role in the linkage agreement however I understand that it comprises collaboration and liaison whilst preserving and reserving the two institutions independent, legal identities. The Agreement provides that there be exclusivity of accreditation by DCU of all the College’s courses leading to credit awards and that DCU shall confer, grant or give degrees, diplomas, certificates or other educational awards to students of All Hallows who satisfactorily complete prescribed courses of study and/or research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Under the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 the relationship between DCU and All Hallows is that of linked provider.
Chun an Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíoctha
To the Minister for Education and Science
To ask the Minister for Education and Skills following newspaper reports on the
imminent sale of All Hallows College, if he can guarantee that the students
will be returning in September to complete the full college year in the
premises at All Hallows as they had been previously informed..
– Clare Daly.
* For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 8th July, 2014.
Reference Number: 29344/14Freagra
Minister Ruairí Quinn
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 some €436,000 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.