€343,000 to support an increase in home economics teacher education places
The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, together with the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today announced capital funding of €343,000 for St Angela’s College, Sligo. The funding will support the College in undertaking essential infrastructural improvements over the summer months.
This funding is being provided by the Department of Education and Skills through the Higher Education Authority (HEA).
Announcing the funding, Minister Bruton said:
“I am delighted to announce this funding for infrastructural improvements at St Angela’s College, Sligo, which is a College of NUI Galway.
“Support for this infrastructural upgrade recognises the dynamic role played by St Angela’s College in the economic and social development of Sligo and the north-west region.
“St Angela’s College has been expanding its range of education offerings, which include professional development and adult education programmes, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the Departments of Home Economics, Education, and Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies.
“This funding will also contribute to the excellent work being undertaken by both the College and NUI Galway towards the full incorporation of the College into the University later this year.”
Minister Mitchell O’Connor pointed to the particular strategic position occupied by St Angela’s College as the sole provider of home economics teacher education in Ireland. She commented:
“In response to demand, St Angela’s College has been steadily growing its student numbers in recent years. I am pleased to confirm that the Department of Education and Skills has approved an intake of 101 home economics students this September, an increase of 16 on last year.
The funding announced today will facilitate St Angela’s College in accommodating the increased student numbers and provide the capacity for a further increase in 2018 where required. In the longer term, this will enhance the supply of teachers of home economics in our post-primary schools.”
Notes to Editor
St Angela’s College is a member of the North West Regional Skills Forum, one of nine Regional Skills Fora nationwide which are tasked with identifying and quickly responding to existing and emerging skills needs at regional level.