Higher Education - Governance and Financial Section and Qualifications

Who we are

The Higher Education (Governance and Financial) Section is responsible for formulating and reviewing budgetary allocations for the provision of higher education along with governance matters in the sector. The governance and funding of the Universities, Institutes of Technology and other Higher Education Authority (HEA) designated institutions is made via the HEA. The HEA deals with the individual budgets of the institutions and makes resources available as required. Other non-designated HEA institutions are funded directly by the Department through a core grant, and in the case of some institutions, grant in lieu of tuition fee funding is provided.

This section is also involved in determining the criteria for the free tuition fees scheme which is administered by the third level institutions.

What we do

  • Allocation of recurrent funding of the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The HEA is a statutory body under the aegis of the Department. Its functions include the funding of universities and designated third level institutions and the development of third level education.
  • Overseeing the governance of the Universities, Institutes of Technology and other HEA designated institutions.
  • Approving operational recurrent budgets for certain non-HEA institution
  • Promotion of systems of accountability in the sector
  • Overview of free fees schemes

Qualifications Section:

  • Support the development and implementation of the National Framework of Qualifications and associated policies on quality assurance of providers of education and training through Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
  • Co-ordinate and implement EU Directive 2005/36/ EC (Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications).



Address: Department of Education and Skills, Higher Education - Governance and Financial Section, Portlaoise Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. R35 Y2N5
Phone: (057) 932 5406

Qualifications Section:

Address: Qualifications Section, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1. D01 RC96
Phone: (01) 889 2179
Fax: (01) 889 2040

See Also


Open Access to Research

National Principles for Open Access Policy Statement

The Open Access Repository of Published Research


Quality and Qualifications Ireland(QQI)

National Framework of Qualifications

European Commission

Commercial English Language Education Sector Report