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Important Changes to User Accounts on Qualifax - Protecting Your Data

As you will know, Qualifax, Ireland's National Learners Database offers comprehensive information on further and higher education and training options in Ireland and further afield. This is widely recognised as a valuable resource for students, learners, parents and guidance counsellors throughout the country.

While Qualifax will continue to provide its full range of services to approximately half a million users throughout the country, in order to enhance security measures around data retention and protection, we are obliged to make the following changes to the user accounts facility on Qualifax.

Until now, visitors to the Qualifax website had the option to create user accounts in order to save course searches, interest assessment results and points information to their account. The platform provides an alternative option to save searches without creating a user account which requires the user to share personal data.

We are, therefore, making the following changes to the site to protect your security online:

• From Monday 10th February 2020, the facility to create new accounts will no longer be available.
• From Friday 13th March 2020, users will no longer be able to access existing accounts.

For Existing Account-holders

All accounts will be deactivated, and the associated personal data will be deleted from our systems on Friday 13th March 2020. We recommend you print or download your saved information before then by following the steps in the attached pdf (Qualifax Accounts – Saving Your Information).

All other features of the Qualifax service will continue to be available as usual, including Course Search, Tagging Courses, Events Calendar, Points Calculator and Interest Assessment. These services all operate independently of the accounts facility.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these changes, however, our priority is to provide greater online security for the users of our service and to ensure Qualifax continues to meet its obligations in handling personal data.

Should you have any queries in relation to the changes, feel free to contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We would also invite you to share your experience of the functionality of user accounts by completing this short questionnaire.

Angela Lambkin
Head of Information Services, Quality and Qualifications Ireland

 

Education: Getting Ireland Brexit Ready

The withdrawal from the EU of the UK will bring change to many aspects of Irish life.

Many of the arrangements in place regarding education relate to the Common Travel Area with the UK. Where this is the case, no changes to these arrangements are expected.

Further information on what is expected to change and what is expected to remain the same after Brexit is below. For more information on Brexit please see Gov.ie/brexit

Students in both the UK and Ireland regularly receive some or all of their education in either country. This is one of the features of the Common Travel Area that the UK and Ireland enjoy. You can read more about the Common Travel Area here.

This notification is intended to give your school some information about the impacts of Brexit on our education system.
 
For Practical Advice on:
 
  • Primary & Post-Primary Education that includes Cross Border Travel 
  • Higher Education - including Applications, Fees and Student Support
  • Further Education
  • Erasmus+
  • Recognition of Professional Qualifications

Go to  https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Brexit/education-getting-ireland-brexit-ready.html 

QQI - Getting Brexit Ready

Important information in relation to quality and qualifications in a post-Brexit scenario

This notification is intended to give you some information about the impacts of Brexit on QQI's area of responsibility - quality assurance of higher and further education and training, QQI awards and recognition of qualifications at home and abroad - in the event of a 'no-deal' Brexit scenario.

For information go to  https://www.qqi.ie/Articles/Pages/QQI-%E2%80%93-Getting-Brexit-Ready.aspx

 

new europass

The new Europass is a set of web-based tools and information to support individuals in managing the different stages of their career and learning. These tools and information will be made available on a new online platform that is being developed by the European Commission; Regular updates can be followed at https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/europass/news

   

Further Education Outcomes 2010 - 2016 - 18th July 2019

The Central Statistics Office has published a new report on graduate outcomes in Ireland for further education and training (FET) programmes in Ireland.  Further Education Outcomes – Graduation Years 2010-2016 draws on QQI data on NFQ Level 1-6 Major Awards and analyses the destinations of FET graduates in terms of employment, re-enrolment in education and the industry sectors that graduates work in. Click here for more information.

 

04 June, 2019 - Ministers announce Student Support Scheme for Asylum Seekers to continue for coming year

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. together with the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (04 June, 2019) announced a grant support scheme for asylum seekers in third level education will continue for 2019/20.

The Pilot Student Support Scheme, which was introduced in 2015, will be open for prospective students who are in the broad international protection system.

The scheme provides supports in line with the current Student Grant Scheme to eligible school leavers who are in the international protection system (other than those at the deportation order stage) and who are either:

Asylum applicants;

Subsidiary protection applicants; or

Leave to remain applicants. 

The 2019 scheme will open for applications today, 4 June 2019.

The scheme has been altered in light of a review which indicated that a requirement to have been in school in Ireland for at least five years was too restrictive.

The criteria has been reduced for 2019/20 applicants to three years education in the Irish school system. This is similar to the residency requirement of the statutory-based Student Grant Scheme operated by SUSI.

Applicants in the protection system, who wish to be supported to pursue certain courses in further education or at undergraduate level in higher education, will be required to meet the following criteria:

Meet the definition of a protection applicant or a person at leave to remain stage (other than those at the deportation order stage);

Have obtained their Leaving Certificate;

Have been accepted on an approved post-leaving certificate course or an approved undergraduate course;

Have at least three academic years in the Irish school system by 31 August 2019; and

Have been part of an application for protection or leave to remain for a combined period of three years as at 31 August 2019. 

Minister McHugh said: “I am pleased to be in a position to announce the continuation of this pilot scheme. We are opening the scheme in June to provide adequate time for prospective eligible applicants to apply and receive their supports in time for the start of the academic year. I encourage everyone who fulfils the criteria and is considering continuing their education to apply and gain the support they may need to access new opportunities for their future.” 

Minister Mitchell O’Connor said: “Following a review of the scheme, I am delighted to be able to announce a change to the residency criterion. Easing the requirement from five years to three years brings the Pilot Student Support Scheme more into line with the SUSI grant scheme and makes it easier for applicants to meet the eligibility criteria.”

The decision to continue the scheme for a fifth year was taken following a review of the 2018 Pilot Support Scheme. A further review will be undertaken in 2020.

The closing date for 2019/20 applications is 1 November 2019.

Further information on how to apply, including the application form, is available on https://www.education.ie/en/Learners/Services/Pilot-Support-Scheme/Pilot-Support-Scheme.html 

 
 
   

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