University presidents brace for more cuts

“University Presidents are bracing themselves for another round of funding cuts in the budget after a “business-like” meeting with Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe yesterday. Sources say the Minister tends to favour the return of third-level fees, rather than the student loan scheme championed by the college heads. The Minister was slow to commit to another meeting with the college heads next month, despite a specific request from UCD president Dr Hugh Brady. Some college heads emerged from the meeting convinced that another round of cutbacks is coming …” (more)

[Seán Flynn , Irish Times, 24 September]

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