Education Committee continue their examination of the future funding of higher education in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At a private session of the Joint Committee on Education and Skills this week, the Committee continued their work on the findings of the Report of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education. The Committee will put forward their recommendations, by way of report to Government, once detailed deliberations have concluded …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 6 April]

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Institutes of Technology: Drop-out Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the drop-out rate in third level institute of technology courses; the measures his Department proposes to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 April]

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Third Level Funding: Early Career Academics

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the fact that the shortfall in central funding to universities, in addition to the lack of overlap between funding schemes for academic posts and research staff, is narrowing options for early career stage academics and may lead to a loss of domestic talent; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 April]

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Student Grant Scheme – Restoration of Postgraduate Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the restoration of postgraduate grants and their necessity to open up access to postgraduate studies and to ensure that a steady stream of persons achieve a postgraduate qualification for societal good and to ensure attractiveness to foreign investors …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 April]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandTommy Broughan (Dublin Bay North, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of his examinations of the Cassells report on the funding of third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 April]

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Third Level Funding – Student Loan Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has read the USI position paper on the funding of higher education regarding the effects a loan scheme would have on students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 April]

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Trinity College Shoots Itself in the Other Foot

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The story so far. Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has been flourishing over the last decade according to the Shanghai and Round University Rankings (RUR) world rankings which have a stable methodology. The university leadership has, however, been complaining about its decline in the Times Higher Education (THE) and QS rankings, which is attributed to the philistine refusal of the government to give TCD the money that it wants …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 6 April]

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Ministers Bruton and Halligan announce the launch of the Irish Research Council’s €2.5m Frontier Research (LAUREATE) Programme

Posted in Research on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD, today (Thursday) announced the launch of the Irish Research Council’s €2.5 Million Frontier Research Programme, which will be titled the Irish Research Council’s Laureate Awards. The Programme will aim to attract world class researchers to Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 6 April]

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Universities to join ‘It Stops Now’ campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Two more major universities are expected by the end of this week to lend their support to the new campaign aimed at preventing sexual harassment and violence in third-level education. The ‘It Stops Now’ campaign was officially launched yesterday as part of the Europe-wide ESHTE (Ending Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence in Third Level Education) initiative, backed by the National Women’s Council of Ireand, the Union of Students of Ireland and student unions …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 6 April]

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Legal action delays new Grangegorman campus until 2019

Posted in Legal issues on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Work on Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) new campus in Grangegorman has been delayed for two years. A legal challenge by an under-bidder for the €180m-€200m contract, to design and build its two main teaching blocks, means that the big launch won’t happen until September 2019 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 April]

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To Receive Funding, Irish Third-Level Institutions Require Efforts for Gender Balance

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new gender equality benchmarks required for universities to receive research funding will be a significant boost to Irish institutions battling with records of gender inequality, staff from universities across the country have told The University Times …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 5 April]

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Questions on Promised Legislation – Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): Earlier the Taoiseach spoke about Bills stuck in coffin Stage. One such Bill is the Technological Universities Bill, which, as the Taoiseach knows, has been stuck on Committee Stage for some time. I have asked about this previously because it is very important for all those consortia and institutes of technology involved in the process. There is huge uncertainty regarding the funding model for these technological universities …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 5 April]

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Why Students’ Unions and Universities are on the Same Page Over Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Power and autonomy are big words. They’re terms that have come to frame the debate over abortion and the repeal of the eighth amendment. Now, the student movement has found a new use for them …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 5 April]

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Minister for Education carrying out technical evaluation for third level student loans – Pringle

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Responding to Deputy Pringle’s Dáil question the Minister for Education has revealed that he is to go ahead with implementing alternative funding options including employer contributions and is carrying out a ‘technical evaluation’ to consider the potential introduction of a student loan scheme …” (more)

[Thomas Pringle TD, 5 April]

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Doing Something About Citations and Affiliations

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

International“University rankings have proliferated over the last decade. The International Rankings Expert Group’s (IREG) inventory of national rankings counted 60 and there are now 40 international rankings including global, regional, subject, business school and system rankings …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 6 April]

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Institutes of Technology – Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the internal review at Waterford Institute of Technology, as mentioned by officials from his Department at the Committee of Public Accounts on 23 March 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 April]

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Higher Education Institutions – Lone Parents

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the lone parents barriers to education report will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 April]

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Institutes of Technology – Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandLisa Chambers (Mayo, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology plans to advertise and hold an open competition to fill the position of campus director for the Mayo campus …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 April]

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