England has lost its damn mind over tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

“Ok, I said I wouldn’t write over the summer unless someone of importance said something titanically stupid. Andrew Adonis, architect of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s education policies crossed that line on Friday with a – yes – titanically stupid column about tuition fees, so here I am …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 10 July]

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Ministers announce capital funding to support Apprenticeship Programmes

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, together with the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, John Halligan TD today announced capital funding of just over €8 million for 10 Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 July]

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Students Call On Senators To Reject Loans Scheme In Favour Of Public Investment In Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today called on Senators to support a Labour private members motion this Wednesday, rejecting any move to implement an income-contingent loan scheme but instead to publicly invest in third level education …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 10 July]

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‘Serious’ concerns over CIT and ITT merger revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘Serious and widely held’ concerns about the proposed merger between Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee were voiced by board members of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) as far back as 2014, newly released board minutes reveal. The proposed Munster Technogical University (MTU) is under investigation by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Dáil spending watchdog …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 10 July]

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Trinity’s New Technology Campus Has Ambition, But It’ll Need Luck on its Side

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Now is both the best and worst time to embark on a billion-euro expansion of a university campus. That our higher education funding crisis will be solved before the Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus (TTEC) is fully built is perhaps too much to hope for, while tax policies in both the US and post-Brexit UK might, in the years to come, restrain the clutch of companies that have been attracted to Ireland …” (more)

[University Times, 9 July]

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With Ambitions to Transform Dublin, Trinity’s €1bn Second Campus Could Require 20% State Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new Trinity campus that is estimated to cost hundreds of millions of euro, situated in the heart of Grand Canal Dock, could require 20% government funding, a development College hopes will be the epicentre of Dublin’s push to become a global player in innovation and entrepreneurship …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 9 July]

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NUI Galway team defends work on major US intelligence project

Posted in Research on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A team at NUI Galway is defending a decision to support a major US intelligence project amid fears over privacy. NUI Galway partner, Compact Imaging, is teaming up with SRI International to develop improved detection of attempts to evade or deceive security systems, such as fingerprint identification scanners …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 July]

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