Sinn Féin tackles under-investment in Education system with Budget 2018 proposals – Kathleen Funchion TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education Kathleen Funchion TD has said that Sinn Féin would tackle under-investment in all levels of Education from a child’s earliest years to third level. Speaking after the party’s Alternative Budget launch at the Davenport Hotel this afternoon, Deputy Funchion said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 3 October]

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The Answer to the Higher Education Funding Crisis Is Not to Raise Student Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When thinking about ways to address the central challenges we face in our system of education, it is important to begin by acknowledging one undeniable fact: our universities have a truly remarkable record of delivering for Irish society. At third level we have moved from a small, exclusive sector – effectively closed to large sections of society – to having one of the world’s highest levels of qualifications …” (more)

[Thomas Byrne, University Times, 3 October]

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5,000 Students To March on Dublin For Publicly Funded Third-Level Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is holding a demonstration on Wednesday the 4th of October demanding Minister for Education Richard Bruton delivers a timeline on the future of higher education funding. It has been announced by the Minister for Education that there will be no long-term outline of a third-level funding model in next week’s budget …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 3 October]

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University of Limerick approves installation of new gender-neutral bathrooms

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Equality campaigners have welcomed confirmation that the University of Limerick is to add a dozen gender-neutral bathrooms to its campus in the near future. This means that UL will soon have a total of 14 gender-neutral toilet facilities …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 3 October]

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NUIG to digitise Conradh na Gaeilge archive

Posted in Research on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish language organisation Conradh na Gaeilge has presented its archive to NUI Galway. The material, which contains a range of items, will be catalogued, digitised and made available online …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 3 October]

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Petition to impeach UCD Student Union President Katie Ascough has been rejected

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A petition to impeach the University College Dublin (UCD) Student Union President Katie Ascough has been rejected by the Returning Officer of the Students’ Union. Returning Officer Stephen Devine, rejected the petition on Monday as he was concerned with its validity …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 3 October]

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Update on University of Limerick Review

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The independent review of certain matters and allegations relating to the University of Limerick by Dr Richard Thorn is currently being finalised …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Higher Education Authority, 3 October]

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Apprenticeships, NEETS and over-qualified graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In 2016 it could reasonably be said that Ireland had a very well educated population (see below). Over 50% of our 25-34 year-olds have a third level qualification which is high by international standards but not extraordinarily so …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 3 October]

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Third-level in crisis: We have learnt nothing from past errors

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There is a crisis in higher education funding, but you would be hard-pushed to believe it listening to Irish politicians. In the last decade — until it was reversed this year — a series of annual cuts saw State investment in higher education cut by a third. This drop in funding equated to close to €500m in annual income to the seven universities, 14 institutes of technology, and the handful of other colleges also directly funded by the taxpayer …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 October]

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Avoiding excessive student debt

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last year in Ireland the Cassells Report (Investing in National Ambition: A Strategy for Funding Higher Education) offered three options for funding higher education. The third of these (deferred payment of fees through income-contingent loans) was clearly seen as the best option …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 October]

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Still no college funding model in upcoming budget

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Richard Bruton will be unable, in next week’s budget, to deliver any long-term outline of a third-level funding model. Despite his previous plans to have a political agreement on whether to significantly increase taxpayer investment or introduce an income-contingent student loans scheme, neither is now expected to be announced …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 October]

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As IFUT sees it … Precarious employment is not fair play!

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It’s the end of September! As usual, the days grow shorter, the kids go back to school, Mayo lose the All-Ireland … and thousands of researchers and casually employed lecturing staff face another year of precarious employment and working conditions. The quest for fair play for researchers and part-time university staff is now almost as long as that of Mayo for Sam …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 28 September]

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How do we sell careers in STEM to young girls?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Girls can do anything boys can do, right? Not according to the 29% of parents and teachers who still perceive STEM subjects as fitting more closely with boys’ brains, personalities and hobbies …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 3 October]

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