Budget 2018 fails to address students fees, secondary education or early years crisis – Kathleen Funchion TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Education Kathleen Funchion TD has said that the proposed measures missed an opportunity to address student fees, secondary level education and the early years/childcare sector staffing crisis. Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Teachta Funchion said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 October]

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SU president at centre of anti-abortion stance controversy slams calls for her impeachment

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A students’ union president at the centre of a controversy over her anti-abortion stance has slammed calls for her impeachment as ‘bullying tactics’. President of UCD Students’ Union Katie Ascough is now facing a second impeachment vote after another petition on the campus collected 1,200 signatures …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 11 October]

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Budget18 lacks vision for third level education – Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party spokesperson on Education, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said that this year’s budget exposes a total lack of vision for the third level sector. Senator Ó Ríordáin commented: ‘This Budget illustrates Fine Gael/Independent Alliance’s poverty of vision for free education. Nowhere is this more evident than in third level funding …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 11 October]

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A bad-tempered Brexit is a risky move for universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

“‘Brexit – that is not the future of Europe’, said Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, in his annual agenda-setting state of the union speech in September. While few universities on the continent would be so dismissive, it is fair to say that Brexit has lost its sense of urgency in many places. ‘It has happened, it’s a shame, let’s get on with it’, largely sums up the mood …” (more)

[Lesley Wilson, Guardian, 11 October]

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FF focus on third level helps secure additional investment – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD says his party has played an important role in securing additional funding for the third level sector in Budget 2018, but has warned that much more funding will be needed in the years ahead …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 11 October]

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Irish Research Council welcomes long-term commitment to supporting blue sky research

Posted in Research on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Research Council has welcomed a long-term commitment from Government to supporting research across all disciplines and career stages in today’s Budget announcement. The Government have announced a capital allocation of €21m over the period 2018-2021 to support the development of a pipeline of researchers at all career stages and disciplines …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 10 October]

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IFUT critical of lack of funding for third-level education in Budget

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has expressed disappointment at the absence of any specific direct funding initiatives to support third-level education in this year’s Budget …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 10 October]

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HEA welcomes steps in the right direction in Budget 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“€60 million extra for Higher Education in 2018 is a small but significant step in the right direction. When allied to €200 million in public private partnerships, over €250 million in direct capital expenditure over the next four years and a separate allocation to cover national wage agreements, this signposts a change in direction for Higher Education in Ireland …” (more)

[Graham Love, Higher Education Authority, 11 October]

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Employers to contribute €200 million to higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The annual levy employers pay towards higher education will be raised, contributing €200 million to the funding of higher education for the next three years. The proposed increase was laid out in Budget 2018. The National Training Fund (NTF) levy, incorporated into the employer’s share of PRSI, will to be raised from 0.7% to 0.8% next year, which would raise €47.5 million additional funding for the higher and further education sectors, according to Minister of Finance, Paschal Donohoe …” (more)

[Sarah Meehan and Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 10 October]

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A Student Loan System is Far From the Monster it is Often Depicted As

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Despite today’s announcement that the government will allocate an additional €47.5 million to the higher education sector in 2018, the perennial issue of the need for a new and sustainable funding model for Irish universities has been kicked down the road to be dealt with at a later date yet again. This isn’t hugely surprising but it is disappointing for third-level institutions and students alike …” (more)

[Simon Foy, University Times, 10 October]

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October Date Set for Katie Ascough Impeachment Referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A petition to trigger a referendum to impeach Katie Ascough as University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) president has been successful. The petition gained the 1,200 signatures needed to call the referendum, which will take place on October 25th and 26th …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 10 October]

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Former polytechnics should lose university status, says Adonis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

“The former Labour education minister Andrew Adonis has reignited one of the oldest controversies in British education by calling for the clock to be turned back on polytechnics granted university status. Lord Adonis told a House of Lords committee that the government’s decision 25 years ago to allow more than 30 polytechnics to take the title of university was a mistake …” (more)

[Richard Adams, Guardian, 10 October]

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Further education funding to be linked with performance

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Funding for further education courses is to be linked with high performance under a new funding model to be rolled out shortly. More than 200,000 people participate in further education courses each year, including school-leavers and adults seeking ‘second chance’ education. However, in a report over the summer the Department of Public Expenditure found there was a ‘fragmented’ and “disjointed” approach to the way more than €800 million was being spent in the sector …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 October]

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