Overall plan not piecemeal policies needed for education, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for the issuing of a comprehensive plan for development of third-level education by government instead of piecemeal announcements that perpetuate uncertainty and underfunding. The announcement by Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, of financial penalties for misconduct, filing late accounts or giving misleading reports of governance issues do not constitute reform to higher-education funding …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 15 January]

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Reform of higher education funding welcome

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today broadly welcomed the significant reforms announced by Government to link higher education funding to the delivery of key national priorities. Implementation of these reforms with committed resources must be a Government priority for 2018 …” (more)

[IBEC, 15 January]

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IUA welcomes publication of Expert Panel Report on Funding Model but structural funding deficit remains

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes the publication of the Expert Panel Report on the Review of the Allocation Model for Higher Education Funding. The government has set out its initial response and we look forward to working with the Department of Education and Skills and the Higher Education Authority to develop the detailed implementation of these high level objectives …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 15 January]

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HEA welcomes publication of Funding Allocation Model Review and revised System Performance Framework

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority welcomes the publication today of the Review of the Allocation Model for Funding Higher Education Institutions and the Higher Education System Performance Framework 2018–2020 by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, Higher Education Authority, 15 January]

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Cornerstone Reform of Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced reforms which will link funding of higher education institutions to the delivery of key national priorities, including better alignment to skill needs of the economy, higher levels of performance and innovation, expansion of research; particularly with enterprise partners, better access for students at a disadvantage and improving lifelong and flexible learning opportunities …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 January]

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52% Cut In Research Funding For Irish Third Level Since 2016

Posted in Research on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Just €14.4 million has been allocated in Budget 2018 compared to allocations of €30.4 million and €14.4 million in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Ireland’s future economic prosperity is being put at risk by the apparent failure of the Government to adequately resource third level funding schemes, claims Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Niall Collins TD …” (more)

[Hot Press, 15 January]

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Colleges misusing funds face financial penalties

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A system of financial penalties that will punish third-level colleges for misuse of public funds is being introduced later this year. It is one of a number of measures being prioritised in a reformed model for funding higher education that will be announced today by Education Minister Richard Bruton and Junior Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 January]

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Teachers earned most in years after graduation, study finds

Posted in Life on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teachers earned more than other college graduates for several years after completing higher education, according to the draft of a major new study. However, their earnings increased at the slowest rate of all, leading to other graduates narrowing the gap or overtaking them within five years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 January]

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Calls for action on college funding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Radical reforms of how third-level colleges share public investment will have little effect unless the Government decides soon how to deal with a funding crisis in the sector, the experts who designed the reforms have warned. The additional funding needed by universities and institutes of technology will be as much as €600m a year by 2020, according to the Cassells Report published by Education Minister Richard Bruton in July 2016 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 January]

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Arts graduates earn less than any other group after college

Posted in Life on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Arts and humanities students earned less than other groups of graduates for up to five years following college, according to the draft findings of a major new study. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) is due to publish research shortly which tracked graduates’ weekly earnings across different fields of study between 2010 and 2015. The draft findings show that arts graduates earned the least in their first year after college (€310 per week) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 January]

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Brexit prompts tumble in number of Irish students going to UK

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A few short years ago, thousands of Irish school-leavers were applying for UK-based courses. These numbers have tumbled in more recent times. Higher college fees, the removal of NHS funding of nursing and paramedical, and uncertainty over Brexit have contributed to a big drop in applications to UK universities from Irish students …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 15 January]

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Beneath Pledges of Post-Brexit Unity, Worries of Disorder for Third-Level

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There has been much made of Ireland’s decision to ardently align itself with the grouping known as the EU27 – the EU27 being every member state that has not voted to leave the EU – instead of the UK. And there are two trains of thought as to why it has done so: one is that we’re fixated on looking like compliant EU citizens. The other is that it’s actually in our own long-term interest to do so …” (more)

[University Times, 14 January]

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Third-level colleges to face penalties for misconduct

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges will face financial penalties for misconduct such as unauthorised payments for staff, filing late accounts or giving misleading reports of governance issues. The measures are contained in reforms to the way higher-education institutions are funded from this year onwards …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 January]

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Now students pay thousands, firsts are on the rise. Fancy that

Posted in Teaching on January 15th, 2018 by steve

“Many proud academics must have spluttered over their morning coffee in the senior common room to learn that a first-class degree, once as rare as hen’s teeth, is now more akin to a hen’s egg: we can all have one for breakfast, it seems, if we can only be bothered to go out to collect it …” (more)

[Vanessa Thorpe, Guardian, 14 January]

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Yes, Let’s Double Science Funding. But Why Not Arts Too?

Posted in Research on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As our economy picks up, we can expect more calls like the one this week from Prof Mark Ferguson, the Director of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Yet his call for a doubling of science funding – pitched as a vital cog in Ireland’s future – is an apt reminder of the vastly unequal funding landscape for arts and science researchers. If the path to research funding is rocky for Ireland’s scientists, it’s an alpine climb for staff in arts faculties …” (more)

[University Times, 14 January]

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