Comment: ‘Budget 2019 means students will be left out in the cold for another year, quite literally’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There have been claims that Budget 2019 does ‘very little to address the growing crisis in third-level funding’. The Irish Universities Association has said that the extra €57m allotted to them ‘only allows the system to tread water’ and will impact on the education and prospect of the next generation of graduates …” (more)

[Independent, 9 October]

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IFUT criticise lack of higher education funding in today’s budget

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has today criticised Budget 2019 for what it sees as a lack of attention to higher education. The federation noted that ‘it is incredible that this year’s Budget set aside €1.5bn for a future rainy day fund while higher education is drowning in an existential funding crisis that is being ignored’. Budget 2019 was announced this afternoon by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 9 October]

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Education budget: Modest increase in school capitation funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A modest increase in school capitation funding and the creation of 1,300 new classroom posts are among the key education measures in Budget 2019. Overall, the education budget is set to increase by 7%, or almost €675 million, to a record sum of €10.8 billion next year. Much of the new funding will go towards keeping pace with our growing school-age population in the form of new buildings, training places and teaching staff …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 October]

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An unnerving lack of vision for Ireland’s education system in Budget 2019 – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Education Spokesman Thomas Byrne TD has said today’s Budget 2019 announcement goes little or no way towards transforming the quality of our country’s education system. He said, ‘For the most part, Budget 2019 looks likely to change very little of the poor status quo in education …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 9 October]

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‘A pittance’ – Teachers slam education investment in Budget 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teachers associations have lashed out at the funding set aside for education as part of Budget 2019. This afternoon, the Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe announced a €10.8bn budget for the Department of Education next year. He said the allocation marks a 6.7% increase on last year …” (more)

[Michael Staines, Newstalk, 9 October]

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IUA Response to Budget 2019 – State funding per student in third level not addressed by Budget

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The government has done very little to address the growing crisis in third level funding in Budget 2019. The allocation of €57m million in ‘extra’ funding on top of existing commitments on national pay increases, while welcome, only allows the system to tread water. The bulk of the money is ring-fenced for specific purposes and does not deal with the core funding gap …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 9 October]

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Hiccups and Reflections on On-line Teaching #vlog10

Posted in Teaching on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Week 4 has now passed – a third of the way through the semester. Hiccups are still happening and causing me some frustration. here are some reflections on last evening’s class …” (video)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 9 October]

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1,300 new SNAs and Teachers, increase in capitation in largest ever education budget

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“… Higher Education: A package of €57 million in additional current funding will be invested in higher education initiatives in 2019 alongside €41 million additional funding for pay deals and pensions in the sector. This will fund provision for 3,500 additional places, initiatives to support innovation and performance awards, teaching and learning capacity, 1,000 additional places on Springboard+, research funds for Institutes of Technology/TUs, part-time and flexible learning …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 9 October]

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€150m Funding Increase for Higher Education in Budget 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The government has allocated an extra €150 million to higher education in today’s Budget 2019, amid persistent indecision over the future funding model of the sector. The extra €150 million will go towards research, higher and further education and marks a significant increase on the €47.5 million extra allocated to the sector in last year’s Budget …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Aisling Marren, University Times, 9 October]

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‘Grossly inadequate’ USI reacts to proposed allocation for third level – Budget 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“According to the 2016 Cassells Report, Higher Education in Ireland requires €600 million a year in funding up until 2024 just to maintain current standards, yet this morning Government have proposed just €300 million investment into HE in Budget 2019 up to 2024 …” (more)

[USI, 9 October]

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CAO applicants to UCD who get late offer after Leaving Certificate appeals released tomorrow will get their place this year – but only if space is available

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“CAO applicants to University College Dublin (UCD) who get a late offer after the results of Leaving Certificate appeals are released tomorrow will get their place this year – but only if space is available. UCD’s Academic Council Executive Committee has agreed to extend the September 30 offers deadline introduced this year, in order to offer places to upgraded students if there is spare capacity on the course in question …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 October]

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How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome

Posted in Life on October 9th, 2018 by steve

“Pathologized for a reason, ‘impostor syndrome’ runs thick in the veins of academics, from newly arrived graduate students to those nearing retirement (yes, really). It seems to be such a deep part of the ecosystem of the academy that it is hard to imagine faculty life without it. At the same time, it can be deeply painful and damaging, almost paralyzing …” (more)

[Sindhumathi Revuluri, Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 October]

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97% Increase in Trinity Students Studying Outside Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of Trinity students taking part in exchange programmes outside Europe has increased by 97% in the last five years, The University Times has learned. In an email statement to The University Times, the College’s Vice-President for Global Relations Prof Juliette Hussey said …” (more)

[Emma-Louise Nolan, University Times, 8 October]

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USI criticises proposed €500 million ‘rainy day fund’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have today criticised a proposed €500 million ‘rainy day fund’ which will come ‘instead of investment in third level education’. USI are set to demonstrate at 8am tomorrow at Leinster House ‘to publicly denounce’ the fund …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 8 October]

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Work-based learning and higher education diversity

Posted in Teaching on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In 2011 the Higher Education Academy in the UK published An Introduction to Work-Based Learning. This was not so much an analysis, but more a guide to assist institutions wanting to introduce such learning methods. The document based its definition of work-based learning on a previous study …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 October]

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Do Universities Value Public Engagement? Not Much, Their Policies Suggest

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

“Scholarly work that serves the public is the kind of thing that, theoretically, universities want faculty members to pursue. But a new study of the language used by more than 100 colleges in their tenure-and-promotion criteria shows little evidence that such scholarship is valued in a way that advances faculty careers …” (more)

[Audrey Williams June, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 October]

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Expensive Academic Books Put A Price Tag On Knowledge

Posted in Research on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It goes without saying that a university’s library is one of its most important institutions. Without a functioning library, the very idea of a university becomes untenable. From an academic standpoint at least, libraries are at the heart of what colleges do …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 8 October]

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