Higher Education Institutions – Sexual Harassment

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Joan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address sexual harassment of staff in higher education institutions; the work programme of the new Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality to address same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces €153 million increase in funding for Tertiary Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

“Increase includes a multi-annual programme of €90 million for Technological Universities and a new initiative to promote Research Excellence. The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (9 October 2019) announced an increase of over €153 million for tertiary education. This will provide for a wide range of measures to provide greater choice and opportunity to students, meet future skills needs, support student well-being and promote excellence in research …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 9 October]

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Science Foundation Ireland

Posted in Research on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Catherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the amount of funding her Department provided to Science Foundation Ireland in 2017, 2018 and 2019, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 October]

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IUA Submission to Seanad Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“We would like to thank the Chair, Senator Neale Richmond, and the Committee members for inviting the Irish Universities Association to address the Committee. We would like to start by highlighting the importance of higher education and research to the Irish economy and the role it plays in protecting Ireland from global crises before discussing Brexit specifically in terms of higher education and research …” (more)

[IUA, 9 October]

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Cautious budgetary approach understandable but inadequate

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the Budget provisions for higher education for known increases in student numbers in 2020 and pay provisions under national wage agreements. We understand this cautious approach to the Budget by the government in the context of the considerable uncertainty arising from Brexit. However, it must be recognised that the Budget does not address the growing gap in core funding of our third level system …” (more)

[IUA, 9 October]

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Record investment in Education and Skills with hundreds of new teachers and more than 1,000 additional special needs assistants

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Budget increases by €360 million to €11.1 billion as special education, small schools and teaching principals benefit from new investment. More higher education places and new third level courses being created as part of new €60 million fund. Increase in funding for apprenticeships and training under the National Training Fund. Budget 2020 provides the fourth successive year of major reinvestment in our education and training system …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 9 October]

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Help Wanted: One-third of Irish students need help paying their college fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“New research commissioned by Bank of Ireland as part of its Financial Wellbeing programme which helps ‘inform and educate students on spending and saving in a way that suits their needs’, has been recently published. The third level research was conducted by iReach on behalf of Bank of Ireland and was carried out in August of this year …” (more)

[Mark Jackson, University Observer, 9 October]

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Ó Murchú Calls on DkIT management to Engage with Students over Change of Location for Graduation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Local councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has called on the management and the President of Dundalk Institute of Technology to engage with students and staff regarding the possible relocation of graduation ceremonies at the end of this month …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 9 October]

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Roadblocks to Better Open Access Model

Posted in Research on October 9th, 2019 by steve

“… Although it remains unclear how well Plan S will work for researchers funded by Coalition S, it is increasingly clear that even before it has gone into effect, Plan S has achieved one of its major goals, changing the conversation around OA …” (more)

[David Crotty, The Scholarly Kitchen, 9 October]

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Hundreds of new teachers to keep pace with growing school population

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of teachers and special needs assistants will be hired over the coming year to meet the needs of our growing school population. Overall, the education budget next year will climb to a record high of €11.1 billion, up about 3% on last year. The bulk of additional funding will go towards demographic pressures and maintaining existing pupil-teacher ratios …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 October]

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Public service staff levels could rise by 25% over coming years, review suggests

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The number of staff in the public service could rise by nearly 25% to over 410,000 and the Exchequer’s wage bill could grow to €24 billion per year under various Government employment models and projections. A Department of Public Expenditure spending review published on Tuesday says there is a strong correlation between overall population growth and public service numbers …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 8 October]

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UCD is watching the world burn and pretending to care

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Looking around campus in the weeks after freshers week is always haunting. Campus seems to die down. It goes from a bustling campus with the Clubhouse packed to the brim, to a ghost town with the tumbleweed of plastic bags passing your feet …” (more)

[Cora Keegan, University Observer, 8 October]

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