Students and colleges warn third level sector is ‘losing ground’ on rivals

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students and third level colleges have united to call on political parties to commit to invest more in higher education to prevent Ireland ‘losing ground’ against international competitors. In a joint statement, the Union of Students in Ireland, the Irish Universities Association and the Technological Higher Education Association said State funding per student at third level is now 40% less than it was a decade ago …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Third-level timebomb must become a election priority

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘Crisis, what crisis?’ Three words that helped bring down Jim Callaghan’s Labour government in the 1979 UK general election. The prime minister never actually uttered these words. A Sun subeditor fashioned the headline but it captured the popular impression of an administration unaware of a serious state of affairs which had caught up with it …” (more)

[Lorna Fitzpatrick, Joseph Ryan and Jim Miley, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Higher education colleges call for pre-election commitment to €100m annual funding boost

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher education colleges and students have come together to push for a pre-election commitment for politicians for an increased €100m a year for the third-level sector. State funding per student to third level institutions is now 40% less than it was a decade ago because of austerity-era cuts that have not been reversed …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 January]

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Fianna Fáil Would Maintain €3,000 College Fee in Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil has pledged an extra €100 million a year in core funding for higher education, but refused to commit to any of the three options outlined in the 2016 Cassells report. The party is also promising a 20% increase in undergraduate state grants, a restoration of postgraduate grants and the maintenance of fees at their current level, Fianna Fáil education spokesperson Thomas Byrne said at a press briefing this morning …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 23 January]

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‘Institutional change in the Irish university 2008-2014: an examination through the lens of institutional logic’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Institutional change is an important research area in the context of the evolution of the Irish university sector. 2008-2014 was an eventful period in bringing about changes within the sector. Drivers of transformation led by the state during this time arose from two distinct sources; developments in government policy within the university sector and the impact of the economic recession. This study focuses on institutional change within the Irish university at both the meso level where the academic discipline is located and the micro levels where the experiences of individual academic professionals are examined. Institutional logics comprise the theoretical lens used in this study. In analysing institutional change, three specific institutional logics are identified and examined; representing the societal sectors of the state (the government logic), the business corporation (the corporate logic) and the academic profession (the professional logic) …”

Gannon, Anne Margaret, Institutional change in the Irish university 2008-2014: an examination through the lens of institutional logics. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. 2019.

FF: Higher education fees will be frozen at current level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil will spend an additional €100 million per year and freeze higher education fees at their current levels should it be elected, while reducing primary teacher-student ratios to 20:1, the party said. At its education policy launch at party HQ in Dublin …” (more)

[Cianan Brennan, Irish Examiner, 23 January]

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Higher Education interest groups present joint funding plan ahead of general election

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Just two weeks before the Irish general election, higher education interest groups have put out a united call for greater funding for the sector. The Irish Universities Association (IUA), the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have rallied to campaign for a pre-election commitment to hundreds of millions of euros of higher education funding …” (more)

[Madalyn Williams, Trinity News, 23 January]

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Irish teenagers ignoring 21st century careers in favour of traditional occupations – new report

Posted in Research on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish teenagers are part of a worrying global trend of young people ignoring 21st century careers in favour of traditional occupations. Huge changes to the world of work over the past two decades have made little impact on the career expectations of 15-year-olds, according to a report from the international think-tank, OECD …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 January]

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13 Men Nominated for Women-Only Library Bust Campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Some 13 men have had their names put forward for Trinity’s new Old Library bust campaign – a project designed to commemorate female scholars. And staff and students, in a nomination campaign launched by Provost Patrick Prendergast last September, have nominated 15 living figures for the campaign, despite a stipulation that the subjects must be deceased …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 22 January]

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Student campaign ‘not a factor’ in decision to leave Trinity, say Aramark

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The catering company Aramark, who until recently operated cafés in Trinity’s Hamilton building have said that the student campaign Aramark Off Our Campus ‘was not a factor’ in the company’s decision to end their contract with College in December …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 22 January]

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Ulster University defers decision on health courses

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

“A decision on whether to move Ulster University’s allied health and health sciences courses to Derry to align with a new Magee medical school has been delayed. The transfer of these courses which include physiotherapy, medicines management, sport and exercise medicine, podiatry and occupational therapy, amongst others, would attract in excess of 1,300 students, and are deemed vital to Magee expansion …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 20 January]

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