Key documents

Note that many official documents, current and historical, are online at opac.oireachtas.ie.

Important recent documents, official or semi-official, relating to Irish universities are as follows:

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Independent Review of Certain Matters and Allegations Relating to the University of Limerick

Report by Dr Richard Thorn (published 8 November 2017), linked from here.

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National Student Accommodation Strategy

DES Strategy Document (published 20 July 2017), linked from here.

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Higher Education Institutional Staff Profiles by Gender

HEA Report (published 19 July 2017), linked from here.

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Examination of Financial Statements in the Third-Level Education Sector

Houses of the Oireachtas, Public Accounts Committee (published 11 July 2017), linked from here.

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Brexit and Irish Higher Education and Research: Challenges and Opportunities

HEA discussion paper (published 28 October 2016), linked from here.

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Review of the Student Assistance Fund

HEA Report (published 19 September 2016), linked from here.

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Action Plan for Education 2016-2019

DES document (published September 2016), linked from here.

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Investing In National Ambition: A Strategy For Funding Higher Education (the Cassells Report)

Report of the Expert Group of Future Funding for Higher Education, March 2016 (published 11 July 2016), linked from here.

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HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions

Report of the Expert Group, 27 June 2016, linked from here.

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Fixed-Term and Part-Time Employment in Lecturing in Third Level Education in Ireland (the Cush Report)

Report to the Minister for Education and Skills of the Chairperson of the Expert Group, May 2016, linked from here.

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Enhancing Student Engagement In Decision-Making

Report of the Working Group on Student Engagement in Irish Higher Education, 14 April 2016, linked from here.

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Quality in an Era of Diminishing Resources – Irish Higher Education 2008-15

QQI Report, April 2016, linked from here.

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Student Grant Recipients from a First Year Full-Time Undergraduate: New Entrant Cohort for the Academic Year 2013/14 in HEA Funded Institutions

HEA Report, November 2015, linked from here.

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Report on Student Accommodation: Demand & Supply

HEA Report to the Minister for Education and Skills, 2 September 2015, linked from here.

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Engagement and Consultation Process on a Technological University for the South-East

Report to the Minister for Education and Skills, by Michael Kelly, 2 July 2015, linked from here.

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The Role, Value and Scale of Higher Education in Ireland

Discussion Paper for Stakeholder Consultation, by the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education, chaired by Peter Cassells, January 2015, linked from here.

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Towards the development of a new National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education

HEA Consultation Paper, 20 August 2014, linked from here.

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Leaving School in Ireland: A Longitudinal Study of Post-School Transitions

by Selina McCoy, Emer Smyth, Dorothy Watson and Merike Darmody, ESRI, Research Series no 36, August 2014, linked from here.

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Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education

Terms of Reference for the Expert Group, chaired by Peter Cassells, established June 2014, linked from here.

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Higher Education System Performance, First Report 2014-2016

HEA Report to the Minister for Education and Skills, June 2014, linked from here.

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Report on the General Scheme of a Technological Universities Bill

Houses of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection, 17 April 2014, linked from here.

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Higher Education and Research (Consolidation and Improvement) Bill 2014

Bill as introduced into the Seanad by Senator Seán Barrett, 2 April 2014, linked from here.

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‘We Need to Talk about Higher Education’

by Austin Delaney and Tom Healy, NERI Working Paper Series, March 2014, linked from here.

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Technological Universities Bill – General Scheme

General scheme of proposed legislation, published by the Department of Education and Skills on 22 January 2014, linked from here.

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Towards a Performance Evaluation Framework: Profiling Irish Higher Education

A report by the Higher Education Authority, published 28 December 2013, linked from here.

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Improving the quality of teaching and learning in Europe’s higher education institutions (“the McAleese Report”)

Report to the European Commission by the High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education, published 18 June 2013, linked from here.

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Report to the Minister for Education and Skills on system reconfiguration, inter-institutional collaboration and system governance in Irish higher education

Higher Education Authority report of 17 April 2013, published by the Minister 30 May 2013, linked from here.

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Draft Public Services Stability Agreement (“the Haddington Road Agreement”)

Published by the LRC 23 May 2013, linked from here.

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Supporting a Better Transition from Second Level to High Education

Published 27 March 2013, linked from here.

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Draft Public Service Agreement

Published by the LRC on 26 February 2013, linked from here.

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Completing the Landscape Process for Irish Higher Education

Published by the HEA on 16 January 2013, linked from here.

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National Survey of Employers’ Views of Irish Higher Education Outcomes

Published by the HEA on 14 January 2013, linked from here.

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Higher Education Landscape

Three documents, released to the public by the HEA on 16 November 2012. Firstly, A Proposed Reconfiguration of the Irish System of Higher Education (9 August 2012) (“the Van Vught Report”), which made a number of proposals for merging Irish institutions, most famously a merger of TCD and UCD. Secondly, A Study of Future Demand for Higher Education in Ireland (15 November 2012). And thirdly, Institutional Responses to the Landscape Document and Achieving the Objectives of the National Strategy for Higher Education: A Gap Analysis, which provides background.

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General Scheme of a Universities (Amendment) Bill 2012

Heads of Proposed Bill making amendments to the Universities Act 1997, published 3 October 2012, linked from here.

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Reform of Selection and Entry to University in the Context of National Educational Policy

Communication from the IUA Council to Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Ruairi Quinn TD, published 21 August 2012, linked from here.

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Matters Arising out of Education Audits, Special Report

This is a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General in relation to the Department of Education and Skills, published 6 June 2012, linked from here.

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Third Report of the Organisational Review Programme

Chapter 3 is a report on the operation of the Department of Education and Skills, published 9 May 2012, linked from here.

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HEA Strategic Plan 2012-2016

Higher Education Authority, published 27 March 2012, linked from here.

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Report of the Research Prioritisation Steering Group

Report of the Research Prioritisation Steering Group, published 1 March 2012, linked from here.

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Towards a Future Higher Education Landscape

Report to the Minister for Education and Skills from the HEA, published 13 February 2012, linked from here.

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From Transaction to Transition: Outcomes of the Conference on the Transition from Second to Third-Level Education in Ireland

Report to the Minister for Education and Skills from the HEA and the NCCA, published 22 December 2011, linked from here.

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Sustainability Study – Aligning Participation, Quality and Funding in Irish Higher Education

Report to the Minister for Education and Skills from the Executive of the HEA, published 15 December 2011, linked from here.

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Criteria for Technological University Designation

Prepared for the HEA by Simon Marginson, published 24 November 2011 (HEA), linked from here.

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Ten Years On: Confirming Impacts from Research Investment

“A case study focusing on the direct commercial and economic impacts from exchequer investment .. supported by the PRTLI 2000-2006”, published 19 September 2011 (HEA), linked from here.

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Entry to Higher Education in Ireland in the 21st Century (“the Hyland Report”)

Published 7 September 2011, Discussion Paper for the NCCA / HEA Seminar to be held on 21st Sep 2011, linked from here.

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Employment Control Framework for the Higher Education Sector 2011-2014

“The ECF”, as revised June 2011, linked from here.

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Public Service Agreement 2010-2014 – First Progress Report

June 2011, linked from here.

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Employment Control Framework for the Higher Education Sector 2011-2014 (the “ECF”)

March 2011, as put into effect just as Fianna Fail were leaving office, linked from here.

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Programme for Government 2011-2016

March 2011, as agreed by Fine Gael and Labour as their joint plan for coalition government, linked from here.

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National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 (“The Hunt Report”)

January 2011, Strategy Group and DES, linked from here.

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Playing to Our Strengths – The Role of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Implications for Public Policy

September 2010, IRCHSS and HEA, linked from here.

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Investing in Global Relationships – Ireland’s International Education Strategy 2010-15

September 2010, Report of the High-Level Group on International Education to the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, linked from here.

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Irish Universities – Resource Management and Performance

September 2010, Comptroller and Auditor General, linked from here. The section on overpayments to particular university officers grabbed the headlines, but it also covers a wide variety of matters on pay, pension, management, and teaching quality.

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Public Service Agreement (“The Croke Park agreement”)

March 2010, linked from here. The agreement has wide implications across the public service, though there are some sectoral provisions of particular relevance to universities and ITs.

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Report of the Innovation Taskforce

March 2010, linked from here.

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NUI Galway – University of Limerick Strategic Alliance

February 2010, linked from here.

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Cahill v. DCU

Supreme Court, December 2009, linked from here. The earlier judgment (here) is also of interest.

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Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes (“An Bord Snip”)

July 2009, part 1 and part 2.

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Financial Measures (Miscellaneous Provisions) 2009

June 2009, linked from here – this statute authorises the merger of university pensions schemes into the general public service scheme.

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UCD/Trinity Innovation Alliance

March 2009 – the alliance’s website is here.

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Fanning v. UCC

Supreme Court, October 2008 – the opinion is here. An earlier judgment is also of interest.

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Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector

Report No. 42 to the Minister for Finance, September 2007, linked from here.

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Application by WIT for designation as a university: Advice to the Minister (“the Port Report”)

July 2007, linked from here.

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OECD Report: Higher Education in Ireland (“the Skilbeck Report”)

November 2006, summarised here.

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OECD Review of Higher Education in Ireland

2004, here.