Minister Bruton announces breakdown of €36.5m Third Level spend

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD, has today published a detailed breakdown of the additional €36.5m which is being allocated to Higher Education in Budget 2017. During the last decade, student numbers have increased by 38,000 while spending was cut by 33%. The additional allocation of €36.5m to higher education is the first significant investment in higher education for 9 years …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 January]

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USI welcomes €36.5m in third level education but emphasised that it is insufficient by €100m

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has welcomed the allocation of €36.5 million to the third level sector in the Budget but has emphasised that the funding is insufficient by over €100 million. The union recommended spending of €140 million in their pre-budget submission …” (more)

[USI, 12 October]

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Years of cuts come to end for third-level

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are getting their first increase in State funding in almost a decade. After years of cuts that saw spending on higher education reduced by 33%, an additional €36.5m is being made available …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 October]

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Budget 2017: Investment in education has long road ahead

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton said the education budget for next year was an important step on the road to becoming the ‘best education service in Europe’. It was an ambitious declaration, but there are encouraging signs some of the worst cuts of the last decade are finally being reversed and fresh investment is on the way …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Budget 2017: More allocated for scientific and humanities research

Posted in Research on October 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Departments of Jobs and of Education have both receive additional money to spend on scientific and humanities research. The Jobs allocation will see Science Foundation Ireland receive a 3.5% increase to €162.5 million, and Enterprise Ireland will have €122 million to invest in research supports, up 3.7% …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 11 October]

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For Higher Education, Budget 2017 Displays a Short-Term Focus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Any doubt as to the extent of the changes to the rhythm of Leinster House precipitated by the ‘new politics’ was struck down by this afternoon’s budget. In an unnerving display of unity and consensus, speeches from the Ministers for Finance and Public Expenditure endorsing the government’s spending plan for 2017 was followed by equally praiseworthy speeches from the opposition front bench …” (more)

[Christopher McMahon, University Times, 11 October]

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Budget 2017: Extra funds for higher education after decade of cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Higher education is set to receive the first significant funding increase next year after almost a decade of cuts. Minister for Education Richard Bruton said an additional €36.5 million will be invested in the sector this year. The sum, however, falls well short of the €100 million which many say is needed to significantly boost the standing of the sector …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 October]

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New Minister Fails to Deliver for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The failure of Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton to secure any improvement to class sizes or make any meaningful reduction in back to school costs, is a major disappointment to those in the sector according to Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin …” (more)

[Labour Party, 11 October]

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Budget third-level allocation ‘a wet sponge to a man dying of thirst’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has described the allocation of an additional €36.5m funding to third-level education in today’s budget as ‘like offering a wet sponge to a man dying of thirst’ …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 11 October]

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Increased third level investment a step in the right direction – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Education Thomas Byrne TD says Budget 2017 represents a step in the right direction for investment in third level education. Deputy Byrne added that further investment is needed to meet demographic demands …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 11 October]

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Budget 2017 does little to reverse effects of several years of austerity cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Over several years, cutbacks have inflicted severe damage on the educational experience of students and the career prospects of recently qualified teachers. Today’s Budget moves a very small distance towards reversing some of the cutbacks, but considerable additional investment must be made if the stated aim of the country’s education system becoming the best in Europe in a decade is to become anything more than an impossible pipedream …” (more)

[Joanne Irwin, Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 11 October]

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€36.5 million Increase in Funding For Higher Education in Budget 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Today’s budget announcement saw €36.5 million in funding provided to higher and further education, the ‘first significant investment of resources in HE since our economic collapse’, as well as the expansion of the rent-a-room scheme …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Sinéad Baker, University Times, 11 October]

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Over 2,500 new teaching jobs are to be created

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“… Overall, the Department of Education and Skills’ budget will increase by €458 million. An initial additional €160 million in total funding has also been committed to higher education over three years, the first significant expansion in government spending on higher education in a decade …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 October]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to make additional funding available in the upcoming budget to institutes of technology, which have been disproportionately affected by the cuts to third-level institutions since 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 October]

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Breathnach calls for ‘huge cash injection’ in Dundalk IT ahead of Budget 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Local TD Declan Breathnach has called on the Minister for Education and Skill to restore funding to third level institutions to 2009 levels. In a Parliamentary Question today, the Fianna Fáil TD said Dundalk IT was particularly underfunded and called for a ‘huge cash injection’ in the college …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 29 September]

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USI Launches Pre-Budget Submission, proposing a minimum €500 reduction in fees, a €140m investment in higher education and a €5m investment in third level mental health counselling

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland launched its Pre-Budget Submission outside Leinster House at 8:30am on Tuesday the 6th September. The proposals in the submission include a €500 minimum reduction in fees; a €140 million investment in higher education; reinstating postgraduate grants; and a €5 million investment in third-level mental health counselling …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 6 September]

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Will the radical cuts in public spending planned by 2021 be abandoned?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The question that all political parties should be asked on the doorstep in the election early next year is what kind of society they want to create. We need to have a clearer vision of what kind of society we want and if it is cohesive, gives a level of security on health, education and minimum income with fair opportunities for all it will have to be paid for in taxes …” (more)

[Paul Sweeney, progressive-economy@tasc, 28 January]

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Budget Analysis: Students and Third-Level Education Left out of the Giveaway

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government budget held no surprises and kept with the trend of their previous four budgets in their time in office. The focus was primarily on tax cuts and credits to middle and higher earners, with reductions in the USC, tax credits for the self-employed and an easing on inheritance tax …” (more)

[College Tribune, 28 October]

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Little evidence of government initiative in tackling the growing student accommodation crisis in Budget 2016

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“While there were some overtures to students in new funding announced for the Student Assistance Fund, the government failed to tackle one of the biggest growing concerns for students …” (more)

[Patrick Higgins, Trinity News, 22 October]

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Budget 2016 failed to offer anything to students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Budget of 2016 has forgotten about the politicians, teachers, doctors, nurses and businesspeople of the future. There is a feeling among the student population that the Government has not appropriately addressed student support in this Budget …” (more)

[Aoife O’Rourke, Independent, 16 October]

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