Higher education is being driven slowly down a cul-de-sac

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

Ireland“Usually, government policy focuses on reasonably clear policy pathways. We have Programmes for Government, policy documents, Departmental revamps and ‘Ireland 2040’ visions for the future. These policies can be criticised or supported, but at least the strategy is clear. But where is the government’s strategy for higher education? …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 November]

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Universities and USI criticise Budget

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has expressed its disappointment with the Government’s budget last week for failing to address the number issues facing the third-level education sector …” (more)

[College Tribune, 19 October]

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USI welcome the announcement today that Deputy Joe McHugh will be taking over the position of Minister for Education and Skills

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“We would like to wish Minister Richard Bruton well in his new role. The third level education funding crisis will be the real test for any new Minister in the Department of Education and Skills, and we look forward to working collaboratively and proactively with Deputy McHugh. Minister McHugh’s appointment comes in the aftermath of Budget 2019 …” (more)

[USI, 15 October]

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Students left out in the cold in Budget 2019 – Kathleen Funchion TD

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Kathleen Funchion TD has said that students have been completely forgotten in this year’s budget once again. Teachta Funchion said: ‘Year after year, budget after budget, students undertaking third level education are on their own under the current Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil government …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 10 October]

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The time for technological higher education is here and now

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Today’s budget statement sees an overall lift in higher education current expenditure enabled by the increase in the employer contribution under the National Training Levy. It’s not surprising then to see that the focus of the use of this funding is on programmes that are close to enterprise and that can be seen to have tangible economic and societal benefits …” (more)

[Joseph Ryan, THEA, 9 October]

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Higher Education needs Rainy Day Fund now not in future, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It is incredible that this year’s Budget set aside €1.5 billion for a future rainy day fund while higher education is drowning in an existential funding crisis that is being ignored, the Irish Federation University Teachers (IFUT) has stated. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said that …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 9 October]

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Teachers mark down minister for failing to end austerity-era cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Increased funding that will bring the Department of Education budget to a record high of €10.7bn next year drew a mixed response, including criticism of the failure to do more to end austerity-era cuts. The €674m includes €147m to meet pension and lump sum costs, a higher than usual allocation at this time …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 October]

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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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€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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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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Teacher strikes possible for pay restoration

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ballots on the deal will be under way by October 10 among more than 70,000 members of the three main teacher unions, despite Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe’s insistence that there is no further funding to 2020 to improve the reduced pay for those who joined the public service after 2010 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 September]

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ASTI/ INTO/TUI Joint Statement: Pay Talks Have Dragged On For Too Long

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Meeting this week in Dublin, the presidents of the ASTI, INTO and TUI denounced the delay in reaching agreement in the ongoing talks with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The talks, aimed at bringing an end to pay inequality for those who entered the profession since 1st January 2011, began following a historic three-union congress motion to undertake a joint campaign …” (more)

[INTO, 5 September]

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No Budget helping hand for students despite rent crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There will be no increase to the third-level grant received by students in the Budget despite spiralling rents, the Irish Independent understands. Increasing the Susi grant has not featured in any of the budgetary discussions that have taken place up to now …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 21 August]

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Institutes of Technology Seek €74.5m Investment in Next Budget

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2018 by steve

“The Technological Higher Education Authority (THEA) has requested an investment of €74.5 million on behalf of Ireland’s 14 Institutes of Technology in its pre-budget submission. The submission also included a five-year funding plan, detailing how the proposed changes call for upwards of €700 million to be spent …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 27 July]

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