Resignation, not Frustration, as Higher Education Assesses Budget 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday’s Budget was a low-key affair all round. Outside the lobby of Buswells there was the usual hustle and bustle, but across the country, there was little of the usual frenzied anticipation. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, themselves were playing down expectations – this was a ‘balance-the-books’ budget, not a glamorous giveaway …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 11 October]

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Budget 2018 fails to address students fees, secondary education or early years crisis – Kathleen Funchion TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Education Kathleen Funchion TD has said that the proposed measures missed an opportunity to address student fees, secondary level education and the early years/childcare sector staffing crisis. Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Teachta Funchion said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 October]

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Budget18 lacks vision for third level education – Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party spokesperson on Education, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said that this year’s budget exposes a total lack of vision for the third level sector. Senator Ó Ríordáin commented: ‘This Budget illustrates Fine Gael/Independent Alliance’s poverty of vision for free education. Nowhere is this more evident than in third level funding …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 11 October]

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FF focus on third level helps secure additional investment – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD says his party has played an important role in securing additional funding for the third level sector in Budget 2018, but has warned that much more funding will be needed in the years ahead …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 11 October]

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Irish Research Council welcomes long-term commitment to supporting blue sky research

Posted in Research on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Research Council has welcomed a long-term commitment from Government to supporting research across all disciplines and career stages in today’s Budget announcement. The Government have announced a capital allocation of €21m over the period 2018-2021 to support the development of a pipeline of researchers at all career stages and disciplines …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 10 October]

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IFUT critical of lack of funding for third-level education in Budget

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has expressed disappointment at the absence of any specific direct funding initiatives to support third-level education in this year’s Budget …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 10 October]

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Employers to contribute €200 million to higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The annual levy employers pay towards higher education will be raised, contributing €200 million to the funding of higher education for the next three years. The proposed increase was laid out in Budget 2018. The National Training Fund (NTF) levy, incorporated into the employer’s share of PRSI, will to be raised from 0.7% to 0.8% next year, which would raise €47.5 million additional funding for the higher and further education sectors, according to Minister of Finance, Paschal Donohoe …” (more)

[Sarah Meehan and Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 10 October]

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€47.5m Increase in Funding For Higher Education in Budget 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The government has announced a €47.5 million increase in funding for the higher and further education sector in today’s Budget 2018, a significant increase in financial support as the sector waits for a final decision on a funding model. The government will also make €310 million available to 2021 to address the infrastructure needs of the sector …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 10 October]

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Students Waiting Up To 6 Weeks For Third-Level Counselling Services

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘Budget 2018 should focus on improving mental health supports, and not on tax cuts’, says USI. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is calling on the Government to invest in third-level mental health counselling services by ring-fencing €3m per annum to tackle future mental health crisis on campus …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 9 October]

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Employers to get say on courses in exchange for rise in payroll levy

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Businesses are set to be given a greater say in shaping the type of higher education and training courses to be delivered over the coming years in exchange for increases to a payroll levy likely to be announced in this week’s budget. The Government has been examining a proposal to raise up to €200 million through increases to a national training fund levy …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 October]

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TUI calls for application of corporation tax levy to highlight higher education funding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ahead of next week’s Budget, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is calling for the application of an additional 1% levy to corporation tax to create a dedicated fund for investment in higher education. The union has highlighted how such a measure would have raised an additional €588m in funding for the sector in 2016 …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 4 October]

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Sinn Féin tackles under-investment in Education system with Budget 2018 proposals – Kathleen Funchion TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education Kathleen Funchion TD has said that Sinn Féin would tackle under-investment in all levels of Education from a child’s earliest years to third level. Speaking after the party’s Alternative Budget launch at the Davenport Hotel this afternoon, Deputy Funchion said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 3 October]

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5,000 Students To March on Dublin For Publicly Funded Third-Level Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is holding a demonstration on Wednesday the 4th of October demanding Minister for Education Richard Bruton delivers a timeline on the future of higher education funding. It has been announced by the Minister for Education that there will be no long-term outline of a third-level funding model in next week’s budget …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 3 October]

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Fianna Fáil urges Government to tackle ‘funding crisis’ in colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil says it is insisting in talks with the Government that next week’s budget should set aside up to €100 million for higher education to help tackle a ‘funding crisis’. It also says it wants a reduction in the pupil-teacher ratio at primary level at school which is a condition of its support for the Government under its confidence-and-supply agreement …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 October]

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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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