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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‘There is a lack of recognition for third level students’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The absence of an increase to student fees was counter-balanced by ‘a lack of recognition’ of those in third level, said Trinity College Dublin student Sam Riggs. The final year English student said he was disappointed with this year’s budget, in which he felt third-level had been ignored …” (more)

[Independent, 14 October]

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€3m aid for less well-off students on way

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Extra supports worth €3m for disadvantaged third-level students are included in the education Budget for 2016. It will include an additional allocation for the student assistance fund, which provides funding to students experiencing hardship …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 October]

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Budget has failed third-level education, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The government has totally failed to address the funding and staffing crisis facing third level education and is threatening the sector’s very viability, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) say in response to announcement on education spending …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 October]

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Education Benefits from Additional Investment of €144m

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The education budget will see €144m in additional investment next year allowing for a number of positive initiatives that will benefit students, teachers and young job seekers according to Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 13 October]

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Education: Over 2,200 new teaching posts being created

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A small cut in the pupil-teacher ratio and the creation of 2,260 additional teaching posts are the key education measures of Budget 2016. The Department of Education and Skills is to receive an extra €144 million next year, bringing its budget to €8.5 billion …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 13 October]

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€360,000 Cut to National Fund for Students with Financial Difficulties

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A national fund used to help students with financial difficulties has been cut by €360,000 for the current academic year, meaning that Trinity’s proportion of the fund will fall by €16,000, The University Times has learned. The fund has been cut by a total of €4.6 million over the past four years. Today, however, it was announced that from next year, the fund will be allocated an additional €3 million …” (more)

[Jack Hartnett, University Times, 13 October]

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