Underfunding means our universities will suffer not benefit from Brexit

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

Ireland“Irish universities lack the investment to benefit from Brexit – another fall out of gross underfunding of higher education by government, says UCC IFUT member, Rosarii Griffin. UCC Researchers recently organised a discussion on the plight of researchers on temporary contracts, a Researcher Career Framework, and the importance of research to the University life, both nationally and internationally …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 November]

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USI supports DITSU campaign to prevent Library closures

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) expresses its support and solidarity with Dublin Institute of Technology Students’ Union (DITSU) as they protest the severe and recurrent staffing shortages across their college, which have now had a hugely detrimental impact on library opening hours …” (more)

[USI, 17 October]

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Threats of cuts no way to boost third level

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

Ireland“Sir, – Dick Ahlstrom is correct (‘Funding plan for third level a recipe for disaster’, Science, Innovation, January 25th) in questioning the Department of Education’s proposals to alter the funding arrangements for higher education. The recent Cassells report on the sector revealed a continuing rapid increase in demand for third-level education, with 60% of school-leavers entering the system in 2015 …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 26 January]

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Gulf in funding between European university sectors ‘is widening’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“The European university funding divide is getting wider, with many countries in Southern, Central and Eastern Europe failing to repair cuts to public spending made since the financial crisis despite an economic recovery, and so falling further behind better-funded systems in the north …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 12 December]

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University public funding recovery is ‘slow and fragile’ says EUA

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2017 by steve

“A European University Association analysis of public funding has revealed that many countries in Europe have failed to repair cuts made to higher education since the financial crisis, despite experiencing economic recovery. Spain, Italy and Ireland were among those with lower levels of direct public funding in 2016 than in 2008 …” (more)

[Kerrie Kennedy, The PIE News, 14 December]

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UU chief says ‘critical’ funding cuts are imminent

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University is set to face , ‘critical’ funding cuts, according to its Vice-Chancellor. In a letter to politicians, Professor Paddy Nixon says the university has been advised by the Department of Economy it faces a 3.5% cut in 2018/19, and a 4.5% cut in 2019/20 …” (more)

[Michael Sheils McNamee, Belfast Telegraph, 25 November]

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Ulster University facing ‘critical’ funding cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) faces ‘critical’ funding cuts from the Department of the Economy (DfE) over the next two years. The warning comes in a letter from the university’s vice-chancellor to the leaders of Northern Ireland’s political parties and the secretary of state …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 24 November]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Solidarity): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on increasing public funding of third level colleges to reverse the cuts that have taken place since 2008 and to end reliance on private sector funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Third-level in crisis: We have learnt nothing from past errors

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

Ireland“There is a crisis in higher education funding, but you would be hard-pushed to believe it listening to Irish politicians. In the last decade — until it was reversed this year — a series of annual cuts saw State investment in higher education cut by a third. This drop in funding equated to close to €500m in annual income to the seven universities, 14 institutes of technology, and the handful of other colleges also directly funded by the taxpayer …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 October]

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Paddy Nixon makes cuts plans, but there’s money for managers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2017 by steve

“Yet again UCU at Ulster hears of potential cuts to the university from the media. In Monday’s interview with the Irish News, VC Paddy Nixon says UU is ‘planning for budget cuts’ of between 2% and 12%. He has not said a word to UCU representatives about this …” (more)

[UCU, 29 September]

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Ulster University closes moving arts Dance degree course

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2017 by steve

“Dance professionals have told of their sadness after Northern Ireland’s only third-level moving arts degree ended. Ulster University confirmed its BA Honours Dance course at Magee Campus in Londonderry has been discontinued …” (more)

[Lee Henry, Belfast Telegraph, 19 May]

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Irish Universities Have Seen a 22% Cut in Library Staff Since Recession

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

Ireland“Irish university libraries have seen an average reduction of 22% in staffing levels since the recession, with UCD experiencing one of the largest staff cuts. While the declines began to occur in the late 2008s during the last recession, staff numbers are still slowly dropping in some institutions or just stabilising at others. The drop in staffing figures was revealed from records requested from each university library released under the Freedom of Information act …” (more)

[College Tribune, 11 April]

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DIT forced into range of cuts after it lost €718K in prepaid fees to online library

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“DIT lost about €718,000 after a UK-based library subscription service, called SWETS, which it had prepaid, went into administration in 2014. DIT told the Irish Independent that the losses forced a range of cost-cutting measures, but that it did not impact on student services …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Chai Brady, Independent, 7 April]

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Trinity’s Academic Promotions to be Linked to College Finances, Under New Reforms

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The promotion of academic staff to senior positions in Trinity will in future be determined by what College can afford, the latest sign of the financial constraints placed on the university by the funding crisis in higher education. The number of senior academic staff in Trinity were previously pegged to staff numbers …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 25 March]

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Victory Declared As QUB Course Cuts Reversed

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

UK“Unlike previous years, 2016 has been a tough one for Queen’s University Belfast, as plans to cut course programmes in Sociology and Anthropology have been resisted by an alliance of staff and students. Undeterred by the decision to close the BA Sociology programme last month, the ‘Take Back Queen’s’ campaign held rallies and garnered opposition to the plans …” (more)

[The Last Round, 5 October]

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Dramatic Cutbacks for UCD Library Service See Staff Numbers Drop by 36%

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Library has witnessed dramatic cutbacks in resources in recent years, with both staff numbers and the amount spent on books and journals being sharply cut by the university. The Tribune can reveal the amount of staff in the UCD Library has declined year on year for more than five years …” (more)

[College Tribune, 27 September]

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DkIT academics may strike over underfunding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk IT’s academic staff will ballot for strike action this week in opposition to the underfunding of the Institute of Technology sector. DkIT has suffered a 36% cut in funding since 2007 while student numbers have risen by over 30% during the same period. Recruitment restrictions have also seen workloads intensify while staffing levels have dropped by 10% …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 24 September]

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Decision by Queen’s to scrap its sociology degree is a sad reflection of university’s true objectives

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2016 by steve

UK“The decision by senior managers at Queen’s University, Belfast, to close its single honours degree in sociology is an abdication of the university’s responsibility to offer students in Northern Ireland the broadest opportunity to study our society …” (more)

[Tony Trueman, Belfast Telegraph, 23 September]

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Familiar Struggles Greet The New Academic Year

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2016 by steve

UK“As many students adorn campuses across the North for the very first time, it was revealed last week that despite protests from staff and students, Queen’s was going to go ahead with the recommendations set out in its ‘Shape and Size’ review, and cut the BA Sociology programme at the university …” (more)

[The Last Round, 21 September]

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Anger as Belfast’s Queen University dumps sociology degree

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2016 by steve

UK“Queen’s academics have been left reeling after the university announced the ditching of its sociology degree. The University and College Union (UCU), which represents academics, said staff were informed of the decision on Friday …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 19 September]

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