Fianna Fáil think-in hears education investment must be prioritised

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cork is in danger of falling behind unless significant investment is made in restoring funding to University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and other third level institutions …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 20 September]

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LIT ‘will lag behind’ supply for jobs without investment

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The President of the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) Dr Maria Hinfelaar has warned the college needs more investment to meet the demand for graduates. Speaking at the opening ceremony for graduations at LIT, Dr Hinfelaar has warned that without investment in facilities and infrastructure, the college will lag behind as the pace of job creation continues apace …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 9 November]

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Debate needed over free fees for third-level, professor claims

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An open debate is needed over whether the State can afford free fees for third-level education, according to the Irish head of one of Scotland’s oldest universities. Prof Louise Richardson, the Waterford-born principal of St Andrews, takes over as vice-chancellor of Oxford University in January, the first woman to hold the post in the university’s history …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 November]

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‘Government cares more about seagulls than students’ – IT Head paints bleak picture of third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A higher education boss today launched a scathing attack on the Government over third-level funding as he claimed politicians were more concerned about ‘savage seagulls’ than 215,000 college students …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 September]

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What are the options to fund third level education?

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

Ireland“There is a cozy consensus in our student leadership that the way we fund third level education in Ireland is to get somebody else to pay for it. ‘Free fees’ has been engraved on placards held by many students during protests organised in recent years in the opposition to successive increases in the student contribution …” (more)

[Dale McDermott, Campus.ie, 13 April]

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What teachers want: where should a bigger budget go?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Special education resources, teachers’ pay, smaller class sizes, halting casualisation: we ask teachers which areas need most investment. It’s been a stormy few years for education. Since the recession arrived in 2008, teachers have protested, loudly, about cutbacks and changes to the education system …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 7 April]

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INTO conference: Cutting taxes would be ‘immoral’ – economist

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Prioritising tax cuts ahead of investment in early childhood development would be ‘immoral, economically irrational and fiscally irresponsible’, the director of the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 6 April]

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Higher Education Institutions – The Future of High Education Funding

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

IrelandDeputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the report by the expert group on future options for funding higher education (details supplied) is expected to present its final report to her; the main funding proposals that the expert group has presented to her in their interim report; the future funding options being considered by her Department for increasing the long-term sustainability of the higher education sector; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 11 February]

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Hijacking Education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Recently the third level teachers’ union, IFUT, has been highlighting the high rates of emigration among graduates. At the same time it is calling for increased investment in education and a strategy to deal with the emigration problem. Maybe I’m being simplistic …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 3 September]

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Outward-oriented economic development and the Irish education system

Posted in Research on August 16th, 2014 by steve

Irish Educational Studies recently published a special issue to commemorate the landmark report Investment in Education (which was commissioned in 1962 and released in 1965). The report’s finding that half of all children were leaving school by the age of 13 generated newspaper headlines …” (more)

[Frank Barry, The Irish Economy, 16 August]

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Funding third level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 14th, 2014 by steve

“In what may be one of his final acts as Minister for Education before a Cabinet reshuffle in the autumn, Ruairi Quinn has set up a working group to develop a ‘future funding policy for higher education’. The aim, he says, is not just to produce another report but also to spark a public debate about the value of the sector …” (more)

[Irish Times, 13 June]

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Third-level staff and students call for extra funding

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2014 by steve

“Third-level lecturers and students have insisted serious funding problems in Ireland’s colleges and universities must be addressed if the system is to cope with future demand. Speaking after the launch of the first ever Higher Education System Performance report …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 12 June]

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College fee hikes back on the table for students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 12th, 2014 by steve

“An expert group is being set up to examine who should pay the growing bill for higher education, as a new report warns that the quality of graduates from cash-strapped Irish colleges is at risk …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 June]

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USI Call on Increased Public Investment in Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2014 by steve

“Following the publication of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)’s System Performance Report today launched by the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) welcome the positive findings of the Report for the Higher Education sector, but warn …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 11 June]

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New performance-based college funding scheme threatens State grants

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2014 by steve

“A new performance funding scheme for third-level colleges could see them losing up to10% of their State grants if they don’t meet certain targets from next year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 June]

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Quality of third-level education at risk: HEA

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2014 by steve

“Rising student numbers and cuts to funding at third-level are putting the quality of Irish graduates and the third-level system at risk, according to the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 11 June]

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Third-level fees report ‘delayed until after elections’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2014 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and his department have ‘mothballed’ a controversial fees report on the funding crisis in Ireland’s third-level sector until after the local and European elections in late May …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 10 March]

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Ruairi Quinn in warning over college fees

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2014 by steve

“Ruairi Quinn on Friday warned college professors to cut their costs because he will not keep hammering students. Universities are to launch a new campaign warning the Education Minister he faces a stark choice – give more cash to third-level colleges or raise fees substantially from 2016 …” (more)

[Sarah Bardon, Irish Mirror, 15 February]

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Where the money will come from

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 15th, 2014 by steve

“One of the many ironies of ‘free fees’ for higher education is that they didn’t even succeed in getting Niamh Bhreathnach re-elected. The minister for education who introduced the measure in 1995, at a time when Labour was trying to strengthen its middle-class vote, lost her seat in the general election just two years later …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 15 February]

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Colleges need to focus on costs, says minister

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2014 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said universities need to ‘get their heads around’ how much third-level costs can be reduced before seeking extra funding for the sector …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 February]

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