USI expresses concern over programme for government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has expressed concern about the lack of a plan to reduce Irish student fees in the programme for government put forward by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, and the Green Party this week. In a statement issued today, USI said that while some elements of the programme were promising, there was a lack of detail on how a number of actions will be taken …” (more)

[Patrick Coyle, Trinity News, 18 June]

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What Third-Level Can Expect from Ireland’s Next Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Almost four months after the general election, Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party have drawn up a programme for government, which will now be put to their members for a vote …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins and Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 June]

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No Mention of Higher Education Dept in Draft Programme for Government

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Despite a public appeal by more than 1,700 academics, as well as an intervention from Provost Patrick Prendergast, higher education is unlikely to get its own department under the next government …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 June]

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The Deal Is Done: End to Direct Provision, Changes in Higher Education and Greener Policies

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A deal for a Government programme has been finalised by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and The Green Party, with Micheál Martin set to take on the role of An Taoiseach before it is rotated to Leo Varadkar in 2022. The programme for government includes the abolishment of the Direct Provision system and changes in governance for the Higher Education sector …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 15 June]

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New Government to Bring ‘Renewed Focus’ to Third-Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s next government will put a ‘renewed focus’ on higher education funding, but college fees will remain the same, Fianna Fáil’s education spokesperson has said …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 June]

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No increase to third-level fees in next government, sources say

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There will be no increase to third-level fees under the next government, according to talks sources. It’s understood Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party have agreed, that despite calls from some within the sector to increase fees in order to protect Irish universities, there will be no additional fees for irish students …” (more)

[Aoife Moore and Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 12 June]

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Wave of Support for No-Detriment Policy as TDs Back Students

Posted in Teaching on April 9th, 2020 by steve

“The campaign for third level institutions to adopt a ‘No-Detriment’ policy has gained a significant amount of political attention over the last week as universities begin to make clear decisions on the issue. Many parties such as Sinn Féin, the Labour Party and the Social Democrats support the policy on a party-wide level whereas Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil continue to dodge the question towards the relevant department with only few TDs from these parties out-rightly supporting the issue …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 9 April]

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A Different Future?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Fine Gael’s decade long policy of frustrating the emergence of a university in Waterford might be at an end. It was a crafty master-stroke to snarl up the future of WIT in a car-crash merger with Carlow …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 7 April]

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UL Students Cannot Be Left Out Of Pocket Because Of COVID-19 – Carey

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Clare’s Fine Gael TD insists students at the University of Limerick cannot be left out of pocket with accommodation bills due to the coronavirus. UL’s governing body is to consider issuing partial refunds to students, following the example of other colleges including University College Cork, after being shut down due to the virus pandemic …” (more)

[Clare FM, 5 April]

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Hoare calls on university to reconsider rental increases

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael councillor Eddie Hoare has lamented the recent decision by NUI Galway to introduce a 4% rental increase for on campus student accommodation. The proposed increase which will be introduced for the 2020/2021 academic year will see rents in the newly developed Goldcrest Village increase to nearly €750 per month for a single room …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 20 February]

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Higher Education must be centre stage in a new Programme for Government, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for higher education to be put centre stage in any new Programme for Government. IFUT General Secretary, Joan Donegan, said that all political parties uniquely committed to address the funding crisis in the recent general election campaign …” (more)

[IFUT, 17 February]

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At Funding-Heavy Third-Level Debate, More Squabbles than Solutions

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Political discussions about higher education, it seems, are a bit like buses: you wait ages for one and then suddenly you have politicians and stakeholders in the same room, publicly debating how best to tackle the sector’s many issues …” (more)

[University Times, 2 February]

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Political parties rule out student loans to fund third level

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All major political parties have ruled out a student loan scheme as a way of funding higher education over the coming years. The comments were made at a debate on the future of higher education involving the spokespeople for the main political parties at Trinity College Dublin on Tuesday moderated by Newstalk’s Shane Coleman …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Parties outline education vote-grabbing proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Bonus points for honours Mandarin in the Leaving Cert – the first exams are coming in 2022 – may seem an unlikely vote-grabber, but it is among the pre-election promises from Fianna Fail …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 January]

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Minister admits need for increased funding as parties debate future of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Representatives from six of Ireland’s main political parties clashed over the future of higher education at a debate held in Trinity today, with significant attention given to the balance between a system funded by taxation or by student fees and the current Fine Gael government’s allocations to higher education, which Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said were larger than suggested by other parties but conceded that the sector still required ‘extra funding …” (more)

[Lauren Boland and Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 28 January]

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Fine Gael pledges four further technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael has said four further technological universities (TUs) will be established in the State within the lifetime of the next government. At a briefing on its education policies on Wednesday, Minister for Education Joe McHugh and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor also promised a 25% increase in capitation funding for schools, the abolition of charges in the school transport scheme and a new free school books scheme for all primary schools …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 27 January]

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Public servants warned of pay stagnation under main parties’ plans

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Public servants face the threat of stagnant wages under Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil plans for a new pay deal, the Fórsa union has warned. The largest public sector union said the main political parties will face a ‘very difficult negotiation’ on a wage agreement in power based on their spending plans …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 27 January]

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For Third-Level, a Sliver of Election Air-Time But Big Questions Unanswered

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Is the general election campaign rolled on this week, the question of higher education finally received a few slivers of air-time. So far, it’s been abundantly clear that third-level education isn’t top of any party’s agenda, with concrete proposals for the future of the sector still nowhere in sight …” (more)

[University Times, 27 January]

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Parties row over cost of public sector deal

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have gone to war over the cost of the next public sector pay deal. With two weeks to go until election day, the two main parties launched attacks on each other’s approach to the forthcoming talks with public sector unions …” (more)

[Philip Ryan, Independent, 26 January]

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The Big Two Parties on Higher Education – In Their Own Words

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“If we’re to believe the pundits, this election more than most others in Irish politics is a battle of the big two – Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. The conclusion of the parties’ confidence-and-supply deal signalled the end of the uneasy truce that bound them together for three years, and potshots have started flying in both directions as the parties seek to differentiate themselves and pitch to voters …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 16 January]

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