Ireland will suffer if universities drop in rankings, MEP says

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

Ireland“Ireland’s reputation will take a ‘hammer blow’ if Irish universities continue to fall in global rankings, a Fine Gael MEP has warned.Brian Hayes was speaking ahead of the publication on Wednesday night of the the latest set of the Times Higher Education’s world university rankings …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 September]

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Overhauling education policy must be key objective for Government – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne says the forthcoming Education Strategy 2016-2018 must represent a complete change in direction for the education system, and undo the damage caused by five years of regressive policies pursued by the previous Fine Gael led Government …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 7 August]

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FF calls on Bruton to clarify his view on third level loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil’s education spokesperson Thomas Byrne has called on Fine Gael to clarify its view on proposals for third level loans. ‘Richard Bruton has not set out their views, he has just said here’s Peter Cassell’s report. He needs to clarify their view’, the Meath TD told RTE’s Morning Ireland …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 July]

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By the way, this side of the Irish sea, that higher education report …

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“… doesn’t offer much by the way of comfort. ‘Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said he hopes a consensus can now be built as to how to fund higher education into the future …'” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 12 July]

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UK college fees could triple for Irish students says Fine Gael MEP

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University fees for Irish students in the UK could triple according to a Fine Gael MEP. Brian Hayes has said the welfare of Irish students studying abroad needs to be considered in the post-Brexit negotiations …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 28 June]

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Fitzpatrick calls for increased funding for Dundalk IT ‘as a matter of urgency’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Local TD Peter Fitzpatrick has called for additional funding to be provided to Dundalk IT ‘as a matter of urgency’. Having met with DkIT president Anne Campbell this week, the Fine Gael deputy is well aware of the challenges the Dublin Road institute faces after a budget cuts followed on from a significant deficit in its finances being revealed last year …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 16 June]

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New rules could pave way for WIT to ‘go it alone’

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

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) may now be entitled to apply for Technological University (TU) status as a standalone college, rather than first being obliged to merge with Carlow IT. The ‘Programme for Partnership’ document that Fine Gael provided to Independent TDs at the end of last week is understood to confirm that ITs will not be required to merge in order to gain university status …” (more)

[Michelle Clancy, Munster Express, 19 May]

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The Government is Once Again Delaying Decisions on Higher Education, But There May be a Positive

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A cross-party committee reviewing findings of the Cassells report is another way of delaying decisions, but it may be better than Fine Gael deciding by itself …” (more)

[University Times, 8 May]

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Programme for Government Set to Further Delay Higher Education Funding Decisions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Proposals contained in the draft of the programme for government agreed between Fine Gael and independent TDs are to further delay decisions on higher education funding, with a cross-party Oireachtas committee set to ‘review’ the Cassells report when it is eventually published …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy and Sinéad Baker, University Times, 6 May]

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Education snubbed in FF-FG deal on government, says IFUT

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said that the demotion of education to a single sentence reference in the ‘Confidence and Supply’ agreement on government between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael is a major snub to education, teachers and students …” (more)

[The text of the agreement is here]
[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 4 May]

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Student loan scheme unlikely within lifetime of next government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have both proposed that a report which examines the feasibility of a student loan scheme for third-level education should be referred to an Oireachtas committee.Draft policy documents produced by both parties indicate that no quick decision will be made on the issue …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 April]

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In a Fine Gael–Fianna Fáil Coalition, Student Issues Hang in the Balance

Posted in Governance and administration on February 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, the Editorial Board of The University Times pointed to the students issues at stake in the general election. The repeal of the eighth amendment is an issue that matters deeply to students, and the higher education funding question is easily one of the most important student issues in decades, given the present state of the country’s universities …” (more)

[University Times, 28 February]

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What the Election 2016 Manifestos say about third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2016 by steve

IrelandFianna Fáil: ‘(xv) Freeze student fees. A particularly cynical addition to the government’s list of broken promises was the increase in student fees which has inflicted great hardship on many students. In addition it placed a further burden on already stretched parents struggling to make ends meet trying to support their children’s education …'” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 17 February]

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Election 2016: Fine Gael attacks Fianna Fáil on public pay

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has claimed he has caught Fianna Fáil out on a ‘massive deception’ in its election manifesto, saying the party has made commitments to increase public pay without funding them …” (more)

[Arthur Beesley, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Fine Gael’s Election Manifesto on Third-Level Education is Excellent – But Can They Deliver?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“At a whopping 140 pages, Fine Gael’s Election 2016 Manifesto (published today) seems to have a lot. Everything from Disability, to Housing, and to Banking. In fact there are 29 separate sections – somebody has been working very hard to put this together. With so many sections, there can be no more than a few pages for each section – so I headed for the four and a half pages devoted to Education …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 16 February]

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A rare Fine Gael minister for education?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“It has been 30 years since Fine Gael last had a minister – Paddy Cooney – holding the levers of power on Marlborough Street. All ministers since have been either Fianna Fáil or Labour appointments, but a number of TDs say Enda Kenny has told them he wants one of their own in charge if Fine Gael is returned to government …” (more)

[Irish Times, 16 February]

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Fine Gael Fail to Commit to Funding Model for Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael have refused to commit to a funding model for higher education. In their manifesto, launched yesterday, the party promised that the full version of their plan would be outlined following the publication of the report of the government higher education working group, chaired by Peter Cassells …” (more)

[Christopher McMahon, University Times, 15 February]

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@FineGael’s Long Tern Education ‘plan’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I’m not usually one for checking out political party manifestos or plans, essentially I don’t believe what they say – now matter how well-intentioned or well-meaning they are. In our electoral system where an overall majority for one party has not been achieved since 1977, everything has to be negotiated post-election with other parties …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 9 February]

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Fine Gael plans to introduce third-level student loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael will pledge to introduce a student loan scheme for third-level education if the party is returned to government. A draft of its education manifesto states that a scheme would ensure college is free at the point of access and that graduates would begin to pay back tuition fees once their income reaches a certain level …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 February]

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Inaction on the University of the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Compared to the big noises made during the 2011 general election campaign, when both Fine Gael and Labour promised a University of the South East, there is only silence this time around. In 2011, they both also promised not to develop Fianna Fáil’s technological university proposal. In power they forgot both of these promises …” (more)

[University of the South East Campaign, 4 January]

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