Trinity Will Suffer ‘Financial Hit’ Due to Coronavirus, Says Provost

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

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has admitted Trinity will take a ‘financial hit’ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but insisted College ‘won’t let our mission in education, research and innovation be derailed’ …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 26 March]

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UCD President Warns of ‘Very Severe’ Financial Impact for University Over COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 24th, 2020 by steve

“UCD President Andrew Deeks has said that the potential long-term impacts of COVID-19 for UCD could be ‘very serious’ and have a severe impact on the university’s commercial activities. The President has appealed to recruitment staff to ensure international students, who make up over 20% of UCD’s annual income, attend the university next year …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 24 March]

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Irish universities face financial black hole over coronavirus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities face losing tens of millions of euro in tuition fees from the impact of coronavirus due to large numbers of international students from China and elsewhere being forced to cancel or postpone enrolments. Sources across several universities say contingency plans being drawn up include delaying international student entry or providing online courses for these students until the virus threat subsides …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 March]

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Third-level funding and student access

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2020 by steve

“Sir, – Higher education funding is 40% less now than it was a decade ago. If we are to maintain quality and equity of access for students, we need to ensure that the sector is funded properly. Colleges have been valiantly trying to uphold standards while they are being starved of funding …” (more)

[Laura Harmon, Irish Times, 7 March]

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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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Students’ welfare is at risk as funding cuts of €550m bite

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student welfare services in third-level colleges are “overburdened” as a result of Government cuts to funding and day-to-day running costs, now €550m less than in 2007. The strain is among concerns raised at recent meetings of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) about how long the system has to wait before the funding issue will be sorted …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 February]

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£126 million Ulster University loan a ‘slap in the face’ for Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2020 by steve

“Derry City and Strabane District Council has called on Stormont not to give Ulster University a £126 million loan for its Belfast campus without any assurances over the expansion of its Magee campus in Derry. The council’s Governance and Strategic Planning Committee voted unanimously for a motion put forward by People Before Profit Councillor Shaun Harkin when it met on Tuesday afternoon …” (more)

[Marianne Flood, Derry Now, 8 February]

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Accommodation, University funding, healthcare and climate the key issues for the student voter ahead of GE 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An unprecedented first Saturday election since 1918 raised some eyebrows when the starting gun was pulled on General Election 2020, with Leo Varadkar claiming that the public going to the polls later in the week makes it easier for parents, commuters and students to cast their vote …” (more)

[Paddy Henry, SIN, 6 February]

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Voters face stark choices when it comes to higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week, Leaving Certificate students met the CAO deadline to submit their course preferences for September. Later this week, voters will fill in their preferences for who will make up the next government. The first exercise will largely determine the individual lives of many secondary school leavers while the second exercise will help shape the future of Ireland’s economy and society …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 4 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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In Election, a Simple Message to Politicians: Don’t Fail Third-Level

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Elections in Ireland come around every four or five years. They provide an opportunity for voters to pick the parties and individuals who will best represent the interests of the country and its people. It is a time for our politicians to set out their stall on why they should be entrusted with government …” (more)

[Jim Miley, Lorna Fitzpatrick and Joseph Ryan, University Times, 31 January]

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Emergency cash injection needed for higher education during 2020, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for allocation of an emergency cash injection for higher education during 2020 to address the escalating crisis in resources. ‘It must be a priority for any incoming government’, IFUT General Secretary, Joan Donegan said …” (more)

[IFUT, 30 January]

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Country ‘sitting on a timebomb’ over crisis in third-level funding, says Trinity Provost

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

Ireland“The third-level sector is currently underfunded, and a system of student loans should not be introduced, each of the major parties’ spokespeople on education agree. However, the parties remain divided on how best to address such a funding deficit, identified in the landmark Cassells report, first published in 2016 …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 January]

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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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Few Revelatory Moments in Tetchy Higher Education Debate

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

Ireland“Higher education’s Cassells report came under scrutiny this afternoon at a third-level education debate held in Trinity, with politicians of all hues quarreling over funding during a debate that saw more arguments about figures and statistics than on the ideas underpinning the future of the sector …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, Sárán Fogarty, Ciaran Molloy and Emer Moreau, University Times, 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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Students and colleges warn third level sector is ‘losing ground’ on rivals

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students and third level colleges have united to call on political parties to commit to invest more in higher education to prevent Ireland ‘losing ground’ against international competitors. In a joint statement, the Union of Students in Ireland, the Irish Universities Association and the Technological Higher Education Association said State funding per student at third level is now 40% less than it was a decade ago …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Third-level timebomb must become a election priority

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘Crisis, what crisis?’ Three words that helped bring down Jim Callaghan’s Labour government in the 1979 UK general election. The prime minister never actually uttered these words. A Sun subeditor fashioned the headline but it captured the popular impression of an administration unaware of a serious state of affairs which had caught up with it …” (more)

[Lorna Fitzpatrick, Joseph Ryan and Jim Miley, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Higher education colleges call for pre-election commitment to €100m annual funding boost

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher education colleges and students have come together to push for a pre-election commitment for politicians for an increased €100m a year for the third-level sector. State funding per student to third level institutions is now 40% less than it was a decade ago because of austerity-era cuts that have not been reversed …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 January]

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