Irish higher education embraces the system

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Last month, UK prime minister Theresa May announced a major review of the UK tertiary education system, with a focus on driving up access, quality, choice and value for money. The Irish experience is worth looking at in terms of how it is bringing about such change …” (more)

[Ellen Hazelkorn, Times Higher Education, 15 March]

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‘Take back Trinity’ campaign

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I have great admiration for my fellow students’ display of activism this week in Trinity College. However, I would like to know why this outrage is not directed at the Oireachtas for its neglect of higher-education funding in Ireland …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 17 March]

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Taoiseach says South East TU could be in line for budget increase

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Taoiseach has said that the mooted Technological University for the South East could see more funding than has been earmarked in the National Planning framework. Leo Varadkar was in Waterford yesterday where he briefed WIT students and other guests on the government’s ‘Ireland 2040 project’ …” (more)

[Anthony McFeely, WLR FM, 9 March]

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Rankings and the financialisation of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2018 by steve

“University rankings are now being used for purposes that would have been inconceivable a decade ago. The latest is supporting the large scale borrowing of money by UK universities. The Financial Times has an interesting article by Thomas Hale about the growing financialisation of British higher education. He reports that some universities such as Portsmouth, Bristol, Cardiff and Oxford are resorting to capital markets for financing supposedly because of declining government support …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 9 March]

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Submission from the Technological Higher Education Association toward the Indecon review of the National Training Fund

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In the 2018 Budget Statement delivered on 10 October 2017, the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Paschal Donohoe TD, announced an increase in the National Training Fund levy and signalled further increases in the coming two years to reach 1.0% in 2020. Alongside that, there was a commitment that employers would have a central role in determining priorities for these sectors in 2018 and beyond, and this review is an important element in shaping and delivering on that promise. To that end, the technological sector is pleased to contribute to this review …” (more)

[Joseph Ryan, THEA, 6 March]

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Third Level Funding – Cassells Report

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a technical study of the Cassells report recommendations has been completed …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 February]

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Deeks: Project Ireland 2040’s Capital Funding Projections may be ‘Inadequate’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD President Andrew Deeks has expressed concern that the government’s funding projections for capital developments in the education sector in its recent National Planning Framework – Project Ireland 2040 report may be ‘inadequate’. He made the comment, alongside other observations, to staff in a recent Presidential Bulletin …” (more)

[College Tribune, 27 February]

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Higher Education’s Long March to Funding is Far From Over

Posted in Legal issues on February 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Back in the summer of 2016, hopes were high in higher education. Newspapers splashed word of the funding crisis across their front pages and provosts and presidents were suddenly writing op-eds like there was no tomorrow …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 26 February]

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UCC head says fees debate has to move on

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A debate about more than just student loans is needed to advance decisions about funding third level, says a university president. The issue has been stalled at a political level as no recommendation on how to boost higher education funding has emerged from the Oireachtas education committee. It had been asked by Education Minister Richard Bruton 18 months ago to come up with proposals …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 February]

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Graduates should fund their former universities – says college president

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“New NUI Galway president Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh wants to see a culture of alumni giving back to their universities to help fund the education of current third-level students. He told the Irish Independent there was a ‘great tradition’ of past students gifting contributions to their universities in North America …” (more)

[Sorcha O’Connor, Independent, 19 February]

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University capital building fund must be matched by human capital investment #ProjectIreland2040

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

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes the pledge by the government in the National Planning Framework ‘Project Ireland 2040’ to invest €2.2 billion in capital expenditure in the higher education sector over the next decade. This marks a significant milestone for the sector following almost a decade of under-investment in the building facilities programme during the recession years …” (more)

[Lia O’Sullivan, Irish Universities Association, 16 February]

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Government pledge €2.2 billion to higher education sector over next decade

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

Ireland“The Irish government have pledged €2.2 billion in capital expenditure to the higher education sector within the next decade, following the approval of the government’s Project 2040 by cabinet today. The infrastructure project is comprised of two distinct plans …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 16 February]

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Higher Education – Don’t mention the money!

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At last! The government’s policy for higher education is becoming crystal clear. ‘Let’s talk about anything but money.’ In January alone we had two major announcements on the future of third-level, but no funding to back them up …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 February]

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New NUI Galway president ‘banging the drum’ for more third-level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“New NUI Galway President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh believes that Ireland is ‘selling students short’ by not investing enough into third-level education. The former Dean of UCD College of Business commenced his term as President this semester and told SIN that he is ‘banging the drum’ for more funding for Irish universities, rather than focusing on ongoing debate on the cost of university fees …” (more)

[SIN, 7 February]

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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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Funding plan for third level a recipe for disaster

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

Ireland“The phrase ‘a recipe for disaster’ comes to mind while reading through Department of Education and Skills proposals to alter the funding regime for our higher education institutions. Last week it released its Higher Education System Performance Framework 2018-2020, a plan to link the funding of higher education to being able to achieve the delivery of ‘key national priorities’ …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 25 January]

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Universities Have Had Enough Tinkering. Fund Them Instead

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Tinkering around the edges and skirting the big issues has become Richard Bruton’s political forte. The Minister for Education has, for the last two years, promised immediate action on funding and said it was of the highest importance. Yet, as the government this week released a raft of reforms – including fines for mismanagement in Irish universities – it’s getting to the stage where everything and anything goes. Except for funding …” (more)

[University Times, 21 January]

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The data vacuum at the heart of education policy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister now wants universities (including the soon-to-be technological universities) to focus on filling skills gaps in the economy. These gaps are said to be mainly in ‘STEM’. Naturally enough, IBEC is happy because they are always happy with policies that transfer the costs of industrial and business training over to the taxpayer …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 16 January]

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Urgent need to tackle underfunding of higher education, universities warn

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have warned of the ‘urgent need’ to deal with underfunding of higher education. While they welcomed a new funding model for the sector, they said ambitious Government targets to become the best education system in Europe could be delivered only with increased investment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 January]

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Public funding of autonomous universities: living with the complexities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Some years ago, when I was still President of Dublin City University, I attended a meeting between Irish government officials and university heads to discuss national higher education strategy. At one point the conversation focused on university autonomy. Everyone agree that such autonomy is vital for an internationally successful higher education system; but what exactly did ‘autonomy’ mean? It quickly became clear that each of the the two groups had a very different understanding of the term …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 January]

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