Performance-based funding for higher education – could it happen here?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2020 by steve

International“I’m guessing that even the most ardent of UK wonks haven’t been eagerly awaiting the the announcement from the Alberta (Canada) Government of its hotly-anticipated performance based funding system for tertiary institutions. Maybe they should have been …” (more)

[Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe, 22 January]

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‘We face an artful execution of not much’ – President of UL makes plea for rise in third-level funding by State

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of University of Limerick has called on political parties to ‘make third-level funding a national priority’ and accused the outgoing government of cutting supports to the sector. Addressing students at the start of UL’s Winter Conferring ceremonies, Dr Des Fitzgerald said: ‘Let’s be honest, our universities are good, but not good enough’…” (more)

[David Raleigh, Irish Examiner, 20 January]

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General Election 2020 – Five Steps to Revive Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“IFUT calls on all parties forming the next government to adopt the following as part of the Programme for Government: 1. Phase out student fees and revise the grant system to address the excessive costs for so many in, or contemplating entering, Higher Education …” (more)

[IFUT, 20 January]

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How Cassells Might Actually be Keeping Third-Level Away From Election Spotlight

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

Ireland“We’re now a week into the general election campaign, and certain trends have started to emerge. Retirement age and policing have been the subject of hostile debates between the biggest parties, while health and housing have predictably loomed large over proceedings. Meanwhile, the stock of education – particularly at third-level – has rarely felt lower, despite the plethora of areas within the sector that desperately need addressing …” (more)

[University Times, 19 January]

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Sinn Féin believes in publicly funded education – Archibald

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

Ireland“Speaking tonight on the issue of student fees Sinn Féin economy spokesperson Caoimhe Archibald MLA said: ‘In the south we have costed budget proposals to begin the process of removing student contribution charges, however here in the north we are constrained by the block grant and more challenging budgetary conditions and a lack of fiscal powers …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 17 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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Springboard+ and Human Capital Initiative Pillar One 2020 Call for Proposals

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

Ireland“The 2020 Call for proposals is being launched today, 16th January. The Springboard+ Call is being run in conjunction with the Call for applications under Pillar One of the Human Capital Initiative. The Human Capital Initiative (HCI) will deliver an investment targeted towards increasing capacity in higher education in skills-focused programmes designed to meet priority skills needs …” (more)

[Maria Cross, HEA, 16 January]

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UCD sees revenues grow with record year for research grants

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

Ireland“UCD has reported an increase in its annual surplus to €35.2 million for the financial year ending in September 2018 – up €3.1 million over the previous 12-month period. The university reported a successful financial year against a background of concern about funding for third-level education in the Republic …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Times, 10 January]

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CIT set for €9.2m grant as part of new sports infrastructure fund

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

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is set to get a €9.2m grant from the Department of Sport as part of the first set of allocations under a new sports infrastructure fund. The fund, which was first announced as part of the National Development plan in 2018, sees €77.4m allocated to sporting facilities or projects across the country ahead of an impending general election …” (more)

[Cianan Brennan, BreakingNews.ie, 10 January]

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Crisis? What crisis?

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

Ireland“At the moment it is the Irish health service that is at the centre of a storm; it usually is at this time of year. The ‘trolley crisis’ leads the news every January just as the Leaving Cert makes headlines every June. Nothing seems to change. Meanwhile the third level education sector has been ‘in crisis’ for the last five years at least, and many suggest that this ‘crisis’ poses a real and substantial risk to the Irish economy. Maybe it does …” (more)

[Education and other Things, 10 January]

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The 12 education issues set to dominate 2020

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

IrelandIndustrial strife resumes. After a couple of years of industrial peace, the prospect of disruption looms. Two-tier pay rates introduced in 2011 put ‘newly qualified teachers’ on inferior rates of pay. A decade later, the issue still hasn’t been fully resolved …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Surplus in State training fund set to climb to €1bn in 2020

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

Ireland“The Government is facing calls for an ‘urgent review’ of a State training fund after it emerged that the surplus is set to climb to almost €1 billion this year. The scale of the surplus has emerged at a time when the higher education sector claims it is facing a financial ‘crisis’ linked to reduced State investment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 January]

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20 women-only professorships to be established this year

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

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister responsible for higher education, tells us about women-only professorships and responds to calls for greater state support for third-level colleges here …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – This Week, 5 January]

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IUA call for third level funding to be made an election issue

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

Ireland“Jim Miley, Director General of the IUA, tells us why he has called for on students, parents and staff to make third level funding an issue on the doorsteps …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – This Week, 5 January]

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Ireland lagging behind in funding ‘blue skies’ scientific research

Posted in Research on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is increasingly under fire for how the nation lags its European counterparts in funding basic, ‘blue skies’ research, the kind in which real world applications are not immediately clear. During Science Week 2019, Fianna Fáil’s science spokesman James Lawless, stated it was ‘over-concentrating resources around applied-commercial research at the expense of basic/discovery research’ …” (more)

[Conor Purcell, Irish Times, 2 January]

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2019 Report from Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor

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

Ireland“We have had a very productive year in the Dept of Education and I worked hard with my senior officials and education stakeholders including the most important stakeholders of all: students, in 2019. The ‘student’ is at the epicentre of my agenda …” (more)

[Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, 31 December]

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Universities: milking publicly funded positions for personal profit

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Unique universities: now the only place where senior public officers can live abroad, have few checks on expenses and tax, and benefit personally from public funding of gene patents. The exploitation of tax funds for private personal gains by state sector employees, particularly at universities. UCC as example. The public is funding things like applications for human gene patents …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 21 December]

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HEA says IT Tralee has been running a deficit since 2013

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The HEA says IT Tralee has been running a deficit since 2013. The Higher Education Authority, which leads the strategic development of the higher education and research system, raised the issue of recurring deficits in a letter to the institute in 2015 …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 19 December]

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Department says CIT funding will help deliver on ambitions of proposed MTU

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education says funding given to CIT will help deliver on the ambitions of the proposed MTU. The department has announced an investment of €18.7 million in the Cork Institute of Technology, to go towards building upgrades and refurbishment of its campus …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 18 December]

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For this Government, ‘Looking to Tomorrow’ Means Serving Today’s Corporations

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“To much fanfare, the government today announced 3,000 new places on 138 undergraduate courses funded by €24 million from the Human Capital Initiative. Hooray. Except almost all of these courses are ‘key skills areas’, which the government says are ‘high priority’. In the surprise of the year, none of these areas are anywhere near the Arts Block …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 December]

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