State Won’t Cover Colleges’ Financial Losses, Expected to Total €500m

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

Ireland“The government has warned that it will not cover financial losses faced by third-level colleges due to the coronavirus pandemic, which are expected to amount to at least half a billion euro …” (more)

[Ciaran Molloy, University Times, 26 May]

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Interview: USI’s Craig McHugh on Ireland’s ‘Enormous’ University Funding Crisis

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

Ireland“The government’s decade-long underfunding of universities has presented the sector with a myriad of issues, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed unreliable non-exchequer sources of income. Staff and students nationwide are crying out for the government to take action and reintroduce the funding levels seen before the last recession …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 25 May]

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Government warns it won’t cover huge Covid-19 black hole in higher education

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

Ireland“The Government will not cover Covid-19 losses of at least €500m facing third-level colleges, the Department of Education has warned. Department officials have signalled support for extreme cases, where cash flow difficulties may be serious enough to threaten a college’s viability …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 May]

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Third Level Reform – Cassells report

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

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an analysis conducted by the European Commission of the options outlined in the Cassells report; if it will be completed in Q2 2020 as previously stated; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 May]

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Third Level Institutions – Financial position

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

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Féin): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the paper produced by an association (details supplied) regarding the severe financial position facing universities and other third-level institutions; and his views on whether dedicated sustainability and growth funding is needed for the sector …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 May]

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Higher Education requires ‘Tier One’ category for resources and engagement

Posted in Governance and administration, Research, Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week Cambridge University in the UK announced that all its courses will be delivered online for the next academic year. The decision followed immediately on a warning from England’s university regulator, the Office of Students, on the need for ‘absolute clarity’ for students making academic plans …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, IFUT, 21 May]

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UCD claims operations can weather Covid-19 challenge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 19th, 2020 by steve

“University College Dublin can sustain its operations in the current volatile environment created by the significant uncertainties associated with Covid 19, which has reduced demand from non-EU students. That is according to a note in UCD’s annual accounts where it confirms that the college’s surplus reduced by 44% to €19.46 million in the 12 months to the end of September last …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 19 May]

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‘No Indication’ Tuition Fee Increases Are ‘Imminent’, Says HEA

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 12th, 2020 by steve

“There has been ‘no indication’ from the Department of Education and Skills that any changes to third level institutions’ fee levels are imminent, according to a spokesperson for the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Concerns have emerged on how University College Dublin (UCD) intends to mitigate a negative financial impact of up to €100 million by the end of this year …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 12 May]

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Irish Times view on higher education: Universities can be part of Covid-19 solution

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

“Irish higher education, like so much else of society, has been plunged into uncharted waters since the arrival of Covid-19. Almost overnight it has switched from face-to-face lectures to remote learning and assessment. By most measures, it has adapted well. However, an even greater challenge looms, with implications for the sustainability of universities and the quality of teaching and learning …” (more)

[Irish Times, 5 May]

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Extra college places and Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 5th, 2020 by steve

“Sir, – The recent Fianna Fáil proposal (‘Cancel Leaving Cert, says FF’, News, May 2nd) that extra college places should become available for Leaving Cert students because fewer international students are attending third-level institutions suggests that in normal times Irish students are being disadvantaged by such an international student intake …” (more)

[Kevin Nolan, Irish Times, 5 May]

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Universities warn cost of funding lost to pandemic is €374m

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

“Universities want the Government to fund more places for Irish students in the autumn to help cover their Covid-19 losses. The cost of the pandemic to the seven traditional universities will run to €374m over 2020 and 2021, according to an initial assessment …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 May]

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Universities eye more Irish students to replace overseas losses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 4th, 2020 by steve

“Universities want extra Irish student places to be funded by the Government in the coming academic year to replace a sharp drop in the number of international students. The Irish Universities Association is seeking a €230 million stability fund which it says could provide additional student places in access programmes for those from under-represented backgrounds, as well as improved grants and wellbeing supports …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 May]

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Universities ask Government to open more places for Irish students to cover Covid-19 losses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 4th, 2020 by steve

“Universities are asking the Government to open more places for Irish students in the autumn to help cover their Covid-19 losses. The cost of the pandemic to the seven Irish traditional universities will run to €374m over 2020 and 2021, according to an initial assessment. The biggest chunk of that is an estimated €181m in lost fee income from international students …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 May]

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Covid-19 plunges universities into funding crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s seven universities are facing a major funding crisis due to the decimation of revenue streams caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. According to documents seen by RTÉ’s This Week, factors such as the collapse of international student fee income, rental of on-campus accommodation and commercial revenues will cost the universities €374m in the 2020 and 2021 financial years …” (more)

[Conor McMorrow, RTÉ News, 3 May]

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Universities Fear €200m Drop-Off in Revenue From International Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities could lose out on up to €200 million in international student revenue next year – a ‘massive blow’, according to one of the sector’s experts. Jim Miley, the director general of the Irish Universities Association (IUA), told RTÉ Radio 1 today that colleges are bracing for an 80% reduction in the number of first-year students coming from abroad next year …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 3 May]

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The struggle to save and remake public higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2020 by steve

International“Public higher education is at serious risk. Universities premised on knowledge creation and dissemination for the public good are on shakier terrain than before. The higher education sector in South Africa and globally was already in a fragile condition – some would say a crisis – before the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated campus shutdowns began …” (more)

[Laura Czerniewicz, University World News, 30 April]

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UCD fundraising campaign for testing lab

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

“Sir, – It was with a sense of incredulity that I read the report that UCD is seeking contributions from the public towards a €1 million fundraising campaign to increase the Covid-19 testing capacity at UCD’s National Virus Reference Laboratory …” (more)

[Eiven Curran, Irish Times, 1 May]

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‘Not Good Enough’ That Third-Level Funding Deprioritised, Says Provost

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

“Provost Patrick Prendergast has warned that Ireland’s universities are in a ‘serious financial situation’ as a result of revenue drop-offs amid the coronavirus pandemic, arguing ‘education shouldn’t be way down the list’ when it comes to state funding priorities …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 30 April]

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University lecturers warn of ‘enrolment chaos’ in autumn

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

“The Government must begin consulting with colleges, staff and students in order to avoid escalating uncertainty and the threat of ‘enrolment chaos’ in the autumn, the Irish Federation of University Teachers has warned. The federation’s general secretary Joan Donegan said students and university teachers are being left in an ‘ongoing limbo’ amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 April]

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Call for urgent plan to safeguard third-level sector from serious financial fallout due to Covid-19

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

“An urgent plan to safeguard the Irish third-level sector from serious financial fallout due to the Covid-19 crisis must be a top priority for the Government. That is the warning as Irish universities face potential revenue losses running into the hundreds of millions due to the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 April]

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