Provost, a ‘Believer’ in Public Funding, Defends College’s Commercial Strategies

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

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has defended the College’s record on philanthropy and commercialisation, insisting that relying on government funding would mean that ‘everything would have continued to tumble down’. Speaking frankly about the state of public funding in an address to staff and students …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 19 November]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

IrelandJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to fund the third level education sector; the way in which he will address the recent years of serious underfunding of the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 November]

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Top jobs have to change so that women, and men, can get a life

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The proposal was always going to be crazy but what makes it insulting is its timing, writes Victoria White. The commitment by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the minister of state at the Department of Education with special responsibility for higher education, to create 45 women-only professorships in our third level institutions at the cost of €6m per annum comes when these institutions are struggling for their lives …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 15 November]

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‘Pioneering move’ – First women-only professorships in place by September

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The first 15 of 45 women-only professorships to be created in Irish higher education are expected to be in place by September, as part of the radical initiative to tackle gender discrimination in academia. The Government has set aside €800,000 in funding for 2019 to support the appointments …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn and Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 November]

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Plan for 45 women-only senior jobs in third level institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Forty-five women-only senior academic roles in third level institutions will be on offer over the next three years to accelerate gender equality under a government plan. Higher education minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has insisted that she’s not concerned at potential legal challenges to offering jobs to one gender only. She said there has been ‘rigorous legal assessment’ of the Gender Action Plan 2018-2020 to ensure it complies with national and European Union laws …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 12 November]

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Funds for women-only professorships aim end gender inequality

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government is to fund dozens of women-only professorships over the next three years to help ‘eradicate gender inequality’ in higher education institutions. It follows the recommendations of a taskforce which says dramatic steps are needed to ensure more women occupy key leadership positions …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 November]

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Our differing views on health and education

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

Ireland“As of 2016 the Irish Government’s spending on higher education amounted to 1.9% of its total expenditure. That’s compared to a Eurozone average of 1.5%. Our total education spend was at 12.1% compared to a Eurozone average of 9.7%. At the same time we spent 19.2% of our budget on health compared to a Eurozone average of 15% …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 9 November]

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Higher education chair urged chief to change his mind on resignation

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

Ireland“The chair of the Higher Education Authority tried to convince its chief executive to reverse his decision to resign over issues such as the risks posed to colleges from underfunding, new records show. Dr Graham Love announced his resignation from the regulatory body for the third-level sector last August, a year and a half after taking up the role …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 November]

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Higher education is being driven slowly down a cul-de-sac

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Usually, government policy focuses on reasonably clear policy pathways. We have Programmes for Government, policy documents, Departmental revamps and ‘Ireland 2040’ visions for the future. These policies can be criticised or supported, but at least the strategy is clear. But where is the government’s strategy for higher education? …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 November]

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Underfunding means our universities will suffer not benefit from Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities lack the investment to benefit from Brexit – another fall out of gross underfunding of higher education by government, says UCC IFUT member, Rosarii Griffin. UCC Researchers recently organised a discussion on the plight of researchers on temporary contracts, a Researcher Career Framework, and the importance of research to the University life, both nationally and internationally …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 November]

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Third Level Funding

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

IrelandCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to a national campaign co-ordinated across seven universities regarding a shortfall in funding (details supplied); the steps he is taking to remedy this situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 November]

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‘Cramped, inflexible and uncomfortable … our students deserve better’ – no investment in NUIG library in nearly 20 years

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s James Hardiman Library has not been invested in or improved upon since 1999, SIN has learned. The other six Irish universities have made investments of at least €20 million in the past ten years to modernise their library buildings, by either extending or replacing them. NUI Galway has made no such investments …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, SIN, 6 November]

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Saving Our Spark

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Save our Spark campaign will fail and it will do so because the institutions have never been transparent enough about how they spend their money. People, including academics in the institutions themselves, see new buildings being constructed, grounds being landscaped, the student ‘experience’ being improved, and new initiatives of all kinds been rolled out, and they wonder where all the money is coming from …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 5 November]

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A Week of Shouting About the Third-Level Sector’s Disarray

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

Ireland“Not so long ago, talking out loud about the decline of Ireland’s higher education sector was considered somewhat aberrant behaviour. As Tom Boland, the then-CEO of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), told the Royal Irish Academy in 2015, Ireland could not risk the reputational damage of stakeholders ‘shouting from the rooftops’ about the impact of the funding crisis …” (more)

[University Times, 22 October]

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‘RTÉ – This Week’ on third level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As Richard Bruton left the Department of Education this week, he left for his successor one big decision to make: what to do about third level education funding. It’s been two years since the publication of the Cassells Report …” (podcast)

[RTÉ – This Week, 21 October]

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Universities and USI criticise Budget

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has expressed its disappointment with the Government’s budget last week for failing to address the number issues facing the third-level education sector …” (more)

[College Tribune, 19 October]

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HEA boss quit over his ‘serious concerns’ on funding issues

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The outgoing boss of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) quit amid ‘serious concerns’, including a claim there has been a failure to resolve funding issues in the sector. HEA chief executive Dr Graham Love announced his shock decision to resign in August after less than 18 months in the job …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 18 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor underlines 20% increase in investment levels in Higher Education in three years since 2016 following announcements in Budget 2019 while launching Maynooth University Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022

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

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, speaking this morning in Maynooth University highlighted her role in securing agreement in the recent Budget for the €300m multiannual Human Capital Initiative (HCI) for Higher Education (HE) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 October]

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Joe McHugh is Inheriting a Higher Education Sector Riddled With Problems

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

Ireland“It was with relatively little fanfare that Richard Bruton’s tenure as Minister for Education came to a close, with Bruton shifted to the Department of Communications by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and landed with the unenviable task of salvaging the mess that the national broadband plan has become …” (more)

[Matthew Murphy, University Times, 16 October]

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At Higher Education Town Hall, Students at Cross Purposes

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) this evening appealed to students for their views on the future of the campaign for higher education funding, with divisions emerging between those calling for a single-issue education campaign and those arguing for a wider social movement encompassing housing …” (more)

[Aisling Marren and Ciannait Khan, University Times, 16 October]

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