Slashing of 3rd Level research funding risking Ireland’s future economic prosperity

Posted in Research on February 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Innovation, and Enterprise, Niall Collins has said that the future health of the Irish economy is being put at risk by the failure of Minister Mitchell O’Connor to adequately fund 3rd level research …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 February]

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Third Level Funding – Demographic Growth

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount his Department has provided for demographic growth in the higher education sector for the next five years; the amount provided in budget 2017; if the figure provided is taken into account when calculating the fiscal space; the number of staff who have been hired over each of the past five years specifically to address demographic growth in the higher education sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 February]

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Seminar: Peter Cassells, ‘Funding Higher Education: How And Why?’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ISPA, in association with the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at UCD, will host this seminar. It will consist of a presentation from Peter Cassells with an opportunity afterwards for questions and discussion. The seminar is free to attend and ISPA membership forms will be available on the night …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 February]

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New UCC President Patrick O’Shea – ‘It’s not rocket science to fund universities’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“He fears being likened to John Wayne’s Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man — but it is more than an accent that Patrick O’Shea brings home from the US to the president’s office at University College Cork. After 37 years away from his alma mater, the former vice-president and head of research at University of Maryland sees little reason why some of the philosophies underlying American higher education can not be applied here …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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Review of the Funding Allocation Model for Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The HEA is currently undertaking a review of the model for allocating recurrent grant funding to universities, institutes of technology and colleges. This is a critical exercise that will shape the future direction, performance and impact of higher education …” (more)

[Higher Education Authority, 28 January]

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Third Level Funding – Student Loan Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has read the USI position paper on the funding of higher education regarding the effects a loan scheme would have on students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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Third Level Admissions Assistance

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the specific measures he plans in order to deal with concerns regarding third level student support and funding challenges for third level institutions …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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Provost claims ‘we’re all coming from the same place’ on funding issue in TCDSU Council address

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The provost of Trinity, Patrick Prendergast, spoke to Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council this evening. Introducing him, TCDSU President Kieran McNulty thanked the provost for ‘various initiatives’, such as the proposed Student Centre, and noted that it was an uncertain time for the college, not least due to the ongoing funding crisis …” (more)

[Cathal Kavanagh, Trinity News, 24 January]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will address the ongoing funding issues regarding institutes of technology across the country and in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 January]

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Priority Questions: Third Level Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 20th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will take on board concerns represented by the Union of Students in Ireland and other representative groups if an income contingent loan scheme is established on the basis of the Cassells report; his views on whether it is a viable solution to third level funding as a graduate debt of more than €20,000 will create a two-tier system of higher education, furthering inequality in society; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 18 January]

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Higher Education Can Benefit Ireland, But to do so it Needs to be Invested In

Posted in Governance and administration on January 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Those of us lucky enough to receive a higher education in Ireland derive benefit from it, as do our families and our communities. Indeed, over time the economy and the state are fundamentally shaped by successive generations of graduates …” (more)

[Vincent Cunnane, University Times, 7 January]

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€14m of education budget to tackle increasing numbers of third-level student

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“€14m of the government’s investment in third-level education announced in Budget 2017 will be allocated to dealing with the increasing numbers attending public-funded institutions. Minister for Education, Mr. Richard Bruton announced the breakdown of how the €36.5m allocated to third-level education will be invested yesterday …” (more)

[Seana Davis, Trinity News, 7 January]

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Funding increase for Higher Level Education welcome, but must be sustained over lifetime of government – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson, Thomas Byrne TD has said that the €36.5 million additional funding that has been released to the Higher Education sector is a direct result of Fianna Fáil applying pressure on the Government. ‘Today’s announcement of the re-starting of investment into our 3rd and 4th level educational institutions is welcome news. It comes after years of underinvestment by Fine Gael and Labour while in government …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 5 January]

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Minister Bruton announces breakdown of €36.5m Third Level spend

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD, has today published a detailed breakdown of the additional €36.5m which is being allocated to Higher Education in Budget 2017. During the last decade, student numbers have increased by 38,000 while spending was cut by 33%. The additional allocation of €36.5m to higher education is the first significant investment in higher education for 9 years …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 January]

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Education Committee Members Challenge Fine Gael Funding ‘Agenda’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton’s, desire for ‘consensus’ on a new funding model for higher education has been challenged by a number of Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee members …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 22 December]

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Students to suffer if risks to quality of third-level education not addressed

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Growing risks to the quality of third-level education in Ireland due to a lack of funding are highlighted in a new report from the Higher Education Authority (HEA). It warns the ‘system is approaching a point where the available resources will not be able to assure adequate quality of provision’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 December]

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Quality of Irish graduates at risk due to funding shortages

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The quality of graduates from Irish third-level institutions is at risk following a sharp fall in public funding and rising students numbers over recent years, according to the Higher Education Authority. The authority’s annual performance report shows that universities and institutes of technology have expanded to accommodate an additional 15,000 students in the space of just three years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 December]

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Third Level Costs: Income-contingent Loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 16th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he proposes to carry out a technical study on the merits or otherwise of the income contingent loan model of funding put forward as an option in the recent Cassells report …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 December]

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A dozen education issues set to dominate 2017

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Here are 12 issues you are likely to hear plenty about in Irish education next year, ranging from the baptism barrier to student loan schemes and from industrial action to preschool problems …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 December]

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Monday Interview: ‘Universities need to charge an extra €2,000 a year per student’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Universities need to charge an extra €2,000 per student a year to fund their education properly, according to Maynooth University president, Professor Philip Nolan. He added that students and the Government should share that extra cost evenly, through the introduction of the proposed income-contingent loan scheme …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 December]

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