1% corporate tax ‘would give us €550m more for education’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A special corporate tax levy of 1% has been proposed by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) to add more than €550m per annum to the Irish education sector. TUI general secretary John MacGabhann warned that adequate funding for the education sector was now of paramount importance …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 19 April]

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TUI urges 1% levy on corporation profits to fund higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government should introduce a 1% levy on corporation profits to generate a dedicated fund to finance higher education, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has urged. In an address to the union’s annual conference in Cork, its general secretary John MacGabhann said there was a funding crisis in third-level education which needed to be addressed urgently …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 18 April]

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For Students, a Decision on Funding Coming After the Summer is an Advantage

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“New reports in the national media that a decision on the future funding model for third-level education is unlikely to be made before the end of the summer don’t contradict what the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, had been saying. Over the last few months Bruton has outlined Budget 2018 as the target for ‘consensus’ on a new funding model …” (more)

[University Times, 16 April]

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1% levy on corporate profits to bridge 3rd-level fund gap

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A 1% levy on corporate profits could secure most of the €600m needed to bridge third-level funding gaps, a teachers’ union claims. The idea has been proposed by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) which represents 4,000 institute of technology lecturers, as a solution to the higher education funding crisis and to ease staffing shortages in many sectors …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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Corporate levy would comprehensively tackle higher education funding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has called for the application of a 1% levy on corporate profits to tackle the funding crisis afflicting the Irish higher education sector. The union has highlighted how such a measure would have raised an additional €549m in funding for the sector in 2015 …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 13 April]

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Third Level Staff-Student Ratio

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of reducing the academic staff to student ratio at third level; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 April]

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How to strangle an export industry

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Brexit, now that is is really happening, is going to cause a major strain on this country. In that context, and accepting that we don’t want to steal their boots while the body is still warm, it behooves Ireland to take every opportunity presented to take business from the UK …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 10 April]

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Higher Education Authority Funding

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

IrelandMaurice Quinlivan (Limerick City, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the budget allocation for higher education authority institutions for 2017 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 April]

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Trinity Lost €9.4m Last Year

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

Ireland“Trinity has posted a €9.4 million loss this year, significantly lower than the €34 million deficit predicted by the College in June 2016, one which had prompted fears that Trinity might run out of money …” (more)

[Róisín Power and John Conway, University Times, 6 April]

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Education Committee continue their examination of the future funding of higher education in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At a private session of the Joint Committee on Education and Skills this week, the Committee continued their work on the findings of the Report of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education. The Committee will put forward their recommendations, by way of report to Government, once detailed deliberations have concluded …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 6 April]

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Third Level Funding: Early Career Academics

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the fact that the shortfall in central funding to universities, in addition to the lack of overlap between funding schemes for academic posts and research staff, is narrowing options for early career stage academics and may lead to a loss of domestic talent; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 April]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandTommy Broughan (Dublin Bay North, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of his examinations of the Cassells report on the funding of third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 April]

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To Receive Funding, Irish Third-Level Institutions Require Efforts for Gender Balance

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new gender equality benchmarks required for universities to receive research funding will be a significant boost to Irish institutions battling with records of gender inequality, staff from universities across the country have told The University Times …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 5 April]

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Minister for Education carrying out technical evaluation for third level student loans – Pringle

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Responding to Deputy Pringle’s Dáil question the Minister for Education has revealed that he is to go ahead with implementing alternative funding options including employer contributions and is carrying out a ‘technical evaluation’ to consider the potential introduction of a student loan scheme …” (more)

[Thomas Pringle TD, 5 April]

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Student loan scheme deemed impractical by researchers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The feasibility of a student loan scheme where funds would be repaid by graduates after they reach a certain income level has been dismissed in research commissioned by the State’s institutes of technology. The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education is examining new proposals to fund the higher education system, which is in crisis following years of funding cuts and rising student numbers …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 3 April]

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‘USC-style levy’ to fund third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Universal Social Charge-style (USC) levy would be a better way to meet the funding needs of higher education than the proposed student loan system, according to new analysis. The loan scheme, suggested in the Cassells Report on future funding for third-level, would not work in Ireland and would cost the Exchequer €10bn over 12 years before it stabilised, said economist Dr Charles Larkin …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 April]

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Colleges running ‘significant deficits’

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

Ireland“Three institutes of technology continue to have ‘significant’ financial deficits, according to the Higher Education Authority (HEA). However, another three that were on the critical list last year are now balancing their books, the Public Accounts Committee was told yesterday …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 March]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBrian Ó Domhnaill (Fianna Fail): In context I raise the issue of third level funding in general, with particular reference to the Castlebar campus of GMIT which, like many institutes of technology, faces significant financial challenges, notwithstanding the fact that student numbers are growing at third and fourth level across the State. However, most of the buoyancy is within the universities sector and, unfortunately, the institutes of technology are struggling …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 28 March]

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Higher Education Institutions: Employer’s Contribution

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline his plans to increase the employer’s contribution to higher education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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Higher education ‘can thrive in Ireland after UK exit’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Brexit represents a major opportunity for Ireland’s higher education system, provided it gets the necessary State supports. The potential benefits include attracting more investment for research, more foreign students and more quality academics, but it will require investment and the right initiatives, the Oireachtas Education Committee was told …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 March]

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