The data vacuum at the heart of education policy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister now wants universities (including the soon-to-be technological universities) to focus on filling skills gaps in the economy. These gaps are said to be mainly in ‘STEM’. Naturally enough, IBEC is happy because they are always happy with policies that transfer the costs of industrial and business training over to the taxpayer …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 16 January]

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Urgent need to tackle underfunding of higher education, universities warn

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have warned of the ‘urgent need’ to deal with underfunding of higher education. While they welcomed a new funding model for the sector, they said ambitious Government targets to become the best education system in Europe could be delivered only with increased investment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 January]

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Public funding of autonomous universities: living with the complexities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Some years ago, when I was still President of Dublin City University, I attended a meeting between Irish government officials and university heads to discuss national higher education strategy. At one point the conversation focused on university autonomy. Everyone agree that such autonomy is vital for an internationally successful higher education system; but what exactly did ‘autonomy’ mean? It quickly became clear that each of the the two groups had a very different understanding of the term …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 January]

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Overall plan not piecemeal policies needed for education, says IFUT

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for the issuing of a comprehensive plan for development of third-level education by government instead of piecemeal announcements that perpetuate uncertainty and underfunding. The announcement by Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, of financial penalties for misconduct, filing late accounts or giving misleading reports of governance issues do not constitute reform to higher-education funding …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 15 January]

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Reform of higher education funding welcome

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

Ireland“Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today broadly welcomed the significant reforms announced by Government to link higher education funding to the delivery of key national priorities. Implementation of these reforms with committed resources must be a Government priority for 2018 …” (more)

[IBEC, 15 January]

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IUA welcomes publication of Expert Panel Report on Funding Model but structural funding deficit remains

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

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes the publication of the Expert Panel Report on the Review of the Allocation Model for Higher Education Funding. The government has set out its initial response and we look forward to working with the Department of Education and Skills and the Higher Education Authority to develop the detailed implementation of these high level objectives …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 15 January]

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HEA welcomes publication of Funding Allocation Model Review and revised System Performance Framework

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

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority welcomes the publication today of the Review of the Allocation Model for Funding Higher Education Institutions and the Higher Education System Performance Framework 2018–2020 by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, Higher Education Authority, 15 January]

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Cornerstone Reform of Higher Education

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced reforms which will link funding of higher education institutions to the delivery of key national priorities, including better alignment to skill needs of the economy, higher levels of performance and innovation, expansion of research; particularly with enterprise partners, better access for students at a disadvantage and improving lifelong and flexible learning opportunities …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 January]

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Colleges misusing funds face financial penalties

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

Ireland“A system of financial penalties that will punish third-level colleges for misuse of public funds is being introduced later this year. It is one of a number of measures being prioritised in a reformed model for funding higher education that will be announced today by Education Minister Richard Bruton and Junior Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 January]

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Calls for action on college funding

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

Ireland“Radical reforms of how third-level colleges share public investment will have little effect unless the Government decides soon how to deal with a funding crisis in the sector, the experts who designed the reforms have warned. The additional funding needed by universities and institutes of technology will be as much as €600m a year by 2020, according to the Cassells Report published by Education Minister Richard Bruton in July 2016 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 January]

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Third-level colleges to face penalties for misconduct

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

Ireland“Third-level colleges will face financial penalties for misconduct such as unauthorised payments for staff, filing late accounts or giving misleading reports of governance issues. The measures are contained in reforms to the way higher-education institutions are funded from this year onwards …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 January]

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Divert ‘Apple tax’ to fund third-level education, says IFUT

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

Ireland“Last week in the Sunday Independent, outgoing President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne, proposed to double student fees and introduce student loans to resolve the university funding crisis. Fee hikes of this magnitude would inevitably impact on access to third-level education for many students and families. It would also force many students into significant debt and make the dream of acquiring a family home even more remote for tens of thousands of our young people …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 9 January]

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A Reminder That Increased Fees Aren’t The Only Solution to The Crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It was perhaps unsurprising that the President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne, came out in favour of doubling tuition fees just as he is preparing to bid farewell to the institution he served for 10 years. Browne is of course not the only one arguing that universities need the government to increase fees and introduce a loan scheme to alleviate the financial drought that universities are currently experiencing …” (more)

[University Times, 7 January]

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The issues set to dominate Irish education in 2018

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 2nd, 2018 by steve

IrelandTeacher supply. We’ve ambition in spades when it comes to becoming the best in Europe. But there’s a major problem: where are we going to find the qualified teachers to teach key subjects? Many schools currently report acute difficulties recruiting teachers for Stem and languages …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 January]

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Greater share of €2m fund for part-time learners

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Colleges that cater for more part-time and online learners have been rewarded with a greater share of a €2m fund in support of lifelong learning. University College Dublin is to receive more than €250,000, the largest amount being paid out for lifelong learning initiatives through the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 December]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor visits students in Trinity College Dublin to announce allocation of €2 million in funding for Lifelong Learning Initiatives in Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today 27th of December 2017 visited Trinity College Dublin to announce the allocation of €2 million in funding for Lifelong and Flexible Funding initiatives in Higher Education. In announcing the funding, Minister Mitchell O’Connor pointed to the importance of making progress in this area …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 December]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces ring fenced funding for the Castlebar campus of GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today 15th December 2017 published the report of the Working Group on the future of the Castlebar campus of GMIT. The Working Group was established by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and the then Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, in March 2017. The objective of the Working group was to formulate a plan for the sustainable future of the GMIT Mayo Campus in Castlebar …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 December]

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The cross-subsidy of research by teaching is a myth

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“Research is loss-making. This is perhaps the most frequently uttered mantra of modern university life in the UK. Vice-chancellors on headline-grabbing salaries, who claim to run today’s universities with the same precision chief executives employ to run multinational businesses, tell us that the only way that their institutions can afford to carry out their most unique activity – research – is to subsidise it via teaching and other income streams …” (more)

[Peter Coveney and Christopher Greenwell, Times Higher Education, 14 December]

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Gulf in funding between European university sectors ‘is widening’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“The European university funding divide is getting wider, with many countries in Southern, Central and Eastern Europe failing to repair cuts to public spending made since the financial crisis despite an economic recovery, and so falling further behind better-funded systems in the north …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 12 December]

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Ring-fenced funding of €3.75m announced to safeguard future of Mayo GMIT campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has tonight published the report of the working group on the future of the Castlebar campus of GMIT. The report provides a wide-ranging assessment of the context within which the campus is currently operating, and outlines a proposed vision for the Mayo facility …” (more)

[Connacht Telegraph, 15 December]

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