Student Grant Scheme Expenditure

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to increase student funding over the next four years to at least the average rate of other high income western European EU countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Third Level Fees: Cost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost in 2018 for abolishing all third level fees, both capitation and tuition, for under graduate and post graduate …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Higher education underfunding ‘must be tackled to reap benefits of Brexit’

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

Ireland“The higher education system will lose out on opportunities presented by Brexit unless underfunding is tackled, a new report warns. Ireland will be the only English-speaking country in the EU after Brexit, apart from tiny Malta, putting it in a unique position to attract students and researchers, who might otherwise study or work in the UK …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 September]

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Ireland’s spend on students is well below the international average – and primary schools fare worst of all

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

Ireland“Ireland’s spend on students is well below the international average – and primary schools fare worst of all, according to a new report from the international think-tank the OECD. The country ranks 17th out of 32 around the world in terms of what the State devotes, on average, to individual students, from primary through to third level. At primary level alone, Ireland is 19th out of 32 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 September]

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More on Funding Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A few weeks ago I blogged on the % of state funding given to UCD and TCD. I have now updated it, below the fold. TL:DR – the state is no longer the largest funder …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 11 September]

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Funding undergraduate education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – On September 7th, two events occurred in Dublin, barely a kilometre apart, that demonstrate the policy inconsistency that besets Irish higher education. At the Royal Irish Academy, Maynooth University convened a seminar on the funding of undergraduate education, with a focus on income-contingent loans …” (more)

[Tom Boland, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Multinationals and funding third level

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – When announcing new jobs, foreign corporations cite our educated workforce, rather than our low corporation tax rate, as the main reason for operating in Ireland …” (more)

[Paddy Meyler, Irish Times, 26 August]

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Paying for third-level education

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

Ireland“Sir, – The article ‘Why a student loan system is the best way to fund third-level’ (August 22nd) is an example of how solving one aspect of a problem may result in many unwanted outcomes …” (more)

[Marie Humphries, Irish Times, 24 August]

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Solving the third level education crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“We spoke to Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education. Keelin Shanley began by asking her how concerned she is about where all of those students are going to live” (audio).

[RTÉ – News at One, 22 August]

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Why a student loan system is the best way to fund third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With the CAO points published this week, many parents are preparing to send their children to third level for the first time. Along with the understandable parental pride, there’s equally understandable angst over the hefty expense involved. The expected cost of financing a third-level student living at home is now just over €5,000 a year …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 August]

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Employers to help shape education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The National Training Fund (NTF) is set to receive up to €200 million in funding over the next three years from Ireland’s biggest employers in order to ‘win the war for talent’. That’s according to Education Minister Richard Bruton …” (more)

[Paul Saunders, Limerick Post, 15 August]

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Students Set to March Again in October, as Decision on Education Funding Draws Nearer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With decisions looming on the future of higher education funding, students will take to the streets once again on October 4th, as the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today announced proposed plans for their national demonstration …” (more)

[Ivan Rakhmanin, University Times, 15 August]

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Higher education: funding reform is vital

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The fact that Irish universities are experiencing a significant increase in applications from international students is encouraging. It indicates that despite a decade of funding cuts and rising student numbers, higher education in Ireland retains a good reputation abroad …” (more)

[Irish Times, 7 August]

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Higher spending is not the key to equity

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

“What is a reasonable balance between public and private funding of universities? The question would not arise if Western economies were prosperous enough that university costs increased no faster than rises in family incomes could manage in terms of higher tuition fees. But economic abundance seems remote in the short term …” (more)

[Warren Bebbington, Times Higher Education, 3 August]

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Further education spending is ‘disjointed’, claims review

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There is a ‘fragmented’ and ‘disjointed’ approach to the way more than €800 million is being spent on further education courses, a Government review has found. More than 200,000 people participate in further education courses each year, including school-leavers and adults seeking ‘second chance’ education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Government to Undertake Review of Higher Education, as Funding Debate Continues

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

Ireland“After years of underinvestment and rising student numbers, the government will carry out a review of the quality of Ireland’s higher education system. The review comes as Irish colleges await a decision on a new funding model for the sector …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 25 July]

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Pipers, Tunes and Payment in the Higher Education Sector

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Recent discussion on university funding has been on the basis of the Public Accounts Committee report. This, along with the RTÉ Prime-time Investigates program, has led to a perception of a state funded sector out of financial control. Both of these are wrong …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 24 July]

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Government’s Kowtowing to Employers in Response to Education Levy Sets a Risible Precedent

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This week, the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, reaffirmed that his department is still strongly considering marginally – and gradually – increasing the rate at which employers must pay into the National Training Fund, with a view to using the proceeds to increase funding to higher education. But why is it that he feels the need to kowtow to the sector as a result? …” (more)

[University Times, 16 July]

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Amid Talk of Increased Levy, Government Promises Employers Greater Impact on Education Policy

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

Ireland“The government has sought to address employer concerns about an increase in the contributions employers pay to higher education, offering them greater input into future decisions on the training and education in Ireland …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 14 July]

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UCD Income Increases, Despite Drop in State Funding

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

Ireland“UCD has released its financial statements for the 2015/2016 year. The statements reveal that despite a decrease of state funding, UCD experienced an increased overall income of 3.1% in the 2015/2016 academic year. State grants for UCD decreased by 2.3% from the previous academic year …” (more)

[Ruth Murphy, University Observer, 14 July]

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