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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Minister for Education announces new employer investment mechanism for higher education

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, have announced the launch of a new consultation process on a proposed Exchequer-Employer Investment Mechanism, which will operate from 2018 onwards …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 13 March]

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Employers to be asked to pay extra €200m a year to fund higher and further education

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

Ireland“The Government is seeking an extra €200m a year from employers to help fund higher and further education and training. Employers currently pay about €390m a year through a National Training Fund Levy, but the Government wants that to increase by almost 50% by 2020 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 March]
[The consultation paper is here]

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After Calls from Student and Trade Unions, Government Suggests Raising Employer Levy to Fund Third Level

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

Ireland“The government has recommended an increase in the yearly levy it applies to employers, following calls from students’ and trade unions. If introduced, according to a report published today, it could contribute as much as €200 million to higher education …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 10 March]

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Is big business the answer to the third-level funding crisis?

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

Ireland“Last year the computer chip giant Intel announced a sponsorship and mentoring programme for master’s students at University College Dublin. Science and maths students will be selected to receive ongoing support and assistance from the company to learn key skills that are directly aligned to the needs of industry …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 March]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the process and timeframe for the Government’s decision on the options laid out in the Cassells report on funding for third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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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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