Colleges risk losing funding if sexual consent classes not provided

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Teaching on March 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“All third-level colleges should be obliged to provide classes on sexual consent for students or risk losing State funding, a Government-commissioned report has recommended. The report follows rising concern over the level of rape and sexual assault on college campuses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Capital investment of €13.7m announced for IT Sligo under Project Ireland 2040

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced a €13.7m capital allocation towards significant building upgrades in IT Sligo. The funding is being provided under Project Ireland 2040 which commits to exchequer investments of €2.2 billion in Ireland’s higher education infrastructure over the coming decade …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 March]

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Students’ Union Heads Call for Protests on Higher Education Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of all third-level students’ unions as well as the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have come together to call for protests to demand increased funding for colleges in Ireland in an open letter …” (more)

[Ross Malervy, University Times, 11 March]

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Poll on third-level fees is a smokescreen

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your article ‘State and students “should bear cost” of third-level education’ (News, March 4th) raises questions as to why the Higher Education Authority decided to ask the public how higher education should be funded and on the methodology of the opinion poll …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 8 March]

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Live horse and you’ll get grass!

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For the past decade higher education institutions, staff and students have been forced to survive on a mantra from government of ‘live horse and you’ll get grass’. But on 20th February last, the Department of Education and Skills held a novel ‘Stakeholders Consultation on Higher Education’, on the site of the newly launched Technological University of Dublin, to discuss a brighter future …” (more)

[IFUT, 6 March]

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UCD Sports Clubs told to Support Student Levy or Face Funding Cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sports club auditors were tonight handed a document by UCD Staff calling for their support to maintain the student levy at its current rate or else face cuts to student services across campus. The document handed to auditors mentions that certain clubs would face closures, be forced to pay rent for facilities and would see supports for teams reduced if the levy was not continued …” (more)

[Aaron Bowman, College Tribune, 4 March]

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State and students ‘should bear cost’ of third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The public believes the State should pay at least half the share of third-level education fees, with a quarter funded by students and their families and the remaining balance from businesses. They are the findings of a poll of more than 1,000 adults conducted by the Higher Education Authority into public perceptions of the third-level system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 March]

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National Training Fund: Statements

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2019 by steve

IrelandJohn Halligan (Waterford, Independent): I am grateful for this opportunity to discuss the National Training Fund. This is an important and worthwhile fund and I will give the House as much information as I can on it. Funding is allocated by the Minister for Education and Skills with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform in accordance with the provisions of the National Training Fund Act 2000 …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 28 February]

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Underfunded Irish universities are ‘systems in danger’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Tuesday 29th January, the Director of Governance and Funding for the European Universities Association (EUA), Thomas Estermann said at a seminar organised by the Irish Universities Association (IUA), that despite the increase in funding to Irish universities in 2017 and 2018 after a decades of cuts, ‘the long-term sustainability of the higher education system in Ireland remains an issue …'” (more)

[Dylan O’Neill, University Observer, 19 February]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the breakdown of the €15 million allocation for 2019 for a college (details supplied); the date in 2019 the project will commence; if this will be impacted by the cost overrun with the national children’s hospital; if he has been consulted by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 February]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor allocate €23 million in funding under the new Higher Education Innovation and Transformation Fund

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced that 22 projects across 23 educational institutions have been awarded a total of €23 million under the new Innovation and Transformation Fund …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 February]

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The university fees conversation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Many students will be familiar with the process of applying for a grant from Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). It is a long process which demands attention and various details of the student and their families finances. Many students find it a confusing process. Although, not just for students it seems …” (more)

[Taidgh Beahan, The College View, 6 February]

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Galway City Council pass Unanimous Motion in Support of more funding for Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the unanimous vote from Galway City Councillors which calls on the government to act on the Cassells Report and provide a sustainable funding model for third level education. Councillors are well placed to understand the real pressures that students and families are under …” (more)

[IUA, 4 February]

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‘If society values third level education, we need to find a way to pay for it’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh is looking to make his mark. The 13th president of NUI Galway (National University of Ireland, Galway) has a legacy to leave in the city that first set him upon a path to becoming one of Ireland’s top academics. Just over one year into his new job, Ó hÓgartaigh is embarking on a plan to develop a part of the university’s assets that is falling into disrepair …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 1 February]

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The Irish Times view on higher education: a system at risk

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Our higher education system is vital to creating jobs, raising living standards and supporting our citizens to reach their full potential. However, the impact of almost a decade of spending cuts, rising student numbers and a cap on hiring permanent academic staff has taken its toll …” (more)

[Irish Times, 31 January]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his position on the future funding of third level education; if student loans will be ruled out as a means of raising funding for the sector; the details of the recent application to the European Commission to carry out a detailed economic analysis of third level education funding here; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 January]

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Third-level system ‘in danger’ from underfunding and rising student numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is one of just two European countries where the third-level education system is ‘in danger’ due to a funding shortfall and rising student numbers, according to new research. Research by Thomas Estermann of the European Universities Association shows third-level funding in Ireland as a share of gross domestic product was half of what it was in 2017 compared to 2012 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 January]

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Ireland’s third level education system classified as ‘in danger’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A top European academic is warning that Ireland is one of two European countries with a third level education system classified as ‘in danger’ due to the shortfall in funding while the number of students has increased …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 January]

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Irish universities sector ‘in danger’ due to funding shortfall

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish universities sector is one of just two European countries with a third level system deemed ‘in danger’, due to a shortfall in funding and increased student numbers, a seminar due to be held in Dublin this morning will hear. The Director of Governance and Funding at the European Universities Association (IUA) will tell the meeting, organised by the Irish Universities Association, that his research has found both Ireland and Serbia are ‘systems in danger’ as a result …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 January]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the capital investment allocated to each institute of technology and university for the years 2019 to 2021, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 January]

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