Ministers Humphreys and McHugh announce €4.6m in Government funding through the Regional Technology Clustering Fund

Posted in Research on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Twelve successful applicants representing Academic Institutions from across all regions have secured funding for their projects
Speaking ahead of a special Cabinet meeting on jobs in Trim, Co Meath, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD and Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today announced the results of the Regional Technology Clustering Fund, the first annual competitive fund of its kind …” (more)

[DBEI, 6 December]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

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

IrelandDarragh O’Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of plans to establish funding mechanisms for institutes of technology to support the development of their student accommodation capacity …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 December]

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‘Once-off’ emergency allocation from soaring corporation tax income needed for higher education, says IFUT

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called on the government to allocate emergency ‘once-off’ monies from the soaring Corporation tax intake to address the crisis in third-level funding. Responding to the latest Corporation tax intake for 2018, which has soared to over €10bn, Frank Jones, Deputy General Secretary of IFUT, said ‘Higher education colleges produce the highly qualified graduates that supply expertise to the multinational companies that pay Corporation tax’ …” (more)

[IFUT, 29 November]

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University Funding

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

Ireland“Frank Jones, Deputy General Secretary of IFUT, speaks to Mary about university funding” (mp3).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 29 November]

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Allocation of €5m Performance Funding for 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The HEA wish to announce the allocation of €5m in Performance Funding for 2019 following the submission of Impact Assessment Case Studies from Higher Education Institutions in September …” (more)

[Laura Austin, HEA, 26 November]

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Institutes of Technology Funding – Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2019 by steve

IrelandDarragh O’Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of steps to establish funding mechanisms for institutes of technology to support the development of their student accommodation capacity …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 November]

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Higher Education Institutions – Funding

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

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of the additional contribution by the State, exclusive of that funded by employers, in respect of pay restoration; the amount to meet demographic increases; the amount that represented a real additional investment in higher education institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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Third Level Funding – Discussions

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

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has had meetings with his officials recently to discuss third level policy funding …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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Third Level Funding – Cassells Report

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

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a commitment has not been given to address the future funding of third level education; the further reason no response has been given on the Cassells report since it was first published three years ago; the representations he has made to the European Commission regarding its decision on funding options; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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Third Level Funding – Allocations

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

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of funding provided to the higher education sector in each of the years 2015 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; the projected funding allocated for 2020; the amount of the additional funding allocated funded by employers via increases in the national training fund levy; and the amount funded directly by the Exchequer …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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No Higher Education Funding Plans to be Ready for Next Election

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The government is unlikely propose any firm policies for higher education funding in an upcoming general election, after instead appointing a group of financial management consultants on a 12-month contract to examine the best way forward for the sector …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 18 November]

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Higher education sector has ‘failed to make case for funding’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The higher education and research sector has failed to convince successive governments of the business case for investment at an adequate level, a conference organised by the British Irish Chamber of Commerce has heard. At its second annual conference on higher education and research, the chamber called on policymakers to pursue closer ties with UK universities in order to realise Ireland’s potential to become a global research centre post-Brexit …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 18 November]

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Ministers announce awarding of EU contract for review regarding increasing the sustainability of higher and further education provision in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD have today (Monday 18 November 2019) announced that a contract has been awarded by the Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) of the European Commission for an economic review to be conducted on increasing future sustainability of higher and further education provision in Ireland and the associated assessment of future funding options for the tertiary education sector …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 November]

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Third Level Funding

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

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the investment made in public and private higher education as a proportion of national income, that is GDP and GNI; the way in which this compares to key competitor countries such as the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 November]

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Minister Joe McHugh accused of having ‘no vision or direction’ for third-level funding shortages

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

Ireland“Minister Joe McHugh has been accused of stonewalling an Oireachtas Committee for a year-and-a-half on the future of third-level education. The chair of the Education Committee has said the funding crisis at third-level is being ignored by the Government, which has yet to start value-for-money report on the three proposed funding options for higher education …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 11 November]

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Groundhog Day At The Department Of Education As Govt Re-Announce Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne has said the constant re-announcement of funding for projects is raising false hopes for third level education. His comments come as the Government held yet another glossy launch for its Human Capital Initiative, a project first announced in 2018 …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 9 November]

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An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar joins Ministers to launch €300 million Human Capital Initiative and Future Jobs Ireland Skills and Talent Pillar

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD today (Thursday 7th November) joined Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD. to launch the €300 million Human Capital Initiative and the Skills and Talent pillar of Future Jobs Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 7 November]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce €90m Technological University transformative fund at launch of Technological University Research Network report

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

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (6 November 2019) welcomed the report of the TU Research Network (TURN): Connectedness and Collaboration enabled by Connectivity, which was presented to the Department by the TURN high level working group …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 6 November]

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Higher Education’s Stakeholders are Now Disagreeing – Publicly – on Basic Policy Issues

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

Ireland“The fall of Ireland’s top universities in international rankings has for a number of years teetered on the verge of becoming a national embarrassment. But perhaps even more embarrassing is that this week, two of the most powerful figures in Irish higher education took entirely antithetical stances on how to tackle the problem …” (more)

[University Times, 28 October]

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Minister announces €500,000 to support Irish Higher Education Institutions preparing for the pilot European Universities Initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (24 October) launched a call for applications for financial support for eligible Irish higher education institutions (HEIs), in advance of the second call of the European Universities Initiative by the European Commission …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 October]

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