IUA calls for student action in TCDSU town hall on higher education funding

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

Ireland“The Director General of the Irish Universities Association (IUA) Jim Miley called on Trinity students this evening to ‘put pressure on politicians’ and make higher education funding a political issue. Speaking to a Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) town hall meeting, Miley declared that ‘the state has sat back and refused to make a clear policy position’ on funding for higher education …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 16 October]

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Limerick IT awarded funding to work towards technological university status

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

Ireland“The Limerick Institute of Technology has been allocated €50,000 in funding from the Department of Education to work towards acquiring technological university status. According to the Department, the funding aims to ‘strengthen collaborative regional clustering and co-operation between higher education and further education and training institutions, including on a cross-border basis, and multi-campus integration’ …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 16 October]

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New Minister for Education must make fees funding decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the new Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, needs to rule out student loan schemes. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The Government has been sitting on the report carried out by Peter Cassells into the future of higher education funding for months now. Three options were laid on the table, one of which is publicly funded higher education. The onus is on Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor to get the ball rolling on this extremely important issue …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 15 October]

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USI welcome the announcement today that Deputy Joe McHugh will be taking over the position of Minister for Education and Skills

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

Ireland“We would like to wish Minister Richard Bruton well in his new role. The third level education funding crisis will be the real test for any new Minister in the Department of Education and Skills, and we look forward to working collaboratively and proactively with Deputy McHugh. Minister McHugh’s appointment comes in the aftermath of Budget 2019 …” (more)

[USI, 15 October]

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Colleges in ‘crisis’ seeking public’s help on funding

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

Ireland“The seven universities are taking their campaign for increased funding beyond Leinster House by seeking public support for a petition to back increased funding for higher education. In a significant departure from traditional lobbying in the higher education sector, a €250,000-plus budget is being invested by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) in a multi-media campaign to promote awareness of the issues facing them …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 October]

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€100m Investment a Vote of Confidence and a Sign of Straight Priorities

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

Ireland“Yesterday morning, on what should have been a serene and uneventful news day for Trinity students the College announced a major funding injection from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for several of its long-term building projects. If Trinity manages to see all of its grandiose plans to the end, the campus will have entirely transformed by 2030 …” (more)

[University Times, 15 October]

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Universities send out an SOS to public for funding

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

Ireland“Ireland’s seven universities are turning to the public to put pressure on politicians to provide more State funding. The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has launched a campaign warning of the risk of a ‘serious drop in quality or a shortfall in places for students in the future’ if the funding crisis was not tackled urgently …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 October]

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Trinity College Dublin secures €100m 30-year loan from European Investment Bank

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has secured a long-term loan of €100 million from the European Investment Bank to fund four development projects on its campus. These include the soon-to-be-built €60 million E3 Institute, which brings together the subjects of engineering, energy and environment under one roof. The other projects include refurbishment of the arts block, an expansion of the school of law and new student accommodation at Trinity Hall in Dartry, Dublin 6 …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 14 October]

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Trinity College secures €100m loan from world’s largest internationally owned public bank

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has received the backing of a €100 million loan over a period of 30 years from the world’s largest internationally owned public bank. The loan, from the European Investment Bank, will contribute to four major developments at the university including the expansion of the school of law, the refurbishment of the arts block, a new student accommodation hall and an engineering and technologies initiative …” (more)

[Amy Molloy, Independent, 14 October]

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HEA Invests €800,000 in Four Institutes of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor announced €0.8 million funding for the institutes of technology in Letterkenny, Limerick, Athlone and Dundalk, as they transition into larger technological universities. The move comes after Mitchell O’Connor’s allocation of €11.2 million to third-level institutes in September …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 12 October]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor announces further €0.8 million funding allocation to support higher education landscape restructuring

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today (12th October 2018) announced a further €0.8 million in funding to four Institutes of Technology as the final element of the HEA 2018 call for funding submissions in relation to the development of technological university projects and other restructuring projects in the higher education landscape …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 12 October]

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LyIT to get €250,000 funding support

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister Joe McHugh has confirmed that LyIT is to benefit from further Government funding of €250,000 to support its cross-border links. The college is to receive the funding shortly and is in line for continued Government support on cross-border links and transformation to Technological University …” (more)

[Donegal Daily, 12 October]

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Students left out in the cold in Budget 2019 – Kathleen Funchion TD

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Kathleen Funchion TD has said that students have been completely forgotten in this year’s budget once again. Teachta Funchion said: ‘Year after year, budget after budget, students undertaking third level education are on their own under the current Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil government …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 10 October]

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The time for technological higher education is here and now

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Today’s budget statement sees an overall lift in higher education current expenditure enabled by the increase in the employer contribution under the National Training Levy. It’s not surprising then to see that the focus of the use of this funding is on programmes that are close to enterprise and that can be seen to have tangible economic and societal benefits …” (more)

[Joseph Ryan, THEA, 9 October]

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Higher Education needs Rainy Day Fund now not in future, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It is incredible that this year’s Budget set aside €1.5 billion for a future rainy day fund while higher education is drowning in an existential funding crisis that is being ignored, the Irish Federation University Teachers (IFUT) has stated. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said that …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 9 October]

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Teachers mark down minister for failing to end austerity-era cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Increased funding that will bring the Department of Education budget to a record high of €10.7bn next year drew a mixed response, including criticism of the failure to do more to end austerity-era cuts. The €674m includes €147m to meet pension and lump sum costs, a higher than usual allocation at this time …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 October]

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Comment: ‘Budget 2019 means students will be left out in the cold for another year, quite literally’

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

Ireland“There have been claims that Budget 2019 does ‘very little to address the growing crisis in third-level funding’. The Irish Universities Association has said that the extra €57m allotted to them ‘only allows the system to tread water’ and will impact on the education and prospect of the next generation of graduates …” (more)

[Independent, 9 October]

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IFUT criticise lack of higher education funding in today’s budget

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has today criticised Budget 2019 for what it sees as a lack of attention to higher education. The federation noted that ‘it is incredible that this year’s Budget set aside €1.5bn for a future rainy day fund while higher education is drowning in an existential funding crisis that is being ignored’. Budget 2019 was announced this afternoon by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 9 October]

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Education budget: Modest increase in school capitation funding

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

Ireland“A modest increase in school capitation funding and the creation of 1,300 new classroom posts are among the key education measures in Budget 2019. Overall, the education budget is set to increase by 7%, or almost €675 million, to a record sum of €10.8 billion next year. Much of the new funding will go towards keeping pace with our growing school-age population in the form of new buildings, training places and teaching staff …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 October]

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An unnerving lack of vision for Ireland’s education system in Budget 2019 – Byrne

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Education Spokesman Thomas Byrne TD has said today’s Budget 2019 announcement goes little or no way towards transforming the quality of our country’s education system. He said, ‘For the most part, Budget 2019 looks likely to change very little of the poor status quo in education …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 9 October]

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