IFUT critical of lack of funding for third-level education in Budget

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has expressed disappointment at the absence of any specific direct funding initiatives to support third-level education in this year’s Budget …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 10 October]

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HEA welcomes steps in the right direction in Budget 2018

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

Ireland“€60 million extra for Higher Education in 2018 is a small but significant step in the right direction. When allied to €200 million in public private partnerships, over €250 million in direct capital expenditure over the next four years and a separate allocation to cover national wage agreements, this signposts a change in direction for Higher Education in Ireland …” (more)

[Graham Love, Higher Education Authority, 11 October]

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Employers to contribute €200 million to higher education

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

Ireland“The annual levy employers pay towards higher education will be raised, contributing €200 million to the funding of higher education for the next three years. The proposed increase was laid out in Budget 2018. The National Training Fund (NTF) levy, incorporated into the employer’s share of PRSI, will to be raised from 0.7% to 0.8% next year, which would raise €47.5 million additional funding for the higher and further education sectors, according to Minister of Finance, Paschal Donohoe …” (more)

[Sarah Meehan and Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 10 October]

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Further education funding to be linked with performance

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

Ireland“Funding for further education courses is to be linked with high performance under a new funding model to be rolled out shortly. More than 200,000 people participate in further education courses each year, including school-leavers and adults seeking ‘second chance’ education. However, in a report over the summer the Department of Public Expenditure found there was a ‘fragmented’ and “disjointed” approach to the way more than €800 million was being spent in the sector …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 October]

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€47.5m Increase in Funding For Higher Education in Budget 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The government has announced a €47.5 million increase in funding for the higher and further education sector in today’s Budget 2018, a significant increase in financial support as the sector waits for a final decision on a funding model. The government will also make €310 million available to 2021 to address the infrastructure needs of the sector …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 10 October]

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Funding third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I am glad to see The Irish Times has highlighted the third-level student demonstration against student loans and the underfunding of this sector (News, October 4th and 5th). In 2008, the Department of Education contributed €8,100 per student in our institutes of technology, while in 2017 it is spending only €3,950 per student …” (more)

[Fabian McGrath, Irish Times, 10 October]

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Employers to get say on courses in exchange for rise in payroll levy

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Businesses are set to be given a greater say in shaping the type of higher education and training courses to be delivered over the coming years in exchange for increases to a payroll levy likely to be announced in this week’s budget. The Government has been examining a proposal to raise up to €200 million through increases to a national training fund levy …” (more)

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

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Third-level funding a ‘whole-of-society issue’, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third-level funding and planning are issues that affect every part of our economy and society. The crisis in the sector can no longer be ignored and must be addressed in the forthcoming Budget, Frank Jones, Deputy General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), said …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 4 October]

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TUI calls for application of corporation tax levy to highlight higher education funding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ahead of next week’s Budget, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is calling for the application of an additional 1% levy to corporation tax to create a dedicated fund for investment in higher education. The union has highlighted how such a measure would have raised an additional €588m in funding for the sector in 2016 …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 4 October]

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Q&A: What’s the student protest about?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandQ. What’s today’s student protest about? In essence it’s about the need to invest in our cash-strapped third level education system – but it’s also a warning shot by students ahead of the budget to say a loan scheme is not the answer …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Students set for Dublin march against loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of students are set to march through the capital on Wednesday to voice their opposition to student loan scheme and to call for greater public investment in cash-strapped colleges. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) says many institutes of technology, in particular, are being starved of resources yet there is no long-term plan to tackle the problem …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Funding higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your editorial may inadvertently have given a misleading impression of the scale of the funding challenge in Irish higher education (‘Higher education – time to invest’, October 2nd) …” (more)

[Aedín Doris, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Sinn Féin tackles under-investment in Education system with Budget 2018 proposals – Kathleen Funchion TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education Kathleen Funchion TD has said that Sinn Féin would tackle under-investment in all levels of Education from a child’s earliest years to third level. Speaking after the party’s Alternative Budget launch at the Davenport Hotel this afternoon, Deputy Funchion said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 3 October]

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The Answer to the Higher Education Funding Crisis Is Not to Raise Student Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When thinking about ways to address the central challenges we face in our system of education, it is important to begin by acknowledging one undeniable fact: our universities have a truly remarkable record of delivering for Irish society. At third level we have moved from a small, exclusive sector – effectively closed to large sections of society – to having one of the world’s highest levels of qualifications …” (more)

[Thomas Byrne, University Times, 3 October]

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Third-level in crisis: We have learnt nothing from past errors

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There is a crisis in higher education funding, but you would be hard-pushed to believe it listening to Irish politicians. In the last decade — until it was reversed this year — a series of annual cuts saw State investment in higher education cut by a third. This drop in funding equated to close to €500m in annual income to the seven universities, 14 institutes of technology, and the handful of other colleges also directly funded by the taxpayer …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 October]

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Avoiding excessive student debt

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last year in Ireland the Cassells Report (Investing in National Ambition: A Strategy for Funding Higher Education) offered three options for funding higher education. The third of these (deferred payment of fees through income-contingent loans) was clearly seen as the best option …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 October]

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Still no college funding model in upcoming budget

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Richard Bruton will be unable, in next week’s budget, to deliver any long-term outline of a third-level funding model. Despite his previous plans to have a political agreement on whether to significantly increase taxpayer investment or introduce an income-contingent student loans scheme, neither is now expected to be announced …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 October]

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Higher education: time to invest to match our ambition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s higher education system has a critical role to play in creating jobs, raising living standards and supporting an open and tolerant society. In turbulent times,the quality of our third-level sector is even more important in supporting economic growth and fulfilling the potential of our students …” (more)

[Irish Times, 2 October]

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Fianna Fáil urges Government to tackle ‘funding crisis’ in colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil says it is insisting in talks with the Government that next week’s budget should set aside up to €100 million for higher education to help tackle a ‘funding crisis’. It also says it wants a reduction in the pupil-teacher ratio at primary level at school which is a condition of its support for the Government under its confidence-and-supply agreement …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 October]

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IT Lecturers protest over funding for third level

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at the Institutes of Technology in Sligo and Letterkenny are staging protests this lunchtime over funding. The demonstrations are being held at ITs right around the country at the same time as a similar protest outside the Higher Education Authority offices in Dublin where members of the TUI will march to the Dail …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 27 September]

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