Divert ‘Apple tax’ to fund third-level education, says IFUT

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

Ireland“Last week in the Sunday Independent, outgoing President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne, proposed to double student fees and introduce student loans to resolve the university funding crisis. Fee hikes of this magnitude would inevitably impact on access to third-level education for many students and families. It would also force many students into significant debt and make the dream of acquiring a family home even more remote for tens of thousands of our young people …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 9 January]

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A Reminder That Increased Fees Aren’t The Only Solution to The Crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It was perhaps unsurprising that the President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne, came out in favour of doubling tuition fees just as he is preparing to bid farewell to the institution he served for 10 years. Browne is of course not the only one arguing that universities need the government to increase fees and introduce a loan scheme to alleviate the financial drought that universities are currently experiencing …” (more)

[University Times, 7 January]

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The issues set to dominate Irish education in 2018

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 2nd, 2018 by steve

IrelandTeacher supply. We’ve ambition in spades when it comes to becoming the best in Europe. But there’s a major problem: where are we going to find the qualified teachers to teach key subjects? Many schools currently report acute difficulties recruiting teachers for Stem and languages …” (more)

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

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Greater share of €2m fund for part-time learners

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Colleges that cater for more part-time and online learners have been rewarded with a greater share of a €2m fund in support of lifelong learning. University College Dublin is to receive more than €250,000, the largest amount being paid out for lifelong learning initiatives through the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 December]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor visits students in Trinity College Dublin to announce allocation of €2 million in funding for Lifelong Learning Initiatives in Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today 27th of December 2017 visited Trinity College Dublin to announce the allocation of €2 million in funding for Lifelong and Flexible Funding initiatives in Higher Education. In announcing the funding, Minister Mitchell O’Connor pointed to the importance of making progress in this area …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 December]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces ring fenced funding for the Castlebar campus of GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today 15th December 2017 published the report of the Working Group on the future of the Castlebar campus of GMIT. The Working Group was established by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and the then Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, in March 2017. The objective of the Working group was to formulate a plan for the sustainable future of the GMIT Mayo Campus in Castlebar …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 December]

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The cross-subsidy of research by teaching is a myth

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“Research is loss-making. This is perhaps the most frequently uttered mantra of modern university life in the UK. Vice-chancellors on headline-grabbing salaries, who claim to run today’s universities with the same precision chief executives employ to run multinational businesses, tell us that the only way that their institutions can afford to carry out their most unique activity – research – is to subsidise it via teaching and other income streams …” (more)

[Peter Coveney and Christopher Greenwell, Times Higher Education, 14 December]

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Gulf in funding between European university sectors ‘is widening’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“The European university funding divide is getting wider, with many countries in Southern, Central and Eastern Europe failing to repair cuts to public spending made since the financial crisis despite an economic recovery, and so falling further behind better-funded systems in the north …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 12 December]

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Ring-fenced funding of €3.75m announced to safeguard future of Mayo GMIT campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has tonight published the report of the working group on the future of the Castlebar campus of GMIT. The report provides a wide-ranging assessment of the context within which the campus is currently operating, and outlines a proposed vision for the Mayo facility …” (more)

[Connacht Telegraph, 15 December]

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University public funding recovery is ‘slow and fragile’ says EUA

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2017 by steve

“A European University Association analysis of public funding has revealed that many countries in Europe have failed to repair cuts made to higher education since the financial crisis, despite experiencing economic recovery. Spain, Italy and Ireland were among those with lower levels of direct public funding in 2016 than in 2008 …” (more)

[Kerrie Kennedy, The PIE News, 14 December]

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Third Level Education – Higher Education Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he will take in offering additional supports to the higher education sector, in view of the recent university rankings which saw Ireland achieve just one university in the top 200 while Scotland, with a similar population, achieved five of its colleges in the top rankings; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Employers Should Pay More to Fund Higher Education, But Not at Any Cost

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

Ireland“The announcement made in Budget 2018 that employers would make an additional contribution to higher education funding was a welcome one. This is to be done through three annual increases of 0.1% to the National Training Fund levy, bringing it from 0.7% to 1% …” (more)

[Joe O’Connor, University Times, 6 December]

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Underinvestment causes reputation stagnation

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The latest rankings of the world’s best universities shows little progress being made in the standing of Irish institutions and only one university ranked in the top 200 (Trinity College Dublin). Trinity, was the only Irish university to show a significant increase in its ranking, moving up 14 places to number 117 from the previous year …” (more)

[eolas magazine, 1 December]

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Higher Education Strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the Department of the Taoiseach’s strategy statement and its commitment to meet the demographic challenges in higher education …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 November]

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Access to low-cost funding crucial to expansion in higher education

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

Ireland“Just last month NUI Galway was the latest university to benefit from a €60 million loan to help transform its campus. The money from the European Investment Bank (EIB), Europe’s long-term lending institution, will finance the construction of much-needed residences for hundreds of students and a new building for the college of medicine, nursing and health sciences …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 November]

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Government reliance on business funding for third level criticised by IFUT

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

Ireland“Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University (IFUT), said that the ever-increasing emphasis by Government on the need to adapt University Education to the immediate needs of industry and business is very concerning …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 10 November]

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Third Level Funding: Expert Group recommendation

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

IrelandMichael Collins (Cork South West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a deadline will be set for the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills to make a recommendation on the future funding of higher education …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Universities to lose funding if they do not promote more women

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third level colleges have been warned they will lose access to funding if they fail to promote more women to senior grades in colleges. Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State for Higher Education, said there was ‘nowhere to hide’ for colleges involved in gender discrimination …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 November]

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Students lose out as quality of third-level deteriorates

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

Ireland“By any measure the Irish third level sector is in financial crisis and students are being shortchanged. In the near-decade since the recession, Irish universities and institutes of technology have suffered significantly. No Irish university appears in the Times Higher Education top 100, published last month …” (more)

[Tom Felle, Irish Times, 3 November]

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IFUT calls for immediate publication of Oireachtas Report on Third-Level Funding

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for immediate publication of the Oireachtas Committee Report on Third-Level Funding and an end to Government dithering on increased resources, following publication of new EU data which effectively removes hiking student fees as a source of extra income for the sector …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 2 November]

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