Solas chief executive to head Higher Education Authority

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of Solas, the State body with responsibility for further education and training, has been appointed as the new head of the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Paul O’Toole takes over the authority from Dr Graham Love, who resigned amid claims within the agency that it was being ‘micromanaged’ by the Department of Education …” (more)

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

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Paul O’Toole appointed as Interim HEA CEO

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Paul O’Toole as interim Chief Executive Officer with effect from the end of this month, October 2018. Mr O’Toole joins the HEA following completion of his term of office as Chief Executive of Solas …” (more)

[Higher Education Authority, 5 October]

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New thinking on funding for fairer tuition fees is needed, says DCU chief

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A university president has called for a radical new approach to third-level funding that would limit the number of students paid for by the State, while others, who could afford it, would be liable for full fees. Professor Brian MacCraith of Dublin City University (DCU) said there were ‘people who can afford to go to university, in the same way as they can afford to pay for private schools’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 September]

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Higher Education Authority raised department role before CEO resigned

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Authority board members raised the role of the Department of Education in their work with a senior official less than three months before the authority’s chief executive stepped down. Graham Love’s resignation, announced on the HEA website a week ago, is strongly linked to the perceived micro-management of the statutory body’s work by the department …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 29 August]

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The Certain Irony to the HEA Chief’s Resignation

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Around a year ago, Dr Graham Love could still have been described as the newly installed beacon of Ireland’s third-level sector. And as CEO of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), he was seemingly on a mission to convince colleges that they had nothing to fear from the increasingly ominous threats to their autonomy …” (more)

[University Times, 26 August]

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HEA chief executive announces resignation

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fiona O’Loughlin, Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Education, discusses the resignation of the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Morning Ireland, 22 August]

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Higher education chief steps down amid tensions over third-level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The sudden resignation of the chief executive of the Higher Education Authority is being blamed on increasing control over the agency’s activities by the Department of Education coupled with a lack of progress on the third-level funding issue …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 August]

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Higher Education Authority chief’s retirement raises concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The sudden resignation of Higher Education Authority (HEA) chief executive Graham Love has prompted questions about the relationship between the funding body and the Department of Education. Although there have also been internal tensions with his board, Mr Love’s resignation is understood to be mainly due to frustration with the tight control of the department over the HEA and its work …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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HEA Chairman ‘must appear before PAC’ on back of chief executive resignation – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“David Cullinane, Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee, has said today that the resignation of Dr Graham Love from the HEA amid reports of obfuscation and delay of reform within the agency is a cause for concern. Deputy Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 21 August]

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Surprise resignation leaves HEA back at square one

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The sudden resignation of HEA head Graham Love, just a year-and-a-half after he took up the position, has come as a surprise to people working in the higher education sector. Even for people working within the HEA itself it has come as a shock. No one expected this …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 21 August]

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Surprise as Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority steps down after 20 months

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority Dr Graham Love is stepping down from his role amid tensions with the Department of Education over funding for third-level. In a surprise move, Dr Love announced today that ‘with regret’ that he is going to leave the position after only 20 months in the job …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Kathy Armstrong, Independent, 21 August]

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Chief of Higher Education Authority resigns amid tension over Government ‘control’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has resigned from his post just over a year after being appointed to lead the organisation. The move follows growing frustration at senior levels over the extent of control from the Department of Education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Large gender gaps in senior levels of Irish academia

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Women remain hugely underrepresented in the senior levels of Irish universities despite policies aimed at promoting greater gender equality, new figures show. They are also far more likely to earn less, with men accounting for the vast majority of best-paid posts in higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Government to examine ways of improving university performance in global rankings

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

“The Department of Education is to work with universities to identify ways of improving their performance in international rankings. This follows the latest set of figures which saw most Irish universities tumble down the global league table …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 June]

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Remarks of Dr Graham Love, Chief Executive, HEA at the IIEA Conference on the Funding of Higher Education, 13th June 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on June 13th, 2018 by steve

“… We are delighted therefore to sponsor today’s discussions here at the Institute for International and European Affairs and we hope that the deliberations will assist us in our policy work and advocacy for the higher education and research system. The scale of the funding challenge for Irish higher education is enormous. While we should learn from other countries, both from positive experiences and from mistakes, we must also remember that unique circumstances also pertain here …” (more)

[Higher Education Authority, 13 June]

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HEA Faces ‘Risks’ Under New Data Protection Rules

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 20th, 2018 by steve

“Concerns have been raised by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) about the risks it faces under tighter EU data protection regulations. At a meeting held in March, Chief Executive Graham Love noted that the HEA’s ability to collect data from higher education institutions, and to subsequently share this data with other agencies, was a ‘key risk’ ahead of incoming data protection guidelines …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 20 May]

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ITs must meet strict upgrade criteria

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The rapid establishment of technological universities (TU) is not guaranteed by last week’s passing of enabling legislation, the head of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has cautioned. While the Technological Universities Bill should be signed soon by President Michael D Higgins, any institutes of technology hoping to be upgraded must meet strict criteria …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 March]

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Student Numbers in Ireland Top 225,000

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The latest publication of Key Facts and Figures shows that student numbers at publicly funded universities, institutes and colleges in Ireland totalled 225,628 in 2016/17. With the number of full time undergraduate students having increased by 10% over the last five years, over 6% of the country’s adult population is now enrolled in a higher education programme …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Higher Education Authority, 31 January]

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Technological universities a step closer following passage of Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The creation of new technological universities has moved a step forward after legislation paving the way for the move was passed by the Dáil. The Technological Universities Bill provides for the merger of existing Institutes of Technology and the creation of a new category of university. Ten of the State’s 14 Institutes of Technology form part of four separate groups in Dublin, Munster, Connacht-Ulster and the southeast who are bidding to become technological universities …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 January]

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HEA welcomes publication of Funding Allocation Model Review and revised System Performance Framework

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

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority welcomes the publication today of the Review of the Allocation Model for Funding Higher Education Institutions and the Higher Education System Performance Framework 2018–2020 by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, Higher Education Authority, 15 January]

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