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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HEA Chief Executive Says Colleges Need to Keep Focus on Targeting Disadvantage

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority, Dr Graham Love, has stated that higher education institutions need to continue to be active both in engaging with disadvantaged communities and in attracting students from disadvantaged backgrounds …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Higher Education Authority, 20 November]

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Technological Universities One Step Closer, After Cabinet Approval

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is now one step closer to having a legal foundation for the ambitious technological universities project, after cabinet today approved the progression of the Technological Universities Bill. Cabinet-level approval for the bill means a proposed increase in investigatory powers for the Higher Education Authority (HEA) – which has already triggered some concerns from Irish universities over an erosion of autonomy – is one step closer to being implemented …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 7 November]

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Whistleblowers anxiously await release of University of Limerick report

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The long-awaited report into a series of allegations of misconduct at the University of Limerick is now in the hands of the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education and Science. Dr Graham Love, chief executive of the HEA, confirmed that the report was received this week from Dr Richard Thorn, following months of investigations, interviews and analysis …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 27 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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Universities Shouldn’t Fear Investigatory Powers, Says HEA Head

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Powers to investigate Irish universities, mooted by the Minister for Education Richard Bruton in July, would be used in a ‘sophisticated’ manner, the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has told The University Times. The powers, which Bruton hopes to introduce in amendments to the 2015 Technological Universities Bill, caused significant unease in the higher education sector when announced …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 21 September]

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Third Level Institutions Face Funding Cuts Over Gender Gap

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third Level institutions across the country have been condemned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) as new figures revealed that women in senior positions are under-represented. New measures implemented by the HEA will see State funding being linked to each Third Level institutions’ performance in overcoming the ongoing issue of gender inequality and has resulted in mandatory gender quotas to decrease the gender gap at senior levels …” (more)

[Niamh Haskins, Campus.ie, 31 July]

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Intake of international students threatened by lack of accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has warned that Ireland’s focus on attracting increasing numbers of foreign students is threatened by the lack of suitable accommodation. Dr Graham Love, CEO of the HEA, said that there was a shortage of accommodation in Dublin and most other large urban areas …” (more)

[Fionnuala Jones, NewsTalk, 29 May]

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HEA calls for greater powers to investigate third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDr Graham Love, CEO of the HEA, discusses the issues raised about the governance at some Irish universities and Institute of Technology as revealed on RTÉ Investigates (audio).

[RTÉ – Morning Ireland, 26 May]

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Higher education ‘can thrive in Ireland after UK exit’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Brexit represents a major opportunity for Ireland’s higher education system, provided it gets the necessary State supports. The potential benefits include attracting more investment for research, more foreign students and more quality academics, but it will require investment and the right initiatives, the Oireachtas Education Committee was told …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 March]

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New HEA chief tells of ‘opportunities’ for colleges

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

Ireland“The new chief executive of the Higher Education Authority has said there are ‘exciting opportunities’ for universities and institutes of technology despite a series of challenges facing the sector. Dr Graham Love, currently chief executive of the Health Research Board, an agency of the Department of Health, has previously worked in senior roles in Science Foundation Ireland …” (more)

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

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New Chief Executive appointed of Higher Education Authority

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

Ireland“Dr Graham Love has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), following the retirement of Tom Boland last August. Dr Love will take up the position this March and will be in charge in leading the ‘strategic development of the Irish higher education and research system with the objective of creating a coherent system of diverse institutions with distinct missions’ …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 8 January]

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Love appointed as Higher Education Authority chief

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

Ireland“Dr Graham Love has been appointed new Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority following the retirement last August of Tom Boland. Dr Love worked in senior roles in Science Foundation Ireland before assuming his current position as Chief Executive of the Health Research Board …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 6 January]

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