Up to 2,000 under-represented students to get funding for college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Up to 2,000 students such as lone parents and Travellers who are under-represented at third level will be funded to go to college as part of a State plan to boost access to higher education. Almost €6 million is being provided to universities and institutes of technology to support a range of access initiatives over the next three years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 February]

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Gender Equality – Implementation of Recommendations

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2018 by steve

IrelandCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which each of the recommendations of the report of the expert group, Higher Education Authority, HEA, national review of gender equality in Irish higher education institutions, has been implemented in each institution, in tabular form; the timeframe for the implementation of each recommendation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 February]

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No more action over UL severance pay for ex-staff

Posted in Legal issues on February 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“No further action is being taken in relation to University of Limerick’s use of severance packages for former staff. The decision by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) follows receipt of a second report into matters at UL concerned with finances, governance, and HR practices …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 February]

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Follow-Up Review Arising from the Independent Review of Certain Matters and Allegations Relating to the University of Limerick

Posted in Legal issues on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In November 2017 the HEA published Dr Richard Thorn’s report on his independent review of certain matters and allegations relating to the University of Limerick. On the basis of Dr Thorn’s report and its findings, the HEA announced it would establish a further review arising from the recommendation made in Section 6.2.9 in Dr Thorn’s report …” (more)

[Deborah Walsh, Higher Education Authority, 12 February]

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Irish undergraduate applications to UK universities fall for fifth consecutive year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of Irish undergraduate applicants to UK universities has continued to drop for the fifth year in a row, according to new data from the Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS). In total, 31% fewer people from Ireland applied to UK universities this year than in 2012 …” (more)

[Lexi Demetroulakos, Trinity News, 11 February]

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Reviews finds weaknesses in safeguards over sale of college spinout firms

Posted in Research on February 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An independent review into the sale of intellectual property by third-level colleges has found weaknesses in the way conflicts of interest among research staff are managed in the sale of lucrative spinout companies. The review was prompted by concerns raised at the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee last year over potential conflicts of interest in this sector, particularly where research staff are also shareholders in companies that end up being sold for large sums of money …” (more)

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

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Review of Intellectual Property Policies and Procedures in Higher Education Published

Posted in Legal issues, Research on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) and Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) are pleased to announce the publication of the Review of Intellectual Property Management and Conflicts of Interest, which provides a framework for the strengthening of IP policies and procedures in higher education …” (more)

[Gemma Duke, Higher Education Authority, 8 February]

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Colleges spent €150m on private consultants’ fees over six years

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

Ireland“Institutes of higher education are relying increasingly on private consultants for expertise, with colleges spending €150 million hiring outside firms over the past six years, according to analysis from the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 2 February]

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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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College approached HEA over undergrad levy of €1500

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College’s Chief Financial Officer, Ian Matthews, had considered the idea of placing a €1500 capital levy on undergraduate students. The remarks were made at a ‘town hall’ meeting hosted by the Trinity Graduate Students’ Union (GSU). Matthews stated that it was his idea and that he took ‘ownership of it’ …” (more)

[Rory O’Neill, Trinity News, 23 January]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor publishes HEA Report on Social and Living Conditions of Higher Education Students in Ireland

Posted in Life on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today published the Eurostudent VI study, the sixth report of its kind into how students experience university life, while visiting GMIT Mayo campus Castlebar …” (more, download)

[Maura O’Shea, Higher Education Authority, 22 January]

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Universities need less regulation and more autonomy

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

Ireland“When announcing the latest links between university funding and delivery of national priorities, the Government has once again shown that there is a clear need for a wider understanding of the structures and processes of transparency and accountability that are already in place in the higher education sector …” (more)

[Andrew Deeks, Irish Times, 22 January]

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IUA welcomes HEA report showing high levels of employability among university graduates

Posted in Life on January 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes the publication of the HEA’s report What Do Graduates Do? – The Class of 2016. This report, which is an analysis of the first destinations of the 2016 class of university graduates, shows clearly the high levels of employability among Irish university graduates ….” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 19 January]

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Regional ‘brain drain’ as half of graduate jobs now based in Dublin

Posted in Life on January 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Almost half of all graduate jobs are now in Dublin, as the national employment market becomes increasingly lopsided. The Cork region is also a big magnet for university graduates, but many other areas are not offering the same opportunities …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 January]

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The data vacuum at the heart of education policy

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

Ireland“The Minister now wants universities (including the soon-to-be technological universities) to focus on filling skills gaps in the economy. These gaps are said to be mainly in ‘STEM’. Naturally enough, IBEC is happy because they are always happy with policies that transfer the costs of industrial and business training over to the taxpayer …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 16 January]

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IUA welcomes publication of Expert Panel Report on Funding Model but structural funding deficit remains

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

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes the publication of the Expert Panel Report on the Review of the Allocation Model for Higher Education Funding. The government has set out its initial response and we look forward to working with the Department of Education and Skills and the Higher Education Authority to develop the detailed implementation of these high level objectives …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 15 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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TU or not TU: that is the big question

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Metropolitan University: that was the bright future which lay ahead for Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) back in the late 90s. That’s what students at DIT, including myself and Carl O’Brien, now Education Editor with The Irish Times, were writing about during our cub reporting years. But here we are, in 2018, and DIT is still DIT, so let’s not pretend that it’s just Waterford and the South East that doesn’t always get what it wants …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 11 January]

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Mary Harney appointed as chancellor of University of Limerick

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

Ireland“Former tánaiste Mary Harney has been appointed as chancellor of the University of Limerick. Ms Harney, who retired from politics in 2011 and is now director of a number of private companies in the pharmaceutical, technology and finance sectors, will take up office as chancellor immediately …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 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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