Third level Access Schemes: What’s the Story?

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

Ireland“In 1984 I took up a position as principal of a newly opened second-level school in a severely disadvantaged area. Unemployment among parents was in excess of 60%. A survey carried out two years previously found that nobody living in the catchment area had a third level qualification. So, as the school approached full cycle in 1989, the question of third level access became a priority issue …” (more)

[Brian Fleming, Education Matters, 26 July]

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Government Taskforce to Consider Quotas as Solution to Higher Education’s Gender Inequality

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A government taskforce will examine the possibility of introducing gender quotas in colleges and universities, the latest response to several years of statistics showing worrying levels of gender inequality in the higher education sector …” (more)

[Jake O’Donnell, University Times, 23 July]

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Bacik expresses support for gender quotas in Academia

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has said the third level sector needs to dramatically up its game and take positive action measures to increase the number of women in senior academic positions in Irish universities. It comes after new figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) revealed that while over half of all lecturers are women, the numbers in more senior roles fall significantly …” (more)

[Labour Party, 20 July]

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Third-level colleges face funding cuts if they fail to tackle gender gap

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third-level institutions face funding cuts if they fail to introduce mandatory gender quotas to increase the number of women in senior positions over the coming years. While men and women are equally represented within universities and colleges in Ireland, women are significantly under-represented in senior roles …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Colleges are criticised for having too few women in senior roles

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has criticised third-level colleges for a continuing ‘significant lack of representation’ of women in key senior roles. There were only ‘small improvements’, of less than 2%, between 2015 and 2016 in addressing the under-representation of females in academic and decision-making roles in higher education, according to a HEA report …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 July]

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Too few women at top levels in colleges, report shows

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Women are hugely under-represented in the senior ranks of most of the State’s colleges and universities, new figures show. While just over half of all of lecturers in the seven universities are female, these numbers fall dramatically at higher grades such as associate professor (29%) and professor (21%). There has never been a female president since the establishment of the first Irish university about 425 years ago …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Progress in Gender Equality Among Irish Academic Staff at ‘Snail’s Pace’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A report published by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) today has shown only marginal improvements of one to two per cent in the representation of women in governing roles and professorships positions in higher education institutions in Ireland …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 19 July]

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Lack of progress on gender imbalance in university promotions ‘very disappointing’, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“New statistics from the HEA today showing that the level of women in university professorship positions has increased by just two percent to 21% over the last year is ‘very disappointing’ and requires urgent attention and focus by university management, Joan Donegan, incoming General Secretary of the Irish Federations of University Teachers (IFUT), said today …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 19 July]

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Report on Higher Education Institutional Staff Profiles by Gender Published

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A year on from the publication of the Report of the Expert Group: HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions (June 2016), the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has published the second iteration of the Higher Education Institutional Staff Profiles by Gender, presenting gender-disaggregated data for 2016 on the leadership, governance, management and staffing …” (more, download)

[Higher Education Authority, 19 July]

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Richard Bruton to increase powers to investigate universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton is seeking powers to appoint investigators to examine ‘issues of concern’ in higher education institutions. The proposal comes as universities face increasing pressure over their spending of public funds from the Higher Education Authority and the Dáil Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Third-level institutions and public funds

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Higher Education Authority has suggested fining third-level institutes where they breach public pay guidelines or don’t engage in proper tendering for contracts (‘Colleges face penalties for misusing taxpayers’ money’, July 14th). Third-level institutes don’t breach procurement rules or pay guidelines, individual decision-making managers do …” (more)

[David Doran, Irish Times, 15 July]

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Colleges to face heavy penalties for misusing public funds

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

Ireland“Third-level colleges are set to face heavy financial penalties for serious breaches such as unauthorised payments for staff, filing late accounts or giving misleading reports of governance issues. The move follows a series of controversies over the misuse of taxpayers’ money and allegations of mismanagement within the sector …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 July]

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Colleges to face fines if accounts not shown

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Managers of colleges which fail to give up-to-date accounts or explain how much money they have in private trusts and foundations by the next budget should be hit with significant financial penalties and fines. The Dáil Public Accounts Committee made the recommendation at the launch of its damning report into the sector’s secret finances yesterday, saying options could include cuts or blocking of board of governor salaries …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 12 July]

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Universities face severe criticism over use of public funds

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Serious concerns about the way many third-level colleges spend taxpayers’ money will be set out in a report to be published by the Dáil Committee of Public Accounts today. The report is highly critical of several universities that have resisted declaring tens of millions of euro from private trusts and foundations in their accounts, despite pressure from regulators, according to well-informed sources …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 July]

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Ministers announce capital funding to support Apprenticeship Programmes

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, together with the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, John Halligan TD today announced capital funding of just over €8 million for 10 Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 July]

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‘Serious’ concerns over CIT and ITT merger revealed

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

Ireland“‘Serious and widely held’ concerns about the proposed merger between Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee were voiced by board members of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) as far back as 2014, newly released board minutes reveal. The proposed Munster Technogical University (MTU) is under investigation by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Dáil spending watchdog …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 10 July]

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Higher Education Authority

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

IrelandAlan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason board appointments are not being filled in the HEA; and his views on whether the organisation is adequately resourced to function …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 July]

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Third Level Admissions Data: Projected Student Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his projections for growth in higher education student numbers over the next decade; the way in which he proposes that demand will be met; the projected costings involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 July]

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HEA Strategic Plan Consultation

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

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority is currently preparing our next Strategic Plan to ensure that we can deliver on the objectives set for us by Government and that we can support Ireland’s higher education and research system …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Higher Education Authority, 7 July]

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Third Level Expenditure: University College Cork

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

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a copy of the funding statement from University College Cork for 2015 and 2016 that is provided by the college to his Department showing the way in which the resources provided by his Department to the college have been utilised; the way in which this information is examined by his Department prior to commencing the Estimates process for 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 July]

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