Irish medical students mainly wealthy, living in Dublin and female

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The modern day Irish medical student is likely to come from a wealthier socio-economic background, be young and female and live in Dublin, according to a detailed new statistical breakdown that will perhaps not prove too surprising …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 22 April]

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Trinity Needs to Ensure that Gender Equality is Given the Focus it Requires

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In spite of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)’s key recommendation to introduce a Vice President for Gender Equality, Trinity has indicated that it will not create a specific, dedicated role. Speaking to The University Times, the Vice-Provost, Chris Morash, explained that he thinks ‘it would be odd to have a vice-president just for gender, when there are a lot of other areas we don’t have vice-presidents for’ …” (more)

[University Times, 16 April]

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Institutes of Technology: GMIT Mayo campus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2017 by steve

IrelandLisa Chambers (Mayo, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of the working group which he has established to look at the GMIT Mayo campus; the persons that will sit on the working group; if they will meet in public or private; if the minutes of meetings will be made available to the public; the terms of reference for the working group; the person the working group will report to; the timeline for the working group to report; the overall objective of the working group; and if this working group will liaise with the already established community working group that has been established …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 April]

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Despite HEA Recommendations, Trinity Unlikely to Appoint Gender Equality Vice-President

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

Ireland“Trinity is unlikely to introduce a Vice-President for Gender Equality, one of the key recommendations of the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) report on gender inequality in higher education …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 11 April]

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Higher Education Authority Funding

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

IrelandMaurice Quinlivan (Limerick City, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the budget allocation for higher education authority institutions for 2017 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 April]

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Waterford Institute of Technology: Financial Statements 2013-2014

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): … We will begin with Waterford Institute of Technology’s 2013-14 financial statements. From Waterford Institute of Technology we are joined by Professor Willie Donnelly, President, Ms Elaine Sheridan, Vice President, Dr Derek O’Byrne, Vice President and Ms Kathryn Kiely, Industry Services Manager. From the Department of Education and Skills we are joined by Mr Christy Mannion and from the Higher Education Authority by Dr Graham Love and Mr Andrew Brownlee …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 6 April]

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External expert to audit WIT review

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

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority is to appoint an international expert to validate an internal review of processes within Waterford Institute of Technology, following a request by the president of the college. The request came on Wednesday, ahead of a meeting of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee yesterday at which a number of concerns were raised about potential conflicts of interest around the development of a company that involved the current president of WIT, Prof Willie Donnelly, its intellectual property, and returns to the taxpayer when it was sold …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 7 April]

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HEA spends €75k probing University of Limerick’s handling of whistleblowers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has spent over €75,000 so far probing how the University of Limerick handled whistleblowers’ claims about irregular expense claims and ensuing industrial relations problems. Two of the whistleblowers who raised concerns about claims have been suspended since early 2015, and the third is a former employee who left UL in 2010 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 March]

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Colleges running ‘significant deficits’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Three institutes of technology continue to have ‘significant’ financial deficits, according to the Higher Education Authority (HEA). However, another three that were on the critical list last year are now balancing their books, the Public Accounts Committee was told yesterday …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 March]

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Sale of ‘spinout’ company raises concerns over confict of interest

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has been urged to investigate whether there are conflicts of interest among senior staff across third-level colleges who are shareholders in spinout companies. It follows concerns raised by Sinn Féin deputy David Cullinane at the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday surrounding the sale of a company co-located at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Time to get moving on technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One of our key national challenges is balancing the need to support the thriving Dublin area while also investing in the sustainability of the remainder of the State.We are experiencing a national recovery, albeit unevenly …” (more)

[Joseph Ryan, Irish Times, 28 March]

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Student Accommodation: Private Purpose Built Units

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

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the disparity between rents being charged in private purpose built student accommodation (details supplied) and the average rent which DIT estimate students currently pay, which is €348 per month; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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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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Higher Education Authority – UL Staff

Posted in Legal issues on March 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on his meeting with the University of Limerick whistleblowers; the feedback provided to them; the course of action he now plans to follow; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 March]

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Current supply issues in student accommodation in Ireland

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

Ireland“In a recent report published by the Higher Education Authority, it was forecast that the unprecedented growth in higher education participation over recent years is set to continue …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 7 March]

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Institutes of Technology – Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if capital funding will be made available to progress the building of an engineering block at WIT; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Third Level Funding – Legal Services

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the checks and balances in place to ensure third level institutions are not using public funds to access legal services to defend themselves against persons who have no access to similar legal services thus placing them at a disadvantage to the publicly funded institution; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Minister Bruton announces a further competitive Call to Higher Education providers for course proposals which will be funded under Springboard+ 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) which manages Springboard+ on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills has issued a competitive Call to all Higher Education providers for course proposals which will be funded under Springboard+ 2017. Springboard+ forms part of the Action Plan for Education, our plan to make the Irish education and training system the best in Europe within a decade …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 February]

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Number of engineering degrees may be reduced

Posted in Teaching on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A possible reduction in the number of engineering degrees offered in Irish colleges is to be considered in a review for the Higher Education Authority. The effectiveness of current engineering education is to be examined, with recommendations about new apprenticeship models, professional development for working engineers, and teaching methods …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 February]

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Institutes of Technology Funding – Dublin IT

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

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the amount of money lost to Dublin Institute of Technology, DIT, due to the bankruptcy of a company (details supplied) that was the institute’s information service provider; if he or the Higher Education Authority have undertaken any assessment of the impact of the loss of this funding on other services or programmes within the college; if he or the HEA have knowledge of the source from which the money is being recovered in view of the fact there are reports that students have less access now to online journals as a result of this loss; the reason DIT did not have insurance in place to cover it in the event of this loss; and if it is departmental policy that insurance is in place for such large investments …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 February]

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