Irish universities fail to make the grade

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

Ireland“Irish third-level colleges are the beach donkeys to the thoroughbreds of the US when it comes to funding, yet they persist in playing a global ratings game they cannot win, says Kyran Fitzgerald. Soon the country’s third-level campuses will be filling up again. Freshmen students will be arriving at colleges where student-teacher ratios have risen sharply …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 27 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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Tech institutes commit to  putting more women in senior posts

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

Ireland“The country’s 14 institutes of technology have committed to increasing the number of women in senior positions. Some 48% of academic staff in the institutes are female, but only 17% are in the highest paid positions with salaries of at least €106,000, according to a report from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 August]

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Students’ silent protest to highlight accommodation crisis

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

Ireland“A silent protest by students demanding the Minister for Housing to build affordable accommodation was held on Friday. DCU Students’ Union, the Union of Students in Ireland along with volunteers from Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) group gathered outside new privately owned student accommodation New Mill on Merchants Quay …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 17 August]

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GMIT is ‘functioning as normal’ although president on sick leave

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

Ireland“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) says it is ‘functioning as normal’ although its president, Dr Fergal Barry, is on extended leave. The third-level college, which is due to become a technology university with its Sligo and Letterkenny partners, has declined to comment on claims that it has received correspondence from legal representatives for Dr Barry …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 15 August]

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People with disability now more likely to go to college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There has been significant growth in the number of students with disabilities, including those with a mental health condition or autism, going to third-level education. In 2016/17, 10% (4,482) of new entrants to college had a disability, compared with 6% in 2012/13 and 4% in 2007/08. The data has been collated by the Higher Education Authority for the mid-term review of the National Access Strategy 2015-19 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 August]

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Before Universities Demand More Autonomy, How About They Provide Quality Education?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Last week, almost 40 students received fee refunds after lodging complaints about the quality of the journalism programme at NUI Galway (NUIG). For many third-level students across the country, the problems cited – poor communication from co-ordinators, lack of work placements, little access to equipment – were no doubt all too familiar …” (more)

[University Times, 6 August]

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NUI Galway has lowest proportion of female professors in country

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“New research from the Higher Education Authority shows only 12% of professors at NUI Galway are female. Less than a quarter of the top positions in Irish universities across the country are held by women making up only 24% of professors …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 3 August]

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Minister slates slow progress on higher education gender equality

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

Ireland“A lack of leadership is limiting the number of women in senior positions at third-level colleges, Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has warned. Universities and other colleges have taken positive steps towards gender equality, but women continue to be under-represented in key roles, according to a new report by Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 August]

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Gender equality in third level remains a distant hope

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

Ireland“The latest figures on gender progression among academics from the Higher Education Authority show some improvement in what has been an intractable problem, but illustrate the extent of the hill still to be climbed. The HEA figures show that among ‘core funded’ academic staff the proportion of female professors has increased from 23% to 24% since 2015 while the number of female associate professors has increased from 32% to 34% …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 3 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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Quality of third-level courses ‘at risk’ due to funding shortages

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

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has warned that the quality of third-level courses is at risk due to a deterioration in staff-student ratios in colleges. Its comments come in the same week it emerged that dozens of third-level students at NUI Galway were refunded fees for a course on foot of quality concerns …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 August]

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Government Launch New €5m Higher Education Innovation and Transformation Fund

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today Monday 30th July launched the new Higher Education and Innovation Fund for which up to €5m is available for investment in 2018. The innovation fund is part of the additional €100m which the government are investing in higher education since 2016 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 July]

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