IT Tralee ‘overstaffed and has significant money issues’ – report

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An independent review of finances at Institute of Technology Tralee has concluded that the institution is overstaffed, losing money and experiencing significant cashflow difficulties …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Colleges’ reliance on the fees from foreign students laid bare

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The growing reliance of Irish third-level colleges on fees from foreign students and other non-State funding is laid bare in a new report out today. Third-level enrolments hit a record high of 232,000 in 2017/18, including 17,237 non-EU students, according to data from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 January]

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Record number of students now in third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The number of students in higher education has climbed to a record high with almost a quarter of a million people studying a third-level course last year. The new figures look set to cement Ireland’s position within the EU as the member state with the highest proportion of school-leavers progressing to higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 January]

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Merger between IT Tralee and CIT cost over €8.5 million to the end of 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The merger between IT Tralee and CIT cost over €8.5 million to the end of 2017. The project to merge the Institute of Technology Tralee and the Cork Institute of Technology, which first began in 2009, is currently ongoing, with a view to enrolling the first students in September of this year …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 16 January]

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Students and Graduates left with Fee Debt after SUSI Mix-Up

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Some Trinity students and graduates are faced with paying outstanding fees from previous years, due to administrative confusion over the SUSI grant. Over the past three years, students whose grants fell short of what they expected were never charged for the remainder of their fees …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 15 January]

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Concerns raised over HEA interim chief’s ‘lack of experience in higher education’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Several members of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) board raised concerns about the appointment of an interim chief executive after the former head of the organisation resigned. Dr Graham Love announced in August that he would be standing down as head of the higher education body just 1½ years after his appointment …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Irish government considers grants for Northern Ireland students after Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish government is considering a grant scheme for Northern Ireland students applying to universities in the Republic, to avoid fee hikes post-Brexit. A-level students in Northern Ireland say they have been left in limbo over whether they will have to pay non-EU student fees after the UK leaves the EU in March, a factor that could heavily determine where they choose to attend university …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 3 January]

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Irish universities’ grade inflation sparks claims of ‘dumbing down’

Posted in Teaching on December 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students are most likely to secure first or upper-second class degrees at Dublin City University (72%), followed by University College Dublin (71%) and University College Cork (69%). They are more difficult to come by at University of Limerick (53%) and NUI Galway (63%). Trinity College Dublin’s figures are more difficult to calculate …” (more)

[Peter McGuire and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 December]

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Revealed: the universities most likely to award higher grades

Posted in Teaching on December 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Which university offers the best shot of a first-class or 2.1 degree? Is there much difference between University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin? The Irish Times has used a mix of Freedom of Information requests and statistics from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to crunch the numbers. The analysis shows grades at Ireland’s seven universities have been rising consistently over the past decade …” (more)

[Peter McGuire and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 December]

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HEA welcomes publication of Progress Review of the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The HEA welcomes the publication of the Progress Review of the National Access Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education. The Review highlights the important achievements made since the launch of the plan in 2015. These include increases in participation rates across a number of the target groups, with particularly high increases for students with disabilities and among socio-economically disadvantaged groups …” (more)

[HEA, 21 December]

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Drop in first-time mature students at third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The proportion of older students starting third-level courses has fallen instead of increasing in the past three years. The statistic on college access for ‘first-time’ mature students is contained in a Higher Education Authority (HEA) review on progress with targets to widen participation. It also shows only tiny increases in numbers of Travellers progressing to third level …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 December]

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One step closer to gender equality in Irish higher education institutions

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On November 12th 2018, the Gender Equality Taskforce Action Plan for Higher Education 2018-2020 was launched by Irish Minister for Higher Education, Ms Mitchell O’Connor. In addition to this Action Plan, the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative has been launched, which foresees the creation of 45 senior academic posts for women in Higher Education colleges nationwide …” (more)

[ETUCE, 18 December]

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No public funds for University of Limerick pension debacle

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Taxpayers’ money will not pay for the more than €1 million that was added to the University of Limerick pensions bill referred to in last month’s Comptroller and Auditor General’s (C&AG) report …” (more)

[Andrew Carey, Limerick Post, 14 December]

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Gender Action Plan

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

Ireland“Following the 2016 National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutes and the ‘exceptionally slow’ progress that has followed a Higher Education Authority (HEA) Expert Group report, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD has introduced a Gender Action Plan that will create 45 female-only professorships …” (more)

[eolas, 10 December]

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Dramatic fall in number of students entering third-level to study computing

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There has been dramatic 8% fall in the number of students entering third-level to study computing courses. Employment prospects are good with 81% of recent Irish tech graduates now walking straight into a job, overwhelmingly in Ireland. But despite a high demand for these graduates, and some of the best starting salaries in the economy, interest in a career in this field has dropped significantly over the past five years …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 December]

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HEA Strategic Plan 2018-2022

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

Ireland“The HEA’s vision is that, by 2022, we will be overseeing and guiding the performance of the Irish higher education system which is: Delivering excellence and innovation; Accessible, sustainable, autonomous and accountable; Fit-for-purpose, stepping up to achieve – and exceed – national ambitions: economically, societally and culturally; …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, HEA, 30 November]

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Brexit, Irish Higher Education and research: challenges and opportunities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With the uncertainty around Brexit affecting all sectors of the economy, its effect on education in the UK as well as Ireland remains a major unknown. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has released a report laying out the possible aftermath of Brexit based on currently available information …” (more)

[Shivani Shukla, University Observer, 29 November]

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Academic calibre of trainee teachers dips, report finds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The academic calibre of trainee teachers has dipped at a time of controversy over two-tier pay rates and falling numbers of applications to the profession, according to an unpublished report. A review of teacher education reforms commissioned by the Higher Education Authority notes that primary teaching applicants were drawn from the top 12.5% of Leaving Cert students in 2011 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 November]

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University of Limerick added executives to pension scheme

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

Ireland“Two executives at a University of Limerick subsidiary company were added to the university’s State-funded pension scheme at a cost of more than €1.2 million even though they were not university employees. The finding is contained in a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General into the handling of remuneration for certain senior staff at UL and Institute of Technology Sligo …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Higher Education Authority seeks new laws to clarify its independence

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The State regulatory body for higher education is seeking new laws which would clarify its independence from the Department of Education. There was controversy earlier this year when the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) chief executive Dr Graham Love resigned amid frustration over what sources described as ‘micro-managing’ by the department …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 November]

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