Institutes of Technology Funding: Capital Investment

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether the level of capital investment in institutes of technology is adequate; the progress being made to address the significant capital shortfall and infrastructure deficits which exist across the sector; and his views on best way in which to remedy these …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 May]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

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

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amounts allocated to each higher education institute in terms of core grant, fees and student contribution in each of the years 2007 to 2016 and to date in 2017, by institute and income category in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 May]

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Student Retention Rates: Progression

Posted in Teaching on May 12th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address the high levels of non-progression in some courses in institutes of technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 May]

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Institutes of Technology: Drop-out Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the drop-out rate in third level institute of technology courses; the measures his Department proposes to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 April]

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Launch of THEA a Significant Step in Irish Higher Education

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

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association, the representative body for the 14 Institutes of Technology in Ireland, was launched formally today by Education Minister Richard Bruton …” (more)

[Merrion Street, 3 April]

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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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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBrian Ó Domhnaill (Fianna Fail): In context I raise the issue of third level funding in general, with particular reference to the Castlebar campus of GMIT which, like many institutes of technology, faces significant financial challenges, notwithstanding the fact that student numbers are growing at third and fourth level across the State. However, most of the buoyancy is within the universities sector and, unfortunately, the institutes of technology are struggling …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 28 March]

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Third Level Staff Data – Staff Contracts

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

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the difference between a teaching contract operational at institutes of technology and university contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Institutes of Technology – Drop Out Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the drop out rate in third level institute of technology courses; the measures his Department proposes to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Third Level Examinations – Examination Appeals

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

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will consider introducing an independent appeals mechanism for examinations at third level, particularly in the institutes of technology sector, in cases in which a student feels that they were not awarded the mark that reflects their efforts; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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‘Concerns of academic staff over Institute of Technology mergers must be addressed’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) today warned that progress cannot be made on the development of technological universities unless the serious concerns of its members in the Institute of Technology sector are addressed. Members are meeting today in Athlone to discuss the Technological Universities Bill …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 1 February]

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Third Level Data – Drop-out rate

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the drop-out rate in third level institute of technology courses; the measures his Department proposes to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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What are Institutes of Technology and how could they work?

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

“Since the referendum outcome, a series of leading political commentators have offered ideas of how to rebuild an obviously – and nearly equally divided – country. Central to suggestions from both left and right has been the rebuilding of vocational educational pathways to good quality, skilled jobs – especially in those towns, cities and regions that have suffered most amidst waves of deindustrialisation, globalisation and economic restructuring …” (more)

[Andy Westwood, Wonkhe, 23 January]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will address the ongoing funding issues regarding institutes of technology across the country and in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 January]

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Legislation Programme for Spring/Summer Session 2017 – 3rd level

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

IrelandThe Legislation Programme for the Spring/Summer Session is now published. None of the priority legislation relates directly to third level. Other legislation mentioned is:

Bills that are expected to undergo Pre-Legislative Scrutiny: Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Amendment) Bill. ‘To amend the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 to address some issues that have arisen regarding the scope of QQI’s responsibilities in relation to recognition of awards and regulation of private and voluntary providers, to ensure adequate protection of enrolled learners where providers discontinue a programme, and to give greater authority to Institutes of Technology to award Level 9 qualifications.’ Heads are currently being drafted – no date given for scrutiny to commence.

Bills already on Dáil Order Paper: Technological Universities Bill 2015. Currently awaiting Committee stage. Given the broad degree of consensus that would be needed to pass this, and the opposition from various quarters, it seems unlikely to proceed further at any time soon.

Other Legislation: (1) Higher Education (Reform) Bill. ‘To modernise the legislative framework underpinning the governance and functions of the Higher Education Authority and the governance structures of the universities.’ Heads are currently being drafted. This is largely a matter of updating the HEA’s governing legislation, and perhaps tinkering with universities’ governing bodies – not a priority on anyone’s list, I would imagine.

Other Legislation: (2) Universities (Amendment) Bill. ‘To ensure compliance with government guidelines on remuneration, allowances, pensions and staffing numbers in the University sector.’ Heads approved in October 2012, drafting is underway. This bill serves largely as a scarecrow meant to terrify universities that might be tempted to flout existing controls – a role it can perform perfectly well without being on the statute book. Again, it’s hard to see why anyone would be in a hurry to spend legislative time on actually enacting it.

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Institutes of Technology: Promoting Access and Protecting Third-Level Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As the question surrounding the future of higher education is debated in the national media, the difficulties faced by institutes of technology can often be forgotten. Higher education and the purpose it fulfils changes depending on who you ask …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 11 January]

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‘Snob value’ and choosing university

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – How right Prof Diarmuid Hegarty is about snob value among parents being a reason for high student drop-out rates in some university courses (“‘Snob value’ pushing school-leavers to universities”, December 9th). As someone with teaching and lecturing experience at academic and technical institutions, how often I have heard the remark ‘He or she went to the tech’, with the tone being derogatory …” (more)

[Mary Toomey, Irish Times, 13 December]

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Institutes of Technology Funding – Stability and Equity Fund

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is giving consideration to the introduction of a stability and equity fund for institutes of technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Institutes of Technology Funding – Borrowing Rights

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2016 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department is considering extending borrowing rights to institutes of technology, particularly in view of the recent HEA financial review of the institute of technology sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter…” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 November]

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Institutes of Technology – Drop-out Rate

Posted in Teaching on November 18th, 2016 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the drop-out rate in third level institute of technology courses; the measures his Department propose to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 November]

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