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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Institutes of Technology – Funding Shortfall

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2016 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the steps he will take to address the funding shortfall in the institutes of technology in view of the recent report from the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 16 November]

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Universities and institutes split on student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Universities and institutes of technology are divided on the thorny issue of student fees. University presidents have backed a study now, pay later, student loan scheme, with fees rising to €4,000-€5,000 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 November]

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University heads back student loan scheme to tackle funding ‘crisis’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University presidents say the introduction of a student loan scheme is the fairest way of securing vital funding to tackle a ‘crisis’ in higher education. They were speaking at the first in a series of meetings of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education which is to draw up plans for funding higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 November]

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University Heads Call for Income-Contingent Loans as Part of ‘Mixed’ Funding Model for Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) today recommended the introduction of an income-contingent loan scheme for higher education, placing them significantly at odds with the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), which called for the removal of fees for all students in all courses below level eight …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 10 November]

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University presidents back introduction of student loan scheme to boost funding for higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A split emerged today between universities and institutes of technology on the thorny issue of student fees. University presidents have backed a study now – pay later, income contingent loan scheme for all students, with annual fees rising to €4,000-€5,000 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 November]

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Breathnach calls on Government to provide ‘cash injection’ for Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Local TD Declan Breathnach has called on the Government to increase the level of funding made available to Institutes of Technology around the country. The Fianna Fáil representative has raised the matter with the Minister for Education on numerous occasions and encouraged the Government to now follow through with a financial commitment …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 9 November]

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Essential WIT is provided with investment in engineering and science buildings

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The President of Waterford Institute of Technology has welcomed the findings of the Financial Review of the IT’s report which shows that almost half, of the 14 IT’s including Waterford are having money problems …” (more)

[WLR FM, 4 November]

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