Almost 400 new college spots created amid demand for teaching courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 14th, 2018 by steve

“Almost 400 extra places on teacher training courses are to be created this year in a bid to help alleviate a lack of supply in key subjects. The move also has the potential to offset some of the heat added to the points race by a surge in the number of young people applying for education programmes through the Central Applications Office (CAO) …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 14 March]

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Universities get green light for salaries over €335,000

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Universities have received Government approval to recruit top academics on salaries of up to €337,000 a year. Under public sector pay rules, salaries for public sector employees in general are capped and individuals may not earn more than the Taoiseach’s annual €190,000 salary …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 12 March]

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Teachers to oppose changes to exams

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Parents, students and universities have given broad support to a system of continuous assessment for the Leaving Cert – but teachers are opposed. The views were aired at a meeting of the Oireachtas Education Committee to consider whether a change would reduce high levels of student stress blamed on the current exam model …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 March]

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Leaving Cert leads to ‘devastating’ stress among students

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The way the Leaving Cert is structured is maximising stress on students and leading to crippling levels of anxiety, parents’ representatives have claimed. The National Parents Council Post-Primary said high-stakes, one-off exams can be ‘brutal instruments’ and fail to properly assess student’s overall performance and learning during their time at school …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 March]

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Call for investment in Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Significant investment in maintaining standards will be vital if more assessment methods are used for the Leaving Certificate, TDs and senators have heard. Lewis Purser, Irish Universities Association director of academic affairs, told the Oireachtas Education Committee that good practice of teachers regularly assessing their students is often sacrificed by the preparation required for the Leaving Certificate’s high-stakes format …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 March]

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University capital building fund must be matched by human capital investment #ProjectIreland2040

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

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes the pledge by the government in the National Planning Framework ‘Project Ireland 2040’ to invest €2.2 billion in capital expenditure in the higher education sector over the next decade. This marks a significant milestone for the sector following almost a decade of under-investment in the building facilities programme during the recession years …” (more)

[Lia O’Sullivan, Irish Universities Association, 16 February]

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Irish undergraduate applications to UK universities fall for fifth consecutive year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of Irish undergraduate applicants to UK universities has continued to drop for the fifth year in a row, according to new data from the Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS). In total, 31% fewer people from Ireland applied to UK universities this year than in 2012 …” (more)

[Lexi Demetroulakos, Trinity News, 11 February]

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Universities Have Had Enough Tinkering. Fund Them Instead

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Tinkering around the edges and skirting the big issues has become Richard Bruton’s political forte. The Minister for Education has, for the last two years, promised immediate action on funding and said it was of the highest importance. Yet, as the government this week released a raft of reforms – including fines for mismanagement in Irish universities – it’s getting to the stage where everything and anything goes. Except for funding …” (more)

[University Times, 21 January]

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IUA welcomes HEA report showing high levels of employability among university graduates

Posted in Life on January 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes the publication of the HEA’s report What Do Graduates Do? – The Class of 2016. This report, which is an analysis of the first destinations of the 2016 class of university graduates, shows clearly the high levels of employability among Irish university graduates ….” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 19 January]

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Urgent need to tackle underfunding of higher education, universities warn

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have warned of the ‘urgent need’ to deal with underfunding of higher education. While they welcomed a new funding model for the sector, they said ambitious Government targets to become the best education system in Europe could be delivered only with increased investment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 January]

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IUA welcomes publication of Expert Panel Report on Funding Model but structural funding deficit remains

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

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes the publication of the Expert Panel Report on the Review of the Allocation Model for Higher Education Funding. The government has set out its initial response and we look forward to working with the Department of Education and Skills and the Higher Education Authority to develop the detailed implementation of these high level objectives …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 15 January]

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IUA Welcomes New Director General Jim Miley

Posted in Governance and administration on January 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes its new Director General Jim Miley who has taken up his appointment on Jan 8th 2018. Mr Miley, takes over from Ned Costello, whose term of office ended in December. Jim has extensive experience across a variety of commercial and public-sector roles and brings a wealth of organisational and marketing experience to the IUA at a time of significant change and challenge for the seven Irish universities that the IUA represents …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 8 January]

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A Reminder That Increased Fees Aren’t The Only Solution to The Crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It was perhaps unsurprising that the President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne, came out in favour of doubling tuition fees just as he is preparing to bid farewell to the institution he served for 10 years. Browne is of course not the only one arguing that universities need the government to increase fees and introduce a loan scheme to alleviate the financial drought that universities are currently experiencing …” (more)

[University Times, 7 January]

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Jim Miley Named Director General of IUA

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

Ireland“Jim Miley, a former General Secretary of Fine Gael, has been appointed Director General of the Irish Universities Association (IUA). Miley will take over the organisation from CEO Ned Costello from January in the newly created role of Director General …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, Universty Times, 24 November]

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Qualifications and the future of work

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

Ireland“Sir, – Further to the article ‘Irish workers most “overqualified” in Europe’ (News, September 22nd), those concerned about the future of work recognise that the rate of technological progress is exponential. As a result, we are already in an era when jobs and entire industries are being transformed …” (more)

[Ned Costello, Irish Times, 25 Septmeber]

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Third Level Admissions Reform: HEAR and DARE

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some colleges are operating a system of a fixed number of places for mature students, HEAR and DARE applicants collectively (details supplied); his plans to change the system; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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Third Level Staff – Part-time and Fixed Term employment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress his Department has made in respect of the implementation of the Cush Report regarding part time and fixed term employment in third level institutions and in particular her Department’s request in June 2017 that third level institutions establish an adjudication system to hear disputes arising from the implementation of the Cush Report; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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The Third-Level Sector Should Expect More Regulation, Not Less

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Threats to the autonomy of third-level institutions are amongst the biggest concerns of Provost Patrick Prendergast and his peers on the Irish Universities Association (IUA), so much so that it is one of the main reasons why they are so fervently arguing for the introduction of an income-contingent loan scheme above any other model …” (more)

[University Times, 23 July]

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IUA Welcomes Ministerial Announcement on Review of National Training Fund

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association welcomes today’s Ministerial announcement of a comprehensive review of the National Training Fund. The terms of reference for the review support a commitment to greater transparency in the use of the fund and the determination of its expenditure priorities. We welcome the fact that the potential of the fund to contribute to higher education remains under active consideration …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 14 July]

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Universities’ funds for new staff eaten by State salary rises

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than half of the money universities got this year to employ extra staff to deal with rising student numbers was absorbed by the Government decision to bring forward the €1,000 pay rise in the public service to April. The university sector received about €7m in the Budget specifically to cater for growing enrolments as part of the first additional State investment in higher education in a decade …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 June]

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