More lamentation from Dublin

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

Ireland“Rankings have become a major weapon in the struggle of universities around the world to get their fair share or what they think is their fair share of public money. The Times Higher Education (THE) world and regional rankings are especially useful in this regard …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 17 October]

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Years of cuts come to end for third-level

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are getting their first increase in State funding in almost a decade. After years of cuts that saw spending on higher education reduced by 33%, an additional €36.5m is being made available …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 October]

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Rankings and state of third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Ellen Hazelkorn suggests that discussions about the future funding of higher education should be ‘based on real evidence and not on rankings’ (Opinion & Analysis, September 22nd). But in this, she creates a false dichotomy …” (more)

[Ned Costello, Irish Times, 24 September]

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Groups urge education minister to ‘reverse decade of cuts to third-level’

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

Ireland“Pressure is growing on the Government to increase third-level funding next year as business leaders, students, and universities have all urged Education Minister Richard Bruton to begin reversing almost a decade of cuts …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 September]

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More subjects may get bonus CAO points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students could receive bonus points for subjects relevant to the courses they are applying for under new proposals being drawn up.The introduction of 25 bonus points for higher level maths paper since 2012 has led to a dramatic increase in the numbers taking the subject. But there is some concern it has distorted subject choice among students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Statement from the Irish Universities regarding UK Students and fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In the period of uncertainty following the recent UK referendum to leave the European Union, the Irish universities collectively wish to reassure all UK students currently enrolled in an Irish university that they will continue to enjoy the same conditions as other EU students regarding fees and contributions, for the duration of their degree …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 27 June]

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Universities seek ‘urgent action’ on student accommodation crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s seven universities have called for ‘urgent remedial action’ to address the student accommodation crisis. In a pre-budget submission, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) says …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 22 September]

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Universities push for €2 billion investment

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s seven universities are pressing the government to invest €2 billion in public and private funds to fill gaps in third-level infrastructure. The submission comes as some reputable universities slipped down another set of world rankings …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, Business Post, 22 September]

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Universities need funds to cope with student growth

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Universities say that they will not be able to cope with the growing demand for college places if the Government does not provide more funding. According to the seven universities, they need an additional €2bn for buildings and technology over the next decade …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 September]

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Too many courses on CAO, says HEA boss

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Several universities are blocking attempts by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to reduce the number of entry courses in a bid to simplify the third-level entry system. Last year, an expert group comprising the Irish Universities’ Association and other educational stakeholders, said the State’s seven universities had committed to ensuring the number of undergraduate courses offered in 2015 was reduced to 2011 levels …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 20 April]

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Northern Ireland students set to benefit from revised CAO points system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The seven universities in the Republic are set to introduce new admissions procedures that will make it easier for school-leavers from Northern Ireland to gain entry. Under the plan, which will apply to college applicants from September 2016, the Central Applications Office (CAO) points awarded for an A* grade in the A-Level exams will rise from 150 to 180 …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 March]

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Research scientists lobby Government over funding

Posted in Research on March 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“More than 800 leading research scientists have joined forces to lobby the Government as it prepares a new national strategy for scientific research. In a letter to The Irish Times today, they outline proposals for developing a strong research base within Ireland …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 18 March]

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Reforms for Broader-entry Degrees as IUA Pressure

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is under increasing pressure from the Irish Universities Association (IUA) to reduce its number of course codes, documents from a meeting of Trinity’s University Council indicate …” (more)

[Patrick Lavelle,, 11 March]

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Critics of quality of Irish graduates ‘wrong’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The growth of inward jobs investment in Ireland is evidence that critics of the quality of Irish graduates are wrong, says the president of Maynooth University. He will today launch a reformed curriculum aimed at producing graduates with an appreciation of many study disciplines for a changing economy and society …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 5 March]

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Bill will enable political ‘cronies’ to spy on universities, claim presidents

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of the seven universities have written to the Government expressing dismay at plans to introduce legislation which they claim will allow Ministers to appoint ‘cronies’ to spy on their operations …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 16 February]

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University staff in strike threat over proposed work changes

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Attempts to impose wide changes to terms for new and promoted staff at University College Cork have been met with a threat of industrial action by academic staff …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 February]

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Education Committee to discuss 21st century universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection Committee will meet today, Wednesday, February 11th to discuss performance and sustainability in 21st century universities. The meeting will commence at 1pm in Committee Room 3 …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 11 February]

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Task force on gender equality initiated by NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington says ‘concrete action’ required. NUI Galway (NUIG) is setting up a task force to advise on policies, procedures and a ‘range of initiatives’ related to achieving gender equality …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 30 January]

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NUIG societies back campaign for equality for women lecturers

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Some 25 societies at NUI Galway (NUIG) have backed a new campaign to demand equality for their female lecturers at the university. The campaign, which was endorsed by scientist Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, aims to lobby for equality ‘across the board’ …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 20 January]

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Five female academics to take legal proceedings over gender imbalance against NUI Galway

Posted in Legal issues on December 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Five female academics have said they are instituting legal proceedings against NUI Galway (NUIG) over gender imbalance at the university. The five women, who have met NUIG president Dr Jim Browne, are taking the action following the recent Equality Tribunal ruling in favour of scientist Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 17 December]

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