New higher education minister position praised by USI and IUA

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This evening, both the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) have welcomed the appointment of Simon Harris to the new position of Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation. In a statement, IUA expressed their ‘warm welcome’ to Simon Harris as Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Research …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 27 June]

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IUA welcomes the announcement that a new independent Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science is being formed

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The IUA warmly welcomes the announcement by Taoiseach Micheal Martin that a new independent Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science is to be formed. Reacting to the announcement Jim Miley, Director General of IUA said: ‘This key change in government clearly recognises the central importance of universities and other third level institutes as producers of the talent pipeline for the economy and as hubs of research and innovation …'” (more)

[IUA, 27 June]

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Provost Hails ‘New Beginning’ as Higher Education Department Set Up

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has welcomed a new government decision to create a specific department for higher education and research, hailing it as a move with ‘the potential to be a new beginning for the third level sector after a decade treading water’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 27 June]

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Colleges face crisis as funding in freefall

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Before the pandemic, colleges and universities were creaking due to a decade of underfunding. Now, with vital income from international students, commercial revenues and student accommodation drying up because of Covid-19, that creaking has transformed into a full-blown alarm …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 9 June]

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Interview: USI’s Craig McHugh on Ireland’s ‘Enormous’ University Funding Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government’s decade-long underfunding of universities has presented the sector with a myriad of issues, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed unreliable non-exchequer sources of income. Staff and students nationwide are crying out for the government to take action and reintroduce the funding levels seen before the last recession …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 25 May]

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Student Accommodation Will Be Radically Different Next Term

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As colleges plan ahead to the 2020/2021 academic year, it is looking increasingly likely that the conventional university teaching methods will not be able to take place when college begins again later this year. While this will impact all students, it causes a particular worry for students who normally are now finalising plans for student accommodation for the next academic year …” (more)

[Conor Paterson, College Tribune, 25 May]

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First Years Prioritised, No Large Lectures and Campus Rotas

Posted in Teaching on May 18th, 2020 by steve

“The return of all universities in autumn could see no large lectures, ‘blended learning’ between virtual and on-campus, large cutbacks in numbers of on-campus accommodation, and a rota for students on when they can be on campus with first years prioritised, according to Jim Miley, Director General at Irish Universities Association (IUA) …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 17 May]

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IUA calls for €20m ad campaign to attract international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 17th, 2020 by steve

“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) have called for funding for a €20 million advertising campaign to attract international students to Irish universities to be included in the next programme for government. Jim Miley, director general of the IUA, stated: ‘Covid-19 has led to a collapse in the international student market’ …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 17 May]

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DCU and Maynooth University reverse student rent hikes

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has said it is reversing a plan to increase the cost of on-campus accommodation from September. This follows a similar decision by Maynooth University which announced in late April it would reverse a proposed 3% rent increase and introduce a freeze …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 3 May]

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Covid-19 plunges universities into funding crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s seven universities are facing a major funding crisis due to the decimation of revenue streams caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. According to documents seen by RTÉ’s This Week, factors such as the collapse of international student fee income, rental of on-campus accommodation and commercial revenues will cost the universities €374m in the 2020 and 2021 financial years …” (more)

[Conor McMorrow, RTÉ News, 3 May]

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Universities Fear €200m Drop-Off in Revenue From International Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities could lose out on up to €200 million in international student revenue next year – a ‘massive blow’, according to one of the sector’s experts. Jim Miley, the director general of the Irish Universities Association (IUA), told RTÉ Radio 1 today that colleges are bracing for an 80% reduction in the number of first-year students coming from abroad next year …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 3 May]

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IUA join 36 EU and UK higher education and research organisations in joint-declaration of cooperation post-Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Research on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has joined 36 other higher education and research organisations from across the European Union and the United Kingdom in a joint declaration of cooperation on research and student exchange. All 37 pan-European organisations have signed the statement calling on governments across Europe for their continued commitment to the Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe programmes …” (more)

[IUA, 3 February]

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In Election, a Simple Message to Politicians: Don’t Fail Third-Level

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Elections in Ireland come around every four or five years. They provide an opportunity for voters to pick the parties and individuals who will best represent the interests of the country and its people. It is a time for our politicians to set out their stall on why they should be entrusted with government …” (more)

[Jim Miley, Lorna Fitzpatrick and Joseph Ryan, University Times, 31 January]

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Students and colleges warn third level sector is ‘losing ground’ on rivals

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students and third level colleges have united to call on political parties to commit to invest more in higher education to prevent Ireland ‘losing ground’ against international competitors. In a joint statement, the Union of Students in Ireland, the Irish Universities Association and the Technological Higher Education Association said State funding per student at third level is now 40% less than it was a decade ago …” (more)

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

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Third-level timebomb must become a election priority

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘Crisis, what crisis?’ Three words that helped bring down Jim Callaghan’s Labour government in the 1979 UK general election. The prime minister never actually uttered these words. A Sun subeditor fashioned the headline but it captured the popular impression of an administration unaware of a serious state of affairs which had caught up with it …” (more)

[Lorna Fitzpatrick, Joseph Ryan and Jim Miley, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Higher education colleges call for pre-election commitment to €100m annual funding boost

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher education colleges and students have come together to push for a pre-election commitment for politicians for an increased €100m a year for the third-level sector. State funding per student to third level institutions is now 40% less than it was a decade ago because of austerity-era cuts that have not been reversed …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 January]

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IUA call for third level funding to be made an election issue

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Jim Miley, Director General of the IUA, tells us why he has called for on students, parents and staff to make third level funding an issue on the doorsteps …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – This Week, 5 January]

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No Higher Education Funding Plans to be Ready for Next Election

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The government is unlikely propose any firm policies for higher education funding in an upcoming general election, after instead appointing a group of financial management consultants on a 12-month contract to examine the best way forward for the sector …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 18 November]

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Budget Day has become Groundhog Day for third level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For anyone interested in the sustained funding of third level education in Ireland, Budget Day has become more like Groundhog Day. 1,183 days before last week’s Budget, the Cassells Report identified the funding challenges facing our higher education system and set out the scale of the investment required to deliver on our national ambition …” (more)

[Jim Miley, Trinity News, 13 October]

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€74 million increase in funding for higher education in Budget 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An increase in investment of €74 million for higher education has been announced by the Finance Minister Paschal Donohue in today’s budget statement. The additional funding will be provided by a 0.1% increase to the National Training Fund, a levy on employers …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 8 October]

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