In a Welcome Change of Tack, Irish Universities Make a Public Push for Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2018 by steve

“On Thursday, without warning or any sort of build-up, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) launched an aggressive online campaign to increase funding for the higher education sector. The media jumped on it – and Twitter buzzed as provosts and presidents all rowed in behind the organisation to support this very public push for increased funding …” (more)

[University Times, 8 July]

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Funding reform needed for quality and growth of third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2018 by steve

“‘Upon the education of the people of this country, the fate of this country depends.’ History regards Benjamin Disraeli as a reforming political leader. His contention that education determines the fate of the country is as apt today as it was when he spoke in the House of Commons on June 15th, 1874 …” (more)

[Jim Miley, Irish Times, 6 July]

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Third-level funding gap could surpass predicted €600m

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2018 by steve

“The €600m funding shortage predicted in third-level colleges by 2021 could be even higher due to an unexpected rises in student numbers, universities have warned. In a renewed call on the Government to act on the recommendations of the 2016 report of an expert group on higher education funding, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) said projected increases in student numbers may have been underestimated …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 5 July]

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Universities seek €234m funding injection in Budget 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2018 by steve

“Ireland’s universities are seeking a substantial increase in funding to counteract the impact of cuts to the higher education sector over the past decade. The universities are seeking a total increase in expenditure of €234 million to address capital and core funding requirements which they say are ‘urgently required’ …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 5 July]

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University sector needs major investment in Budget 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2018 by steve

“Budget 2019 must be used to inject essential resources into our universities according to Jim Miley Director General of the Irish Universities Association. ‘This Budget must urgently address the underlying quality issues arising from a decade of underfunding as well as building capacity to absorb the significant growth in student numbers. We are seeking an increase of €130m in core current funding and €104m in essential capital upgrades in 2019. State funding per student now is just half what it was ten years ago’ …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 5 July]

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IUA Statement in response to fall of Irish Universities in QS World University Rankings 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2018 by steve

“The fall in international rankings by most Irish universities is disappointing but not a surprise. Irish universities have endured a decade of under-investment. The impact of the funding cuts over the years, while invisible in the short-term, are now being seen directly as our universities are out-performed by better funded international competitors …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 6 June]

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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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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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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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