IUA welcomes publication of Gender Taskforce Equality Action Plan 2018

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

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) today welcomed the Report of the Gender Equality Taskforce Action Plan 2018-2020. The IUA is fully committed to working with the Minister and Department of Education and Skills to implement the recommendations arising from the Report in order to bring about meaningful and sustainable change in gender equality in universities …” (more)

[IUA, 12 November]

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A Week of Shouting About the Third-Level Sector’s Disarray

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

Ireland“Not so long ago, talking out loud about the decline of Ireland’s higher education sector was considered somewhat aberrant behaviour. As Tom Boland, the then-CEO of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), told the Royal Irish Academy in 2015, Ireland could not risk the reputational damage of stakeholders ‘shouting from the rooftops’ about the impact of the funding crisis …” (more)

[University Times, 22 October]

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Universities and USI criticise Budget

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has expressed its disappointment with the Government’s budget last week for failing to address the number issues facing the third-level education sector …” (more)

[College Tribune, 19 October]

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At Higher Education Town Hall, Students at Cross Purposes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) this evening appealed to students for their views on the future of the campaign for higher education funding, with divisions emerging between those calling for a single-issue education campaign and those arguing for a wider social movement encompassing housing …” (more)

[Aisling Marren and Ciannait Khan, University Times, 16 October]

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IUA calls for student action in TCDSU town hall on higher education funding

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

Ireland“The Director General of the Irish Universities Association (IUA) Jim Miley called on Trinity students this evening to ‘put pressure on politicians’ and make higher education funding a political issue. Speaking to a Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) town hall meeting, Miley declared that ‘the state has sat back and refused to make a clear policy position’ on funding for higher education …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 16 October]

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Colleges in ‘crisis’ seeking public’s help on funding

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

Ireland“The seven universities are taking their campaign for increased funding beyond Leinster House by seeking public support for a petition to back increased funding for higher education. In a significant departure from traditional lobbying in the higher education sector, a €250,000-plus budget is being invested by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) in a multi-media campaign to promote awareness of the issues facing them …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 October]

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Universities send out an SOS to public for funding

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

Ireland“Ireland’s seven universities are turning to the public to put pressure on politicians to provide more State funding. The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has launched a campaign warning of the risk of a ‘serious drop in quality or a shortfall in places for students in the future’ if the funding crisis was not tackled urgently …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 October]

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The Charter for Irish Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The IUA have been out in force what with the launch of Ireland’s Future Talent – A Charter for Irish Universities. The campaign started with this letter to the Irish Times. In the letter, the Director General of the IUA (Jim Miley) repeated the oft-stated point that state funding for Ireland’s higher education is the second lowest in the EU. This is true but only if that spend is expressed as a percentage of our notoriously inflated GDP …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 18 September]

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Rising numbers and cuts to funding push universities into ‘danger zone’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The twin pressures of funding cuts and growing student numbers sees Ireland’s university system classed as being in the ‘danger’ zone, according to an analysis by the European Universities Association (EUA). Ireland is rated with Iceland and Croatia as in the most perilous position in terms of public funding, in a review of 34 European countries and regions in the EUA Public Funding Observatory 2017 report …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 September]

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Irish universities must be ‘freed from the grinding levers of State control’ if they are to compete with the best in Europe – IUA Chief

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities say they must be ‘freed from the grinding levers of State control’ if they are to compete with the best in Europe. The call has come as the country’s seven universities launched a joint Charter, their first ever, in which they commit to transforming capability and performance across the sector …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 September]

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At Charter Launch, IUA Calls on Government to ‘Step Up’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) today called on the government to ‘step up to the challenge and match the ambition’ of Irish universities, at the launch of a charter designed to make Ireland’s education system the best in Europe by 2026. University autonomy was at the core of the charter, as well as student accessibility …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 17 September]

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Universities seek freedom from ‘grinding levers of State control’

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

Ireland“Irish universities are seeking more freedom and flexibility to hire staff in order to compete with Europe’s top-performing colleges. The aims are contained in a new charter which the State’s seven universities say will underpin the future of third-level education …” (more)

[The Charter itself is here]
[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 September]

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The value of higher education

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

Ireland“Sir, – Laura Kennedy asks, ‘What value is a university education?’. The answer is clearly outlined in the OECD Education at a Glance 2018 Report just published this week. The OECD confirms that 25- to 64-year-old workers in Ireland with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent earn 67% more than those with secondary education only …” (more)

[Jim Miley, Irish Times, 17 September]

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The Logic Behind the IUA’s U-Turn on Student Loans is Not So Sound

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Less than 18 months ago, Ned Costello, the then-CEO of the Irish Universities Association (IUA), told The University Times that a student loan scheme was the best solution to the higher education sector’s intractable funding problem. The heads of each of the seven universities were unanimous on the issue – and, as the representative body of Ireland’s universities, it was up to the IUA to see that it be implemented …” (more)

[University Times, 9 September]

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Universities U-Turn on Loans

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

Ireland“Universities will no longer lobby the government to introduce a student loan scheme, marking a complete U-turn in their approach to the higher education funding crisis. In an interview with The University Times, the head of the Irish Universities Association (IUA), Jim Miley, said that universities are becoming ‘agnostic on loans’ …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 6 September]

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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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