Worry as girls spurn key science and technology courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 12th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The low uptake by girls of courses in key areas such as technology and engineering is getting even worse. New figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) show even fewer females enrolling in relevant third-level programmes …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 November]

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Males linked to growing dropout rate at third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 14th, 2014 by steve

“Young men who avoid apprenticeships in construction trades but struggle with college courses could be a factor in rising third-level dropout rates. The possibility is raised in a report showing 7,000, or around one-in-six, first-year students a year fail to make it to second year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 July]

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Students with under 300 points struggle to stay in college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 14th, 2014 by steve

“Financial hardship among students has increased in the last four years and is a factor in college drop outs, suggests a report from the Higher Education Authority. Drop-out rates from some lower socio-economic groups has increased while students from farming and professional families were least likely to drop out …” (more)

[Fiona Gartland, Irish Times, 14 July]

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Is one university better than another?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2014 by steve

“The HEA rows into the debate, saying there is no evidence that some institutions have lesser or better outcomes. It’s their skills that make people good employees, not the school or college they attended …” (more)

[John Hennessy, Irish Times, 27 May]

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Higher Education Institutions Issues – County Laois

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans and priorities for the location of a third level education campus in County Laois; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 26 June]

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Rise in applications for science, tech courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 17th, 2013 by steve

“Applications to study science, technology and engineering at third level have increased significantly over the past five years. An analysis of CAO preferences by the Higher Education Authority also found that technology courses make up one fifth of all first preference applications this year …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 April]

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Teacher’s pet

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2012 by steve

“That UCD-TCD merger story really caught fire, but who are the big winners and the losers in the whole episode? And who buried the Van Vught report? First a recap …” (more)

[Irish Times, 2 October]

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Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2012 by steve

“The chairman of the Higher Education Authority, John Hennessy, is continuing to make a strong impression. Hennessy, the former head of Ericsson in Ireland, has gained something of a reputation for straight talking. Last week, he pitched in again, warning about restrictive public-sector work practices that bedevil higher education …” (more)

[Irish Times, 1 May]

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Restrictive Practices in Higher Education in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2012 by steve

“The Chairman of the Higher education Authority is no stranger to controversy. His most recent interesting comment came when he commented against the ‘restrictive work practices’ of the third level …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 26 April]

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The Higher Education Agenda: Employability & Internationalisation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2012 by steve

“… If Ireland is to capitalise on its potential, then I suggest that three elements need to operate in a really cohesive way. First we need a coordinated and complimentary approach by both Government and higher education providers, one which conferences like today will help promote …” (more)

[John Hennessy, Key Note Address, HECA Conference, 20 April]

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IFUT responds to HEA statement on greater rôle for private education

Posted in Governance and administration on April 21st, 2012 by steve

“Mike Jennings, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), has said that it is highly disappointing that the Chair of the HEA should call for a greater rôle for private colleges in the provision of higher education courses in Ireland, with no mention of educational standards being taken into account …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 21 April]

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Call for colleges to be ‘unshackled’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 21st, 2012 by steve

“The chairman of the Higher Education Authority, John Hennessy, has criticised the ‘very restrictive’ public service working practices across the third-level sector. In an address yesterday he also envisaged a greater role for private colleges in the provision of higher education courses in Ireland …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 21 April]

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Higher Education Authority chairman predicts greater role for private third-level colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2012 by steve

“Higher Education Authority Chairman said the continuing growing demand for Higher Education in Ireland could no longer be fully met by the publicly funded institutions …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 20 April]

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School cuts in subjects ‘may affect investment’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2012 by steve

“The dropping of Leaving Certificate subjects by schools faced with staffing cuts could be damaging to the country’s chances of international investment, the chairman of the Higher Education Authority has said …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 April]

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Reform of Irish education and ‘institute’ versus ‘system’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2012 by steve

“The Higher Education Authority (HEA), since the appointment of chairman, John Hennessy, is largely seen as a kind of attack dog that has been set loose on Irish higher education, in order to force ‘efficiencies’ and an industry focus upon institutes of technology (IoTs) and universities, and generally, in the words of the great and fictitious prime minister, Francis Urquhart, to put a bit of stick about …” (more)

[The Norman Wyse Commentary, 14 February]

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Third level faces €500m shortfall, HEA warns

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2011 by steve

“A funding gap of almost €500 million a year will still have to be bridged to keep third-level colleges afloat even with major efficiencies being sought by the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 July]

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Third level funding report due

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 26th, 2011 by steve

“A report on third level funding that could open the way for the return of college fees is expected to be published in September. Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn – who has refused to rule out the return of fees – has asked the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to examine the funding crisis ahead of expected Cabinet discussions in the autumn on possible new charges …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 26 July]

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‘Private sector’ values

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2011 by steve

“Madam, – The new chairman of the Higher Education Authority, John Hennessy, wants higher education ‘to move closer to the values and practices of the private sector’ (Home News, May 13th). Do these values and practices include CEO compensation of many millions per annum …” (more)

[Donncha Kavanagh, Irish Times, 19 May]

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Being competitive in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2011 by steve

“In this blog I recently drew attention to comments made in University College Dublin by the new chair of the Higher Education Authority, Mr John Hennessy, on the topic of what universities should adopt from the private sector. The HEA has now drawn attention to his speech on their website …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 18 May]

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Must try harder: this year’s report card for the key figures in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2011 by steve

“… I miss teaching students and exchanging ideas with them, but hell, I don’t miss the marking. If I’m not marking student exam papers, maybe I can grade the efforts of some of the key figures in higher education over the past academic year instead. I’ll mark them strictly, with absolutely no grade inflation, so a good mark really means something. Let me look at the political class first …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 17 May]

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