Higher education: voters uninterested?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In a somewhat downbeat (but realistic) assessment of the state of Irish universities and colleges, the outgoing chair of Ireland’s Higher Education Authority, John Hennessy, laments that there are ‘no votes’ in higher education. Politicians won’t take the decisions they should take, he may be suggesting, because they are not under any pressure from the electorate …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 February]

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‘There are no votes in third-level education’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“When John Hennessy surveys the state of higher education in Ireland, he’s reminded of the moment almost 50 years ago when Donogh O’Malley announced plans for free second-level education for every child. The country was at a crossroads. There was huge economic potential. It just needed to be unlocked through a visionary public policy …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 February]

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Third-level system in danger of stress ‘to point of breaking’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Underfunding of higher education is in danger of ‘stressing the system to the point of breaking’, according to the outgoing chairman of the Higher Education Authority. John Hennessy, who has just completed five years as chair of the organisation …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 February]

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Third-level funding crisis ‘worsening’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The funding crisis in third-level colleges is getting worse, the chairman of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has warned Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 September]

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Plans for university are facing ‘significant challenges’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a technological university (TU) in Munster face ‘a very significant challenge’, higher education chiefs have warned. Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (IT Tralee) are working towards a merger, with a view to becoming one of the new-style technological universities …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 January]

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Education reform must start from very beginning

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

Ireland“Our long-term economic success remains inextricably tied to the higher level of knowledge and skills of our people and to our ability to out-perform other countries in education and research …” (more)

[John Hennessy, Independent, 22 January]

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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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