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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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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Universities to Lobby Against International Fees for Northern Irish Students Post-Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The leaders of Irish universities will be lobbying to ensure that Northern Irish students are not subjected to higher, international-level fees, as negotiations begin over the UK’s exit from the EU …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 11 April]

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The Universities’ Right-Hand Man: Ned Costello on Loans, Leadership and Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It was only around the corner from the offices of the Irish Universities Association (IUA) that, last October, over 10,000 students and activists from across the country marched on Merrion Square, calling for more money for higher education. This wasn’t their only demand, however …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 11 April]

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Rankings and state of third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Ellen Hazelkorn suggests that discussions about the future funding of higher education should be ‘based on real evidence and not on rankings’ (Opinion & Analysis, September 22nd). But in this, she creates a false dichotomy …” (more)

[Ned Costello, Irish Times, 24 September]

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Universities push for €2 billion investment

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s seven universities are pressing the government to invest €2 billion in public and private funds to fill gaps in third-level infrastructure. The submission comes as some reputable universities slipped down another set of world rankings …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, Business Post, 22 September]

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University staff in strike threat over proposed work changes

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Attempts to impose wide changes to terms for new and promoted staff at University College Cork have been met with a threat of industrial action by academic staff …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 February]

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25% of university academics earn more than €100k

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Top Irish lecturers and researchers are still among the highest paid in the world, despite alarming drop in university standards and six years of austerity budgets …” (more)

[John Drennan and Claire Mc Cormack, Independent, 23 November]

[The headline figure looks wrong. 1,093 is the number of THIRD LEVEL employees with salaries over €100,000 – in other words it isn’t restricted to universities and it isn’t restricted to academics. 4,327 is the number of UNIVERSITY, ACADEMIC staff. Saying that 1,093 is about 25% of 4,327 is arithmetically accurate but is a nonsense statistic.]

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Irish Universities Launch Shared Service Jobs Portal

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s seven universities have launched a new shared services portal advertising all vacancies in Ireland’s university sector – www.universityvacancies.com. This shared service initiative has been developed collaboratively by the seven universities working under the umbrella of the Irish Universities Association …” (more)

[Trinity News and Events, 20 October]

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Universities seek action on ‘crisis’ in funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2014 by steve

“The State’s seven universities say they cannot afford to wait for the outcome of a Government working group on how to fund higher education in the future, such is the scale of the financial crisis now facing the sector …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 29 September]

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IUA Restructuring of Executive Management Structure

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Following a review of the executive management structure of the IUA, the Directors have taken a decision to restructure the organisation to ensure its alignment with the needs of our member Universities and to ensure its long-term organisational sustainability …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 2 May]

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Universities criticise cut in fees for emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on March 19th, 2014 by steve

“The representative body for the seven Irish universities has said moves to reduce fees for the children of Irish emigrants living outside the European Union could have a significant financial impact on third-level institutions …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Universities fight Quinn’s plan to take control of pay

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 30th, 2012 by steve

“Universities are fighting plans to change the law to give the Government absolute control over pay, conditions and staff numbers. University leaders have met Education Minister Ruairi Quinn to express reservations about proposed new legislation …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 October]

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Title fight: Ireland’s institutes make their nominative case

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2012 by steve

“Long the poor stepchildren of the nation’s higher education system, the Republic of Ireland’s institutes of technology are demanding some respect. After at least 10 years of trying, they may be close to gaining the status of universities – or at least ‘technological universities’ …” (more)

[Jon Marcus, Times Higher Education, 25 October]

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Quinn plans new university pay law

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 3rd, 2012 by steve

“Universities have reacted angrily to Government plans that will make sure they never again give un-authorised bonuses to staff …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 October]

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Pointing the way

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2012 by steve

“The points system has served Ireland well but change is needed to encourage positive educational values — not just for college but for lifelong learning …” (more)

[Ned Costello, Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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Minister criticises universities for delay in points system plan

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 13th, 2012 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has strongly criticised the seven university presidents for their delay in bringing forward new proposals on the points system. In an unprecedented critique of the college heads, he has also condemned the ‘failure in governance’ by some universities which resulted in unauthorised payments of more than €8 million to senior staff …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 13 June]

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Third-level rift as university heads labelled ‘arrogant’

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

“Senior figures in the institute of technology sector have accused university presidents of ‘arrogance’ in the dispute about new technological universities for Dublin, the southeast and the Border/ midlands/west (BMW) region …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 26 January]

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