Political parties rule out student loans to fund third level

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All major political parties have ruled out a student loan scheme as a way of funding higher education over the coming years. The comments were made at a debate on the future of higher education involving the spokespeople for the main political parties at Trinity College Dublin on Tuesday moderated by Newstalk’s Shane Coleman …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Students and colleges warn third level sector is ‘losing ground’ on rivals

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students and third level colleges have united to call on political parties to commit to invest more in higher education to prevent Ireland ‘losing ground’ against international competitors. In a joint statement, the Union of Students in Ireland, the Irish Universities Association and the Technological Higher Education Association said State funding per student at third level is now 40% less than it was a decade ago …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Higher Education interest groups present joint funding plan ahead of general election

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Just two weeks before the Irish general election, higher education interest groups have put out a united call for greater funding for the sector. The Irish Universities Association (IUA), the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have rallied to campaign for a pre-election commitment to hundreds of millions of euros of higher education funding …” (more)

[Madalyn Williams, Trinity News, 23 January]

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Surplus in State training fund set to climb to €1bn in 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is facing calls for an ‘urgent review’ of a State training fund after it emerged that the surplus is set to climb to almost €1 billion this year. The scale of the surplus has emerged at a time when the higher education sector claims it is facing a financial ‘crisis’ linked to reduced State investment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 January]

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Irish Universities Association ‘disappointed’ with budget provisions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA), have described the Budget 2020 provisions for higher education as ‘understandable, but inadequate’. In yesterday’s budget statement, Minister of Finance Paschal Donohue announced the provision of €19 million for the rising student numbers in the following years, as well as €74 million additional funding for higher education, funded by a 0.1% increase in the National Training Fund levy. Donohue also reiterated a pledge for an extra investment of €60 million as part of the Human Capital Initiative …” (more)

[Rachel McKinney-Perry, Trinity News, 9 October]

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Record investment in Education and Skills with hundreds of new teachers and more than 1,000 additional special needs assistants

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Budget increases by €360 million to €11.1 billion as special education, small schools and teaching principals benefit from new investment. More higher education places and new third level courses being created as part of new €60 million fund. Increase in funding for apprenticeships and training under the National Training Fund. Budget 2020 provides the fourth successive year of major reinvestment in our education and training system …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 9 October]

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Hundreds of new teachers to keep pace with growing school population

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of teachers and special needs assistants will be hired over the coming year to meet the needs of our growing school population. Overall, the education budget next year will climb to a record high of €11.1 billion, up about 3% on last year. The bulk of additional funding will go towards demographic pressures and maintaining existing pupil-teacher ratios …” (more)

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

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€74 million increase in funding for higher education in Budget 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An increase in investment of €74 million for higher education has been announced by the Finance Minister Paschal Donohue in today’s budget statement. The additional funding will be provided by a 0.1% increase to the National Training Fund, a levy on employers …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 8 October]

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Half a billion euro surplus in State training fund ‘unacceptable’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government has been criticised for running a ‘scandalous’ unspent surplus of about half a billion euro in a State training fund. Latest figures show the projected underspend for the National Training Fund – an employers’ levy aimed at supporting the training of those in employment – this year will be almost €200 million …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 July]

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Ministers publish the National Training Fund Expenditure Report 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD today published the National Training Fund Expenditure Report 2019 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 28 June]

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National Training Fund: Statements

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2019 by steve

IrelandJohn Halligan (Waterford, Independent): I am grateful for this opportunity to discuss the National Training Fund. This is an important and worthwhile fund and I will give the House as much information as I can on it. Funding is allocated by the Minister for Education and Skills with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform in accordance with the provisions of the National Training Fund Act 2000 …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 28 February]

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Ministers McHugh and Halligan announce competitive call for Springboard+ 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Focus on skills for the workplace of the future. The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD together with the Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, John Halligan TD today issued a competitive call to all higher education providers for course proposals which will be funded under Springboard+ 2019 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 January]

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Unions concerned by plan to give business bigger say in university funding

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

Ireland“Trade unions are seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister for Education to raise ‘grave concerns’ over plans to give big business a greater say in where hundreds of millions of euro in university investment will be spent. It follows an Irish Times report which said a new ‘oversight arrangement’ is to be established which will facilitate employers having a greater say in the strategic direction of €300 million in education spending …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 December]

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Employers to have key say on allocation of education funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Employers and big business will have a key say in where hundreds of millions of euro in education investment will go over the coming years, according to internal Government documents. Last October, the Government announced details of a new five-year €300 million ‘human capital initiative’ for higher and further education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

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The time for technological higher education is here and now

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Today’s budget statement sees an overall lift in higher education current expenditure enabled by the increase in the employer contribution under the National Training Levy. It’s not surprising then to see that the focus of the use of this funding is on programmes that are close to enterprise and that can be seen to have tangible economic and societal benefits …” (more)

[Joseph Ryan, THEA, 9 October]

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Higher Education needs Rainy Day Fund now not in future, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It is incredible that this year’s Budget set aside €1.5 billion for a future rainy day fund while higher education is drowning in an existential funding crisis that is being ignored, the Irish Federation University Teachers (IFUT) has stated. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said that …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 9 October]

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Teachers mark down minister for failing to end austerity-era cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Increased funding that will bring the Department of Education budget to a record high of €10.7bn next year drew a mixed response, including criticism of the failure to do more to end austerity-era cuts. The €674m includes €147m to meet pension and lump sum costs, a higher than usual allocation at this time …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 October]

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Comment: ‘Budget 2019 means students will be left out in the cold for another year, quite literally’

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

Ireland“There have been claims that Budget 2019 does ‘very little to address the growing crisis in third-level funding’. The Irish Universities Association has said that the extra €57m allotted to them ‘only allows the system to tread water’ and will impact on the education and prospect of the next generation of graduates …” (more)

[Independent, 9 October]

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Minister Bruton publishes independent review of the National Training Fund

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, has today published a comprehensive independent review of the National Training Fund. The National Training Fund (NTF) was established by the National Training Fund Act 2000 to raise the skills of those in employment, to give relevant skills to those preparing for employment and to support lifelong learning …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 August]

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Government publishes the National Training Fund Expenditure Report 2018

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

“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD, today published the National Training Fund Expenditure Report 2018 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 May]

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