Universities question non use of €270m fund

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Universities have told an Oireachtas Committee they ‘seriously question’ why a fund that is heading towards a surplus of more than €270 million is not released to address the crisis in the Higher Education sector. Addressing the Joint Committee on Education the current president of the Irish Universities Association, Professor Don Barry, said that the National Training Fund was ‘heavily in surplus’ …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 November]

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Third-level students want flexibility and choice

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than 40 years ago the points system was introduced to level the playing pitch for students seeking entry to higher education. Over the past decade, however, it became clear that it had been exploited and manipulated …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Colleges are fuelling the points race, warns university president

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges have not done enough to take the heat out of the CAO points race, according to a university president. Professor Philip Nolan says school-leavers still face too confusing a choice of CAO courses, despite a pledge to simplify the process …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 August]

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Fewer courses a boon for Maynooth

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University claims that having fewer entry courses for Leaving Certificate students is the reason for its increase in popularity this year. A limited number of courses, rather than very specialised degrees at third-level, was proposed by experts in 2011 to ease the intensive ‘points-race’ for school-leavers, which has a major influence on teaching at second-level …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 August]

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Colleges criticised for using small-intake courses to drive up CAO points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Many colleges are still manipulating the CAO system by offering courses with very few student places in order to drive up the points requirements for them, a university president has warned. Colleges have been criticised in the past for creating these high-points courses in the belief they add to the prestige of the institutions …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Three Irish institutions rank in top 150 best ‘young universities’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Three Irish universities have ranked in the top 150 best ‘young universities’ league table. The Times Higher Education ‘150 under 50’ ranks colleges which have been established in the past half century. Maynooth University ranked the best of the Irish universities (68th place), followed by Dublin City University (79th place), and University of Limerick (between 101 and 150th) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 April]

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Higher education sector under pressure as never before

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“When Philip Nolan combed through the latest college application figures for Maynooth university on Wednesday morning, he felt conflicted. The university had just recorded its highest-ever level of demand. But there was also the looming dilemma of how to cope with ever-increasing student numbers … ” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 March]

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Students Against Fees Plans Expansion To Other Universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A meeting was held yesterday evening regarding the issue of incoming student loans and fee increases, which was attended by members of the Students Against Fees group, and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), as well as students from such as DCU, UCD, and NUI Maynooth, who are interested in setting up similar groups in their respective university …” (more)

[Conn de Barra, Trinity News, 23 January]

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Funding cuts putting third-level sector under pressure

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has concluded a series of performance agreements with each of the State’s universities, institutes of technology and other third-level colleges …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 January]

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Everyone wants to go to college – but who will pay?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A leaked report this week called for a student loan scheme to solve the chronic underfunding of universities. Would it stop standards dropping or prove unworkable …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 20 December]

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AIT signs major academic collaboration agreement with regional partners

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

Ireland“Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) has signed a memorandum of understanding with strategic partners Dublin City University (DCU), Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), and Maynooth University …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 18 December]

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Higher Education Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2015 by steve

IrelandAnthony Lawlor (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the expert group’s report on the future of higher education funding in Ireland will be published; if the continued funding for the National University of Ireland Maynooth to ensure staffing levels will increase in line with plans to expand the student population and resources; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 December]

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UL tops gender equality table for academic staff

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Women academics seeking gender equality among staff at Irish universities have ranked University of Limerick as the best performer in promoting women. NUI Galway (NUIG) is at the bottom of the table, published on the eve of a conference at NUIG on gender equality on Friday …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 3 December]

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Irish university strips student of PhD following investigation

Posted in Legal issues on November 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has revoked a former student’s PhD following an investigation into the circumstances that led to two previous retractions in the Journal of Biological Chemistry …” (more)

[Retraction Watch, 20 November]

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Trinity pays consultants €2.8m for ‘change management’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin paid external consultants €2.8 million to assist in ‘change management’ at the university, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 November]

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A Reflection on the Higher Education Funding Conference at Maynooth University

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“When a good friend, who is a PhD student at TCD researching higher education in Ireland, sent me a message on Whatsapp on 30th September, I just landed at Geneva Airport, on my way to visiting a friend. In the short message, he said that the conference he was attending – the Higher Education Funding Conference at Maynooth University – was pretty good and would be of interest to me …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 14 October]

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Minister Bruton Opens New €20 million Eolas Building at Maynooth University

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD today opened the new €20.6 million Eolas building at Maynooth University. The state-of-the art facility will serve as a ‘research powerhouse’ that will drive innovative teaching methods, foster collaboration with industry and deepen a culture of ‘spin-out’ companies, according to Maynooth University President, Professor Philip Nolan …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 6 October]

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Australian student loan scheme a match for Ireland – economist

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Getting students to pay for their college fees through contributions based on future earnings is more equitable and less open to abuse than other means of funding higher education, Irish policy makers have been told …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 September]

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‘Higher Education Funding in Ireland: Drawing on the International Experience’ – 30 September 2015, 09:00 to 15:30, Maynooth University

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“… Several notable international speakers will participate, including Sara Goldrick-Rab, an educational sociologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who has written extensively on the issue of higher education funding in the US; economist Claire Crawford of Warwick University and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, who has written several detailed analyses of the UK system; and Bruce Chapman of the Australian National University, whose name is particularly associated with income-contingent student loans, both in terms of his academic research in economics and his role as policy advisor to many governments. Local speakers include Rory O’Donnell of NESC and Delma Byrne of Maynooth University …” (more)

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The Savage Consequences of Repeating an Exam in an Award Year

Posted in Teaching on September 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday I wrote about my experiences in repeating exams in both my first and second years in Trinity back in 1979 and 1980 – a difficult time, but I also learned a massive amount from the experience. I went on to pass my third and fourth years, and to graduate with an honours degree …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 9 September]

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