WIT to review arrangements relating to spin-off research firms

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A review is being undertaken by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) into arrangements relating to spin-off research companies based there. The situation was outlined at the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, which heard that the Department of Education expects to hear shortly about the findings …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 March]

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Implications of Brexit for the Irish Educational System: Discussion

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): Everybody is in situ. This part of the meeting involves a discussion on the possible impact of Brexit on the Irish educational system. We will have the opportunity to listen to the views of stakeholders in this very important area. I took the opportunity over the weekend to look at statistics regarding Irish students abroad. In 2016, 12,000 Irish students studied in the UK while 2,000 studied in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, 21 March]

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Higher education ‘can thrive in Ireland after UK exit’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Brexit represents a major opportunity for Ireland’s higher education system, provided it gets the necessary State supports. The potential benefits include attracting more investment for research, more foreign students and more quality academics, but it will require investment and the right initiatives, the Oireachtas Education Committee was told …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 March]

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University College Galway (Amendment) Bill 2017

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Bill Number 6 of 2017. Sponsored by Deputy Eamon Ó Cuív. Source: Private Member. Method: Introduced. Status: New Bill. ‘Bill entitled an Act to rescind the University College Galway (Amendment) Act 2006 and amend the University College Galway Act 1929 …'” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 1 February]

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Step forward for legislation to maintain Irish language requirement for NUI Galway president

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A bill which aims to legally enshrine the requirement for the president of NUI Galway to be an Irish speaker has made it through the first stage in the Dáil. Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv is pushing for new legislation to ensure the incoming NUI Galway president is capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 26 January]

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University College Galway (Amendment) Bill 2017: First Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): … The aim of this Bill is to ensure that the president of the National University of Ireland, Galway, NUIG – the college formerly known as University College Galway, UCG – will be capable of doing his or her business in the Irish and English language as has been the situation since 1929. We must remember that in 1929, under Cumann na nGaedhael, the college was given a special statutory responsibility in regard to the Irish language …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 26 January]

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Legislation Programme for Spring/Summer Session 2017 – 3rd level

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThe Legislation Programme for the Spring/Summer Session is now published. None of the priority legislation relates directly to third level. Other legislation mentioned is:

Bills that are expected to undergo Pre-Legislative Scrutiny: Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Amendment) Bill. ‘To amend the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 to address some issues that have arisen regarding the scope of QQI’s responsibilities in relation to recognition of awards and regulation of private and voluntary providers, to ensure adequate protection of enrolled learners where providers discontinue a programme, and to give greater authority to Institutes of Technology to award Level 9 qualifications.’ Heads are currently being drafted – no date given for scrutiny to commence.

Bills already on Dáil Order Paper: Technological Universities Bill 2015. Currently awaiting Committee stage. Given the broad degree of consensus that would be needed to pass this, and the opposition from various quarters, it seems unlikely to proceed further at any time soon.

Other Legislation: (1) Higher Education (Reform) Bill. ‘To modernise the legislative framework underpinning the governance and functions of the Higher Education Authority and the governance structures of the universities.’ Heads are currently being drafted. This is largely a matter of updating the HEA’s governing legislation, and perhaps tinkering with universities’ governing bodies – not a priority on anyone’s list, I would imagine.

Other Legislation: (2) Universities (Amendment) Bill. ‘To ensure compliance with government guidelines on remuneration, allowances, pensions and staffing numbers in the University sector.’ Heads approved in October 2012, drafting is underway. This bill serves largely as a scarecrow meant to terrify universities that might be tempted to flout existing controls – a role it can perform perfectly well without being on the statute book. Again, it’s hard to see why anyone would be in a hurry to spend legislative time on actually enacting it.

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Education Committee Members Challenge Fine Gael Funding ‘Agenda’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton’s, desire for ‘consensus’ on a new funding model for higher education has been challenged by a number of Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee members …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 22 December]

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Irish Language Committee asks NUIG to reconsider decision on future presidents not being required to be fluent in Irish

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“At its meeting on 13 December 2016, the Standing Joint Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands agreed to request the Governing Authority of the National University of Ireland, Galway to reconsider its decision that future Presidents of the University will not be required to be fluent in Irish …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 21 December]

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Advice on choices in further education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I refer to “‘Snob value’ pushing school-leavers to universities, says academic” (December 9th), which included comments attributed in error to me, and a related letter to the editor from Mary Toomey (December 13th). The comments attributed to me were made to an Oireachtas committee addressing the Cassells report …” (more)

[Diarmuid Hegarty, Irish Times, 19 December]

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‘Other options’ on high college fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The chairwoman of the Oireachtas committee which will make the crucial recommendation on whether students will be expected to pay back higher college fees insists that other options will also be considered …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 December]

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USI: Student loans place unfair burden on students

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

Ireland“Student loans for university fees are not the best way to fund higher education. The representatives of over half a million students will address the Oireachtas committee on Education and Skills today, on the need for government investment in the sector …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 8 December]

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TCDSU Warn of Dangers of Loan Schemes in Submission to Education Committee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In their submission to the Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) have warned of the dangers of fee increases, as well as calling for alternatives to an income-contingent loan scheme to fund higher education …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 3 December]

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Politicians are not Ready for the Grown-Up Debate on Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee is lucky. With a world-class report at their fingertips and the complete confidence of the Minister for Education and Skills, they have the complete freedom to reimagine Irish higher education …” (more)

[University Times, 27 November]

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State may force emigrant graduates repay fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Laws may have to be introduced to force graduates, who emigrate, to pay a minimum amount off any deferred fees, the authors of a report into possible new funding models for third-level education have said. The Cassells Report published in July outlined three main options to reverse the fall in the quality of higher education and to increase resources. But its authors yesterday said whatever path was taken would also require a ‘radical overhaul’ of the current maintenance grants system …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 25 November]

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Graduates could pay up to €150 a month for 15 years under loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A college graduate could expect to pay €100-€150 per month over 10-15 years if a student loan scheme is introduced in Ireland, according to experts. Aedin Doris, an economics lecturer at Maynooth University, said the calculation was based on a conservative assumption that a graduate’s real wages would not grow for the foreseeable future …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 November]

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Failure to agree on third-level funding will damage careers of Irish students

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

Ireland“A failure to agree soon on how to fund higher education will end up damaging the career prospects of a new generation of Irish students, the author of a major report on third level education investment has warned …” (more)

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

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Mr Peter Cassells to meet with Education Committee on funding for higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Joint Committee on Education and Skills will tomorrow meet with Mr Peter Cassells, Chair of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education to resume their hearings on the findings of the report Investing in National Ambition: a Strategy for Funding Higher Education …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 23 November]

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GMIT funding crisis could have impact on education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The President of GMIT says that a funding crisis facing the IT is ‘perilously close’ to impacting on education being offered to students. Dr Fergal Barry was among a group of Presidents from the Technological Higher Education Association who presented to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 14 November]

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University heads back student loan scheme to tackle funding ‘crisis’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University presidents say the introduction of a student loan scheme is the fairest way of securing vital funding to tackle a ‘crisis’ in higher education. They were speaking at the first in a series of meetings of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education which is to draw up plans for funding higher education …” (more)

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

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