The Government’s Inertia on Cassells Is Now Bordering on the Absurd

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It was around this time three years ago that the Cassells report – a groundbreaking review of potential higher education funding strategies – was officially released. Three years later, and still the government has failed to act. There’s been talk. Committees have convened. Options have been discussed. But the government has consistently failed to deliver on the report’s most crucial recommendation: action …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 15 July]

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EU Verdict on Cassells Report Not Expected Until 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s third-level institutes will have to wait until April 2020 to hear the verdict of EU analysis on the Cassells report, Minister for Education Joe McHugh has said. The report, which sets out three options for the future funding of Ireland’s higher education sector, has been with the European Commission since January 2019, when the government applied for economic advice on the report …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 14 July]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the results of the economic analysis of the Cassells report on third-level funding referred to the European Commission will be made available …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 July]

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Abolishing Fees Would Cost Government €229m, Says Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The abolition of the student contribution fee would cost the government €229 million, according to Minister for Education Joe McHugh. McHugh, answering questions in the Dáil this week, said the cost of abolishing Ireland’s fees – which currently stand as the second highest in the EU – would hit the budget of the government’s grant scheme …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 5 July]

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Third Level Funding – Cassells Report

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

IrelandCatherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the results of the economic analysis of the Cassells report on third-level funding referred to the European Commission will be made available; the provisions for institutions which reach a funding crisis point in the interim; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 June]

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IUA calls on Government to establish a sustainable core funding solution to support looming demographic bulge

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As almost 124,000 Leaving and Junior Certificate students get ready to sit exams tomorrow (Wednesday), the Irish Universities Association is calling on the Government to set out a sustainable funding model to prepare for these and future generations of aspiring third level applicants …” (more)

[IUA, 4 June]

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IFUT Calls for Allocation of Corporation Tax to Address Higher Education Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“‘The next Budget should provide once-off emergency funding from the surge in Corporation tax to address the escalating higher education crisis’, Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, said in advance of IFUT’s 2019 Annual Delegate Conference in Dublin, Saturday, May 11th, 2019 …” (more)

[IFUT, 10 May]

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Time to decide on third-level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Failure to fund higher education stores up problems for the future. It is close to three years since the publication of the report of the expert group on funding Ireland’s third level institutions. According to the Cassells Report, the sector required additional investment of €600m annually until 2021, rising to €1bn from 2030 …” (more)

[Declan Jordan, Irish Examiner, 22 April]

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Student fee hike and loan scheme ruled out

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Further increases to student fees or the introduction of a student loan scheme have been ruled out, the Irish Examiner can reveal. In a ‘highly significant’ development, the Government has rejected two of three recommendations contained in a 2016 report into how a gaping hole in third-level funding is to be filled …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 27 March]

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Students’ Union Heads Call for Protests on Higher Education Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of all third-level students’ unions as well as the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have come together to call for protests to demand increased funding for colleges in Ireland in an open letter …” (more)

[Ross Malervy, University Times, 11 March]

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Student loans no way to fund education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – We are representatives of the students across Ireland – students keen to gain skills and qualifications and play our part in building Ireland’s future. The proposal of any kind of student loan scheme in Ireland is wholly unacceptable and is widely understood as an inequitable way to fund education, as well as having been consistently shown to be a failure when implemented in the UK and Australia and contributing to significant deficits in the public purse …” (more)

[Síona Cahill and 27 others, Irish Times, 11 March]

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Live horse and you’ll get grass!

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For the past decade higher education institutions, staff and students have been forced to survive on a mantra from government of ‘live horse and you’ll get grass’. But on 20th February last, the Department of Education and Skills held a novel ‘Stakeholders Consultation on Higher Education’, on the site of the newly launched Technological University of Dublin, to discuss a brighter future …” (more)

[IFUT, 6 March]

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Galway City Council pass Unanimous Motion in Support of more funding for Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the unanimous vote from Galway City Councillors which calls on the government to act on the Cassells Report and provide a sustainable funding model for third level education. Councillors are well placed to understand the real pressures that students and families are under …” (more)

[IUA, 4 February]

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The Irish Times view on higher education: a system at risk

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Our higher education system is vital to creating jobs, raising living standards and supporting our citizens to reach their full potential. However, the impact of almost a decade of spending cuts, rising student numbers and a cap on hiring permanent academic staff has taken its toll …” (more)

[Irish Times, 31 January]

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Consideration of student loan scheme for third-level to be delayed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Controversial proposals for a student loan scheme to fund third-level education are being referred by the Government to the European Commission for detailed economic analysis. The move is set to push back any decision on a future funding model for higher education by at least a year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 January]

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Dublin college merger: Technological universities arrive with a TUD

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“These welcome fainéant days between Christmas and the New Year offer time for reflection and synthesis as well as an opportunity to envisage a fresh approach to activity in the coming calendar year. Higher education can look back with mixed feeling on the year just parting. The central challenge of funding remains unresolved. Given a minority government, it was never likely that the necessary consensus would be discovered to address the proposals of the expert group chaired by Peter Cassells that reported in 2016 …” (more)

[Joseph Ryan, Irish Times, 31 December]

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‘RTÉ – This Week’ on third level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As Richard Bruton left the Department of Education this week, he left for his successor one big decision to make: what to do about third level education funding. It’s been two years since the publication of the Cassells Report …” (podcast)

[RTÉ – This Week, 21 October]

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Joe McHugh is Inheriting a Higher Education Sector Riddled With Problems

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

Ireland“It was with relatively little fanfare that Richard Bruton’s tenure as Minister for Education came to a close, with Bruton shifted to the Department of Communications by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and landed with the unenviable task of salvaging the mess that the national broadband plan has become …” (more)

[Matthew Murphy, University Times, 16 October]

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New Minister for Education must make fees funding decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the new Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, needs to rule out student loan schemes. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The Government has been sitting on the report carried out by Peter Cassells into the future of higher education funding for months now. Three options were laid on the table, one of which is publicly funded higher education. The onus is on Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor to get the ball rolling on this extremely important issue …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 15 October]

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‘Grossly inadequate’ USI reacts to proposed allocation for third level – Budget 2019

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

Ireland“According to the 2016 Cassells Report, Higher Education in Ireland requires €600 million a year in funding up until 2024 just to maintain current standards, yet this morning Government have proposed just €300 million investment into HE in Budget 2019 up to 2024 …” (more)

[USI, 9 October]

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