Third Level Funding

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

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Solidarity): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on increasing public funding of third level colleges to reverse the cuts that have taken place since 2008 and to end reliance on private sector funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Higher Education Costs

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

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the degree to which higher education costs have increased over the past number of years; the extent to which the proportion of the national budget under that heading has varied in the past ten years; his plans to ensure continued access to third level for all students seeking to avail of third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Hopes for Funding Report Report by Christmas, Says Higher Education Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the Minister of State for Higher Education, said she hopes to have a report on funding from the Oireachtas committee considering the sector’s future before Christmas. Speaking on RTÉ Radio One this morning, Mitchell O’Connor said she was waiting on the much-anticipated report from the Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 19 October]

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Do Student Loans Kill Dreams?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Higher-education institutes (HEIs) across Ireland are facing a major funding crisis. The Cassells report, published in March of last year by an expert group, concluded an increase of €600 million in funding annually would be needed by 2021, and a further increase of €1 billion would be needed by 2030. The report outlined three potential solutions for funding …” (more)

[Elizabeth Wells, University Observer, 13 October]

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Resignation, not Frustration, as Higher Education Assesses Budget 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday’s Budget was a low-key affair all round. Outside the lobby of Buswells there was the usual hustle and bustle, but across the country, there was little of the usual frenzied anticipation. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, themselves were playing down expectations – this was a ‘balance-the-books’ budget, not a glamorous giveaway …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 11 October]

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FF focus on third level helps secure additional investment – Byrne

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD says his party has played an important role in securing additional funding for the third level sector in Budget 2018, but has warned that much more funding will be needed in the years ahead …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 11 October]

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‘No ifs, no buts, no education cuts’ – Students from across the country march through Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Carrying placards, bullhorns and chanting slogans, several thousand students marched through Dublin city ahead of rally at Merrion Square this afternoon. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is worried that the recommendations in a government report would see an increase of fees, burden young people with debt and drastically reduce access to higher education …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 4 October]

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Students set for Dublin march against loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of students are set to march through the capital on Wednesday to voice their opposition to student loan scheme and to call for greater public investment in cash-strapped colleges. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) says many institutes of technology, in particular, are being starved of resources yet there is no long-term plan to tackle the problem …” (more)

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

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Funding higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your editorial may inadvertently have given a misleading impression of the scale of the funding challenge in Irish higher education (‘Higher education – time to invest’, October 2nd) …” (more)

[Aedín Doris, Irish Times, 4 October]

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The Answer to the Higher Education Funding Crisis Is Not to Raise Student Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When thinking about ways to address the central challenges we face in our system of education, it is important to begin by acknowledging one undeniable fact: our universities have a truly remarkable record of delivering for Irish society. At third level we have moved from a small, exclusive sector – effectively closed to large sections of society – to having one of the world’s highest levels of qualifications …” (more)

[Thomas Byrne, University Times, 3 October]

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Still no college funding model in upcoming budget

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Richard Bruton will be unable, in next week’s budget, to deliver any long-term outline of a third-level funding model. Despite his previous plans to have a political agreement on whether to significantly increase taxpayer investment or introduce an income-contingent student loans scheme, neither is now expected to be announced …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 October]

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Higher education: time to invest to match our ambition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s higher education system has a critical role to play in creating jobs, raising living standards and supporting an open and tolerant society. In turbulent times,the quality of our third-level sector is even more important in supporting economic growth and fulfilling the potential of our students …” (more)

[Irish Times, 2 October]

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Fianna Fáil urges Government to tackle ‘funding crisis’ in colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil says it is insisting in talks with the Government that next week’s budget should set aside up to €100 million for higher education to help tackle a ‘funding crisis’. It also says it wants a reduction in the pupil-teacher ratio at primary level at school which is a condition of its support for the Government under its confidence-and-supply agreement …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 October]

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Third Level Charges: Cost of Reducing Student Contribution

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated first and full year costs of reducing student contributions to third level fees by €100 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 September]

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Varadkar takes UK-style loans for student fees off the table

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar shot down a British or US-style student loan scheme that would leave graduates being ‘saddled with enormous debts’. The future funding of the university system is under scrutiny with the Cassells Report putting student loans forward as an option of boosting cash-flow. But there remains a lack of clarity on how the soaring cost of third-level education will be funded …” (more)

[Alan O’Keeffe and Katherine Donnolly, Independent, 27 September]

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Students to hold national demonstration for third-level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has announced they will hold a national demonstration on October 4th calling on the Government to invest in publicly-funded third-level education. The demonstration, which is expected to draw over 5,000 students from across Ireland, will call on government officials and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills to invest in the publicly-funded third level education model as outlined in the Cassells report published last year …” (more)

[Seán Dunne, Irish Times, 25 September]

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Half of parents have no money put aside for third-level education costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Half of parents say they have no money put aside to meet the cost of third-level education for their children. Parents expect to have to fork out more than €5,000 over a year to send a child to college or university …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 August]

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Employers to help shape education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The National Training Fund (NTF) is set to receive up to €200 million in funding over the next three years from Ireland’s biggest employers in order to ‘win the war for talent’. That’s according to Education Minister Richard Bruton …” (more)

[Paul Saunders, Limerick Post, 15 August]

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Amid Talk of Increased Levy, Government Promises Employers Greater Impact on Education Policy

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The government has sought to address employer concerns about an increase in the contributions employers pay to higher education, offering them greater input into future decisions on the training and education in Ireland …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 14 July]

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A Year on from Landmark Funding Report, Labour to Call for Rejection of Loan Schemes in Seanad

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly a year to the day after the publication of a landmark report on Irish higher education funding, Labour Party senators will bring a motion to the Seanad tomorrow calling on the government to oppose a loan scheme for third-level students …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 11 July]

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