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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Future college places at risk without action on funding, statement warns

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The availability of college places for today’s first-class pupils is at risk unless there is urgent Government action on funding, it has been warned in an unprecedented, unified statement by third-level leaders, staff and students. With 40,000 extra students likely to be seeking higher education places by 2030, the joint statement calls for the budget in just under a fortnight to start addressing the issue or face the consequences for quality and capacity …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 September]

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Universities Share IFUT’s Concerns on Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The 2018 Kennedy Summer School in New Ross opened on 6 September with a discussion on the Future of Higher Education. Peter Cassells, Author of the 2016 Cassells Report on Higher Education and Professor Brian MacCraith, President of Dublin City University were among those who echoed IFUT’s position regarding the treatment of Higher Education …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 September]

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New thinking on funding for fairer tuition fees is needed, says DCU chief

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A university president has called for a radical new approach to third-level funding that would limit the number of students paid for by the State, while others, who could afford it, would be liable for full fees. Professor Brian MacCraith of Dublin City University (DCU) said there were ‘people who can afford to go to university, in the same way as they can afford to pay for private schools’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 September]

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Universities U-Turn on Loans

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Universities will no longer lobby the government to introduce a student loan scheme, marking a complete U-turn in their approach to the higher education funding crisis. In an interview with The University Times, the head of the Irish Universities Association (IUA), Jim Miley, said that universities are becoming ‘agnostic on loans’ …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 6 September]

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Surprise resignation leaves HEA back at square one

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The sudden resignation of HEA head Graham Love, just a year-and-a-half after he took up the position, has come as a surprise to people working in the higher education sector. Even for people working within the HEA itself it has come as a shock. No one expected this …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 21 August]

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The Irish Times view on funding higher education: status quo is unsustainable

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2018 by steve

“The Government’s decision to give a green light to the State’s first technological university was hailed by ministers last week as a sign of its ambition to develop higher education and create more opportunities for students. That may be so. But a more telling measure of its commitment to the sector is the low priority it has given to establishing a sustainable funding model …” (more)

[Irish Times, 23 July]

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Funding decision for third level delayed

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2018 by steve

“A Government decision on how to boost funding for third level is unlikely for at least another year as an economic analysis of options put forward two years ago will not now begin until 2019. Education Minister Richard Bruton and minister of state Mary Mitchell O’Connor have told the Oireachtas education committee the review it sought six months ago would begin no sooner than early next year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 July]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Tommy Broughan (Dublin Bay North, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the expert group’s report, the Cassells report, on the funding of third level here; the work being undertaken in regard to the future funding of higher education expenditure; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 July]

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Kennedy Summer School – Round Table Discussion on the Future of Higher Education – New Ross, 6 September

Posted in Research on July 4th, 2018 by steve

IrelandA high quality, responsive higher education system is crucial to delivering on our national ambitions for our economy and quality of life. As the new academic year begins, the Kennedy Summer School has gathered some of Ireland’s leading education professionals to examine the key challenges and opportunities facing our third-level institutions.

The Roundtable will be chaired by Professor Tom Collins. Participants will include: Professor Richard Aldous (Bard College, New York), Peter Cassells (Chair of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education), Professor Mary Daly (President, Royal Irish Academy), Professor Richard Hayes (Vice President for Strategy, Waterford Institute of Technology), Professor Brian MacCraith (President, Dublin City University), and Professor Kerstin Mey (Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Engagement, University of Limerick).

This is a free event but places are limited and MUST be booked in advance. To reserve a space on a first come basis, email to receive confirmation of ticket allocation.

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Expert urges action to end third-level funding impasse

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 14th, 2018 by steve

“Decisions and action are needed before a stalemate on higher education funding leads to further impact on students, the author of a key 2016 report to Government has warned. Peter Cassells, chair of the expert group whose report has been awaiting political decisions for two years, said the status quo is not a cost-free option …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 June]

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Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor addressed IIEA Conference on Higher Education Funding in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2018 by steve

“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today 13th June, 2018 gave a closing address to the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) conference on future funding of Higher Education in Ireland. This conference presented a range of expert speakers on higher education including former Minister for Education and IIEA chairperson Ruairi Quinn and Peter Cassells author of the expert report titled Investing in National Ambition: A Strategy for Funding Higher Education …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 13 June]

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Decisions Needed on Third-Level Funding, Says Peter Cassells

Posted in Governance and administration on June 13th, 2018 by steve

“The time has come for decisions on higher education funding, Peter Cassells, the author of a groundbreaking report on higher education funding, has told a conference today. Nearly two years after his report, which set out three options for the future of higher education, Cassells said decisions were now needed …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 13 June]

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Third Level Costs – Income Contingent Loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 31st, 2018 by steve

Thomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when a decision will issue regarding the introduction of income contingent loans for third level education; the issues regarding student debt and the resulting barriers to education for persons from disadvantaged backgrounds that will be taken into account, which is the case in other jurisdictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22437/18] …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 May]

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What chance is there of a loans scheme for higher education?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2018 by steve

I’m a parent of a student that’s due to go to third level. We don’t qualify for grants, but the €3,000 fee is a very big burden. Is there any chance of a loan scheme being introduced to replace fees? Recommendations to introduce an income-contingent loan scheme for higher education – outlined as one of a number of options in the Cassells report – are dead in the water, awaiting a decent burial …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 22 May]

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