Third Level Data – Student Demographics

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 11th, 2017 by steve

IrelandPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount allocated and also needed for demographics, which relates to higher education funding in each of the years 2010 to 2021, in view of the recent Cassells report in which is quantified the provision needed for demographics for higher education as including an average 1.7% increase per year – c 3,000 students (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 March]

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Third Level Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Anti-Austerity Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will oppose an end to the free fees scheme and abolish the student registration charges in view of the recent figures on the number of students in receipt of grants in third level institutions (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the process and timeframe for the Government’s decision on the options laid out in the Cassells report on funding for third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Seminar: Peter Cassells, ‘Funding Higher Education: How And Why?’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ISPA, in association with the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at UCD, will host this seminar. It will consist of a presentation from Peter Cassells with an opportunity afterwards for questions and discussion. The seminar is free to attend and ISPA membership forms will be available on the night …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 February]

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Pringle calls on Minister not to introduce third level student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Donegal TD has called on the Minister for Education not to introduce third level student loans. Thomas Pringle (Ind) raised raised the issue as a Priority Question in the Dáil. He was responding to recommendations in the the Cassells Report for increased investment in third level education sector, including the possible introduction of ‘income-contingent’ student loans …” (more)

[Donegal Democrat, 25 January]

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Priority Questions: Third Level Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 20th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will take on board concerns represented by the Union of Students in Ireland and other representative groups if an income contingent loan scheme is established on the basis of the Cassells report; his views on whether it is a viable solution to third level funding as a graduate debt of more than €20,000 will create a two-tier system of higher education, furthering inequality in society; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 18 January]

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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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Third Level Costs: Income-contingent Loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 16th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he proposes to carry out a technical study on the merits or otherwise of the income contingent loan model of funding put forward as an option in the recent Cassells report …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 December]

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Financing higher education

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

Ireland“The recent rankings by QS World University Rankings has shone a spotlight on under-investment in Ireland’s higher education system. Under austerity, cutting back on funding to Ireland’s colleges was recognised as an invisible cut …” (more)

[David Whelan, Eolas Magazine, 9 December]

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Sharing creative multimedia education resources

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Although I don’t expect to see student loans as an essential part of the third level system in Ireland before I retire from it in 1105 days, I fully anticipate co-signing a loan to help my under-10s attend the higher education institution of their choice …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 5 December]

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Funding crisis in higher education must be tackled

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Thirty years after the abolition of college tuition fees, just one in seven young people in the country’s most disadvantaged areas progress to higher education. In our most affluent suburbs, almost every young person (99%) has this opportunity …” (more)

[Danny McCoy, Irish Times, 28 November]

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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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Loan scheme ‘must not deter students from an education’

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

Ireland“Increases in third-level fees, linked to a student loan scheme, should be regulated and remain affordable, according Peter Cassells, who wrote the expert group report on future funding of higher education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 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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Higher Education Institutions – Long-term Funding

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

IrelandMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made in relation to the programme for Government commitment on addressing long-term challenges such as long-term funding models in higher education …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 November]

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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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Education Committee to discuss report on the future of higher-education funding in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Joint Committee on Education and Skills will tomorrow meet to consider the findings of the report ‘Investing in National Ambition: a Strategy for Funding Higher Education. The Report of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education’. The meeting will be held across two sessions …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 9 November]

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