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 brian.a.murphy@dit.ie 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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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2018 by steve

Thomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to provide the necessary funding for third level institutions; the amount identified in the Cassells report in this regard; and his views on the requirements for funding set out therein …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 May]

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Third-level colleges face ‘financial strangulation’ by government

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

“Universities are being financially strangled by government funding policy; if not reversed will increasingly result in inadequate education standards for students, the economy and society, Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warned …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 12 May]

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Student loans ‘off the table’ for lifetime of current Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 27th, 2018 by steve

“The introduction of a State student loans scheme is ‘off the table’ for the lifetime of the current Government. The Union of Students in Ireland said it ‘cautiously’ welcomes a statement from the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, that the issue of student loans is ‘off the table’ while the current Government is in office …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 27 April]

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The Latest Twist in the Third-Level Funding Saga

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s beginning to look highly unlikely that a decision on third-level funding will be made before the next general election. An economic analysis of the three options set out by the Cassells report, requested by the committee and carried out by the Department of Education, will now take place, the Irish Times reported this week. In the words of Richard Bruton, ‘it is not possible at this stage to give a timescale for its completion’ …” (more)

[University Times, 15 April]

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Minister Bruton needs to rule out student loan schemes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 12th, 2018 by steve

“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, 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 Bruton and Mitchell O’Connor to get the ball rolling on this extremely important issue …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 12 April]

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Student loans and third-level funding off the agenda

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 12th, 2018 by steve

“Student loans are off the agenda for the lifetime of this Government, at least, as the hot political potato of who should bear the cost of paying for third-level is put on the long finger. There is also no prospect of a major increase in State funding for the third-level sector, which would be an alternative to asking students to pay higher fees through a loan scheme …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 April]

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Work on student loan scheme under way, says Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 11th, 2018 by steve

“Minister for Education Richard Bruton said it was not possible to say how much a student loan scheme for higher education would cost as work was only now beginning on a detailed economic analysis. It is almost two years since the Cassells report on the future funding of higher education was published and recommended urgent changes to ensure the system was ‘fit for purpose’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 April]

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