Funding undergraduate education

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

Ireland“Sir, – On September 7th, two events occurred in Dublin, barely a kilometre apart, that demonstrate the policy inconsistency that besets Irish higher education. At the Royal Irish Academy, Maynooth University convened a seminar on the funding of undergraduate education, with a focus on income-contingent loans …” (more)

[Tom Boland, Irish Times, 11 September]

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USI’s Demand to be Heard Represents a Much-Needed Shift

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

Ireland“USI’s demand to be invited to speak – and subsequent protest – at Thursday’s Royal Irish Academy conference may seem a bit outlandish. After all, it was by and large set to be an academic discussion focused on the potential repercussions of an income-contingent loan scheme in Ireland – and not one for the various stakeholders to partake in …” (more)

[University Times, 10 September]

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Former Head of HEA Calls for Reform of ‘Fractured’ Relationship Between Government and Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Former Head of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Tom Boland tonight called for action from government and the leaders in higher education on reform of the embattled sector, in a wide-ranging talk that emphasised the value of third-level education while also acknowledging a ‘fractured’ relationship between universities and government …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 9 November]

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Action needed on gender equality says UCC historian

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Despite laws aimed at improving gender equality being introduced 100 years ago, the pace of progress has been slow, and action is needed now, not words, a historian has said …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 October]

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Why do Irish institutions still call themselves ‘royal’?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“It is puzzling that despite Irish independence since 1922, several of our major academies and institutions have maintained royal status. Why do some Irish cling to the old colonial order? Among those that retain obsolete royal identities are the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), Royal Dublin Society (RDS), and the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) …” (more)

[Marion McEnroy-Higgins, Irish Times, 26 September]

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Emergency action urged for third-level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An emergency action plan for higher education should be introduced by Education Minister Richard Bruton like the one he implemented for jobs, a leading academic has claimed. Royal Irish Academy (RIA) president Mary Daly says the sector needs a strong inter-departmental initiative, as past failure to invest in infrastructure has brought higher education to a crisis point …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 May]

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The abolition of fees for third level was a regressive step

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Right now we are looking at a serious underfunding of third- level colleges – a shortfall in the region of €1 billion. This figure, provided by a new Royal Irish Academy advice paper, Future Funding of Higher Education in Ireland, chaired by John Hegarty, must focus the mind and the Government on the risks facing our third-level institutions and their global ranking …” (more)

[Sean Melly, Irish Times, 19 April]

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With Little Election Debate on Third-Level, Royal Irish Academy Could Have Role to Play

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Royal Irish Academy’s report, submitted to the government higher education funding working group and published earlier this month, puts the academy considerably out of step with all the major parties with regards to higher education funding, none of whom have committed to any new funding model for third-level education after the election …” (more)

[Christopher McMahon, University Times, 26 February]

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RIA release report on future of higher level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) released a policy paper last week titled Royal Irish Academy Advice Paper on the Future Funding of Higher Education in Ireland. In the paper, the RIA outlined the flaws in the current Higher Education system and proposed several solutions to rectify the situation …” (more)

[The report is here]
[Lorcan Kelly, University Observer, 8 February]

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Student loan scheme ‘urgently required’ at third level, says experts body

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A loan scheme for third-level students is urgently needed to arrest a decline in funding and quality in higher education, the Royal Irish Academy has warned. The RIA, Ireland’s leading body of experts in the sciences, humanities and social sciences, says higher education has lost ground over the past seven years due to funding cuts and rising student numbers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 February]

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Incoming Oxford Vice Chancellor Addresses Royal Irish Academy on Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Royal Irish Academy tonight hosted a talk by Prof Louise Richardson, Vice Chancellor of Oxford in waiting and Trinity graduate, at their second annual ‘Leaders in Higher Education Address’. Richardson, current Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of St Andrews and world-renowned expert on terrorism, gave an address on ‘Universities in the 21st Century’ …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 5 November]

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Speech – Tom Boland – ‘A Dialogue on the Future Funding of Higher Education in Ireland’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Over the period 2007/08 to 2014/15: There has been a fall in state grants for higher education of 38%; overall funding for higher education has fallen by at least 13.5%; the overall number of full-time students has increased by 25%; this has all resulted in an overall decrease in the total funding per student of 22% – €11,000 to €9,000 …” (more)

[HEA, 24 September]

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Peter Cassells: ‘We will have a final report by the end of the year’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Peter Cassells, the chair of the government higher education working group, has said that his group will report by the end of the year, despite ‘a lot of cynicism’ that it would be delayed until after the general election …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 23 September]

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‘Government cares more about seagulls than students’ – IT Head paints bleak picture of third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A higher education boss today launched a scathing attack on the Government over third-level funding as he claimed politicians were more concerned about ‘savage seagulls’ than 215,000 college students …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 September]

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Exclusion of part-time students from free fees scheme challenged

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new tax relief should be introduced for part-time students as an equity measure and to help reverse the fall in postgraduate enrolments in higher education, the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 17 August]

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Funding doubts causing university ‘brain drain’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A more ‘dynamic’ higher education system is needed to attract both top researchers and women to leadership roles in Ireland, the president of the Royal Irish Academy has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 29 May]

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Ibec pushing for more visionary science policy

Posted in Research on May 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ibec wants to see more scientific research and wants the Government to spend lots more in support of it. Astrologers always believe that big things will happen when planets align. If Mars, Jupiter and Saturn line up surely that must be a sign that change is coming or the end is nigh …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 4 May]

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Companies and third-level institutions part of US-Ireland research awards

Posted in Research on April 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fifteen companies and higher education institutions have been shortlisted for the inaugural US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards. The awards are a joint initiative between the American Chamber of Commerce and the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), and will ‘recognise excellence in research innovation’ as a result of US foreign direct investment in Ireland …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 13 April]

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Royal Irish Academy Advice Paper on ‘Equity of Access to Higher Education’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 18th, 2015 by steve

IrelandKey Points: Early intervention is important to improve the progression rates of under-represented socio-economic groups from second-level education to higher education. Particularly effective modes of intervention include enhanced guidance-counselling provisions at second level and higher-education-engagement programmes …” (more)

[RIA Advice paper no 6 / 2015]

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Research scientists lobby Government over funding

Posted in Research on March 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“More than 800 leading research scientists have joined forces to lobby the Government as it prepares a new national strategy for scientific research. In a letter to The Irish Times today, they outline proposals for developing a strong research base within Ireland …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 18 March]

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