Unions concerned by plan to give business bigger say in university funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions are seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister for Education to raise ‘grave concerns’ over plans to give big business a greater say in where hundreds of millions of euro in university investment will be spent. It follows an Irish Times report which said a new ‘oversight arrangement’ is to be established which will facilitate employers having a greater say in the strategic direction of €300 million in education spending …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 December]

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Employers to have key say on allocation of education funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Employers and big business will have a key say in where hundreds of millions of euro in education investment will go over the coming years, according to internal Government documents. Last October, the Government announced details of a new five-year €300 million ‘human capital initiative’ for higher and further education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 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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Teachers under pressure from ‘initiative overload’, says new Minister for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There is a sense of ‘initiative overload’ among teachers who feel pressurised into implementing a range of policies and reforms, according to the new Minister for Education. Speaking at his first public engagement since taking over the brief from his predecessor Richard Bruton, Joe McHugh – a former teacher – told the Oireachtas education committee that …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 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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Has the Education Plan passed the test?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“‘To provide the best education system in Europe.’ This is the ambition of the Department of Education’s Statement of Strategy and Action Plan 2016–2019. The seventy page report published in September 2016 by the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton lays out thirteen key objectives of the department, and how they propose to achieve them …” (more)

[Doireann De Courcy MacDonnell, University Observer, 15 October]

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USI welcome the announcement today that Deputy Joe McHugh will be taking over the position of Minister for Education and Skills

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“We would like to wish Minister Richard Bruton well in his new role. The third level education funding crisis will be the real test for any new Minister in the Department of Education and Skills, and we look forward to working collaboratively and proactively with Deputy McHugh. Minister McHugh’s appointment comes in the aftermath of Budget 2019 …” (more)

[USI, 15 October]

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In Cabinet Reshuffle, Joe McHugh Appointed Minister for Education

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

Ireland“Joe McHugh has been appointed Minister for Education and Skills, replacing Richard Bruton, as part of a series of ministerial changes made in the wake of the resignation of Denis Naughten. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today announced that Bruton would replace Naughten …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 13 October]

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Teachers mark down minister for failing to end austerity-era cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Increased funding that will bring the Department of Education budget to a record high of €10.7bn next year drew a mixed response, including criticism of the failure to do more to end austerity-era cuts. The €674m includes €147m to meet pension and lump sum costs, a higher than usual allocation at this time …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 October]

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‘A pittance’ – Teachers slam education investment in Budget 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teachers associations have lashed out at the funding set aside for education as part of Budget 2019. This afternoon, the Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe announced a €10.8bn budget for the Department of Education next year. He said the allocation marks a 6.7% increase on last year …” (more)

[Michael Staines, Newstalk, 9 October]

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1,300 new SNAs and Teachers, increase in capitation in largest ever education budget

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“… Higher Education: A package of €57 million in additional current funding will be invested in higher education initiatives in 2019 alongside €41 million additional funding for pay deals and pensions in the sector. This will fund provision for 3,500 additional places, initiatives to support innovation and performance awards, teaching and learning capacity, 1,000 additional places on Springboard+, research funds for Institutes of Technology/TUs, part-time and flexible learning …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 9 October]

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No need to pay more teachers to correct exams – Bruton

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education has said he will not have to pay more teachers to correct Leaving Cert exam papers to speed up the correction process. Richard Bruton made the comments following a court case by an 18-year-old student who wanted to get a marking mistake in her Leaving Cert exam fixed in time for her to go to university …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 30 September]

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Hundreds of students to be affected by Leaving Cert appeals ruling

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students every year are being forced to wait a year before taking up their course due to delays in correcting Leaving Cert appeals. This week’s High Court ruling in favour of Wexford student Rebecca Carter is likely to result in a faster appeals process which is likely to allow these students to take up their courses in future …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 September]

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SEC to carry out ‘urgent assessment’ of Leaving Cert appeal timeline

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The State Examinations Commission is to carry out an ‘urgent assessment’ of the current timelines involved in the Leaving Certificate appeals process. The SEC board met this evening to consider the implications of this week’s High Court ruling. In a statement issued after its meeting …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 28 September]

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Bruton vows to speed up appeal process for Leaving Cert students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton has pledged to help speed up the appeals process for Leaving Cert exam students to ensure students do not lose out on potential college places …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Leaving Cert ruling has far-reaching implications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Wednesday’s High Court ruling, in a case involving a student who appealed her Leaving Certificate results, has far reaching ramifications. Mr Justice Humphreys described the appeals system as ‘manifestly unfit for purpose’, and he directed that the Minister for Education and his department ensure that by next year, appeals are completed before the start of the academic year …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 27 September]

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Bruton must act on dysfunctional Leaving Certificate appeals process – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has called for an overhaul of the Leaving Certificate appeals process. Deputy Byrne made the comments following yesterday’s High Court judgement which found that the current appeals process is highly unfair and causes untold stress for students …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 27 September]

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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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Minister Bruton welcomes public sector deal on new entrant pay

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD welcomed the outcome of negotiations between the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on improvements to new entrant pay …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 September]

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State and UK unite to keep the door open for students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish and British governments are working hard to protect existing arrangements between the two countries in the areas of higher education and research, but much depends on the final Brexit deal. Earlier this month, UK Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds visited Dublin to reinforce the close relationship between the two countries …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 September]

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