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 Funding – Demographic Growth

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount his Department has provided for demographic growth in the higher education sector for the next five years; the amount provided in budget 2017; if the figure provided is taken into account when calculating the fiscal space; the number of staff who have been hired over each of the past five years specifically to address demographic growth in the higher education sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 February]

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Analysis: Are we sending too many students to college?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dropping out of college comes at a heavy cost for students. Aside from feelings of failure and regret, there can is a major financial burden. If a student opts to return to college, their grant entitlement is lost for the year they repeat. In addition, they may be liable for some or all of the tuition fees for that year, depending on the timing of their withdrawal …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 January]

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€14m of education budget to tackle increasing numbers of third-level student

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“€14m of the government’s investment in third-level education announced in Budget 2017 will be allocated to dealing with the increasing numbers attending public-funded institutions. Minister for Education, Mr. Richard Bruton announced the breakdown of how the €36.5m allocated to third-level education will be invested yesterday …” (more)

[Seana Davis, Trinity News, 7 January]

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How do Counties and Regions in Ireland Compare for Number of Degrees?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Last week I noticed a jump (4 times normal) in the number of views on this blog when I posted about ‘Which is the smartest county in Ireland?’ – I compared the 26 counties for total number of PhDs, and followed up the next day with a breakdown for men and women. It was interesting to note the wide discrepancies between the counties …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 26 September]

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Third level education is not for everyone

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The wisdom of pushing up student participation rates must be questioned, says Education Correspondent Niall Murray. Many sides to the university funding debate rightly point to the fact that the international rankings do not give anything like the full picture of activities in our third-level institutions …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 12 September]

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IT Sligo says funding issues are putting pressure on colleges

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

Ireland“More students are choosing IT Sligo than ever before while the college is receiving less funding. This approach is unsustainable according to the IT’s new head of environmental science Dr. Frances Lucy …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 7 September]

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Colleges creating ‘elite courses with small numbers’ says Limerick principal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Increased demand for courses is ‘reflective of the ongoing recovery of the economy’, according to local third level institutions, in light of the CAO figures this week. A significant increase in demand for programmes relating to environment, science, technology and business were seen at University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 26 August]

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The right participation?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 23rd, 2016 by steve

Scotland“It is that time of year again, when (at least in this part of the world) school examination results are out and universities make their final student selection decisions. It is also the time of year when questions are asked, again, about how many people should ideally participate in higher education …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 August]

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Not all Leaving Cert students are suited to third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An editorial in this paper on the day of the release of the Leaving Certificate results commented that the fact that 60% of school-leavers will go on to higher education ‘reflects well on the education system and the aspirations of young people’. Many of the lecturers who will encounter these young people in September would not wholeheartedly endorse this view …” (more)

[Sean Byrne, Irish Times, 22 August]

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Accommodation crisis can have detrimental effect on studies

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“While thousands of Leaving Cert students will be celebrating their results this week, many of those who wish to go on to third-level education face an overcrowded housing market. With the Leaving Certificate results out tomorrow and the CAO offers out on August 22, up to 40,000 first-time students are set to accept offers for third-level courses around the country …” (more)

[Dylan O’Connell, Irish Examiner, 16 August]

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CAO applications: higher education is not the be-all and end-all

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Latest CAO figures show record numbers of school-leavers have applied for places in higher education institutions this year. Ireland now has the highest proportion of young people with third-level qualifications across the EU. It is an impressive achievement and signals the aspiration of a new generation to reach its full potential …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 July]

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How will State pay for the third-level funding crisis?

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

Ireland“After eight years of spending cuts and rising student numbers, senior staff at universities and third-level colleges say funding shortages are reaching crisis levels. The numbers going to third level are projected to grow by 30% over the next decade or so …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 July]

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Third Level Admissions Data – Student Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 7th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if any Irish universities have had to place a cap on student numbers due to funding difficulties; his views on student entry caps as a means of dealing with funding shortfalls by universities; and the sanction he or the Higher Education Authority can employ to censure universities who cap student numbers on certain courses due to funding shortfalls …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 July]

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Third Level Education – Increased Demand post-Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 7th, 2016 by steve

IrelandJohn Brassil (Kerry, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the strategies the Irish education system put in place to cope with the inevitably increased demand on the third level education system, given that fewer students will now be able to choose the United Kingdom option for third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 July]

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Higher Education Courses Provision – Estimated Demographic Increase

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2016 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated costs in terms of both current and capital spending, to provide for estimated demographic increases over each of the ten years for the higher education sector, assuming that service remains at an equivalent level to the current level of provision; if he has included this figure in the €500 million in additional spending under the programme for Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 June]

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Third Level Expenditure – Space Requirements

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

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of carrying out the capital projects identified in the Higher Education Authority space utilisation of third level conducted in 2010 in respect of projects that were identified as being in need of repair or replacement, taking deterioration that may have occurred since the report into account; if he will include any of these projects in the capital investment plan over a five, ten and 20-year period; the details of this; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 June]

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Third Level Staff Recruitment – Staff/Student Ratio

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 10th, 2016 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of reducing the academic staff to student ratio at third level to 1:15 in each of the years 2017 to 2021, taking forecasted increases in student numbers into account; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 June]

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Bruton wants more children to go on to higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton says he wants to see more children go on to higher level education and that a complete review of the Déis system is required. Speaking ahead of the start of the Leaving and Junior Cert exams on Tuesday, the Minister said education is the engine room that drives the country’s ability …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 8 June]

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What if there isn’t a skills deficit?

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

UK“In a classic episode of Yes Minister, the ever-cynical Sir Humphrey argues that ‘We didn’t raise the school leaving age to enable children to learn more. We raised it to keep teenagers off the job market and hold down the unemployment figures!’ The same might also be said of higher education expansion …” (more)

[David Morris, Wonkhe, 9 May]

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