Prioritising the basics in education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – If there aren’t enough places in third level to meet demand I can understand why there are those who think the answer is to put more money into the sector (‘Shortage of college places looms unless State invests in higher education, say campaigners’, News, March 22nd) …” (more)

[Patrick G Burke, Irish Times, 23 March]

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Shortage of college places looms unless State invests in higher education, say campaigners

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There will not be enough college places over the coming years to cope with a demographic bulge unless there is more State investment in higher education, campaigners have warned. Third level students and lecturers across college campuses staged lunchtime protests on Thursday to highlight a ‘growing crisis’ in higher education funding …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 March]

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Obsession with third level a factor in construction worker shortage

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s almost beyond ironic that the original home of the navvy is so short of building workers that the problem is threatening the construction of badly needed homes and infrastructure …” (more)

[Irish Times, 16 February]

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College entry applications edge up on last year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Applications for college entry are up slightly on this time last year. The CAO received 73,157 applications when the main deadline passed yesterday. The final tally will likely be higher as there is a facility for late applications, and normally a few thousand more come in …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 February]

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CAO applications rise to over 73,000 for higher education courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The number of CAO applications this year has increased slightly with more than 73,000 people applying for a place in higher education. The modest increase of just over 400 applications, or 0.6%, reverses last year’s trend when the total number of applications fell by 5%. This was due mainly due a decline in mature applicants …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Plan for 1,400 student spaces amid shortage

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans for almost 1,400 new student bed spaces have been submitted since the start of the year as the housing crisis continues to hit those in third-level education seeking accommodation. Like most demographics, the student housing sector is facing a significant shortfall with demand for spaces more intense than ever before. At the time of last year’s CAO offers there were 3,070 properties available nationwide …” (more)

[Michael Cogley, Independent, 27 January]

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Education and emigration

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In ‘Numbers of students in higher education climbs to record high’ (News, January 18th), the Higher Education Authority claim that this will help the country meet whatever challenges it faces in the years ahead …” (more)

[Stephen O’Hara, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Minister of State Mitchell O’Connor welcomes record number of enrolments in Higher Education Institutions in 2017

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on January 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor has welcomed today’s release of key statistics from the Higher Education Sector in ‘Higher Education: Key Facts and Figures’ by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Student numbers in the sector have increased from 196,000 in 2011/12 to almost 232,000 in 2017/18, an increase of some 18% …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 January]

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Colleges’ reliance on the fees from foreign students laid bare

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The growing reliance of Irish third-level colleges on fees from foreign students and other non-State funding is laid bare in a new report out today. Third-level enrolments hit a record high of 232,000 in 2017/18, including 17,237 non-EU students, according to data from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 January]

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Record number of students now in third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The number of students in higher education has climbed to a record high with almost a quarter of a million people studying a third-level course last year. The new figures look set to cement Ireland’s position within the EU as the member state with the highest proportion of school-leavers progressing to higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 January]

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Rise in Leaving Cert numbers set to drive up CAO applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A rise in Leaving Cert student numbers this year could drive up points for college entry on popular courses. It will be some months before the final candidate figures are available, but it is understood an increase of 3%, or slightly more, is on the cards. It is the first significant increase in Leaving Cert exam candidates in many years and expected to translate into more CAO applications …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 January]

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‘With colleges at saturation point, apprenticeships are attractive again’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With almost 47,000 CAO acceptances this year, most of them from the Leaving Cert class of 2018, school-leaver college entry rates are pretty much at saturation level. Many of those who did not go straight to higher education started on a post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) course and will use that as a stepping stone …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 December]

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Is it time to fall out of love with universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Universities are booming. In many countries close to half of young people now go on to tertiary education. Others, including Ireland, are at that point or beyond: Ireland now sends approximately 60% of its secondary school leavers to third level. Everywhere, young people, parents, and governments agree that universities are the route to success, and the more of them the better. So a good news story? …” (more)

[Alison Wolf, Irish Times, 4 November]

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Limerick IT president challenges the ‘current blueprint’ for third level education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The President of the Limerick Institute of Technology has challenged the current blueprint for third level education, as he revealed that 95% of last year’s LIT graduating class either went directly into employment or on further study. At the opening 2018 conferring ceremony in the LIT Moylish Campus this Wednesday, Professor Vincent Cunnane questioned whether the Government’s Hunt Report, first published in 2011, was still relevant for the sector and the challenges it now faces …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 31 October]

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110% Increase in Non-EU Students Attending Trinity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After major internationalisation efforts in College, the number of non-EU students studying in Trinity more than doubled between 2011/12 and 2017/18, The University Times has learned. A memorandum circulated to Finance Committee by Trinity’s Vice-President for Global Relations, Juliet Hussey, showed that College had achieved 98.5% of its target …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 30 October]

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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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University of Limerick welcomes almost 3,000 international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick will welcome almost 3,000 international students to campus this year, as part of a programme the university estimates is worth more than €21 million to the region …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 1 October]

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The value of higher education

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

Ireland“Sir, – The director of the Irish Universities Association’s letter on the value of higher education deserves some comment (September 17th). It is true to say that Ireland’s spend on higher education is the second lowest in the EU but only if that spend is expressed as a percentage of GDP …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 19 September]

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Rising numbers and cuts to funding push universities into ‘danger zone’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The twin pressures of funding cuts and growing student numbers sees Ireland’s university system classed as being in the ‘danger’ zone, according to an analysis by the European Universities Association (EUA). Ireland is rated with Iceland and Croatia as in the most perilous position in terms of public funding, in a review of 34 European countries and regions in the EUA Public Funding Observatory 2017 report …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 September]

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Spending on education has not kept up with rising number of students – OECD

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

Ireland“Spending on education in Ireland has not kept up with the rising number of students, according to the international think-tank, the OECD. Most countries in the developed world are spending more per student than at the start of the financial crisis, but Ireland is one of the small number that is not …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 September]

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