Higher education: time to invest to match our ambition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s higher education system has a critical role to play in creating jobs, raising living standards and supporting an open and tolerant society. In turbulent times,the quality of our third-level sector is even more important in supporting economic growth and fulfilling the potential of our students …” (more)

[Irish Times, 2 October]

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UCC plans €350m investment to increase campus space by 20%

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) hopes to expand its campus space by 20 per cent in the next five years as part of a €350 million investment programme. The plan will create 500 new construction jobs, and is part of a wider strategy by the college to grow student numbers to 23,000 by 2022 …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 26 September]

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Irish workers are most ‘overqualified’ in Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish workers are the most overqualified in the European Union for the jobs they are working, according to latest research. About one in three workers are at least one educational level above the international norm for the jobs they are in …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 September]

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Higher education: funding reform is vital

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The fact that Irish universities are experiencing a significant increase in applications from international students is encouraging. It indicates that despite a decade of funding cuts and rising student numbers, higher education in Ireland retains a good reputation abroad …” (more)

[Irish Times, 7 August]

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Third Level Admissions Data: Projected Student Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his projections for growth in higher education student numbers over the next decade; the way in which he proposes that demand will be met; the projected costings involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 July]

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Universities and Students are Facing a Perfect Storm of the Government’s Making

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It was not just candour, when the President of University College Dublin (UCD), Andrew Deeks, suggested the college might have to place a cap on Irish student places. Instead, it was the latest move in the long drawn-out game our universities are being forced to play with the Irish government – a government who seem unaware they are involved in any sort of gamble with our futures …” (more)

[University Times, 11 June]

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Higher Education Courses Provision: Numbers taking PhDs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 12th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department or a body under its aegis has figures on numbers undertaking PhDs in each year since 2009, including PhD entry rates compared to completion rates in HEIs here; and if he will provide same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 May]

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‘31,000 more university students into 5,000 less teachers doesn’t go!’ – IFUT tells Minister for Education

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

Ireland“Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, must immediately address the rapidly deteriorating funding and staffing situation at third-level to avoid a further worsening of pressure on staff and students alike, Mike Jennings, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, said at the 2017 Annual Delegate Conference of IFUT …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 6 May]

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Third Level Funding: Funding and Student Numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the €600 million core funding requirement by 2020 referenced in the Cassells report includes or excludes provision for demographic increases that have already been included in fiscal parameters for 2018 and 2019 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 May]

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Many college graduates lack work-ready skills, say small firms

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The quality of college graduates appears to be on the decline, with many lacking work-ready skills, according to small and medium-sized businesses. They also say the record number of school leavers going on to third level is not a positive development and reflects a lack of alternatives such as apprenticeships …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 April]

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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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