Third-level sector funding to be tied to gender equality improvements

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Future funding for higher education institutions will be tied to how well they tackle the problem of gender equality in the sector, Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has said. A report setting out how universities and Institutes of Technology will be judged on their efforts to tackle the gender gap in the sector is due in the middle of September …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Publication of Gender and Diversity Statement

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As part of her opening address to the European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education today, Monday 20 August, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD announced the launch of the first Gender and Diversity Statement for higher education institutions …” (more)

[Technological Higher Education Association, 20 August]

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Minister slates slow progress on higher education gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A lack of leadership is limiting the number of women in senior positions at third-level colleges, Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has warned. Universities and other colleges have taken positive steps towards gender equality, but women continue to be under-represented in key roles, according to a new report by Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 August]

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‘Critical’ need for investment in institutes of technology

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The State’s cash-strapped institutes of technology say they need up to €400 million over the next five years if they are prove fit for purpose to meet the needs of a growing number of students. The representative body for the 14 institutes of technology says some colleges are in a financially vulnerable position and require investment to protect the quality of education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 July]

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Institutes of Technology Seek €74.5m Investment in Next Budget

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2018 by steve

“The Technological Higher Education Authority (THEA) has requested an investment of €74.5 million on behalf of Ireland’s 14 Institutes of Technology in its pre-budget submission. The submission also included a five-year funding plan, detailing how the proposed changes call for upwards of €700 million to be spent …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 27 July]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor gives opening address at first Technological Higher Education Association Colloquium in GMIT

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

“Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, opened the first annual Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) Colloquium in GMIT today (10th of May). The three core themes for the day revolve around a central theme of ‘Engagement’ and it brings together students, agencies, enterprises, further education, policy makers, and the voluntary sector to explore the reality of the ‘Engaged Institution’ and how to meet the challenges ahead while working with industry, community, and policy-makers …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 May]

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GMIT president welcomes progress of Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“GMIT president Dr Fergal Barry has welcomed the passing by the Seanad of the Technological Universities Bill, which paves the way for the Connacht-Ulster Alliance (CUA) to progress towards the next stage of the application for designation as a technological university for the west/north west …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 22 March]

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Statement from the Technological Higher Education Association on the passing of the Technological Universities Bill

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

Ireland“The passing today by Seanad of the Technological Universities Bill marks a step change in the development of the technological higher education sector with the realization of an even more exciting and diversified higher education landscape in this country. The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) warmly welcomes the support that the Bill has garnered from TDs and Senators …” (more)

[THEA, 8 March]

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Submission from the Technological Higher Education Association toward the Indecon review of the National Training Fund

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In the 2018 Budget Statement delivered on 10 October 2017, the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Paschal Donohoe TD, announced an increase in the National Training Fund levy and signalled further increases in the coming two years to reach 1.0% in 2020. Alongside that, there was a commitment that employers would have a central role in determining priorities for these sectors in 2018 and beyond, and this review is an important element in shaping and delivering on that promise. To that end, the technological sector is pleased to contribute to this review …” (more)

[Joseph Ryan, THEA, 6 March]

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How Institutes of Technology Fell Out of Favour

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As the Technological University Bill nears the final stages of the legislative process, much ambiguity persists as to what a technological university actually is. So familiar are we with its predecessor, the institute of technology, that the landscape of higher education in Ireland is difficult to picture without it …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 26 February]

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TU or not TU: that is the big question

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Metropolitan University: that was the bright future which lay ahead for Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) back in the late 90s. That’s what students at DIT, including myself and Carl O’Brien, now Education Editor with The Irish Times, were writing about during our cub reporting years. But here we are, in 2018, and DIT is still DIT, so let’s not pretend that it’s just Waterford and the South East that doesn’t always get what it wants …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 11 January]

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GMIT welcomes €200m announcement of investment in Institutes of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of GMIT, Dr Fergal Barry, and the Chief Executive of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), Dr Joseph Ryan, have welcome the announcement of a major capital investment in higher education …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 19 October]

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Third Level members accept the TUI, DES and THEA Agreement on Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A large majority (74%) of TUI members in the Third Level sector today voted to accept the TUI, DES and THEA Agreement of May 2017 on Technological Universities. The Agreement was the result of extensive discussions between the parties …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 13 June]

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TUI News Ballot Special

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This ballot concerns the proposed TUI, DES and THEA Agreement, May 2017, on Technological Universities. If members vote to accept the proposed agreement, the current industrial action (that is, not to cooperate with any merger activities relating to the proposed Technological Universities) will be suspended …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 30 May]

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Launch of THEA a Significant Step in Irish Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association, the representative body for the 14 Institutes of Technology in Ireland, was launched formally today by Education Minister Richard Bruton …” (more)

[Merrion Street, 3 April]

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Time to get moving on technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One of our key national challenges is balancing the need to support the thriving Dublin area while also investing in the sustainability of the remainder of the State.We are experiencing a national recovery, albeit unevenly …” (more)

[Joseph Ryan, Irish Times, 28 March]

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GMIT funding crisis could have impact on education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The President of GMIT says that a funding crisis facing the IT is ‘perilously close’ to impacting on education being offered to students. Dr Fergal Barry was among a group of Presidents from the Technological Higher Education Association who presented to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 14 November]

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University Heads Call for Income-Contingent Loans as Part of ‘Mixed’ Funding Model for Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) today recommended the introduction of an income-contingent loan scheme for higher education, placing them significantly at odds with the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), which called for the removal of fees for all students in all courses below level eight …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 10 November]

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