The time for technological higher education is here and now

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

Ireland“Today’s budget statement sees an overall lift in higher education current expenditure enabled by the increase in the employer contribution under the National Training Levy. It’s not surprising then to see that the focus of the use of this funding is on programmes that are close to enterprise and that can be seen to have tangible economic and societal benefits …” (more)

[Joseph Ryan, THEA, 9 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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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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IUA and THEA, joint call with students and staff unions for Government to address Higher Education funding Crisis

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

Ireland“In an unprecedented move, unions representing students and teaching staff have joined forces with the representative bodies of universities and institutes of technology to call on the government to respond to the growing crisis in higher education funding …” (more)

[IUA, 27 September]

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Why we need more women at the top of higher education

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

Ireland“The recent rush to balance the university books in order to demonstrate the existence of gender equality has, not surprisingly, proved more complex than many in leadership positions (mainly men) originally envisaged. An economic imperative, whereby funding for universities is now linked to diversity targets, has contributed to the sudden enlightenment regarding the importance of gender equality within the higher educational landscape …” (more)

[Judith Harford, Irish Times, 17 September]

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Technological Universities Should Bring Out the Best of Both Sectors

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The technological education sector has been part of the landscape in Ireland for a long time. In the case of my own institution, Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), we trace our roots to the foundation of the Limerick Athenaeum in 1852, founded with the aim of being ‘open to all, irrespective of class, creed or cultural background’ …” (more)

[Vincent Cunnane, University Times, 15 September]

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All but one of 14 institutes of technology have yet to apply for gender equality benchmark

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on September 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“All but one of the 14 institutes of technology have yet to submit an application for the gender equality benchmark needed by the end of next year to be eligible for public research funding. Although institutes of technology (ITs) involved in planned mergers to become technological universities (TUs) have a longer timeframe in which to secure the Athena Swan bronze award, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has submitted its application this summer …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 September]

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IT Tralee will implement corrective measures in relation to gender imbalances if needed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee says it’ll implement corrective measures in relation to gender imbalances, if needed. A policy announced by the Technological Higher Education Association commits all institutes of Technology to address imbalances in sectors traditionally dominated by one gender …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 4 September]

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Tech institutes commit to  putting more women in senior posts

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The country’s 14 institutes of technology have committed to increasing the number of women in senior positions. Some 48% of academic staff in the institutes are female, but only 17% are in the highest paid positions with salaries of at least €106,000, according to a report from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 August]

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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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