Without Funding, Universities Will Struggle to Keep Their Standards Intact

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week, a report carried out by independent further education watchdog Quality and Qualifications Ireland advised that Dublin City University (DCU) should introduce ways for students to review their learning experience. The report addressed many of the concerns that most Irish students would raise with their education today: unclear grading systems, inconsistent requirements between modules and the quality of teaching …” (more)

[University Times, 13 May]

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Higher Education is Headed for a Quality Cliff Edge. It Must Help Itself

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Is it time we changed the conversation about higher education funding – a conversation that to date has been a dialogue of the deaf? For at least a decade the Higher Education Authority (HEA), informally and formally, has been advising the government about the risks to quality due to recession-related resource cuts and unfunded growth of student numbers …” (more)

[Tom Boland, University Times, 19 April]

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Universities Should Take Nothing for Granted, as Populism Struts on a World Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Populism as a political creed has, in recent years, burst onto a truly world stage spanning, to mention the more notorious, Brazil, the United States, the United Kingdom, Hungary, the Philippines and Italy. There are common threads – right wing conservatism, nationalism, racism, a fear and loathing of immigrants and indeed anyone who departs from norms the populists set …” (more)

[Tom Boland, University Times, 5 March]

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Revealed: the universities most likely to award higher grades

Posted in Teaching on December 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Which university offers the best shot of a first-class or 2.1 degree? Is there much difference between University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin? The Irish Times has used a mix of Freedom of Information requests and statistics from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to crunch the numbers. The analysis shows grades at Ireland’s seven universities have been rising consistently over the past decade …” (more)

[Peter McGuire and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 December]

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Academics are in the crosshairs of the populists

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

Ireland“What could be the connection between a pub in rural Galway, populism and higher education? First the pub. On a recent evening I enjoyed a conversation there with five local farmers – men in their 60s. The recent legislation relating to drink and drive was a hot topic …” (more)

[Tom Boland, Irish Times, 25 November]

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Populism poses ‘major threat’ to autonomy of universities

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

Ireland“Populism poses a major threat to research and the autonomy of universities, a conference has heard. The first ever Irish Postgraduate Research Conference heard of how jurisdictions such as Hungary have stopped universities offering courses in gender studies to help end the ‘domination of leftist intellectuals’ …” (more)

[Barry O’Rourke, Irish Times, 9 November]

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A Week of Shouting About the Third-Level Sector’s Disarray

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

Ireland“Not so long ago, talking out loud about the decline of Ireland’s higher education sector was considered somewhat aberrant behaviour. As Tom Boland, the then-CEO of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), told the Royal Irish Academy in 2015, Ireland could not risk the reputational damage of stakeholders ‘shouting from the rooftops’ about the impact of the funding crisis …” (more)

[University Times, 22 October]

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Surprise resignation leaves HEA back at square one

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

Ireland“The sudden resignation of HEA head Graham Love, just a year-and-a-half after he took up the position, has come as a surprise to people working in the higher education sector. Even for people working within the HEA itself it has come as a shock. No one expected this …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 21 August]

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Time to forge a new approach between higher education and political system

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“For all the Cabinet meetings held on university campuses, the smiling photo ops of government ministers at launches and sod turnings, the fine phrases of presidents in introducing politicians, you would be forgiven for thinking there is a strong and positive relationship between the universities, institutes and the political system. You would be wrong …” (more)

[Tom Boland and Ellen Hazelkorn, Irish Times, 12 December]

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Brexit is ‘Game on’ and Irish Higher Education Needs to Prepare for the Challenge Ahead

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As far as Brexit is concerned it is now ‘game on’. For those who hoped for reprieve from an agonising decision by the UK electorate, that hope is fast receding. There were many such in Ireland. And we have heard much, and will hear more, about the implications for us as the UK exits the EU. It is largely a malign scenario, with lurking dangers to the peace process and our economy high on the ‘fear-o-meter’ …” (more)

[Tom Boland, University Times, 1 April]

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New Chief Executive appointed of Higher Education Authority

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

Ireland“Dr Graham Love has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), following the retirement of Tom Boland last August. Dr Love will take up the position this March and will be in charge in leading the ‘strategic development of the Irish higher education and research system with the objective of creating a coherent system of diverse institutions with distinct missions’ …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 8 January]

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Love appointed as Higher Education Authority chief

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dr Graham Love has been appointed new Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority following the retirement last August of Tom Boland. Dr Love worked in senior roles in Science Foundation Ireland before assuming his current position as Chief Executive of the Health Research Board …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 6 January]

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The Threat of Populism to Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Populism has recently burst into the mainstream of Western democracies. It is evident in the outcome of Britain’s EU referendum; the success of Donald Trump; in the popularity of the National Front (FN) in France and political developments in Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, Greece and Hungary. So far, Ireland has not been noticeably infected. However …” (more)

[Tom Boland, University Times, 16 December]

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University Autonomy, and the Reasons Colleges Are Sceptical of Publicly Funded Education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Two weeks ago, at a talk at the Royal Irish Academy, Provost Patrick Prendergast asked something of a pointed question of the former Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Tom Boland …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 25 November]

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Hostility among politicians to higher education sector must end

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Around the world populism and xenophobia offer extraordinary challenges to our democratic societies. Both feed on prejudice and baseless assertion. Actual evidence, knowledge and expertise are shrugged off as political correctness or ‘establishment’ thinking …” (more)

[Tom Boland, Irish Times, 22 November]

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Former Head of HEA Calls for Reform of ‘Fractured’ Relationship Between Government and Universities

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

Ireland“Former Head of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Tom Boland tonight called for action from government and the leaders in higher education on reform of the embattled sector, in a wide-ranging talk that emphasised the value of third-level education while also acknowledging a ‘fractured’ relationship between universities and government …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 9 November]

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Broke universities missing Brexit opportunities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On paper, it is a golden opportunity for the State’s universities. The Republic’s soon to materialise status as the biggest English-speaking member of the European Union could result in a surge in students and world-class academics seeking an Irish home …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 October]

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Anne Looney named interim head of Higher Education Authority

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dr Anne Looney, the chief executive of the State’s advisory body on school curriculum and assessment, is to be appointed interim head of the Higher Education Authority. Dr Looney takes over the role at a time when many in the sector argue that third level is facing a growing funding crisis …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 June]

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Higher Education Authority announces the appointment of Dr Anne Looney as interim CEO

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Anne Looney as interim Chief Executive of the HEA effective from 1 August. She takes over from Mr Tom Boland who will retire on 31 July after nearly 13 years in post …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 23 June]

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A good day for the University of the South East campaign – no mergers and no Jan O’Sullivan and Tom Boland

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A good day for the University of the South East campaign – no mergers and no Jan O’Sullivan and Tom Boland. John Halligan announced on Facebook that … ‘I have also secured a commitment that the need to merge with another IT will be taken out of the criteria for Technological University Status’ …” (more)

[The John Halligan Facebook post is here]
[University of the South East Campaign, 7 May]

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