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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Do we have an over-supply of graduates in Ireland? (Part 1/2)

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The debate on if there is an over-supply of graduates in Ireland has been ongoing for some time. I remember myself attending an event last year, in which a number of speakers addressed this issue, analysing from different perspectives and coming to different conclusions …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 11 April]

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What are universities for?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Tom Boland, chief executive of the Higher Education Authority, claims that the latest exercise in assessing performance in Irish higher education ‘offers proof to those who fund it, and rely on it, that it is meeting national needs’, (‘We finally know for sure how our colleges are faring’, March 15th) …” (more)

[Peadar Kirby, Irish Times, 18 March]

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Technological universities: are they really such a good idea ?

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

Ireland“It is the education issue that has largely flown under the radar. Just before the general-election campaign started, the Government rushed to make a significant change to third level. However, it didn’t manage to get the Technological Universities Bill – which proposed to create the space for up to 10 institutes of technology to merge into larger and more powerful ‘technological universities’ – through on time …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 15 March]

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We finally know for sure how our colleges are faring

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

Ireland“Ireland invests €2 billion in its higher education and research system each year, almost two-thirds of which is provided by Irish taxpayers. Up to now we have had a generalised view – typically very positive – of the contribution higher education makes to our society and economy. We can now test that view …” (more)

[Tom Boland, Irish Times, 15 March]

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College Drop Outs

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“There’s concern over the high rate of drop-outs in the first year of many third level courses. Tom Boland is the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority, and he joined us in studio.” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 11 January]

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WIT and CIT: Financial Statements 2013

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2015 by steve

IrelandMr Seán Ó Foghlú (Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills) called and examined; Mr Tom Boland (Chief Executive Officer, Higher Education Authority) called and examined; Professor Willie Donnelly (President, Waterford Institute of Technology) called and examined; …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 10 December]

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HEA boss denies ‘looking for head’ of ex-Waterford Institute of Technology president

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) strongly rejected suggestions that he ‘went looking for the head’ of the former president of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 11 December]

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WIT seeks repayment of over €100,000 incurred by ex-president

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology has sought repayment of more than €100,000 in spending on travel and hospitality and other items incurred by a former president.The costs include chartering private aircraft, taxis between the institute and the capital, and spending on hospitality …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

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Exposed: the huge class divide in our universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The big class divide in Irish third-level education is exposed in new figures showing how students from better-off families capture most of the places in the country’s universities. It means they are filling the lion’s share of the most sought-after honours degree courses, including elite high-points programmes …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 November]

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