Loan scheme ‘must not deter students from an education’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Increases in third-level fees, linked to a student loan scheme, should be regulated and remain affordable, according Peter Cassells, who wrote the expert group report on future funding of higher education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 November]

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Four (or more…) problems with student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“There has been a disturbance in the force? Do you feel it? The opening words of the trailer for the much awaited new Star wars movie might as well describe how the ground seems to be shifting on higher education funding. We seem to be moving towards a student loan model, although there is zero chance of anything remotely as contentious as that being announced this side of an imminent general election …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 5 December]

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Further and Higher Education: Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2015 by steve

UKDaithí McKay (Sinn Féin) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning for an update on his Department’s efforts to address the funding challenge facing further education colleges and higher education institutions …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 12 October]

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Higher Education: Sustainable Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2015 by steve

UKJo-Anne Dobson (UUP) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning how he plans to secure a sustainable model of funding for local higher education …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 12 October]

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Companies Should Shoulder Some of Education’s Cost

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

Ireland“If we think of our education system as a funnel, with an unseen force driving students through second and third level education, then the corporations who hire our graduates are holding a bucket at the bottom and laughing as they walk away …” (more)

[Colm O’Donnell, University Times, 10 October]

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Future Funding of Higher Education Conference: Presentations Now Available

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A conference on the Future Funding of Higher Education in Ireland was held in Maynooth University on Wednesday last. It was a very good day …” (more, downloads)

[Aedín Doris, Irish Economy, 5 October]

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Funding warning as top-placed Trinity slips down global university rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The ranking of some Irish third-level universities in a major global league table have shifted significantly after changes in the way they are measured …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 October]

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Major Increase in Education Investment will Benefit All Citizens

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“… At third level some €350m will be invested in improving facilities at campuses across the country, with €40m dedicated to the major DIT development underway at Grangegorman …” (more)

[Jan O’Sullivan, Department of Education and Skills, 29 September]

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Don’t Expect Anything Innovative from the Higher Education Funding Working Group

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The group has fallen for a bastardised conception of political realism – namely that their solution will only be an alteration of what already exists …” (more)

[University Times, 27 September]

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Higher Education Authority: Financial Statements 2014

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2015 by steve

IrelandRobert Dowds (Dublin Mid West, Labour): … My question relates to how the HEA disburses funds to the traditional universities, the institutes of technology and other institutions. Mr Tom Boland: It is done on the basis of a funding model. The allocation is done on the basis of a combination of the number of students and the disciplines they are studying, with different …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 September]

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Industry must ramp up role in ‘funding’ of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Employers need to share the cost of running the higher education system in return from the benefits they get from Irish graduates, the chairman of Institutes of Technology Ireland has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 September]

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Peter Cassells: ‘We will have a final report by the end of the year’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Peter Cassells, the chair of the government higher education working group, has said that his group will report by the end of the year, despite ‘a lot of cynicism’ that it would be delayed until after the general election …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 23 September]

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With universities you get what you pay for

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Over the past 7 years exchequer funding to universities and colleges of education has fallen by 28% while student numbers have increased by 18%. Our student to staff ratio of 22 to 1 is now significantly behind the OECD average of 14 to 1. I continue to be surprised that some influential individuals believe that these cuts have enabled efficiencies to be realised in the system …” (more)

[Andrew Deeks, Irish Times, 23 September]

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Universities seek ‘urgent action’ on student accommodation crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s seven universities have called for ‘urgent remedial action’ to address the student accommodation crisis. In a pre-budget submission, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) says …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 22 September]

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Universities push for €2 billion investment

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s seven universities are pressing the government to invest €2 billion in public and private funds to fill gaps in third-level infrastructure. The submission comes as some reputable universities slipped down another set of world rankings …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, Business Post, 22 September]

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Universities need funds to cope with student growth

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Universities say that they will not be able to cope with the growing demand for college places if the Government does not provide more funding. According to the seven universities, they need an additional €2bn for buildings and technology over the next decade …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 September]

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Third-level funding crisis ‘worsening’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The funding crisis in third-level colleges is getting worse, the chairman of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has warned Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 September]

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World rankings of universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Further to this week’s discourse on the ‘disappointing’ performance of Irish universities in the QS ranking table (‘Universities drop lower in world rankings’, September 15th), perhaps the next league table might put matters in perspective …” (more)

[Michael Murphy, Irish Times, 17 September]

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Stephen Farry says NI’s university funding model is ‘unsustainable’ as he launches consultation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2015 by steve

UK“The way that higher education is funded in Northern Ireland is ‘no longer sustainable’, Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry has said.He has launched a consultation to try to find agreement on how universities should be paid for …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 15 September]

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‘Higher Education Funding in Ireland: Drawing on the International Experience’ – 30 September 2015, 09:00 to 15:30, Maynooth University

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“… Several notable international speakers will participate, including Sara Goldrick-Rab, an educational sociologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who has written extensively on the issue of higher education funding in the US; economist Claire Crawford of Warwick University and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, who has written several detailed analyses of the UK system; and Bruce Chapman of the Australian National University, whose name is particularly associated with income-contingent student loans, both in terms of his academic research in economics and his role as policy advisor to many governments. Local speakers include Rory O’Donnell of NESC and Delma Byrne of Maynooth University …” (more)

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