‘To have our top university ranked 78th is not good enough’

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

Ireland“The continuing slide of Irish universities was reaffirmed by today’s QS World University Rankings. While much will be said in coming days about the relative ranking of our universities, sadly this debate will miss the key point. The real competition is the rest of the world …” (more)

[John J Boland, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Save the Date: September 30 Conference on Higher Education Funding in Maynooth

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

Ireland“On Wednesday, September 30, we are holding a one-day conference on ‘Higher Education Funding: Drawing on the International Experience’ in Maynooth.The context for this conference is the debate on how to fund higher education in Ireland …” (more)

[Aedín Doris, The Irish Economy, 1 September]

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Theories of Change

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2015 by steve

Canada“One of the easiest things to do in policy is to advocate for policy X, so as to change effect Y. One of the hardest things to do is to get people to explain clearly their theory of change. That is, what are the steps by which changing X actually affects Y? Take performance-based funding …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 27 August]

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Government must address third-level funding and staffing crisis now, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The government must address the escalating crisis of underfunding and understaffing in our third-level colleges immediately, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warned. Mike Jennings, General Secretary of IFUT, said that …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 25 August]

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Irish colleges are slipping. It’s time to let them compete

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

Ireland“Trinity College lost out last week on an in-demand professor who changed his mind about moving to Ireland at the last minute. The reason, I was told, was resources – both his own pay and those of the university that would employ him. Put simply, TCD isn’t at the races compared with top US colleges when it comes to investing in education …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Independent, 16 August]

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Third Level Funding: Capital Investment

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

IrelandDeputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide details of the capital investment plan for third level institutions; the amount of such funding allocated to Cork Institute of Technology and to University College Cork, over each of the past four years; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 16 July]

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It’s time to think creatively about higher education funding

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“The first time, a few years ago, that I visited Arizona State University (with whom my then institution DCU was developing a partnership), I arrived at a particularly interesting time …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 13 July]

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As recovery picks up we must revisit underfunding in third level

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The current funding model of Ireland’s higher-education sector is unfit for purpose, and exerting a very real negative influence on the quality of education. The pressure on students is acute and unsustainable …” (more)

[Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne, Irish Times, 8 July]

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‘Optimising Resources in Irish Higher Education’

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

Ireland“How resources are organised and used is a critical consideration in the funding decisions of any organisation. This paper presents an account of the higher education sector based on an examination of changes in funding and investment, emerging policy and practice, and examples and evidence from within the sector. The paper affirms the achievements of the sector but also points to challenges and areas for further improvement …” (more)

[Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education, 26 June]

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Our higher education system is underfunded and overstretched

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“When the Irish economy collapsed, many calls were made for citizens to rally round and display practical patriotism by ‘doing more for less’ on behalf of our country and especially our young people …” (more)

[Mike Jennings, Independent, 24 June]

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Demonstrating the value of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“One of the most disagreeable experiences during my time as President of Dublin City University was attending a debate in Dáil Eireann (Irish Parliament) on higher education, about ten years ago now. The topic of the debate was higher education, and more particularly whether universities were receiving adequate funding …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 June]

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Funding doubts causing university ‘brain drain’

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

Ireland“A more ‘dynamic’ higher education system is needed to attract both top researchers and women to leadership roles in Ireland, the president of the Royal Irish Academy has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 29 May]

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We need to talk about the future of third level

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The higher education system has become a pivotal institution in contemporary Irish society. Increasing expectations of its contribution to personal growth and career enhancement, and to the economic development of society, have led to greatly increased participation rates …” (more)

[Patrick Clancy, Irish Times, 26 May]

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What’s really behind the drive to paint colleges as businesses?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“With a widely recognised funding crisis, and the recent appointment of an expert working group on university financing, we face a decisive juncture in the politics of higher education. Six years of austerity, and relentless increases in the student contribution, have helped normalise the idea of full-blown tuition fees in one guise or another …” (more)

[Eoin Daly, Irish Times, 26 May]

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Third level needs funding and staff to cope with ‘tsunami’ of students

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

Ireland“Graduates from Irish higher education institutions are highly regarded. Not just by those of us in the system who see the enormous contribution that they make in so many ways, but also by employers …” (more)

[Tom Boland, Independent, 18 May]

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What value are we putting on higher education?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is unique in Europe: we have a large, growing and highly educated population of young people. Demand for education expanded during the crisis and it looks set to grow further. There are now 210,000 students in our universities and institutes of technology …” (more)

[Peter Cassells, TheJournal.ie, 10 May]

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Could a third-level savings bond solve the fees problem?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Could third-level savings bonds be sold politically?Peter Cassells, chairman of the expert group on third-level funding, was giving little away at a recent meeting of the Oireachtas Education Committee …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 5 May]

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False barriers are hindering innovative research

Posted in Research on May 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fostering favourable conditions for research and innovation is one of the key things that Europe has to get right – at the institutional level of universities, at government level, and at EU level. But what do we have to do to ensure that pathways to research are open and supported, so that we get innovative products and services, engaged and dynamic entrepreneurs, and growth and competitiveness on the continent? …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, University World News, 1 May]

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Future Funding of Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In July 2014, the Minister for Education and Skills established an expert group to examine future funding policy for higher education. The group was charged with identifying and considering issues relating to the long-term sustainable funding of higher education in this country …” (more)

[Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection, 22 April]

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Funding higher education

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

Ireland“Sir, – ‘The challenge faced by HEIs [higher education institutions] is to increase student numbers without increasing expenditure.’ This, dear reader, is the gospel according to Deloitte (‘Almost one in three colleges “won’t hit performance targets”‘, April 21st) …” (more)

[Frank Bannister, Irish Times, 23 April]

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