Budget 2021 Betrays a Lack of Vision for Third-Level Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The creation of a dedicated Department for Higher Education earlier this year was met with much fanfare by those in the sector who had been advocating for such a move for years. The existence of the dedicated department has already proven useful, with the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris already providing increased third-level spaces to deal with the inflated leaving certificate grades and promising to prioritise hot-topic issues such as on-campus sexual assault …” (more)

[University Times, 18 October]

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Some positives for higher education in Budget 2021 but many missed opportunities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The provision of €50m extra supports for students and the confirmation of ongoing funding for the extra 5,000 places in higher education in addition to further demographically-driven places next year are welcome features of Budget 2021 …” (more)

[IUA, 13 October]

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Third-Level Stakeholders Express Disappointment Over Budget 2021

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of third-level stakeholders have expressed disappointment over Budget 2021, which was announced earlier today. Some €3.3 billion was allocated to the Department of Further and Higher Education under Budget 2021 – up from €2.8 billion last year – which includes a €50 million fund to assist third-level students experiencing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 13 October]

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A Baffling Budget Dashes Hopes for Dramatic Change in Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In June, a new dawn broke for universities. They finally had a government department for themselves – a seat at the cabinet table – and a real chance of concrete reform for the sector. And, on the whole, summer had been a hopeful time for the sector. Higher Education Minister Simon Harris had proven an energetic figure, indicating that he felt higher education needed to be rejigged – and that funding was a priority …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 13 October]

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Higher education focus in Budget welcome but sector must be included in new Recovery Fund to ensure sustainability, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed the allocation of €3.3b. to higher education in today’s Budget, but ‘after a decade of neglect, the sector must be included centrally in the government’s Recovery Fund next year to allow a return to sustainable education’, Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT said …” (more)

[IFUT, 13 October]

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USI says Government has ‘ignored’ barriers faced by students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said that the government has ‘ignored the systemic barriers preventing students from accessing higher education’. In a statement published in reaction to the announcement of the government budget for 2021, USI said that these barriers can ‘only be addressed through continuous financial support and not through one-off funding packages’ …” (more)

[Patrick Coyle, Trinity News, 13 October]

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IUA welcomes support for students in Budget 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Jim Miley, Director of the Irish Universities Association (IUA) has ‘warmly welcomed’ the support for higher education students included in Budget 2021. However, Miley stated that the government ‘needs to tackle the funding deficit elephant in the room’ …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 13 October]

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Budget 2021 – Ministers Harris and Collins announce a range of measures including €50 million fund to provide financial assistance for full-time students, new reskilling and retraining package and extension of Apprenticeship scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Skills and Further Education Niall Collins TD have today announced a series of new measures as part of Budget 2021. The package includes …” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 13 October]

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€250 payment for third-level students for move to online learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All full-time third-level students are to receive a €250 payment in the coming year to help compensate for the move towards greater online learning. It is one of a number of education measures set to be unveiled in Budget 2021 including the hiring of 565 additional teachers to bring the pupil-teacher ratio at primary level to a record low …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 October]

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The Top Five Takeaways From Third-Level’s Pre-Budget Submissions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Budget 2021 will be announced in the Dáil on Tuesday. Following on from a tumultuous year in the higher education sector, organisations have been lobbying intensively for the supports they think the sector needs …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty and Cormac Watson, University Times, 12 October]

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Budget must respond to dire needs of higher education and initiatives proposed by Higher Education Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for higher education to be given priority funding in next Tuesday’s Budget. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said that thousands of lecturers and tens of thousands of students require urgent support to cope with the impact of Covid-19, on top of a previous decade of underfunding …” (more)

[IFUT, 12 October]

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The IUA’s Message to the Govt is Clear: Third-Level Is Central to Economic Recovery

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) requested a hefty total of €538 million from the government in its pre-budget submission, which attempted to position higher education at the centre of the economy’s recovery. The IUA’s optimism is understandable – this is the first budget since the establishment of a Department of Higher Education in June, and third-level has enjoyed an unprecedented place in the sun as a result …” (more)

[University Times, 11 October]

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Universities call for €538m in State funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities say they need €538m in State support next year, including €102m for additional Covid-related costs. The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has set out details of its funding requirements in a pre-Budget submission, which says the sector is facing a combined deficit of €200m next year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 October]

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Student Accommodation and the Budget

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of additional provision made for student accommodation in budget 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter … ” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 October]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce €14.25m in higher education landscape funding with emphasis on the development of Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (18 October 2019) announced funding of €14.25 million to higher education institutions. The €14.25m fund was allocated under the Higher Education Authority 2019 call for submissions for higher education landscape restructuring, consolidation and collaborative projects …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 October]

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Higher Education Funding Pleas are Falling on Deaf Ears. The 2020 Budget is Proof

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

Ireland“On the day of the budget, student politicians and third-level officials were geared up to 11. The Provost had made bold statements about reducing student numbers in the face of insufficient funding on the Sean O’Rourke show earlier in the week. The interview had been a scading attack on the government’s inaction on third-level funding …” (more)

[University Times, 14 October]

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Budget Day has become Groundhog Day for third level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For anyone interested in the sustained funding of third level education in Ireland, Budget Day has become more like Groundhog Day. 1,183 days before last week’s Budget, the Cassells Report identified the funding challenges facing our higher education system and set out the scale of the investment required to deliver on our national ambition …” (more)

[Jim Miley, Trinity News, 13 October]

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Irish Universities Association ‘disappointed’ with budget provisions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA), have described the Budget 2020 provisions for higher education as ‘understandable, but inadequate’. In yesterday’s budget statement, Minister of Finance Paschal Donohue announced the provision of €19 million for the rising student numbers in the following years, as well as €74 million additional funding for higher education, funded by a 0.1% increase in the National Training Fund levy. Donohue also reiterated a pledge for an extra investment of €60 million as part of the Human Capital Initiative …” (more)

[Rachel McKinney-Perry, Trinity News, 9 October]

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Budget highlights ‘policy paralysis’ on higher education, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The failure again in today’s Budget to address the funding crisis in higher education highlights a continued policy paralysis in government on the sector, that threatens to undermine our universities and the education of tens of thousands of students countrywide, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) states …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 October]

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CUA Consortium Welcomes €90m Allocation To Support TU Development

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Presidents of GMIT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT (Connacht-Ulster Alliance) welcome the announcement today (9 October 2019) by the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, of an increase of over €153 million for tertiary education including a multi-annual fund of €90 million to assist the development and progression of Technological Universities …” (more)

[GMIT, 9 October]

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