Higher Education Institutions: Clustering

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

IrelandDeputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills her plans to further advance inter-institutional collaboration between institutes of higher education; the progress that has been made to ensure that greater consolidation, with regards to course delivery and service provision within the sector, is carried out on an all-island basis; her plans to introduce legislation which will give recognition to the establishment of strategic alliances between individual institutions, which willingly agree to enter into a cluster agreement; if she has considered the economic and societal benefits which such legislation will potentially yield, in terms of higher educational attainment; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 20 October]

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An Institute of Technology lecturer says Technological Universities are a bad idea and will fail

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2014 by steve

“It is hard to see how the planned technological universities will either create more jobs or garner more research funding, as their advocates suggest. It is also hard to see how they will be anything other than a re-branding exercise …” (more)

[Irish Times, 13 May]

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String theory, autism, and third level clusters

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2014 by steve

“… So what’s all this got to do with third level clusters? I think the idea of institutional clusters, whether they are in Education or in Health, reflect this systemising mind-set – a predominantly male mind-set – in which it is thought that by creating a simpler, more ordered system, a better system will emerge …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 4 February]

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It’s time for business to stop free riding and start engaging with Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2013 by steve

“This is an expanded version of an opinion piece which I have authored in the Irish Times Wednesday 14 August 2013. Troubles, they tell us, comes in threes. For Irish universities this week shows that in spades …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 14 August]

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It is time for Irish business to give something back to the State and to society

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2013 by steve

“Troubles, they tell us, come in threes. For Irish universities, this week shows that in spades. On one day we see a number of threads which, taken together, should give us some significant concern …” (more)

[Brian Lucey, Irish Times, 14 August]

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HEA Plans

Posted in Governance and administration on August 13th, 2013 by steve

“And so details of the HEA plans for the ‘clustered’ approach to the third level system are emerging. I heard Tom Boland on the radio yesterday and although I don’t agree with everything that he said, but a lot of what he said sounded reasonable and plausible. But something being plausible and something being right is not the same thing …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 13 August]

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Clusters and Groups

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2013 by steve

“While I was having my mini-break from this blog there were two major initiatives announced – one in Education and one in Health. Both initiatives were deemed to be ‘transformational’, the new buzzword …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 20 June]

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UCD and art college join forces

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2013 by steve

“Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT) and University College Dublin (UCD) have signed a deal to build a strategic alliance …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 June]

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Third-level institutions cannot function in isolation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“The higher-education landscape has reached a tipping point. Growing international competition; increasing privatisation and the challenge posed by Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) mean that on a global scale, higher education is in a state of metamorphosis …” (more)

[Jim Browne, Irish Times, 12 February]

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University clusters – clarification needed please?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2013 by steve

IrelandThe list of university clusters, as proposed by the IUA and reported in the Times, doesn’t make sense as reported in the online edition (because the story proposes 5 clusters, but the list it gives has either 4, 6 or 7 clusters on it depending how you interpret it). The IUA website itself doesn’t help. The Times print edition lists the clusters as follows:

North/West: NUI Galway; Galway-Mayo IT; Sligo IT; Letterkenny IT; St Angela’s College; Shannon College of Hotel Management.

Mid-West: University of Limerick; Limerick Institute of Technology; IT Tralee; Mary Immaculate College of Education; St Patrick’s College Thurles.

South: University College Cork; Cork Institute of Technology; Waterford Institute of Technology; Carlow Institute of Technology.

Dublin /North East/ Midlands: NUI Maynooth; Dublin City University; Royal College of Surgeons; Athlone IT; Dundalk IT; National College of Ireland; St Patrick’s College of Education; All Hallows College; Mater Dei Institute; Church of Ireland College of Education and Froebel College of Education.

Dublin: Trinity College; UCD; Royal Irish Academy of Music; Marino Institute of Education; National College of Art and Design; Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dún Laoghaire; Institute of Public Administration; Institute of Bankers.

Further clarification would be welcome!


The Higher Education Authority’s proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2012 by steve

“Universities and colleges must cluster together, despite their competitive instincts, to deliver results for the economy, under the Higher Education Authority’s response to the Hunt report. ‘Towards the Future: Higher Education Landscape’ was published on 13 February and institutions have until 31 July to reply …” (more)

[Peter Cheney, eolas magazine, 3 April]

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Clusters. ‘You mean they are not a breakfast cereal?’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2011 by steve

“In case you thought clusters were a type of breakfast cereal the HEA has released a discussion document that will persuade you otherwise.   In fact regional clusters are groups of educational institutions that come together to offer a better service to their stakeholders …” (more)

[Richard Thorn, BlueBrick.ie, 6 October]

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Future framework for higher education: Regional clusters

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2011 by steve

“The Hunt report – A National Strategy for Higher Education – was published yesterday. It covers a lot of ground with respect to teaching/learning, research, engagement, internationalisation, funding, governance and so on, and here I’m just going to focus on what it has to say about the relationships between institutions and possible rationalisations …” (more)

[Rob Kitchin, Ireland after NAMA, 12 January]

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