Decision by Queen’s to scrap its sociology degree is a sad reflection of university’s true objectives

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2016 by steve

UK“The decision by senior managers at Queen’s University, Belfast, to close its single honours degree in sociology is an abdication of the university’s responsibility to offer students in Northern Ireland the broadest opportunity to study our society …” (more)

[Tony Trueman, Belfast Telegraph, 23 September]

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Familiar Struggles Greet The New Academic Year

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2016 by steve

UK“As many students adorn campuses across the North for the very first time, it was revealed last week that despite protests from staff and students, Queen’s was going to go ahead with the recommendations set out in its ‘Shape and Size’ review, and cut the BA Sociology programme at the university …” (more)

[The Last Round, 21 September]

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Anger as Belfast’s Queen University dumps sociology degree

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2016 by steve

UK“Queen’s academics have been left reeling after the university announced the ditching of its sociology degree. The University and College Union (UCU), which represents academics, said staff were informed of the decision on Friday …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 19 September]

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After Years of Cuts, Debate on Higher Education Funding Begins in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

UK“Northern Irish higher education has had a lot to celebrate in the last decade. The two main universities in the country are moving consistently up world rankings. Queen’s University Belfast, since 2006, has been a member of the prestigious Russell Group of UK universities, and the two institutions are quickly developing a reputation for world-class research …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 23 August]

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TUI expresses major concerns over HEA funding for Institute mergers

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has expressed major concerns about the recent decision of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to fund mergers of Institutes of Technology in advance of any decision on the matter being taken by the Oireachtas …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 21 June]

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Three-year plan for education

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – If Richard Bruton is serious about seeking views on how to ‘advance the transformation of the education system’, and his three year plan is more than a crude publicity stunt, then he could begin by reversing some of the swingeing cuts handed out by the previous two governments …” (more)

[Kevin McCarthy, Irish Times, 28 May]

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Cutbacks have left Waterford IT seriously underfunded – Cullinane

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“David Cullinane, Sinn Féin TD for Waterford, said today that successive government cutbacks have left Waterford Institute of Technology seriously underfunded, with only 15% of its budget now available for non-payroll issues …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 23 May]

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War of words over job cuts proposal at GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Governing Body of GMIT is divided over proposals to axe staff from the payroll. In an unprecedented move, a Governing Body member has publicly challenged GMIT President, Fergal Barry, over alleged ‘factually incorrect’ statements made by him regarding proposed job cuts …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 9 May]

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The Different Consequences of State Funding Cuts to Irish HEIs

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“During the Celtic Tiger years, state investment in third level institutions in Ireland saw significant growth. This upward trend was maintained even within a short period after the collapse of the property bubble. It was the financial crisis of 2008 that dramatically overturned the pattern, with the national economy sharply declining …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 9 May]

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Stop the closure of BA Sociology and Anthropology at Queen’s University – Save Our Schools!

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2016 by steve

UK“Queen’s University Belfast have passed a proposal entitled the Size & Shape Review which amounts to a huge attack on particular schools at QUB. Single Honours Sociology and Single Honours Anthropology have been scrapped, despite their academic excellence in UK Higher Education …” (more)

[, 28 April]

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The Neo-Liberal Axe Falls Heavy at QUB

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2016 by steve

UK“Senior management at Queen’s University Belfast have taken the unprecedented decision to close their BA Sociology, and BA Anthropology degree pathways. The final intake of students will arrive in September 2017, and remaining registered students will be ‘taught out’ by the current group of staff …” (more)

[Sam Price, The Last Round, 29 April]

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IFUT criticises ignoring of education in government formation talks as new Euro report highlights education cuts in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has strongly criticised the almost total ignoring of education in the various discussions on forming a government since the general election, saying a new European report suggests education funding cuts here are a local rather than European phenomenon …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 25 April]

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‘Crisis Point’ of Third-Level May Have ‘Serious and Irretrievable Implications’, says Report

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The ‘cumulative effects’ of reduced funding, reduced staffing numbers and increased teaching burdens mean that many third-level institutions are at ‘crisis point’, a national report has concluded …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 23 April]

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Third-level courses at ‘crisis point’ due to cuts, report says

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Spending cuts have pushed some third-level college courses to ‘crisis point’, with serious implications for their future sustainability, according to a new report. Quality in an Era of Diminishing Resources was commissioned by the State body responsible for quality assurance in higher education …” (more)

[The report is here]
[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 April]

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Third-level departments at ‘crisis point’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Seven years of education cuts have reduced some departments in third-level colleges to ‘crisis point’, according to a new analysis. While staff and colleges have worked to minimise the impact of cuts on students, ‘it is very clear that this commitment and resilience is not sustainable in the long term’ …” (more)

[The report is here]
[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 April]

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WIT’s ‘Unhappy’ Deficit Position Can Be Rectified

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this year, WIT was identified as one of several third-level institutions across the country that had been left in a financially vulnerable position following years of cuts in State funding coupled with rising student numbers …” (more)

[Michelle Clancy, Munster Express, 5 April]

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Regional University will need more than ‘yellow pack’ budget

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Regardless of whether it achieves Technological University status or not, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is in urgent need of multi million euro investment. Reacting to a suggestion by Higher Education Authority member Prof Anthony Staines …” (more)

[Michelle Clancy, Munster Express, 5 April]

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To do how much more with how much less? A review of the QQI review

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Recently, the QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) published a report entitled ‘Quality in an era of diminishing resources’, which was commissioned to provide a thematic overview of the commentary in institution-led quality review reports on the impact of the reduction in funding to institutions on the quality of learning and teaching in the Irish higher education system over the seven-year period from 2008-2015 …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 4 April]

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Institutes of technology mergers a ‘byword for cuts’, TUI told

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’s Union of Ireland (TUI) has warned of industrial action in the event of unilateral moves by the Government to merge institutes of technology. TUI president Gerry Quinn told delegates at the union’s annual conference in Killarney that in an era of brutal education retrenchment, mergers had ‘become a byword for more cuts’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 29 March]

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TUI criticises lack of funding in Institutes of Technology

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

Ireland“Ciara Ni Bhroin reports on the effects that funding cuts are having on Institutes of Technology.” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Morning Ireland, 18 March]

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