UCD’s Efforts Show a Dangerous Crusade to Attract Students at Any Cost

Posted in Governance and administration on August 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Numbers seem to be everywhere these days. Be it the latest dosage of discovered coronavirus cases, the oft-repeated 2 metre mantra of social distancing or whatever that ‘R number’ claims to be (search me – I was a veteran of the back row in maths). But there is one number I do understand and if you’re a UCD student or just someone who cares about their physical wellbeing – you should too. That number is €100,000,000 …” (more)

[Rowan Kelleher, College Tribune, 10 August]

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Reopening of schools and colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The surest way for schools to fully re-open at the end of August is to totally suppress Covid-19 on the entire island as per New Zealand. This means 100% buy-in on masks, distancing, etc, backed by effective legislation along with a 24-hour testing service, compulsory testing/isolation of incoming travellers, minimal foreign travel and all-island collaboration …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Time, Money and Guidance in Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There was a welcome announcement last week of a package of supports for further and higher education institutions and students in Ireland to cover costs incurred by third level institutions during the Covid-19 pandemic and enable further and higher education students to return to college this September …” (more)

[In the Dark, 27 July]

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A Month Since its Creation, the Higher Education Dept is Proving its Worth

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“If higher education’s stakeholders had been told a few months that the government would go on to announce a €168 million package for third-level institutions to support them through the pandemic, they probably would have had a hard time believing it …” (more)

[University Times, 26 July]

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IFUT welcomes government higher education funding and guidelines but cautions that issues will need to be addressed on ongoing basis

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has broadly welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris, of funding supports for universities and details in the ‘Guidance for Further and Higher Education for returning to on-site activity in 2020’ …” (more)

[IFUT, 23 July]

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SIPTU says Covid-19 crisis has exposed serious flaws in third level funding model

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 22nd July) cautiously welcomed an announcement of increased emergency funding for the third level sector to deal with issues arising from the Covid-19 crisis. SIPTU Education Sector Organiser, Karl Byrne, said …” (more)

[SIPTU, 22 July]

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University of Limerick welcomes funding support package for higher and further education

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has today welcomed the announcement by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD of a €168 million funding package for the Higher and Further Education Sector and a roadmap for the return to colleges in September …” (more)

[Limerick Post, 22 July]

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HEA welcomes Government roadmap and stimulus package in support of students and higher education institutions in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) today, Wednesday 22nd July, welcomed the publication of a high-level Government Roadmap towards the return to higher education in autumn 2020 by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister of State Niall Collins TD …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 22 July]

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Government to consider cutting third level fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government will consider reducing registration fees for third level students, who are potentially facing extra costs and challenges when classes return in the autumn, higher education minister Simon Harris said …” (more)

[Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner, 22 July]

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IUA Statement: Covid package will stabilise the higher education and research system

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The €168 million funding package and the practical guidance offered as part of the Further and Higher Education Roadmap announced by Minister Simon Harris today (22.07.20) is warmly welcomed by the IUA and its member universities. The fund provides much-needed stability for higher education arising from the Covid-induced financial shocks …” (more)

[IUA, 22 July]

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Two metre physical distancing rule to apply on college campuses

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Physical distancing rules of two metres will apply on college campuses from September in a move which will severely limit the ability of universities to hold lectures and graduation ceremonies. The latest official public health advice states that in case where close proximity is required – such as small group work in laboratories – this activity may take place as long as face shields or masks are worn …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 July]

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Extra funding for third level includes three million for mental health support

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has announced a €168m package for third-level institutions and students to cover costs incurred during the coronavirus pandemic and to support students returning to college in September …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Independent, 22 July]

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Third level education must be a top priority for the new government

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The third level education sector is facing a 500 million euro loss in funding this year according to a May report released by the Higher Education Authority, and with each passing day it seems unlikely universities will receive anything close to half of that funding from the government …” (more)

[Emma Nevin, The College View, 21 July]

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Over €100 million in Covid-19 support funds sought for third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris is expected to seek Government approval for additional funding to assist the third-level sector with costs related to Covid-19 measures …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 20 July]

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Universities lack cash to survive ‘beyond short time frame’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Many universities do not have financial reserves to survive ‘beyond a relatively short time frame’, according to Higher Education Authority records that detail the scale of the crisis facing the sector. There are also growing concerns over the finances of some universities that risk defaulting on loans up to €800 million used to upgrade college campuses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 July]

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Third Level Institutions – Deficits

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of institutes of technology or technological universities currently running a deficit in tabular form; the plans in place by each institute to address the deficit; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 July]

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Cost of third level education will rise due to Covid-19

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The cost of providing third level education will increase in the short term as a result of COVID-19, the Higher Education Minister has warned. However students are being assured fees will not increase over the next number of years …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 16 July]

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USI publishes student priorities for new Government and COVID-19 research report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has today published two documents outlining the union’s priorities for the new Government and what students need for the new academic year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic …” (more)

[USI, 8 July]

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USI calls for €500 reduction in student charges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called for ‘an immediate reduction’ of the student contribution charge by €500, as well as the elimination of the residency criteria on the free fees initiative. Today, USI has published a document that it presented to Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Science Simon Harris, outlining the union’s ‘priorities for the new government’ and what students need in light of the pandemic …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 8 July]

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Third-Level ‘Too Reliant’ on Private Accommodation, says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris today said that the third-level sector has been ‘too reliant’ on private accommodation and advocated for more university-owned accommodation …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 July]

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