Without Funding, Universities Will Struggle to Keep Their Standards Intact

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

Ireland“This week, a report carried out by independent further education watchdog Quality and Qualifications Ireland advised that Dublin City University (DCU) should introduce ways for students to review their learning experience. The report addressed many of the concerns that most Irish students would raise with their education today: unclear grading systems, inconsistent requirements between modules and the quality of teaching …” (more)

[University Times, 13 May]

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IFUT Calls for Allocation of Corporation Tax to Address Higher Education Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“‘The next Budget should provide once-off emergency funding from the surge in Corporation tax to address the escalating higher education crisis’, Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, said in advance of IFUT’s 2019 Annual Delegate Conference in Dublin, Saturday, May 11th, 2019 …” (more)

[IFUT, 10 May]

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Irish universities contribute €8.9bn to the economy but is this under threat from a decade of underfunding?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have become the lifeblood of the country by fuelling our cultural and social development, feeding the workforce with skilled workers and boosting the exchequer by €8.9bn a year. We’re living in a digital age where it is vital that our educational institutions provide a talent pipeline for the knowledge economy if we want to stay competitive as a nation …” (more)

[IUA, 3 May]

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Trinity College launch philanthropic campaign to raise €400m for campus development

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is launching a worldwide fundraising campaign to help it reach a target of €400m to develop the campus, recruit more academic staff and improve the student experience generally. It is Trinity’s first major philanthropic campaign in its more than 400-year history and the largest ever undertaken in education on the island of Ireland …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 May]

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University News

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As we stagger towards Week 11 of this twice-interrupted Semester I’m back in the office preparing stuff for another set of lectures. This term seems to have gone on forever, largely because of the two breaks (one at half-term around St Patrick’s Day, and other other for Easter). Now, though, the end is in sight …” (more)

[In the Dark, 28 April]

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Employers and union bosses join students and industry leaders in calls for university and third level funding crisis to be tackled

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ibec, ICTU, USI, American Ireland and British Irish Chamber of Commerce support Irish Universities Association calls for action on funding. The top leadership of the employers union, trades unions, student unions and industry representative bodies have today called for government action on the long-awaited reform of the funding of Irish university and higher education …” (more)

[IUA, 27 April]

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Time to decide on third-level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Failure to fund higher education stores up problems for the future. It is close to three years since the publication of the report of the expert group on funding Ireland’s third level institutions. According to the Cassells Report, the sector required additional investment of €600m annually until 2021, rising to €1bn from 2030 …” (more)

[Declan Jordan, Irish Examiner, 22 April]

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IFUT calls for increased higher education funding following new IUA Report

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for an increase in state funding for higher education following publication today of a Report ‘Delivering for Ireland: An Impact Assessment of Irish Universities’, commissioned by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) …” (more)

[IFUT, 5 April]

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University challenge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – I read with interest the story on page one of your excellent newspaper that outlined the fears that universities have now apparently expressed that, due to State underfunding, there may have to be a cap imposed on the number of Irish students …” (more)

[E Dillon, Irish Times, 5 April]

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IUA fear fee-paying international students may replace Irish students at third level institutions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) have suggested the possibility of having to limit University places for Irish students in future years due to funding shortages within the sector. The IUA have attributed this possible move to the growing number of students in the sector, and lowered investment by the government …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 4 April]

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UCC win appeal over requirement to disclose details of loan agreement to RTÉ

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge has overturned the Information Commissioner’s decision requiring University College Cork to disclose to RTÉ certain information about a €100m loan agreement between the college and the European Investment Bank. The Commissioner must now reconsider RTÉ’s request, made under the Freedom of Information Act, in line with Mr Justice Garrett Simons’ findings …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 3 April]

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Students call on Taoiseach to commit to publicly-funded higher education system

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student groups have welcomed comments from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar which appear to rule out a student loan scheme or increase in fees for higher education. Until now, Mr Varadkar has voiced his opposition to ‘US or UK-style’ student loans schemes but has not ruled out other loan schemes which involve smaller levels of debt …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 March]

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Should UCD prioritise funding degrees with better job prospects?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2019 by steve

IrelandYES: As the largest university campus in the country, UCD has very high overheads. They have to be able to keep the lights on from month to month. Therefore, any extra funding they can gain, be it from government funding or Alumni donations, can only make the student experience better …” (more)

[Heather Reynolds and Nathan Young, University Observer, 27 March]

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Student fee hike and loan scheme ruled out

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Further increases to student fees or the introduction of a student loan scheme have been ruled out, the Irish Examiner can reveal. In a ‘highly significant’ development, the Government has rejected two of three recommendations contained in a 2016 report into how a gaping hole in third-level funding is to be filled …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 27 March]

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UL warns over challenges despite €7m surplus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick warns that it is facing a challenge over the sustainability of its finances, despite recording a surplus of almost €7m in the year to the end of Sept 2017. New accounts filed by the college show it recorded a surplus of €6.89m in the 12-month period – an annual increase of 5.3%. In a financial report, UL’s chief operating officer and registrar Gerry O’Brien said …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 26 March]

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Prioritising the basics in education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – If there aren’t enough places in third level to meet demand I can understand why there are those who think the answer is to put more money into the sector (‘Shortage of college places looms unless State invests in higher education, say campaigners’, News, March 22nd) …” (more)

[Patrick G Burke, Irish Times, 23 March]

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Fund the Future Rally Draws 200 for Higher Education Protest

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students gathered this afternoon in Front Square calling on the government to invest more money in higher education, with walkouts taking place on campuses all over the country as part of the Union of Students in Ireland’s (USI) Fund the Future campaign …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 21 March]

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Students and staff at third level campuses to walk out of lectures this afternoon

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students and staff at third level campuses will walk out of lectures this afternoon to shine a light on the growing crisis in higher education funding. Major demonstrations will take place on the main campuses of UCC and CIT as part of the ‘Fund the Future’ campaign, with students set to walk out of classes at 1pm. Students from several other third level institutions will also strike at lunchtime …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Third level staff and students to stage protests over funding ‘crisis’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third level students and lecturers across college campuses are set to stage lunchtime protests on Thursday to highlight what they say is a growing crisis in higher education funding. State funding for third level fell by almost 40% as a result of austerity-era cost-cutting between 2008 and 2015 at a time of rising student numbers …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 March]

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Colleges risk losing funding if sexual consent classes not provided

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Teaching on March 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“All third-level colleges should be obliged to provide classes on sexual consent for students or risk losing State funding, a Government-commissioned report has recommended. The report follows rising concern over the level of rape and sexual assault on college campuses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 March]

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