IUA universities account for four-fifths of higher ed research spend

Posted in Research on January 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the publication of the Higher Education Research & Development Survey (HERD) by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD. This latest HERD survey clearly shows the need for a step change in research and innovation investment in Ireland given the fall in our research spend rankings from 14th to 23rd place in the OECD list …” (more)

[IUA, 20 January]

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2021 must be the year to fix higher education funding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“‘An té nach gcuireann san earrach, ní bhaineann sé’. This old Irish proverb, meaning ‘whoever does not plant in the spring, does not reap in the autumn’, is one we should all take particular note of when contemplating a lasting solution for the funding of third-level education in Ireland …” (more)

[Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Business Post, 20 January]

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The Govt Must Accept that More Places in Universities Requires More Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris confirmed this week that the thousands of extra college places that were introduced last year to cope with the demand during the pandemic will remain in place. He also plans to introduce 2,000 more places next year. However, while increasing access to higher education should be commended and encouraged, the circumstances of this particular announcement are more complicated than they seem …” (more)

[University Times, 17 January]

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Seismic shift needed in the relationship between Irish universities and enterprise

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“At €200 million, the recent Human Capital Initiative is one of the largest investments ever in Irish higher education. It aims to increase the capacity of universities to meet priority skills needs at this pivotal time and in the disruptive aftermath of Covid-19. To fully deliver on this investment, a seismic shift is needed in the relationship between Irish universities and enterprise …” (more)

[Deirdre Lillis, Business Post, 8 January]

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‘I don’t ever want to ever, ever, ever, hear a story like Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin’s again in an Irish institution’ – Simon Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on December 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has said there cannot be a repeat of a sexual harassment case like academic Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin’s if universities are to receive increased funding. Mr Harris said Irish institutions needed to do more to tackle sexual harassment …” (more)

[Independent, 30 December]

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Technological Universities – Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMatt Shanahan (Waterford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the technological university resources will now be rebalanced to align with the aspirations of Project Ireland 2040 to support regional growth given that the university sector has grown by 40% since 2000 and the institute of technology sector has grown by 3% which is feeding the perception that Dublin, with its multiple universities, is sucking the life out of the rest of the country …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 December]

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Third Level Education – The South-East

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

IrelandMatt Shanahan (Waterford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that approximately €1.7 billion has been spent in the university sector and that less than 1% has been delivered to the south east, which accounts for 10% of the student population; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that the south east has experienced a pronounced decline in that period; if he is satisfied with the current capital allocations process; his plans going forward to manage the process, ensuring it is delivering fair and equitable direct value equally to the regions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 15 December]

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Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science – Budget

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

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he is satisfied that the budget for his Department is adequate to meet the anticipated requirements throughout 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 December]

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Higher Education Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the economic evaluation of the funding options presented in the Report of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education by the European Commission DG Reform Programme; when he expects the evaluation to be complete; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 December]

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Universities face funding gap of up to €200m due to pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities could be facing a deficit of up to €200m due to the ongoing pandemic in the event of a ‘worst-case scenario’, higher education representatives have warned. Even taking on board positive forecasts for 2021, universities are still estimated to be facing a combined deficit of at least €102m between this academic year and the last, according to the Irish Universities Association (IUA) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 3 December]

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Universities facing €102m deficit, committee hears

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The country’s seven universities will run an estimated combined deficit of €102 million between last year and this year, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education has heard. The Provost of Trinity College, Dr Patrick Prendergast, told politicians that the Covid-19 crisis has had a severe impact on an already seriously underfunded sector …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 3 November]

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Covid 19: Universities warn of ‘devastating’ financial losses this year

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities are due to run a combined deficit of more than €100 million this year due to a ‘devastating’ drop-off in commercial income and vacant student accommodation. The Irish Universities Association will the Oireachtas education committee on Thursday that emergency funding will be needed next year to cover unavoidable losses in the sector …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 December]

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National Training Fund

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated surplus of the National Training Fund for 2020; the total surplus of the National Training Fund at the end of 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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An unprovoked rant about education

Posted in Governance and administration, Research, Teaching on November 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Taking care of some medical ‘business’ today so can’t really work as such. So I thought I’d have a rant about higher education. The decline in state funding for higher education over the last 10 to 15 years has had one major effect: institutions must now operate as quasi-corporations. I’ve never seen this as some sort of neoliberal takeover, more like a case of needs must …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 23 November]

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Funding for a University in the South East a ‘Critical Issue’, Green Party TD says

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

Ireland“The young people of Waterford should ‘accept no less’ than a commitment on behalf of the Government to adequate funding of the TUSE project, Green Party TD Marc Ó Cathasaigh has said. Speaking in the Dáil on Thursday 19 November, Mr Ó Cathasaigh said the Technological University for the South East is a ‘project so important in terms of balanced regional development’ that it is specifically referenced twice within the Programme for Government and that is must receive adequate funding going forward …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Waterford News and Star, 19 November]

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Responses from the Department for Higher Ed to Questions raised at recent Education Futures Webinar

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

IrelandDelighted to hear about the prospect for a cross border university, what stage is that issue currently at and how will it proceed? The establishment of a technological university (TU) in the north-west is being advanced through the Connacht Ulster Alliance (CUA) TU development consortium composed of Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Galway Mayo IT and IT Sligo …” (more)

[IFUT, 13 November]

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Capital Expenditure Programme – TCD and UCD

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

IrelandPatrick Costello (Dublin South Central, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the capital works projects currently ongoing at both Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin that are being part funded or fully funded by his Department; the cost of each project; and the completion date for each project in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 November]

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Minister Harris Announces €5 million COVID-19 fund for teaching and learning reforms

Posted in Teaching on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has announced a €5 million fund designed to drive teaching and learning innovation across the higher education sector. The aim of the fund is to improve how to teach and learn in a digital world …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 9 November]

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Demand for counselling services emphasises the importance of funding

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

Ireland“Mental health has been the great secondary talking point of the Covid-19 pandemic. While some have used the effect of government restrictions on people’s wellbeing as an argument against lockdowns, most of the discussion has revolved around adapting the country’s mental health services to the new normal in Ireland …” (more)

[Patrick Coyle, Trinity News, 5 November]

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UCD To Receive Greatest Cut of €15 Million Government Grant

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A €15 million grant for the furthering of campus infrastructure in colleges across Ireland has been announced by Simon Harris. The funding will be provided by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science through the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Rosie Kuntz, College Tribune, 3 November]

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