Minister Harris launches €5 million National Student Mental Health Framework

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

Ireland“The National Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Framework has been launched by Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris, in response to the growing concern surrounding student mental health and suicide, especially in the wake of COVID-19 isolation and uncertainty …” (more)

[Iseult O’Callaghan, College Tribune, 15 October]

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Some positives for higher education in Budget 2021 but many missed opportunities

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

Ireland“The provision of €50m extra supports for students and the confirmation of ongoing funding for the extra 5,000 places in higher education in addition to further demographically-driven places next year are welcome features of Budget 2021 …” (more)

[IUA, 13 October]

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IUA welcomes support for students in Budget 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Jim Miley, Director of the Irish Universities Association (IUA) has ‘warmly welcomed’ the support for higher education students included in Budget 2021. However, Miley stated that the government ‘needs to tackle the funding deficit elephant in the room’ …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 13 October]

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€250 payment for third-level students for move to online learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All full-time third-level students are to receive a €250 payment in the coming year to help compensate for the move towards greater online learning. It is one of a number of education measures set to be unveiled in Budget 2021 including the hiring of 565 additional teachers to bring the pupil-teacher ratio at primary level to a record low …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 October]

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The Top Five Takeaways From Third-Level’s Pre-Budget Submissions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Budget 2021 will be announced in the Dáil on Tuesday. Following on from a tumultuous year in the higher education sector, organisations have been lobbying intensively for the supports they think the sector needs …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty and Cormac Watson, University Times, 12 October]

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Budget must respond to dire needs of higher education and initiatives proposed by Higher Education Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for higher education to be given priority funding in next Tuesday’s Budget. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said that thousands of lecturers and tens of thousands of students require urgent support to cope with the impact of Covid-19, on top of a previous decade of underfunding …” (more)

[IFUT, 12 October]

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Minister Harris announces targeted funding of €47 million for researchers affected by COVID-19

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has today (12 October 2020) confirmed that €47 million will be provided to support contract researchers and research students whose work has been seriously disrupted by the pandemic …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 12 October]

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The IUA’s Message to the Govt is Clear: Third-Level Is Central to Economic Recovery

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

Ireland“Earlier this week, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) requested a hefty total of €538 million from the government in its pre-budget submission, which attempted to position higher education at the centre of the economy’s recovery. The IUA’s optimism is understandable – this is the first budget since the establishment of a Department of Higher Education in June, and third-level has enjoyed an unprecedented place in the sun as a result …” (more)

[University Times, 11 October]

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Minister Harris announces €10 million project with UCD, IADT and NCAD

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister Harris announced on Monday that the Creative Futures Academy – a joint project between UCD, IADT and NCAD – would receive €10 million in funding under the Human Capital Initiative …” (more)

[Iseult O’Callaghan, College Tribune, 8 October]

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Ireland Must Commit to Increased Third-Level Funding And Equal Access for All

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Starting college in 2020 will be an experience like none that has gone before it. The moves to more online learning, the lack of opportunities to socialise and social distancing measures will mean that students and staff have to adapt to a whole new and challenging environment …” (more)

[Laura Harmon, University Times, 7 October]

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€5.1m in Funding as Technological University Moves to Advanced Stages

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The announcement of €5.1m funding for the Technological University of the South East of Ireland (TUSEI) project has been welcomed by the presidents of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow). The TUSEI project had applied to the multi-annual Technological Universities Transformation Fund (TUTF) for funding support in respect of the costs arising in working towards designation as a technological university, in line with the Technological Universities Act 2018 …” (more)

[Claire Quinn, Waterford News and Star, 7 October]

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Minister Harris announces allocation of €34.33m in Transformation Funding for Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has today (7 October 2020) announced funding of €34.33m to higher education institutions to help them in their progression towards Technological University status …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 7 October]

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Students will be able to mix modules from courses across Ireland’s seven traditional universities under ground-breaking new initiative

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

Ireland“Future students will be able to mix and match modules from degree courses across the country’s seven traditional universities under a ground-breaking initiative, it was announced today. It is one of 22 innovative projects in a €197m, five-year Government-funded programme to support the development of necessary labour market skills …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 October]

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Minister Harris announces 22 innovative projects to be funded under Human Capital Initiative

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, TD has today announced 22 projects are to be funded under the Human Capital Initiative. The projects include the use of virtual laboratories in higher education, a new hub to upskill the building sector on green construction, and the establishment of Creative Futures Academy to support digital and screen culture, cinema, literature and broadcasting, art, design, and fashion …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 5 October]

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Universities call for €538m in State funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities say they need €538m in State support next year, including €102m for additional Covid-related costs. The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has set out details of its funding requirements in a pre-Budget submission, which says the sector is facing a combined deficit of €200m next year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 October]

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Institutes of technology calling for €534m over three years

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Institutes of technology say they need €136m in State funding next year as the first slice of a three-year investment package of €534m. The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) makes the case in a pre-Budget submission highlighting the critical role of the sector in regional development, in addressing disadvantage and in lifelong learning …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 September]

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University and college staff being paid in book tokens, Oireachtas told

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

Ireland“Some staff at financially struggling universities and colleges are being paid in book tokens, the Oireachtas spending watchdog has heard. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is to ask the Higher Education Authority to appear before TDs to answer questions about the impact of gaping deficits in third-level funding …” (more)

[Brian Hutton and Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 24 September]

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Students Should Not Have to Pay the Debt for a Decade of Underfunding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The task of bringing students back safely to third-level campuses brings unique challenges. The sheer scale of campuses, the number of students relocating, the commuting distances, and issues of accommodation – to name just a few factors necessary to consider – mean it is an undertaking like no other. What unfortunately is not unique to this sector is the fact that a legacy of underfunding by successive governments has left it ill-prepared to deal with the coronavirus outbreak …” (more)

[Rose Conway-Walsh, University Times, 24 September]

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Student Grant Scheme – Cost of Increase

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of increasing student grants to their highest historical levels …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 September]

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NUIG Students’ Union calls on local TDs to take meaningful action on student fees

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

Ireland“NUI Galway Students’ Union has joined USI and NUS-USI in the launch of the Education for All campaign which is calling for immediate action on Higher Education funding. The organisation that represents 374,000 students across the island of Ireland has written an open letter to Minister Simon Harris asking him to take action on a number of key areas …” (more)

[Michael Malone, Galway Daily, 21 September]

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