Third Level Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 18th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he plans to review the current level of fees for third-level courses …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 June]

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Government welcomes financing from Council of Europe Bank for Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe TD; the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD; and the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD have today (Thursday) announced that €75 million of financing has been successfully sourced from the Council of Europe Bank (COEB) for purpose-built Student Accommodation. This is an important plank in the supply expansion being targeted by Government as part of the Rebuilding Ireland initiative and of the National Student Accommodation Strategy …” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 17 June]

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€12 million to improve energy efficiency and support decarbonisation in higher education – Ministers Harris and Ryan

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris and Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan today (Monday, 7 June 2021) announced funding of €12 million for the second call of the Energy Efficiency and Decarbonisation Pathfinder Programme (EEDPP) for the higher education sector – a 50% increase on the first call last year …” (more)

[gov.ie, 7 June]

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The Key Points for Higher Education in the Government’s Recovery Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Today, the government unveiled its Economic Recovery Plan, a €3.6 billion spending package with a major focus for the higher- and further-education sector. With a major focus on the decarbonisation of the Irish economy, the plan lays out programmes aimed at producing a ‘pipeline of highly skilled graduates’ for Ireland’s economy in the future …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 1 June]

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Minister Harris announces €225 million investment in further and higher education and research under National Recovery and Resilience Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has today (Tuesday, 1 June 2021) outlined a €225 million investment for further and higher education and research, under the Government’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan …” (more)

[gov.ie, 1 June]

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Trinity to receive a philanthropic donation of 30 million euro for the development of the Trinity East campus

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is set to receive a philanthropic donation of 30 million euro to be used for the development of the Trinity East campus. The donation is the largest philanthropic donation from individual benefactors given to an Irish university in the history of the state …” (more)

[Jamie Cox, Trinity News, 27 May]

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Education Policy – Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2021 by steve

IrelandCathal Crowe (Clare, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of progress of the Cassells report with input from the European Commission; when the report will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 May]

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Government announces €25 million in funding for Trinity College’s Old Library

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government has announced funding of €25 million for the restoration of one of Ireland’s foremost national heritage sites, the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin. The Old Library is home to the magnificent Long Room and precious manuscripts, including the 9th century Book of Kells …” (more)

[TCD, 20 May]

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Student surge puts focus on funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The annual jamboree-cum-auction around third-level places is underway and a combination of the pandemic and Brexit has moved the goalposts spectacularly. A 31% increase in overseas applications, most of them from the EU means an extra 4,500 suitors for a place at an Irish college. That may not translate into students, as EU applicants’ final enrolment rate is generally below 50% …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 16 May]

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Minister Harris announces new SFI programme to support research in Technological Universities and Institutes of Technology

Posted in Research on April 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today (Thursday) announced details of the Science Foundation Ireland Frontiers for Partnership Awards programme, which aims through an investment of €9 million to increase research capacity within Technological Universities (TUs) and Institutes of Technology (IoTs) …” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 15 April]

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‘Creaking’ universities may struggle to provide extra third-level places this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Higher education institutions are ‘creaking’ and will struggle to provide additional college places in key areas this year aimed at easing CAO points pressure, universities have warned. The Government has pledged to provide an additional 2,000 third-level college places in high-demand courses this year in response to record number of applicants and expected grade inflation this year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 April]

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Delay’s the Thing

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“… The biggest delay of all has hit the long awaited new engineering building at WIT. This was first announced in 2009 and was ready to go until cancelled at the last minute in 2011. Ten years later all that remains of that ambition is a blank site on the Cork Road. In the headlong political rush to create a TUSE, it has again surfaced …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 13 April]

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Funding higher education

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

Ireland“Sir, – Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris says that the issue of third-level funding has been ‘ducked and dodged for far too long’ (News, April 7th). He said that a final report is due within the next few months and that he won’t be seeking a dusty shelf for it. The Minister is well aware that action is long overdue and he has available to him the Hunt report from January 2011 and the Cassells report from March 2016 …” (more)

[Pat O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 April]

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Harris: Govt has doubled its Investment in WIT since 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Funding for Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has more than doubled since 2018, according to figures provided in the Dáil by the Minister for Further Education. Asked about the capital expenditure the Government has committed to spending across higher education until 2027 under Project Ireland 2040, Minister Harris provided figures which showed that funding for WIT increased from €1.1 million in 2018 to over €3 million in 2020 …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Waterford News and Star, 7 April]

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Trinity could survive without state funding, provost says

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) could survive without government funding if it needed to, Patrick Prendergast, the head of the university has said. Forty per cent of Trinity’s revenue comes from the state, but the college has sought exclusion from upcoming legislation strengthening state accountability of higher education institutions …” (more)

[Sarah Taaffe-Maguire, Business Post, 7 April]

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Third-level funding ‘ducked and dodged’ for too long, says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The issue of third-level funding has been ‘ducked and dodged for far too long’, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has said. With a final report on the future funding of the sector due within the next few months, Mr Harris said that he ‘didn’t intend to be dusting it or seeking a shelf to stick it on. I intend to act on it with Government colleagues and to engage with our stakeholders. You can have all the lofty ambitions and plans you want but to make them a reality we need to properly fund third-level education’ …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 6 April]

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Research and Development – Public Investment

Posted in Research on March 30th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide the public and private investment in research and development as a numerical value, a share of GDP, a share of GNI and a share of GNI* in each year since 2006, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 March]

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Third Level Education – Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 27th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if funding is available for students wishing to continue to third-level education abroad in September 2021 given the likely rise in CAO points requirements for domestic courses; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 March]

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Government votes down PBP proposal to scrap third level fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Tonight, the government voted against the People Before Profit (PBP) Young People and Access to Further and Higher Education motion in the Dáil. All opposition TDs bar 8 members of the Regional Group of independents voted in favour of the bill …” (more)

[Kate Henshaw, Trinity News, 25 March]

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Select Committee on Education and Skills – Vote 45 – Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I thank the committee for the opportunity to speak to it as part of its consideration of the Department’s Revised Estimates. I am accompanied today by the Minister of State, Deputy Niall Collins, who has responsibility for skills and further education and by officials from the Department. I am conscious that I have only five minutes to deliver my opening statement so I will be very brief and give an overview of the Revised Estimates for my Department for 2021. I can pick up on issues in the exchanges with members. The allocation for the Department’s 2021 Estimate was drawn up in late 2020 as part of the 2021 Estimates process, which allocated an additional €236 million …” (more)

[Select Committee on Education and Skills, 23 March]

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