Students and colleges warn third level sector is ‘losing ground’ on rivals

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

Ireland“Students and third level colleges have united to call on political parties to commit to invest more in higher education to prevent Ireland ‘losing ground’ against international competitors. In a joint statement, the Union of Students in Ireland, the Irish Universities Association and the Technological Higher Education Association said State funding per student at third level is now 40% less than it was a decade ago …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Third-level timebomb must become a election priority

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

Ireland“‘Crisis, what crisis?’ Three words that helped bring down Jim Callaghan’s Labour government in the 1979 UK general election. The prime minister never actually uttered these words. A Sun subeditor fashioned the headline but it captured the popular impression of an administration unaware of a serious state of affairs which had caught up with it …” (more)

[Lorna Fitzpatrick, Joseph Ryan and Jim Miley, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Higher education colleges call for pre-election commitment to €100m annual funding boost

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

Ireland“Higher education colleges and students have come together to push for a pre-election commitment for politicians for an increased €100m a year for the third-level sector. State funding per student to third level institutions is now 40% less than it was a decade ago because of austerity-era cuts that have not been reversed …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 January]

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Fianna Fáil Would Maintain €3,000 College Fee in Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil has pledged an extra €100 million a year in core funding for higher education, but refused to commit to any of the three options outlined in the 2016 Cassells report. The party is also promising a 20% increase in undergraduate state grants, a restoration of postgraduate grants and the maintenance of fees at their current level, Fianna Fáil education spokesperson Thomas Byrne said at a press briefing this morning …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 23 January]

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FF: Higher education fees will be frozen at current level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil will spend an additional €100 million per year and freeze higher education fees at their current levels should it be elected, while reducing primary teacher-student ratios to 20:1, the party said. At its education policy launch at party HQ in Dublin …” (more)

[Cianan Brennan, Irish Examiner, 23 January]

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Higher Education interest groups present joint funding plan ahead of general election

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

Ireland“Just two weeks before the Irish general election, higher education interest groups have put out a united call for greater funding for the sector. The Irish Universities Association (IUA), the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have rallied to campaign for a pre-election commitment to hundreds of millions of euros of higher education funding …” (more)

[Madalyn Williams, Trinity News, 23 January]

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Performance-based funding for higher education – could it happen here?

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

International“I’m guessing that even the most ardent of UK wonks haven’t been eagerly awaiting the the announcement from the Alberta (Canada) Government of its hotly-anticipated performance based funding system for tertiary institutions. Maybe they should have been …” (more)

[Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe, 22 January]

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‘We face an artful execution of not much’ – President of UL makes plea for rise in third-level funding by State

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

Ireland“The President of University of Limerick has called on political parties to ‘make third-level funding a national priority’ and accused the outgoing government of cutting supports to the sector. Addressing students at the start of UL’s Winter Conferring ceremonies, Dr Des Fitzgerald said: ‘Let’s be honest, our universities are good, but not good enough’…” (more)

[David Raleigh, Irish Examiner, 20 January]

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General Election 2020 – Five Steps to Revive Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“IFUT calls on all parties forming the next government to adopt the following as part of the Programme for Government: 1. Phase out student fees and revise the grant system to address the excessive costs for so many in, or contemplating entering, Higher Education …” (more)

[IFUT, 20 January]

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How Cassells Might Actually be Keeping Third-Level Away From Election Spotlight

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

Ireland“We’re now a week into the general election campaign, and certain trends have started to emerge. Retirement age and policing have been the subject of hostile debates between the biggest parties, while health and housing have predictably loomed large over proceedings. Meanwhile, the stock of education – particularly at third-level – has rarely felt lower, despite the plethora of areas within the sector that desperately need addressing …” (more)

[University Times, 19 January]

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Sinn Féin believes in publicly funded education – Archibald

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Speaking tonight on the issue of student fees Sinn Féin economy spokesperson Caoimhe Archibald MLA said: ‘In the south we have costed budget proposals to begin the process of removing student contribution charges, however here in the north we are constrained by the block grant and more challenging budgetary conditions and a lack of fiscal powers …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 17 January]

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The Big Two Parties on Higher Education – In Their Own Words

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

Ireland“If we’re to believe the pundits, this election more than most others in Irish politics is a battle of the big two – Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. The conclusion of the parties’ confidence-and-supply deal signalled the end of the uneasy truce that bound them together for three years, and potshots have started flying in both directions as the parties seek to differentiate themselves and pitch to voters …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 16 January]

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Springboard+ and Human Capital Initiative Pillar One 2020 Call for Proposals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The 2020 Call for proposals is being launched today, 16th January. The Springboard+ Call is being run in conjunction with the Call for applications under Pillar One of the Human Capital Initiative. The Human Capital Initiative (HCI) will deliver an investment targeted towards increasing capacity in higher education in skills-focused programmes designed to meet priority skills needs …” (more)

[Maria Cross, HEA, 16 January]

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UCD sees revenues grow with record year for research grants

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

Ireland“UCD has reported an increase in its annual surplus to €35.2 million for the financial year ending in September 2018 – up €3.1 million over the previous 12-month period. The university reported a successful financial year against a background of concern about funding for third-level education in the Republic …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Times, 10 January]

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CIT set for €9.2m grant as part of new sports infrastructure fund

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

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is set to get a €9.2m grant from the Department of Sport as part of the first set of allocations under a new sports infrastructure fund. The fund, which was first announced as part of the National Development plan in 2018, sees €77.4m allocated to sporting facilities or projects across the country ahead of an impending general election …” (more)

[Cianan Brennan, BreakingNews.ie, 10 January]

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Crisis? What crisis?

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

Ireland“At the moment it is the Irish health service that is at the centre of a storm; it usually is at this time of year. The ‘trolley crisis’ leads the news every January just as the Leaving Cert makes headlines every June. Nothing seems to change. Meanwhile the third level education sector has been ‘in crisis’ for the last five years at least, and many suggest that this ‘crisis’ poses a real and substantial risk to the Irish economy. Maybe it does …” (more)

[Education and other Things, 10 January]

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The 12 education issues set to dominate 2020

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

IrelandIndustrial strife resumes. After a couple of years of industrial peace, the prospect of disruption looms. Two-tier pay rates introduced in 2011 put ‘newly qualified teachers’ on inferior rates of pay. A decade later, the issue still hasn’t been fully resolved …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Surplus in State training fund set to climb to €1bn in 2020

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

Ireland“The Government is facing calls for an ‘urgent review’ of a State training fund after it emerged that the surplus is set to climb to almost €1 billion this year. The scale of the surplus has emerged at a time when the higher education sector claims it is facing a financial ‘crisis’ linked to reduced State investment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 January]

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20 women-only professorships to be established this year

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

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister responsible for higher education, tells us about women-only professorships and responds to calls for greater state support for third-level colleges here …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – This Week, 5 January]

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IUA call for third level funding to be made an election issue

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

Ireland“Jim Miley, Director General of the IUA, tells us why he has called for on students, parents and staff to make third level funding an issue on the doorsteps …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – This Week, 5 January]

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