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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SIPTU Education members call on Minister to ‘get real’ on crisis in third level education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members across the Education Sector have today (Thursday, 11th March) said that, unless the crisis in third level funding is addressed, all the problems that have continuously plagued the sector will continue to persist. The calls come following an online meeting of delegates of the unions Education Sector when a motion to secure an enhanced budget for tertiary education was passed unanimously …” (more)

[SIPTU, 11 March]

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Sufficiently Funded University Is A Must For The Region, Says IBEC

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A sufficiently funded and internationally recognised University is a must for the South East if Waterford City and its environs is to thrive as envisaged in the National Development Plan according to the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (Ibec). In its submission to the NDP’s mid-term review, Ibec references the city’s (minimum) projected 50 per cent population growth between now and 2040 …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 11 March]

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Third-level should be free to access, says Higher Education Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Student loans are unlikely to be used to bridge a chronic underfunding in the country’s third-level sector, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has said. Speaking at the launch of a three-year plan for his department, Mr Harris said he was committed to delivering a sustainable model to allow universities and colleges be funded adequately, especially when more and more people want to attend …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 8 March]

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Funding Model for Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2021 by steve

IrelandNeasa Hourigan (Dublin Central, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of his plans to develop a long-term sustainable funding model for higher level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 March]

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€300,000 allocated to colleges to support Travellers in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Higher education institutions are receiving funds to support Traveller students progressing to and studying at third level. A total of €300,000 has been allocated to colleges by the government to improve Travellers’ experience in higher education …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, TheJournal.ie, 1 March]

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Letterkenny IT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2021 by steve

IrelandJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of progress of capital works at Letterkenny Institute of Technology which were secured under the previous Government; the progress in relation to university status for the institute which also received a commitment; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 February]

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Funding parity key to delivering university

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A decade after a technological university for the south east was first proposed there is still no detail as to how much money the government are willing to invest in the region …” (more)

[David Looby, Wexford People, 16 February]

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Third Level Education – Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2021 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Laois-Offally, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the implementation of the Cassells report; the number of potential funding options including the deferred payment of student fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 February]

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Leo Varadkar says former Waterford Crystal site being looked at for WIT expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Tánaiste has confirmed that the old Waterford Crystal site is being looked at as part of the planned expansion of WIT. The site in Kilbarry is vacant since 2009. It was bought by Waterford developer Noel Frisby, his company Ibrook successfully applied for planning permission to refurbish the site in 2019. Leo Varadkar was responding to questions on promised legislation from Sinn Fein’s David Cullinane …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 4 February]

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‘Minister for Higher Education needs to stand up for students – Senator Fintan Warfield’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield today called on the Government to directly intervene in cases where key components of university courses have not proceeded due to Covid-19, and to ask for reductions in fees for the next academic year. Speaking on the issue in the Seanad today, Senator Warfield said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 January]

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IUA Requests Funding Increase for Research and Development among Irish Universities

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

Ireland“In a recent report conducted by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Ireland was ranked 23rd out of 37 OECD countries in relation to research spending in 2018, a drastic drop of nine places since 2008. As a result, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) called for ‘a step change’ in R&D investment …” (more)

[Mollie Downes, College Tribune, 25 January]

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We must fix university funding if we want FDI to keep rolling in

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

Ireland“IDA Ireland might be feeling a little bit ‘damned if they do, and damned if they don’t’ when it comes to the kinds of foreign direct investment projects the agency goes after. An agency report compiled by the OECD rightly highlighted the success of Ireland’s FDI policies and the agency most responsible for making the investments happen …” (more)

[Richard Curran, Independent, 24 January]

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