Trinity Projected to Lose Nearly €12m Next Year

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is forecasting a net deficit of €11.8 million in 2022, The University Times has learned, with College’s top decision makers being told that a return to a balanced budget this year would have compromised the quality and delivery of its strategic objectives …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 December]

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Higher Education Strategic Infrastructure Fund

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the Higher Education Strategic Infrastructure Fund has concluded or if additional calls will be made in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 December]

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Project Ireland 2040 – University Infrastructure

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he remains committed to the Project Ireland 2040 commitment of Exchequer investment of €2.2 billion in Ireland’s higher education infrastructure over the period to 2027; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 December]

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Technological Universities – Borrowing

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

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a borrowing framework for the technological universities; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 November]

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Cassells report

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

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when he will publish the economic evaluation of the Cassells report; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 November]

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Higher Education is in a Funding Crisis. It’s Time to Act

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It has always been my firm and passionate belief that education should be free from cradle to grave – paid for indirectly through taxation. This is a core principle, a key tenet of social democracy and socialism – it’s about redistribution of wealth, and universality of access …” (more)

[Ivana Bacik, University News, 23 November]

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Trinity East Likely to be Majorly Scaled Back as Govt Funding in Doubt

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

Ireland“The development of Trinity East, a major College project worth hundreds of millions and involving the construction of a brand-new campus at Grand Canal Dock, will be scaled back dramatically due to uncertainty over government funding, The University Times can reveal …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 16 November]

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‘Why is education so cheap?’: UCC president says honest conversation needed on third-level fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of Cork universities UCC and MTU have said third-level education has suffered from underinvestment in recent years and must be improved in order to generate significant returns for the Irish economy and wider society …” (more)

[Alan Healy, Irish Examiner, 10 November]

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TU Requires University Level Monies

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

Ireland“‘I am concerned that the announcement about Waterford, which took into account not only the status and achievements of that college, but also the specific higher education needs of the south-east region, has been interpreted as in some way diminishing the status of Cork regional technical college. That is not the case’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 9 November]

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CAO system must change to reflect wider range of students’ skills – Harris

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities must review the CAO points system to ensure it recognises a wider range of students’ skills or risk losing public funding, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has warned …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 November]

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UCD announces €350 million loan to facilitate huge expansion in student numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is to expand its student population with the aid of a €350 million loan facility from the European Investment Bank (EIB). UCD plans to increase faculty numbers by 50% and student numbers by 25% over the coming decade. EIB president Dr Werner Hoyer will visit the college on Friday to announce the loan facility which will support capital development projects on campus …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 29 October]

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Capital funding: UCC and MTU

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2021 by steve

IrelandColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which the funding for capital works and equipment at UCC and the Munster Technological University will be disbursed; if the funding will be put to use in the current academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 October]

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Budget 2022 fails to address cost of higher level education

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

Ireland“On 12 October, the announcement of Budget 2022 evoked mixed reactions from third-level stakeholders. It was announced that €3.7bn would be allocated to students, universities and young people in next year’s Budget …” (more)

[Bonnie Gill, Trinity News, 20 October]

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Verdict on Cassells Report to be Published by the End of the Year

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

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said he will publish a verdict on the Cassells report – which was published in 2016 – before the end of the year. Harris has said he will not advocate for the introduction of student loans …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 20 October]

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WIT Waterford Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2021 by steve

IrelandMatt Shanahan (Waterford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a commitment will be given that funding and development for the WIT campus at Waterford will proceed regardless of other developmental issues that may arise in the other campus areas of Carlow and Wexford with respect to the revised National Development Plan which stipulates expansion of the WIT campus area; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 October]

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Simon Harris rules out fees rise as part of third-level funding reform package

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Further and Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has ruled out a rise in the €3,000 student charge as part of the upcoming third-level funding reform package. Mr Harris has already dismissed the idea of loans as a way of raising the charge by deferring the financial pain through a ‘study-now, pay later’ approach …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 October]

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IUA Statement: Budget 2022 funding for higher education welcome but it’s not enough

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The investment in higher education and research announced in Budget 2022, while welcome, is not sufficient to address the core funding deficit in the sector. The provision of dedicated funding for extra places and for student supports is welcome. However …” (more)

[IUA, 12 October]

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Ministers Harris and Collins announce investment in higher education, student supports, apprenticeships and skills

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, and Minister of State for Skills and Further Education, Niall Collins, have today announced a series of measures as part of Budget 2022. The package includes …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 12 October]

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USI, IUA Express Disappointment With Budget 2022

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the Irish Universities Association (IUA) have expressed disappointment Budget 2022, arguing that more needs to be done for the third-level sector …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 12 October]

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The National Development Plan Still Leaves Third-Level Lacking

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Criticism of the government’s National Development Plan, launched this week, has been widespread. Observers argue that the plan overpromises and will inevitably underdeliver. Its commitments are vague and its timelines are non-existent in some cases. Higher education is no exception to these observations …” (more)

[University Times, 10 October]

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