Government gives €5m in emergency funding to keep IT Tralee afloat

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government has given €5 million in emergency funding to IT Tralee in order to keep the institution afloat. The Irish Times understands that Kerry’s only third-level institution has been experiencing serious cash-flow problems and faced the possibility of drastic cutbacks or not being able to pay staff …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 September]

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University of Limerick president calls for funding increase after latest rankings issued

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There have been calls to increase Government funding to third-level institutions after the latest figures show UL’s position in the Times Higher Education rankings has remained static. In a post on Twitter after the latest rankings were published, University of Limerick President Dr. Des Fitzgerald said, ‘A decade ago, Ireland had two universities in the top 100, but no more …'” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Leader, 17 September]

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Government urged to reverse cuts in third level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have warned an Oireachtas committee that financial problems facing the third level sector will get ‘considerably worse’ unless there is a significant step-up in investment to support growing student numbers. Jim Miley, director-general of the Irish Universities Association, told the Oireachtas Committee on Budgetary Oversight that student numbers are set to grow by 40,000 over the coming decade …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 September]

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For Quality and Equality, Public Funding is Higher Education’s Best Option

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 20 years after the abolition of higher education fees, Ireland now has the second highest student contribution fees in Europe. This system is often referred to as having ‘free fees’. Our politicians have a great sense of humour …” (more)

[Laura Harmon, University Times, 16 September]

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After Rankings Slump, Third-Level Has to Be an Election Issue – Now, Not in May 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“If it’s fair to say this week has been pretty dismal for higher education in Ireland, then it’s hard to imagine what the mood must have been like in the Provost’s House. On Wednesday we discovered that the College, Ireland’s top-ranked university, had tumbled 44 places in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, to an all-time low of 164th …” (more)

[University Times, 15 September]

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The Radio, The Universities and The Culture in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday at the end of a busy week I finally got round to booking a ticket for next Friday’s Culture Night performance at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. That will be my first concert of the new season and I’m looking forward to it. Among other things, it gives me the chance to persevere with Brahms …” (more)

[In the Dark, 14 September]

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University funding and global rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Carl O’Brien reports (News, September 12th) on the continuing decline of our universities in international rankings. Fine Gael politicians have been forming an orderly queue to tell us that university registration fees will not be increased and that a student loan scheme will not be introduced (News, August 12th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 14 September]

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University rankings may not be perfect, but they do matter in globalised world

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Global university rankings matter. Real or not, perceptions matter. In a globalised world, they matter when it comes to competing for research funding from multinational corporations, or other sources that want to believe they are investing in the best talent and infrastructure to optimise the outcomes. Irish graduates have also found they matter to prospective employers, in the US and elsewhere around the world …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 September]

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Trinity drop in world list sparks row over funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new controversy is erupting over State funding for university researchers after Trinity College Dublin (TCD) dropped 44 places in the latest annual global rankings. In a further blow to the nation’s higher education reputation, the only Irish entry in the world’s top 200 tumbled from 120th to 164th in the UK-based Times Higher Education table …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 September]

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Ireland bottom of class when it comes to class sizes and funding: OECD report

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“While young people in Ireland are among the most educated globally, low national investment in education is leading to overstretched schools, teaching unions have warned. Ireland has a secondary school enrolment rate of 93%, but national investment in the sector is the lowest of 35 countries studied by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 10 September]

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Gender pay gap: Females with a degree earn significantly less than male peers, report reveals

Posted in Life on September 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Despite being better educated overall – women aged 25-64, with a degree in Ireland earn 28% less than their male counterparts, according to a new report. This is among the findings in an annual overview of structure, finances and performance of education systems in the developed world, by the international think-tank OECD …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 September]

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WIT left out of €100m College Funding pot

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s been another difficult week for Waterford. The Government announced over €100m worth of funding for five colleges, IT Sligo, Maynooth University, University College Cork, NUI Galway and University College Dublin, as part of its 2040 strategy, but once again, WIT is left out in the cold …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 3 September]

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‘Obsession’ with third level means further education bypassed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The obsession with university education in Ireland means many school leavers are bypassing more suitable vocational routes, according to the new chief of the State body for further education and training. Andrew Brownlee, who takes over as chief executive of Solas on Monday, said higher education has played a massive and positive role in the transformation of the country …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 September]

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Fund universities properly – but to produce scholars, not just workers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In her recent article for the Sunday Independent, former education minister Mary O’Rourke makes a passionate plea for adequate funding of Ireland’s institutions of higher learning. Much as anyone working in higher education in this country will welcome the former minister’s public support, her reasoning is profoundly flawed …” (more)

[Philipp W Rosemann, Independent, 1 September]

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IT Tralee and CIT confident the state will cover remaining integration costs associated with merger

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee and CIT are confident the state will cover the remaining integration costs associated with their merger. The Munster Technological University is the planned result of the merger between the Institute of Technology Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology, a process which was first mooted in 2009 …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 30 August]

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Almost €100 million investment under Project Ireland 2040 for five major building projects in higher education institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced almost €100 million is to be invested by the Government in major building projects at five higher education institutions …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 August]

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Mary O’Rourke: ‘Fund universities and colleges – for the sake of all our futures’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“August means so many different things to so many people. For those of a literary bent, one can point to the delicious long-ago novel by Edna O’Brien, August is a Wicked Month. Of course, to many it is the month of holidays, particularly schoolchildren who this week are facing the familiar feeling of going back to school after weeks of freedom …” (more)

[Independent, 25 August]

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USI wants the barriers to education broken

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have called on the government to break the barriers to third level education. In a statement, the USI criticised government ministers Joe McHugh and Mary Mitchell O’Connor for downplaying the accommodation and higher education funding crises …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, The College View, 20 August]

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On Higher Education, a Government Under Scrutiny – And Still Without Ideas

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week, Ireland’s education ministers found their way into the glare of the national headlines with an intensity not often seen in recent years. For a sector whose struggles have long been confined to the background of public debate, it was refreshing to see story after story on higher education making it to the front pages of Ireland’s newspapers …” (more)

[University Times, 18 August]

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Third Level Education Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on August 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with Special Responsibility for High Education, talks to Mary about third level education funding and the need for financial reform of the higher education sector …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 15 August]

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