Ireland ranked in last place in OECD for investment in education

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

Ireland“Ireland ranks in last place out of 36 developed countries for investment in education as a measure of our national wealth or gross domestic product (GDP), according to latest OECD data. While economists say the presence of multinationals distorts our GDP figures, education unions say the figures confirm the extent of under-investment in our schools …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 September]

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IUA Pre-Budget Submission: Investment in Higher Education and Research Critical to National Recovery – Budget 2022 must deliver first phase of Funding Reform with €900m package

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

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has called on the government to substantially increase investment in higher education and research as part of the post-COVID, post-Brexit national recovery. The IUA has outlined a comprehensive range of measures in a €900m+ package including €418m in extra core funding and a €490m capital expenditure programme for the sector …” (more)

[IUA, 15 September]

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IUA Calls for €900m Package for Third Level in Budget 2022

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

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has called on the government to inject €900 million into the third-level sector ahead of the announcement of Budget 2022 next month. The lobby group’s pre-budget submission asks for over €418 million in extra core funding and a €490 million capital expenditure programme, with the aim of aiding in economic recovery after the pandemic and Brexit …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 15 September]

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Universities lose €270m in commercial revenue due to Covid-19

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

Ireland“Universities have lost €270m in commercial revenue because of Covid, income on which they rely to fund their operations. They say they are also bearing additional costs as a result of the pandemic and eight universities now have a combined projected deficit of €40m. The figures are set out in the Irish Universities Association (IUA) pre-Budget submission, which calls for extra funding of at least €900m …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 September]

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€25.67m in Transformation Funding for Technological Universities announced

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

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has today (8 September 2021) announced funding of €25.67m to higher education institutions to support them in their progression towards Technological University status and in post-establishment development …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 8 September]

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Universities Unlikely to Lobby for Universal Free Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities are unlikely to advocate for the abolition of the student contribution charge, after the head of the sector’s lobby group signalled his opposition to the principle of free third-level education …” (more)

[Jennifer Ní Chiara, University Times, 7 September]

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Third level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A piece in the SBP at the weekend by John Walsh caught my eye. In it he demanded the reintroduction of fees. He suggests: ‘There is one policy area, however, that the government would be more than happy to keep in cold storage. Yet its implications are far reaching …'” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 7 September]

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€38 million for higher education capital works and equipment announced by Minister Harris, as students return to campus

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, has today announced an additional €38 million for higher education institutions for the 2021 to 2022 academic year. The devolved capital grant allocation will facilitate higher institutions to address a number of key capital investment priorities …” (more)

[gov.ie, 6 September]

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Many third level students will return to college campuses this Monday as Government support pledged

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon has pledged Government support as this Monday marks the return of many third level students to college campuses. Writing on social media today he said: ‘This Monday, many third level students will return to college campuses – for some, it’ll be the first time in over a year, for others it will be the first time ever …'” (more)

[Independent, 4 September]

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Cassells is Finally Coming to a Close – But is it Too Late?

Posted in Governance and administration on July 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As university and higher-education stakeholders know all too well, the government has acted on the Cassells report at a glacial – even imperceptible – pace. This week, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris announced his plan to bring proposals for funding in higher education based on the Cassells report to the government by the end of the year …” (more)

[University Times, 25 July]

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‘We Won’t be Introducing Student Loans’, Harris says of Cassells Report

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

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has ruled out the possibility of introducing a student loan system as part of changes made to the funding of higher education following the recommendations of the Cassells report. Harris was responding to questions from Labour’s Education Spokesperson Aodhán Ó Riordáin at the Oireachtas Education Committee …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 22 July]

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€105 million funding for safe on-site return to third level in September, Minister Harris announces

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Another €21 million for extra student support also confirmed. Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, has today secured government approval for €105 million for the third-level sector to safely return in September 2021. The package will include financial support for further and higher education to return on-site safely and in line with public health advice. It will also have extra support for students in further and higher education …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 21 July]

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Provost: Inspiring Generations Campaign Has Exceeded €400m in Donations

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

Ireland“Trinity’s Inspiring Generations philanthropic campaign reached its target of €400 million in donations, Provost Patrick Prendergast has said. The campaign, which was launched in May 2019, is the largest of its kind ever undertaken in Ireland …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 16 July]

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Offering extra places is not sustainable, universities warn

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

Ireland“The State’s colleges and universities have offered extra places for students for the third year in a row, but this cannot keep happening, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) has said. On Tuesday, the Cabinet considered plans to spend €24 million to pay for 4,600 more college places to cope with extra demand this year, but also pent-up demand from last year …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 14 July]

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Cost of Third Level Education

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

IrelandRéada Cronin (Kildare North, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost per annum to the Exchequer of keeping teenage and young adults in third-level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 July]

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National Training Fund

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

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the projected expenditure from the National Training Fund until 2025; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 July]

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Report on European Commission’s Findings on Cassells Expected in Autumn

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

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said that he expects to publish a report on the European Commission’s analysis on the Cassells report this autumn. The report, which sets out three options for the future funding of Ireland’s higher education sector, was sent to the European Commission in January 2019, when the government applied for economic advice on the report …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 July]

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Third Level Education Funding

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

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

[Dáil debates, 8 July]

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New legislation must be backed up with better funding for third level, committee told

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

Ireland“Legislative reform of the higher education sector will be ‘meaningless’ if institutions do not receive adequate funding, an Oireachtas committee has been told. Director General of the Irish Universities Association, Jim Miley, welcomed the Government’s Higher Education Authority Bill 2021, but he said the issue of ‘serious underfunding’ of the sector must also be addressed …” (more)

[Ellen O’Riordan, Irish Times, 7 July]

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Sinn Féin Commits to Spending ‘Hundreds of Millions’ on Third-Level If Elected

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

Ireland“Mary Lou McDonald has said that Sinn Féin is committed to investing ‘hundreds of millions’ of euros into the higher education sector if the party gets into government in the next general election. At the ‘Future of Ireland’ panel hosted by the Irish Universities Associations (IUA) yesterday, McDonald laid out her party’s radical plans for higher education, focusing on funding and access …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 22 June]

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