‘We’ve tried everything else, so why not a graduate tax?’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 30th, 2017 by steve

“Only five years since the current system for funding Home/EU undergraduates at universities in England was introduced, its future is already in serious doubt. Policy proposals, first from Jeremy Corbyn during this year’s General Election campaign and then from Theresa May at the Conservative Party Conference earlier this month, have once again put university fees and student funding at the centre of a national political debate …” (more)

[Helen Carasso, Wonkhe, 30 October]

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Graduate tax: a short history of a long-lasting bad idea

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2016 by steve

UK“A graduate tax is the hipster’s choice for funding higher education. It is what politicians turn to when they want to sound alternative (but not too alternative) when it comes to paying for universities …” (more)

[Martin McQuillan, Guardian, 7 September]

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What are the options to fund third level education?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“There is a cozy consensus in our student leadership that the way we fund third level education in Ireland is to get somebody else to pay for it. ‘Free fees’ has been engraved on placards held by many students during protests organised in recent years in the opposition to successive increases in the student contribution …” (more)

[Dale McDermott, Campus.ie, 13 April]

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Provost Calls For Fees To Maintain High Standards Of Third Level Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 29th, 2013 by steve

“Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Patrick Prendergast, has called for the reintroduction of third level fees on the RTÉ Radio 1 show Aoibhinn & Company yesterday. He believes that this system should be supported by graduate loans or a graduate tax to help students fund their third level education …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, University Times, 29 July]

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Pay It Forward Student Loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 22nd, 2013 by steve

“In Ireland, the cost of finishing a degree continues to creep upwards. In Oregon, lawmakers are looking at a way to reduce the cost of going to college by taxing graduates for a quarter of a century …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 22 July]

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Quinn: No plans to introduce ‘graduate tax’ loan scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Minister Ruairi Quinn has announced that the government has no plans currently to introduce a ‘graduate tax’ student-loan scheme. The Education Minister has also told the country’s third level institutions to make ‘painful’ cuts or his department will do it for them …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 22 November]

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Student loan scheme or graduate tax expected in Quinn announcement

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 22nd, 2012 by steve

“It is thought that Education Minister Ruairi Quinn may propose the introduction of a State-backed student loan scheme or a graduate tax when he outlines his vision for higher education reform this morning. Ruairi Quinn will meet the heads of the country’s Universities and Institutes of Technology at the Department of Education …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 22 November]

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Wiping out students by degrees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 19th, 2012 by steve

“The proposed new tax on university students after they graduate (Irish Independent, November 17) is probably one of the most unjust taxes ever mooted by an Irish government, as it ignores the benefits of a university education received by all graduates currently employed …” (more)

[Patrick Murdock, Independent, 19 November]


USI President affirms commitment to fees mandate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 29th, 2012 by steve

“John Logue, President of the Union of Students in Ireland, has issued a statement re-stating his commitment to the organisation’s mandated position on third-level funding …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 29 August]

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Controversy Sparked By USI President Interview In HotPress

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 29th, 2012 by steve

“Controversy of sorts has been sparked by an interview with the President of the Union Of Students’ in Ireland (USI), John Logue, published in the most recent issue of HotPress …” (more)

[Keith Broni, The Student Standard, 28 August]

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Labour Youth calls on USI President to keep mandate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 28th, 2012 by steve

“Labour Youth notes with concern the recent Hot Press interview (student special, September issue) undertaken by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) President John Logue, in which he expresses support for a graduate tax programme …” (more)

[Labour Party, 28 August]

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Call for teachers to correct State exams as part of job

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2012 by steve

“It cost the State €30 million to correct and supervise exams and second-level teachers should be obliged to correct as part of their contract, with no extra remuneration, Young Fine Gael have said …” (more)

[Anne Lucey, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Graduate tax fairest way, says Young FG

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 28th, 2012 by steve

“Young Fine Gael is calling for ‘a graduate taxation system’ as the fairest and most viable means of funding third-level education. The motion, the first of a number on education, will be moved this morning at the Young Fine Gael summer school in Killarney, Co Kerry, dedicated to the late Dr Garret FitzGerald …” (more)

[Anne Lucey, Irish Times, 28 July]

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This Is Not the USI I Knew

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 25th, 2012 by steve

“Let me start by saying I find it unbelievable that a current officer could promote a graduate tax in front of a USI Special Congress unchallenged by the students’ unions from across the island. On Wednesday I saw a USI that I did not recognise …” (more)

[Peter Mannion, Trinity News, 25 May]

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Grad tax will eliminate fees while ensuring quality education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 17th, 2012 by steve

“A graduate tax perhaps achieves the best balance between the availability of higher education for all and how to pay for it in a fair and effective way without putting too much pressure on government …” (more)

[Cormac Shine, University Times, 17 May]

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Grad Tax and Free Fees Campaigns Duel on YouTube

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 16th, 2012 by steve

“As the second day of voting in USI’s funding preferendum goes on, the battle lines have been drawn between those advocating the retention of the free fees policy and those in favour of a new approach to the funding issue. The latter have generally declared themselves in favour of a graduate tax …” (more, videos)

[University Times, 16 May]

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Vote none of the above, there is another way

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 16th, 2012 by steve

“… Free fees, cheap credit, and a graduate tax are all discussed as possible options that could combat the problem of affordability in education. All of these routes, however, have somewhat obvious drawbacks. Free fees would mean that the taxpayer sets the price of education. Cheap credit would be a problem due to a possible debt aversion amongst prospective students …” (more)

[Conor Kenny, University Times, 16 May]

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National campaign launched for online fees vote

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2012 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland has launched a national campaign to promote an online vote on the issue of third level funding. The voting will take place from May 14th-20th on the website www.usivote.com …” (more)

[Ronan Costello, University Times, 3 May]

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Academic says Scottish graduate tax must follow

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2011 by steve

“A leading education thinker has proposed Scotland follow England’s example and introduce a graduate tax. Frances Cairncross, rector of Exeter College, Cambridge and former economics journalist, says it would provide an answer to Scotland’s funding gap. She warns that both Scotland and England have made ‘unattainable promises’ about the funding of higher education …” (more)

[Fiona Macleod, Scotsman, 21 June]

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The right answer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 7th, 2011 by steve

“#pfg11 freebie for review of HE funding – just cog http://t.co/Vmqw5Z1. My students will do it for you … inc contingent loan is your answer” (tweet)

[Colm Harmon, Twitter, 7 March]

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