Minister approves 10 more academic positions in gender equality initiative

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

Ireland“The Minister for Further and Higher Education has approved 10 more positions at senior academic level in higher education under an initiative to progress gender equality in academia. Simon Harris’s announcement on Monday was made under the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (Sali) …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 29 November]

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Higher Education Authority Bill

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

IrelandMarc Ó Cathasaigh (Waterford, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the higher education governance Bill; when the Bill is expected to be enacted; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 November]

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Teaching Methods of TUs Score Higher than Universities in Student Survey

Posted in Teaching on November 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“According to a survey published by the Higher Education Authority, technological universities scored higher than universities in a range of areas from more effective teaching practises, more supportive environments and higher-quality interactions …” (more)

[Conor Paterson, College Tribune, 19 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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Embedded Inequality at Third Level

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

Ireland“‘WIT has been stymied mercilessly by the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education.’ In October 1985, I met the late Padraig Ó Gríofa, Waterford Chamber President Tom Bradfield and Ollie Cleary coming down the steps of the Tower Hotel after the launch of the Bannon Report on a Tech University for Waterford …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 9 November]

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Establishment of Technological University of the South East confirmed for May 2022

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The long mooted Technological University of the South East (TUSE) took a significant step closer to becoming a reality today (Tuesday) as Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris officially announced its establishment …” (more)

[Padraig Byrne, Wexford People, 2 November]

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Where is the Response from Colleges to the HEA’s Discrimination Report?

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

Ireland“Irish universities have all but ignored a recent report from the Higher Education Authority detailing the inequalities that exist between white Irish staff and staff from minority ethnic backgrounds. That non-white Irish university employees are paid less than their white Irish counterparts, and are less likely to be on permanent contracts is deeply worrying – but for those at a disadvantage, it’s not a surprise …” (more)

[University Times, 31 October]

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TUSE ‘approved’ claims Wexford TD

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

Ireland“Wexford TD Verona Murphy has announced – via her Facebook page – that the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has approved the merger of Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow and that Cabinet will sign off on it next week. However, there has been no official confirmation of Deputy Murphy’s assertion …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 28 October]

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Third Level Staff – Ethnic Minorities

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

IrelandEmer Higgins (Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the recent HEA survey which found that ethnic minorities in higher education more likely to be on lower pay; his views on same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 October]

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Technological Universities

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

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the total expenditure on the Transformation Fund for technological universities for 2020, provisional expenditure for 2021 and the allocated expenditure for 2022, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 October]

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Academic pay and ethnic minorities

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

Ireland“A chara, – It is is difficult to see how the headline conclusion can reasonably be drawn from the Higher Education Authority survey into third-level pay as no factor other than ethnicity seems to have been taken into account (‘Ethnic minorities in higher education more likely to be on lower pay’, News, October 18th) …” (more)

[Dave Slater, Irish Times, 20 October]

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First Ever Race Equality Survey Shows Opportunities Exist For Higher Education Institutions To Lead On Tackling Discrimination

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on October 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish Higher Education Institutions are collegial workplaces, yet more could be done to address discrimination based on the ethnicity of staff. This is according to the findings of a ground-breaking new survey carried out by the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 18 October]

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Marino Institute of Education

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

IrelandPaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if an educational institute (details supplied) is under his Department’s remit; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 October]

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Horizon Funding and Gender Equality Plans

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

Ireland“Higher education institutions applying for Horizon Funding will be required to have Gender Equality Plans in place for proposals with deadlines in 2022 onwards. All organisations applying for Horizon Europe funding must submit a self-declaration at the proposal stage, through a specific questionnaire confirming they have a Gender Equality Plan (GEP) in place …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 14 October]

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Provost Under Pressure to Resist Cuts to Student Numbers on Board

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

Ireland“Fears are mounting that student representation will be cut on Trinity’s top decision-making body, as College struggles with potential major changes to its governance structures, The University Times can reveal …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 12 October]

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Number of students in higher education rises 17.5% in six years

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

Ireland“The number of students enrolled in higher level education has increased by almost 17.5% over the past six years, according to new data released by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The number of students enrolled in third-level institutions rose from 209,000 in 2014 to 245,000 in 2020 …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Higher Education – Key Facts and Figures 2020/2021

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

Ireland“The number of enrolments in higher education has increased by almost 17.5% over the past six years and new data released today by the Higher Education Authority reveals that more and more students are now achieving first class honours than before …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 11 October]

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Higher Education Authority welcomes the publication of the National Development Plan

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

Ireland“The investment of nearly €2.9 billion in further and higher education infrastructure, research and innovation over the next five years will produce graduates with the skills demanded by our modern economy, according to the CEO of the Higher Education Authority Dr Alan Wall …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 4 October]

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An Analysis of Graduate Earnings across Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Research on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“What graduates earn when they enter the workforce is not just influenced by where or what they study or their sector of employment – but also by their Leaving Certificate points and type of second level school they attended, new research has shown …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 27 September]

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Class gap among graduates from different higher education institutions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The proportion of students who attended private or disadvantaged schools varies significantly across individual higher education institutions, new figures show. Overall, a similar proportion of graduates nationally previously attended a disadvantaged or Deis (10%) or fee-paying school (11%), according to research by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) which has tracked college graduates …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 September]

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