Board Review Deliberately Vague on Student Numbers, Says Provost

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

Ireland“The final report from Trinity’s Board Review Working Group was deliberately vague on the question of students on Board, Provost Linda Doyle has said …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 8 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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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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UL tells HEA it’s working to address governance and spending issues, after controversial purchase

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) has told the Higher Education Authority (HEA) that an audit of cultures and practices at the college is underway, following concerns over spending, recruitment and governance …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 15 August]

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HEA Launch €40 million North-South Research Programme 2021

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

Ireland“A North-South Research Programme which aims to support the deepening of links between higher education institutions, researchers and research communities on the island of Ireland has been launched today by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The programme is a collaborative scheme arising from the Government’s Shared Island initiative …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 9 August]

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Minister Harris welcomes EUA report commending Irish higher education institutions for ‘professionalising’ the delivery of postgraduate research education

Posted in Research, Teaching on July 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish doctoral student experience and standard of awards are endorsed by international report of the European University Association. A new international report has commended Irish higher education institutions for ensuring both the standard of awards, and the quality of student experience, by ‘professionalising’ the delivery of postgraduate research education and training in Ireland …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 21 July]

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Higher education legislation ‘dated’ and requires better accountability, committee hears

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

Ireland“The current legislation governing higher education is ‘dated’, and change is needed to allow better accountability and to provide a ‘high-quality, student-focused’ system, the Oireachtas education committee heard earlier today. The committee met to discuss the Higher Education Authority Bill 2021, which is under pre-legislative scrutiny …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 20 July]

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University Governance Bill to Come Before Government in Next Term

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The controversial Higher Education Authority Bill will come before the government in its next term, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Further and Higher Education has heard. In her opening remarks, Tanya Kenny, the principal officer of quality and governance at the Department of Higher Education, said …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 20 July]

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Plans to reopen ice dome at DkIT make progress

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Plans for the relaunch of the Ice Dome in Dundalk have emerged this week, with the Higher Education Authority (HEA) being briefed on progress. Education Minister, Simon Harris updated TD’s in the Dail, explaining how the facility was first purchased by (DkIT) as part of a wider sports complex in 2014 …” (more)

[Olivia Ryan, The Argus, 16 July]

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TUSE’s Advisory Panel Concluding Its Work Today

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

Ireland“An international advisory panel of higher education experts is concluding its review of the Waterford IT (WIT)/IT Carlow (ITC) application for designation as a Technological University (TU) this afternoon. Since Monday, July 5 (and over seven days in total) the advisory panel, appointed by Further Education Minister Simon Harris (FG) has held three different daily sessions for six of those days, extending to one hour each …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 15 July]

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Extra medicine and pharmacy college places confirmed by department

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Extra places in universities for medicine and pharmacy students will be included in a plan by Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris to create 4,500 extra third-level places. The news comes after it emerged that the points needed for some high-demand courses will rise as students who sat the written Leaving Cert last November take up places now offered to them …” (more)

[Brian Mooney and Cormac McQuinn, Irish Times, 9 July]

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Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions

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

IrelandNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress regarding implementation of the Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions: Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive – Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 8 July]

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Return to Campus

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 the amount of time students can expect to have on campus when they return in September 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 8 July]

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IUA Submission on HEA Act Reform to the Oireachtas Education Committee 06.07.21

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the publication by the Minister for Further, Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science of the ‘General Scheme of the Higher Education Authority Bill 2021’ (the ‘Scheme’). The legislation governing the sector is now half a century old and requires updating to provide for the significant changes since then and to provide a legislative base that will enable the sector to grow and develop in the years ahead …” (more)

[IUA, 7 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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Universities’ Autonomy Must be Protected Under Governance Bill, Says IUA

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The autonomy and agility of third-level institutions should not be compromised by any changes to how the institutions are run, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Further and Higher Education has heard …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Mairead Maguire, University Times, 6 July]

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University of Limerick assured Higher Education head that €8m site purchase was ‘a good deal’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The head of the oversight body for third-level institutions has said it was assured by the University of Limerick that an €8m purchase of a disused shopping centre in the city ‘was a good deal’ …” (more)

[Cianan Brennan, Irish Examiner, 1 July]

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Higher Education Authority faith in University of Limerick ‘questionable’ – Imelda Munster TD

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee Imelda Munster TD, has issued a scathing rebuke of the testimony from representatives of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), who were before the Committee today …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 1 July]

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Higher Education Authority to tell committee it aims to respect colleges’ autonomy

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

Ireland“The body with responsibility for governance at third-level institutions will tell the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that it aims to be ‘respectful of institutional autonomy’. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is set to appear before the PAC this morning in what is set to be a seismic hearing with regard to specific examples of questionable governance among Ireland’s universities …” (more)

[Cianan Brennan, Irish Examiner, 1 July]

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Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology

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

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department and the Higher Education Authority will assist and support Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology as the last remaining institute of technology to join the Technological University through a section 38 of the Technological Universities Act 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 June]

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