Late Payment of Registration Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 8th, 2021 by steve

IrelandCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the data provided on foot of a recent freedom of information request (details supplied); the analysis his Department has carried out across third-level institutions which fall under the responsibility of his Department into the fining of students for the late payment of registration fees; if this issue will be examined as part of the ongoing review of Higher Education Authority legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 1 April]

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‘Significant step forward’ for gender equality in Ireland as five institutions awarded Athena SWAN Bronze

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Five institutes of technology and 10 departments have been recognised for measures to improve gender equality in higher education in the latest round of Athena SWAN awards, announced today (31st March). The institutes of technology in Athlone, Dundalk, Galway-Mayo, Letterkenny and Sligo each receive a Bronze award, which recognises that the institutions have identified their key gender equality challenges and opportunities and have action plans to drive progress …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 30 March]

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Drop-out rates in some third-level STEM courses hitting 80%

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Between 60% and 80% of students in some third-level computing and engineering courses are dropping out, new data shows. Young men with low Leaving Cert points are at a particularly high risk of failing to complete their college courses. The findings are contained in a study by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) which tracked the progress of thousands of students who started third-level courses over a 10-year period …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Is our obsession with college degrees setting up too many students to fail?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Are we sending too many school leavers to higher education who would fare better in hands-on options such as further education or apprenticeships? It’s a question begged by the findings of a major study by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) into the volume of students who are failing to complete third-level courses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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TUSE application set to be lodged next month

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

Ireland“An application for the Technological University of the South East (TUSE) is set to be formally lodged on April 28th. The proposed merger of Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow is set to have a significant campus in Wexford, according to Senator Malcolm Byrne. The project has been interrupted by COVID-19 as well as significant political tensions in recent weeks regarding the location of its headquarters …” (more)

[Jordan Norris, Munster Express, 16 March]

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Minister Harris welcomes the publication of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) PROPEL Project report, towards tackling sexual harassment and violence in third level institutions

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

Ireland“Speaking today, Minister Harris said: ‘The preparation of the report was funded by my Department. In August 2020, I wrote to the Presidents of all publicly funded higher education institutions requesting that they develop and publish specific institutional action plans on tackling sexual violence and harassment …'” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 15 March]

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University of south east looking likely for January 2022

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The south east of the country is increasingly likely to have its long-awaited university next January. An application for the Technological University of the South East (TUSE) will be lodged on April 28, many years after it was first mooted. The proposed university, based on a merger of Waterford Institute of Technology IT and IT Carlow, will have campuses in Waterford, Carlow and Wexford …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 March]

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Minister Harris launches National Gender Equality resource for Higher Education Institutions

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today marked International Women’s Day by launching the National Gender Equality Dashboard for Higher Education Institutions. The dashboard, developed by Maynooth University, provides an invaluable resource on gender equality in Higher Education Institutions …” (more)

[gov.ie, 8 March]

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Trinity College Dublin fears third-level reforms will threaten its autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has expressed alarm over Government plans to reform university governance which it says could threaten its autonomy and independence. The university said it wants to be excluded from planned legislation that would give regulators ‘dawn raid’ powers to conduct audits and abolish its long-standing systems for resolving internal disputes which date back hundreds of years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 March]

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Key report on future of Mayo GMIT Campus to be published later this month

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The mid-term review report of the independent assessor in respect of the Mayo GMIT Campus in Castlebar is on schedule to be presented to the finance and governance section of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) by the end of March …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 7 March]

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In Open Letter, Members of College Blast Mooted Reform of Governance Structures

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

Ireland“Some 59 of Trinity’s Fellows, Fellows emeriti, non-Fellow academic staff and support staff – alongside the Scholars’ Committee – have launched a blistering attack on a proposed reform of governance structures in universities, which would give the Higher Education Authority (HEA) wide-ranging influence over the highest levels of Trinity …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 3 March]

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Harris Leads Consultation on Higher Education Authority Legislation Reform

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

Ireland“Simon Harris has launched a stakeholder consultation on the reform of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) legislation. A report on this reform has also been published by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science …” (more)

[Rosie Kuntz, College Tribune, 23 February]

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Minister Harris launches stakeholder consultation on reform of Higher Education Authority legislation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD has today (19 February, 2021) launched a stakeholder consultation on the reform of the Higher Education Authority legislation. A report to update stakeholders on the recent developments in the reform of the legislation has also been published …” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 19 February]

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Funding parity key to delivering university

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

Ireland“A decade after a technological university for the south east was first proposed there is still no detail as to how much money the government are willing to invest in the region …” (more)

[David Looby, Wexford People, 16 February]

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Technological Universities – Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2021 by steve

IrelandFergus O’Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made to date on Dundalk Institute of Technology becoming a technological university under the Technological Universities Act 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 February]

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Eurostudent Survey

Posted in Research, Teaching on February 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A new report, published by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) today, has revealed that the number of students at Irish higher educational institutions has steadily increased and that there is now a higher proportion of female students attending Universities or Associate/Affiliate Colleges than men. The report – The Social and Living Conditions of Higher Education Students in Ireland – is part of the Eurostudent VII Report, which collates comparable data on student life across Europe …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 10 February]

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‘You’re Fired!’ – Government Could Fire UCD Management under Proposed Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government is set to consider passing a sweeping new Bill which will enable the Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Research to suspend and replace the governing bodies of state-funded universities if there are serious concerns around their operation. Alongside suspensory powers, imposing financial and non-financial penalties against universities are also part of the proposed bill …” (more)

[Rowan Kelleher, College Tribune, 4 February]

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Govt to Consider Granting Itself Power to Replace University Leadership

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The government will this year consider passing a bill that would give the Minister for Higher Education the power to suspend and replace the governing body of state-funded universities, if there are very serious concerns about how the institution is operating …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 28 January]

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Springboard+ Course Call

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Institutions across Ireland are being invited to submit course proposals for the 2021/2022 Springboard+ programme. Springboard+ 2021 will provide an estimated 10,000 places across approximately 250 courses and will be offered to people wishing to reskill/upskill or return to education …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 21 January]

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The Big Steal

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

Ireland“The case for a university in Waterford is eons old. Waterford was a large rich trading city in the 1840’s and was the natural location for a NUI university, along with Cork and Dublin. Hansard, the official transcript of the UK parliament, indicates the university was moved to Galway as Waterford’s leading political families were associated with Napoleon …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 19 January]

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