Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce €10m capital grant scheme for institutes of technology and TU Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced €10 million funding in capital grants for the country’s 11 institutes of technology (IOT) and TU Dublin. The investment is being made under Project Ireland 2040 for the current academic year and the money will be used on small-scale and necessary infrastructure works and improvements …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 December]

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Senior academics have little confidence in management of their own colleges – survey

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Senior academics have little confidence in the governance and management capacity of their own higher education institutions, according to a new survey. It also finds many are sceptical over the Government’s ambition to provide the best education system in Europe over the next decade. The findings are contained in a survey of more than 340 senior staff in higher education institutions and agencies by the polling firm Prospectus …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 November]

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National programme aims to enhance the digital capacity of university teaching staff to improve the educational experiences and digital skills of Irish university students

Posted in Teaching on November 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) today officially launched the Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities (EDTL) project as the final event of the World Conference on Online Learning. This is an ambitious three-year project, funded by the Higher Education Authority’s Innovation and Transformation Programme …” (more)

[IUA, 7 November]

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IFUT Submission on Proposed Legislative Reform of the Higher Education Authority Act 1971

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Commission consultation is a missed opportunity to address all key issues in the sector. The current Government process and consultation aims to update the Higher Education Authority Act, 1971, which sets out the functions of the HEA and provided for its governance. The Act provides for the funding and overall financial monitoring of designated institutions of higher education by the HEA …” (more)

[IFUT, 7 November]

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Trinity Asks Government for Exemption to Higher Education Reforms

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has appealed for an exemption to controversial government proposals for higher education, asking for time to implement ‘similar reforms’ itself rather than allow the state to make sweeping changes to its governance structures, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 November]

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Higher Education Institutions – Canteen Facilities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2019 by steve

IrelandTony McLoughlin (Sligo-Leitrim, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the importance of sufficient canteen facilities being made available to third-level students undertaking courses; his further views on whether the service of food is a vital welfare issue for students; if his attention has been drawn to a situation (details supplied); the steps he will take to help resolve same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 November]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce €90m Technological University transformative fund at launch of Technological University Research Network report

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (6 November 2019) welcomed the report of the TU Research Network (TURN): Connectedness and Collaboration enabled by Connectivity, which was presented to the Department by the TURN high level working group …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 6 November]

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Trinity Rushed Through the Appointment of Top Gender Equality Official

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity rushed through the appointment of a top-ranking officer for gender equality, The University Times has learned, U-turning on an earlier decision not to create the position amid fears that its application for a new government equality initiative would be ‘seriously weakened’ without a senior equality advocate …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 5 November]

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Higher Education System Performance, Institutional and Sectoral Profiles 2016/17 published

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2019 by steve

IrelandHigher Education System Performance, Institutional and Sectoral Profiles 2016/17 is the seventh in a series of reports from the Higher Education Authority. These profiles, developed in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the higher education institutions, have proved invaluable in supporting strategic planning at institutional and system levels. The profiles play an important role in demonstrating the performance of the higher education system to the public and government …” (download)

[David Sheils, HEA, 30 October]

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The two-tier nature of education system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The recently published Higher Education Authority (HEA) report on socioeconomic and spatial differences in third-level education (as reported in Carl O’Brien’s article ‘Wealthy students more likely to study high-points courses’, News, October 21st) draws attention to the role that parental income and where you live may play in higher education choices in Ireland. However, a deeper understanding of these relationships is needed …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 28 October]

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Lack of state funding for higher education a major impediment to student access, says IFUT

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The consistent failure of the government to restore funding levels to higher education is a major impediment to access by students from disadvantaged backgrounds, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has stated. Responding to new data from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) which found that only 10% of the national student population is from a disadvantaged background …” (more)

[IFUT, 23 October]

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Technological Universities – Athlone IT and Limerick IT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandWillie Penrose (Longford-Westmeath, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has received an application from Athlone Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology to come together to form a new technological university for the region pursuant to the Technological University Act 2018; when a decision will be made thereon; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 October]

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The Irish Times view on the class gap at third level: making progress, must do better

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new study by the Higher Education Authority shows in stark terms the gap between rich and poor at third level. Students from affluent families are not just more likely to progress on to third level – they also dominate high-points courses and earn more within months of graduation …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 October]

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Class and third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this story carried on RTÉ about an Higher Education Authority study which details the socio-economic backgrounds of students attending higher education institutions in Ireland is not the findings which predictably note …” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 22 October]

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Colleges grapple with tackling student inequality

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There’s no doubt that the data the HEA has complied is extremely valuable. It’s also fascinating. It doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know however, it just confirms it. The link between socio-economic status, academic attainment, and future earning levels is deep and enduring …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 21 October]

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Higher Education Spatial and Socio-Economic Profile, 2017/18 Enrolments published

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Those from Better Off Financial Backgrounds Still More Likely to Go to College. Progress has been made in delivering on the national priority of increasing access to higher education. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) today, Monday 21st, publishes a detailed picture of the geographical and socio-economic make-up of Ireland’s higher education institutions and courses. All publicly funded institutions except Trinity College Dublin are included in the study. Among the key findings are …” (more, download)

[David Sheils, HEA, 21 October]

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Wealthy students more likely to study high-points courses – report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Affluent students are far more likely to study high-points courses in university and earn more within months of graduating than those from less well-off backgrounds, a new study finds. Medicine, dentistry, finance and engineering courses attract the highest proportions of well-off students from the wealthiest parts of the country, according to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) research …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 October]

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Provost Patrick Prendergast has called for a national rankings strategy, a suggestion rejected by the Minister for Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has called for the introduction of a national strategy on university rankings, after Trinity’s persistent falls in both the Times Higher Education and QS rankings in recent years …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 21 October]

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Social class and postcode determine students’ access to highly paid careers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Social class speaks volumes when it comes to a student’s chances of going to college, the sort of degree they study, and how much they earn in their first job. The most detailed breakdown ever of the socio-economic and geographic background of third-level students paints a disturbing picture of the extent to which postcode determines study and career chances …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 October]

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Why Was Board Bypassed on a Submission With Direct Implications for its Future?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last week, this newspaper reported that the College had submitted a proposal regarding important university reforms to the government without the approval of the Board, the highest decision-making body in Trinity. The threat of government encroachment into Irish universities has hovered over the sector for years, and recent revelations about proposed reforms to the Higher Education Authority Act confirmed that change is indeed afoot for the College’s current governance structures …” (more)

[University Times, 20 October]

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