Pre-Budget, a Starving Sector Makes Political Moves. The Government is Unlikely to Care

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

Ireland“If the government was surprised by Provost Patrick Prendergast lambasting the ‘politicians putting their hands up’ in an RTÉ interview earlier this week, it would surely have been more startled again a few days later, when Hugh Brady launched a searing attack on its inaction in the face of higher education’s crisis …” (more)

[University Times, 6 October]

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Former UCD boss claims research environment in Irish universities is ‘significantly inferior’

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

Ireland“Hugh Brady, former president of UCD, tells us that the government are ducking and diving over low levels of investment in third level education …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – This Week, 6 October]

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‘Ireland’s universities do not exist to allow academics a good life’

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

Ireland“In the public sector, there is only ever one solution to problems, and that is to call for more funding. Sadly, Irish universities are no different. Two stories last week illustrate the tendency. The first revealed that Trinity College in Dublin is considering reducing the number of Irish students who can attend in future unless the Government provides more resources …” (more)

[Eilis O’Hanlon, Independent, 6 October]

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Third-level research ‘significantly inferior’, warns former UCD chief

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Pressure on the Government to boost third-level funding has ramped up after former UCD Professor Hugh Brady, now head of a leading UK university, warned how Ireland’s higher education sector was lagging behind. Prof Brady didn’t hold back as he warned ‘the state of Ireland’s higher education and research system should be viewed as a national crisis’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 October]

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IUA Response to Hugh Brady’s Speech

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Jim Miley Director General of the Irish Universities Association today responded to comments made by Hugh Brady, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, at the British Irish Chamber event this morning, Jim Miley said …” (more)

[IUA, 4 October]

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Full text of Hugh Brady’s speech

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Thank you for the invitation to address you this morning: I had the honour of taking up the role as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol in 2015. For those of you not familiar with the UK system, most universities are run by a Vice-Chancellor who is both the Chief Academic Officer and Chief Executive …” (more)

[IUA, 4 October]

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‘Ireland no longer a magnet for top academic talent as Government sits on their hands over funding’ – former UCD president

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Former UCD President Professor Hugh Brady, now head of a leading UK university, has delivered a hard-hitting rebuke to the Irish Government over its failure to tackle the funding issue in higher education. Prof Brady said the ‘ducking and diving has got to stop’ and action was needed ‘fast’ to make up the ground lost to higher education since the economic crash and to prepare for the Brexit aftermath …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 October]

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Former UCD president calls Brexit a ‘national crisis’ regards higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The former president of University College Dublin has called for immediate action to address a ‘national crisis’ ahead of Brexit. Now the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, Hugh Brady spoke at the British Irish Chamber of Commerce earlier today, insisting that the ‘state of Ireland’s higher education and research system should be viewed as a national crisis’ …” (more)

[Rebecca Stiffe, Irish Examiner, 4 October]

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Hostages, at last

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandHugh Brady, until recently President of UCD, famously summed it up: universities can’t bargain well with government, because they have no hostages, nothing to threaten government with. And we have seen the results over the last decade. University autonomy has increasingly been treated as a tired technicality with no real substance to it. We have also seen massively reduced funding, huge growth in governmental controls, and significant public criticism premised on the assumption that what universities spend is ‘public money’.

But less and less of it is public money these days. Less than half of university income today comes from public funds, and the trend is steadily downwards. And the structural inability of the current government to take hard decisions pretty much guarantees that nothing much will change in the near future. Absent some remarkable change both in Ireland’s economic fortunes and in official attitudes, the public element in university funding will rapidly approach relative insignificance, while the government attempts to pull the strings that come with it ever tighter.

Hence UCD’s recent announcement. Other Irish universities are not quite at this stage yet, but most are not far off.  This gives universities a greater freedom to manoeuvre and to bargain than they have had for a very long time. The DES has made it clear by its actions that it is not much bothered by crumbling university facilities or by appalling staff:student ratios.  But it will begin to worry as universities openly muse that the limited funding they receive from government is not worth the burden of state regulation that now comes with it, or that it is simply not the universities’ job to keep large swathes of Irish youth out of the dole queue – especially those who need (and deserve) something quite different from what the universities have to offer. Least of all does the DES want the most successful universities to start arguing that they should be private institutions.  But to avoid that, it must offer the universities something better. It must start to bargain at last.

The Blogmeister

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Universities lose out because they lack ‘hostages’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Our third-level ­institutions must compete at home and abroad, but do so with their hands tied, a top ­academic who has gone abroad tells Donal Lynch …” (more)

[Independent, 2 November]

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Former head of UCD Hugh Brady appointed to Bristol University

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Former UCD president Dr Hugh Brady has been appointed to lead the University of Bristol, ranked among the top 10 universities in the UK …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 31 October]

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Change Is In The Air?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2014 by steve

“Hugh Brady’s departure from UCD after ten years as the president of Ireland’s largest university is the end of an era, which as Ciara Roche reflects in her article, is considered as a time of growth, prosperity and internationalization for Belfield …” (more)

[College Tribune, 28 January]

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The Brady Revolution

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2014 by steve

“As Dr Hugh Brady ends his tenure as president of University College Dublin, Ciara Roche looks back at the legacy the controversial Harvard alumni leaves behind …” (more)

[College Tribune, 28 January]

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Third level fees must return now, warns UCD president

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 18th, 2013 by steve

“The president of University College Dublin (UCD) has warned that the return of higher fees for third-level students cannot be put off any longer. Dr Hugh Brady said the ongoing reduction in state funding to higher education was in danger of putting quality at risk and would see Ireland losing its best students, as well as its international reputation …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 December]

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Paddy Campbell sculpture ‘Wind and Water’ to reside on UCD campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2013 by steve

“The Paddy Campbell sculpture ‘Wind and Water’ which was unveiled earlier this year in the Palazzo Medici Ricardi museum in Florence has been placed on the grounds of University College Dublin …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 14 November]

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Who should be in command and control of higher education?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2013 by steve

“The higher-education institutions are going to have to cut another €25 million from their collective funding due to Budget provisions, but that is nothing new. The State’s percentage share in the cost of running our third-level sector has been in decline for years …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 28 October]

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University challenge

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2013 by steve

“Both Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn and some university presidents have shown a refreshing realism in recent comments on aspects of Irish education …” (more)

[Irish Times, 8 October]

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NUI Galway president describes university ranking systems as ‘dangerous’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2013 by steve

“International university ranking systems can be of value but they are also dangerous if too much weight is given to them, according to the president of NUI Galway …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 4 October]

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UCD and Trinity bidding to stub out campus smoking

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland’s two biggest universities are considering plans to become completely smoke-free – in line with a growing international trend …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 September]

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UCD energy institute aims to focus research talent on Ireland’s future electricity needs

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2013 by steve

“The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, has formally launched a new Energy Institute which will bring together energy researchers from industry and academia. The institute, based at University College, Dublin, has attracted €5 million in donor funding with further seed capital expected from the private sector, the EU and philanthropy …” (more)

[Dan Keenan, Irish Times, 19 September]

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