Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to make additional funding available in the upcoming budget to institutes of technology, which have been disproportionately affected by the cuts to third-level institutions since 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 October]

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Institutes of Technology – Deficits

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2016 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of institutes of technology which are running a deficit in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 May]

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‘Poorer students will suffer if Institutes of Technology merger goes ahead’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students from poorer backgrounds will suffer if the Government follows through on its commitment to merge institutes of technology. Around 4,000 lecturers and researchers will begin industrial action next week in opposition to the plans which will see IoTs merge to create technological universities …” (more)

[Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, 31 March]

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Classes at institutes of technology stop as lecturers strike

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of students face disruption on Wednesday as a strike by 4,000 lecturers at the country’s 14 institutes of technology gets underway. The one-day strike by lecturers and researchers follows mounting concern over ‘crisis-level’ cuts to funding and staffing numbers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 February]

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4,000 lecturers to strike today

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“4,000 lecturers at the country’s Institutes of Technology will go on strike today in a row over cutbacks and staff levels. Protesters have said the number of students has increased by nearly 22,000 while the number of lecturing positions has decreased by 550 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 3 February]

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Fighting the spin – some interesting data on college entry

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Points in IoT and university sectors – are universities really gaming the system? …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 29 September]

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‘Innovative Culture in Ireland’s Higher Education Institutions: An Assessment’

Posted in Research on May 12th, 2015 by steve

Abstract:
The role of universities has expanded to include being a driver of innovation. We suggest that any such body so charged is perhaps best suited to achieve this if it itself is innovative. We review the literature on corporate innovation, discuss a recent metric of innovative culture and present the results of a large scale survey on innovative cultures within the higher education sector in Ireland. It is found that there is a divide between the university and institutes of technology sector, with organisational cultures in universities being perceived to be much more innovative than those in institutes, despite these latter being designed to be closer to industry. We also find that STEM faculty members see cultures as less innovative than others. These findings raise questions around the implicit and explicit thrusts of Irish higher education policy.

Zhang, Qiantao and Larkin, Charles James and Lucey, Brian M, Innovative Culture in Ireland’s Higher Education Institutions: An Assessment (SSRN, 8 May 2015).

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The third level funding crisis: ‘tax and spend’ or cut your cloth?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“When Governments run up budget deficits, the political and economic conversation tends to focus on achieving the appropriate balance between raising taxes and cutting back on expenditure. Each side of the argument has its proponents, with the ‘left’ usually being the taxers while the ‘right’ are the cutters, the advocates of ‘small government’ …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 9 March]

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QQI publishes revised Policy on Delegation of Authority to IoTs

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2014 by steve

“This policy, approved by the QQI Board in May 2014, will establish the infrastructure required to enable Institutes of Technology to establish joint awards under the 2012 Act. It will also enable Institutes of Technology to validate their own research degree programmes in any discipline area at NFQ Level 9 …” (more, download)

[QQI, 25 June]

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Colleges need to become ‘more commercial’ to balance books

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2014 by steve

“Third-level institutions need to adopt a ‘more commercial approach’ if they are to survive, according to a major review of the financial health of higher education. The study by consultants Grant Thornton argues for the outsourcing of ‘non-core’ campus functions and a more aggressive policy of seeking donations from alumni …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 April]

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USI welcomes extra allocation to the Student Assistance Fund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Measures could result in up to an extra €1 million being made available for students in financial difficulties …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 22 January]

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Minister Quinn publishes General Scheme of Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 22nd, 2014 by steve

“The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, has today announced the publication of the Heads of a Bill which will allow for the future establishment of Technological Universities and the mergers of institutes of technology …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 January]

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‘Institutes of technology have a place in Irish education, but it’s not as third-rate universities’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2013 by steve

“I teach at an institute of technology, and I have no desire to become a university lecturer. Nor, as far as I’m aware, do any of my colleagues …” (more)

[Irish Times, 15 October]

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‘Ireland has too many universities’ – Glen Dimplex chairman

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland has too many universities and needs a more disruptive approach to education, the chairman and CEO of Glen Dimplex has said …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 5 October]

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Programme for Government, Summer 2013 – Third Level

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 18th, 2013 by steve

IrelandBills in respect of which heads have been agreed and texts are being drafted – 35. Universities (Amendment) Bill – To give the Minister the power to require universities to comply with government guidelines on remuneration, allowances, pensions and staffing numbers in the University sector – Publication Expected Mid 2014.”

Bills in respect of which heads have yet to be approved by Government – 74. Higher Education Authority Bill – To replace the HEA Act 1971 and amend the Universities Act and other relevant legislation as necessary – Publication Expected 2015 … 76. Technological Universities Bill – To provide for the establishment of Technological Universities and the amendment of IoT/DIT and HEA Acts – Publication Expected 2014.”

[Department of the Taoiseach, 18 September]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will outline in tabular form the capital funding which has been allocated to Institutes of Technology over the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 3 July]

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Institutes of Technology Issues – Restructuring and Reconfiguration

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide details of the proposed reorganisation of third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 3 July]

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Technology universities must not forget their local roots

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2013 by steve

“At the end of May the Cabinet authorised the biggest reorganisation of the higher education sector in the history of the State. It opened the way for the formation of three technological universities in Dublin, the southwest and the southeast, and also initiated plans to join universities and institutes of technology into regional clusters …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 17 June]

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Croke Park Agreement Savings – Additional Hours

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will outline the savings made by all the institutes of technology here by the additional two teaching hours that lecturers were obliged to give under the Croke Park agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 11 June]

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Students must wait five more years for merged institutes

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2013 by steve

“Proposed new technological universities (TUs) will take up to five years to come into being. They will be formed through mergers of existing institutes of technology as part of plans to reshape higher education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 31 May]

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