‘IUA Future of Ireland Webinar: An Taoiseach Micheál Martin on The role of third-level education and research in the knowledge economy’

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

Ireland“Two years ago, at the inaugural IUA Future of Ireland event, Micheál Martin TD and Leader of Fianna Fáil put forward his plan for a new Department for Higher Education. As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, he returns as Taoiseach on May 27th at 12:00 to outline his vision for the role of universities and other third level institutions in Irish society and economy …” (more)

[IUA, 7 May]

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Irish Universities secure over €80m with their industry partners to develop ground-breaking disruptive technologies

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“IUA welcome the announcement of 29 innovative research projects awarded under the third round of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund by Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar today. This Fund, established under Project Ireland 2040, drives collaboration between Ireland’s world-class research base in the higher education sector with industry …” (more)

[IUA, 22 April]

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IUA Welcomes Harris’s Comments on Reopening of Universities Next Semester

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) today welcomed Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris’s recent comments in favour of a ‘substantial reopening’ of universities next semester. The Irish Independent reported yesterday that Harris said that the two-metre social distancing rule would likely be replaced with a ‘one metre with a mask’ rule …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 20 April]

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‘Creaking’ universities may struggle to provide extra third-level places this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Higher education institutions are ‘creaking’ and will struggle to provide additional college places in key areas this year aimed at easing CAO points pressure, universities have warned. The Government has pledged to provide an additional 2,000 third-level college places in high-demand courses this year in response to record number of applicants and expected grade inflation this year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 April]

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Universities fear sweeping reforms will undermine autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities are concerned that sweeping Government reforms aimed at strengthening the accountability of higher education institutions will restrict their autonomy. The Irish Times reported on Thursday that Trinity College Dublin has expressed alarm that the planned reforms could damage its academic standing and end its tradition of collegiate governance …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 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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Equitable remuneration for early career researchers welcomed by the IUA as Minister announces €3.2m investment in the IRC

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes today’s announcement by Minister Simon Harris TD, of an investment of €3.2m in 2021 to address the funding gap for Irish Research Council (IRC) postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers. IRC postgraduate students will now receive a stipend similar to that offered by other national funders. For IRC postdoctoral researchers, this now brings their salaries in line with those agreed under the National Researcher Career Framework, recently published by the IUA …” (more)

[IUA, 29 January]

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Temporary changes to the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) makes application process easier to complete for Leaving Cert students facing extended school closures

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Recognising the difficulty applicants and school staff are facing due to extended periods of secondary school closure, temporary changes have been made to the 2021 DARE process to help students to make their applications. To ensure supporting documentation reaches CAO in time for the March 15th deadline, schools will now be able to electronically sign off students’ supporting documentation …” (more)

[IUA, 27 January]

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IUA Requests Funding Increase for Research and Development among Irish Universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on January 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In a recent report conducted by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Ireland was ranked 23rd out of 37 OECD countries in relation to research spending in 2018, a drastic drop of nine places since 2008. As a result, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) called for ‘a step change’ in R&D investment …” (more)

[Mollie Downes, College Tribune, 25 January]

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Access to Higher Education: DARE

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 23rd, 2021 by steve

IrelandAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to delays in some schools in completing school-based attainment testing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which have led to a concern among parents that testing will not take place in time to apply for the disability access route to education, DARE, programme; and if he will extend the DARE deadline from 1 March 2021 to prevent the exclusion of candidates who might otherwise qualify …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 January]

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IUA universities account for four-fifths of higher ed research spend

Posted in Research on January 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the publication of the Higher Education Research & Development Survey (HERD) by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD. This latest HERD survey clearly shows the need for a step change in research and innovation investment in Ireland given the fall in our research spend rankings from 14th to 23rd place in the OECD list …” (more)

[IUA, 20 January]

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PhD rights have been ignored in new employment framework, says SIPTU

Posted in Governance and administration on December 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Conditions for postgradaute researchers are not addressed in the new career framework for researchers, according to SIPTU. The Researcher Career Development and Employment Framework (RCF) was published by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) earlier this month. It states ‘the PhD stage is not included in the grading and salary structure set out in this Framework as it is not typically a salaried employment’ …” (more)

[Maria Dealney, Noteworthy, 29 December]

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The IUA say student experience is a priority for universities in semester two

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In a statement, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) said that universities are conscious of the uncertainty students are facing and have therefore planned to begin semester two of the academic year predominantly online. This has been done to provide students with more certainty in the coming months but according to the IUA, ‘the ambition is to increase in person teaching and face-to-face activities on campus should evolving public health guidelines permit it’ …” (more)

[Aoibhín Meghen, The College View, 9 December]

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Local UCD student says move to online learning has affected the mental wellbeing of students

Posted in Life on December 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A local UCD student says the move to online learning has affected the mental wellbeing of students. Over 70% of college students want more on-campus learning, according to a survey by the Irish Universities Association …” (more)

[Northern Sound, 3 December]

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Demand for mental health support doubles in some universities

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Demand for mental health support in some universities has doubled as students struggle with isolation and the shift to online learning. Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity College Dublin, told an Oireachtas education committee on Thursday that a lack of personal contact with other students was affecting the mental health and wellbeing of many students …” (more)

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

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Universities face funding gap of up to €200m due to pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities could be facing a deficit of up to €200m due to the ongoing pandemic in the event of a ‘worst-case scenario’, higher education representatives have warned. Even taking on board positive forecasts for 2021, universities are still estimated to be facing a combined deficit of at least €102m between this academic year and the last, according to the Irish Universities Association (IUA) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 3 December]

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Universities facing €102m deficit, committee hears

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The country’s seven universities will run an estimated combined deficit of €102 million between last year and this year, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education has heard. The Provost of Trinity College, Dr Patrick Prendergast, told politicians that the Covid-19 crisis has had a severe impact on an already seriously underfunded sector …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 3 November]

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Covid 19: Universities warn of ‘devastating’ financial losses this year

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities are due to run a combined deficit of more than €100 million this year due to a ‘devastating’ drop-off in commercial income and vacant student accommodation. The Irish Universities Association will the Oireachtas education committee on Thursday that emergency funding will be needed next year to cover unavoidable losses in the sector …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 December]

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Priority for universities for the next term is the safety of staff and students and maximising the student experience

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the country prepares to adapt to further changes in the public health guidelines, the universities represented by the IUA are now completing the process of communicating with their staff and students on plans for the next semester …” (more)

[IUA, 27 November]

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Education around consent should be a requirement, not an option in third level institutions – Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A survey is set to be carried out into harassment, sexual harassment and bullying in the country’s higher education institutions. The survey, which will look into harassment and bullying of both staff and students, was confirmed by Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris …” (more)

[Michelle McGlynn, Irish Examiner, 26 November]

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