‘Guidelines for Establishing Collaborative Research Degree Programmes’

Posted in Research on January 5th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities actively support the strategic importance of establishing Collaborative Research Degree Programmes to enable international collaboration and to build research capacity in Ireland. This is in line with international and national policies (Horizon Europe, Horizon 2020 & Innovation 2020) …” (more)

[IUA, 4 January]

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Cut in €3,000 college student contribution charge under consideration

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government is considering a reduction in the €3,000 student contribution charge as part of a new funding package for the third level sector due to be published next month …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 December]

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Leaving cert results and ‘flattening the curve’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Leaving Certificate is being examined by the Oireachtas Committee on Further and Higher Education who have called upon senior academic and management heads to present their views. In their response the Irish Universities Association claimed the 2021 results raised considerable alarm among them with calls to ‘flatten the curve’ …” (more)

[Evelyn Mahon, Irish Times, 11 November]

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Universities and the Leaving Certificate

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

Ireland“Sir, – Jim Miley, director general of the Irish Universities Association, has described the current timing of Leaving Certificate results as ‘not fit for purpose’, due to the impact on CAO offers (‘Universities call for Leaving Cert results to be given in June’, Education, October 18th). I would suggest that the opposite is closer to reality …” (more)

[Colm O’Connor, Irish Times, 21 October]

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Budget 2022 fails to address cost of higher level education

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

Ireland“On 12 October, the announcement of Budget 2022 evoked mixed reactions from third-level stakeholders. It was announced that €3.7bn would be allocated to students, universities and young people in next year’s Budget …” (more)

[Bonnie Gill, Trinity News, 20 October]

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Universities call for Leaving Cert results to be given in June

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities say timelines for the release of Leaving Cert results are ‘no longer fit for purpose’ and want students to be issued their grades at the end of June, followed by college offers in July …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 October]

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Universities call for Leaving Cert results to be given in June

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities say timelines for the release of Leaving Cert results are ‘no longer fit for purpose’ and want students to be issued their grades at the end of June, followed by college offers in July. The Irish Universities Association – which represents eight of the largest universities – is also calling for an immediate end to ‘distorting’ grade inflation and a return to normal grade patterns …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 October]

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IUA Statement: Budget 2022 funding for higher education welcome but it’s not enough

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The investment in higher education and research announced in Budget 2022, while welcome, is not sufficient to address the core funding deficit in the sector. The provision of dedicated funding for extra places and for student supports is welcome. However …” (more)

[IUA, 12 October]

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USI, IUA Express Disappointment With Budget 2022

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the Irish Universities Association (IUA) have expressed disappointment Budget 2022, arguing that more needs to be done for the third-level sector …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 12 October]

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New project to test ‘innovative’ recycling methods in Irish universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The IUA and EPA project will use university campuses as ‘living labs’, studying ways to improve waste management. A new two-year project aims to make improvements to the way waste is disposed and recycled on Irish university campuses …” (more)

[Vish Gain, Silicon Republic, 5 October]

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IUA Pre-Budget Submission: Investment in Higher Education and Research Critical to National Recovery – Budget 2022 must deliver first phase of Funding Reform with €900m package

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

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has called on the government to substantially increase investment in higher education and research as part of the post-COVID, post-Brexit national recovery. The IUA has outlined a comprehensive range of measures in a €900m+ package including €418m in extra core funding and a €490m capital expenditure programme for the sector …” (more)

[IUA, 15 September]

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IUA Calls for €900m Package for Third Level in Budget 2022

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has called on the government to inject €900 million into the third-level sector ahead of the announcement of Budget 2022 next month. The lobby group’s pre-budget submission asks for over €418 million in extra core funding and a €490 million capital expenditure programme, with the aim of aiding in economic recovery after the pandemic and Brexit …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 15 September]

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Universities lose €270m in commercial revenue due to Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities have lost €270m in commercial revenue because of Covid, income on which they rely to fund their operations. They say they are also bearing additional costs as a result of the pandemic and eight universities now have a combined projected deficit of €40m. The figures are set out in the Irish Universities Association (IUA) pre-Budget submission, which calls for extra funding of at least €900m …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 September]

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Universities rising to Covid-19 challenges

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As third-level campuses start to fill up again for the first time in 18 months, they are going to look a little different. Among the initial and most visible changes will be pop-up vaccination centres, with unvaccinated students and staff encouraged to take up the inoculation to keep campuses safe and open …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 12 September]

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TCDSU ‘Shocked’ at IUA’s Stance on Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has said that the government’s approach to college fees is not working, criticising the Irish University Association’s (IUA) opposition to fee abolition. In an interview with The University Times, IUA Director General Jim Miley said that ‘we have to recognise that there are individuals and families in the country who can afford to make the student contribution’ …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 10 September]

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Universities Unlikely to Lobby for Universal Free Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities are unlikely to advocate for the abolition of the student contribution charge, after the head of the sector’s lobby group signalled his opposition to the principle of free third-level education …” (more)

[Jennifer Ní Chiara, University Times, 7 September]

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Colleges May Host Pop-Up Vaccination Centres

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities may host pop-up vaccination centres to encourage students to get jabbed, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) has said. Speaking on Newstalk this morning, IUA Director General Jim Miley said that it was ‘hugely encouraging’ that more than four in five people aged 16 to 29 have registered for the vaccine, but ‘we now want to push to the line and get as many as possible of the remainder vaccinated’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 26 August]

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IUA Urges Students to get Vaccinated Ahead of Return to Lectures

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

Ireland“The presidents of Ireland’s higher education institutions have called on all students to register for the coronavirus vaccine. Currently, over 82% of individuals aged between 16 and 29 have received at least one dose, with 57% fully vaccinated …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 25 August]

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Irish universities provide free ‘greet and transfer’ service for arriving international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish higher education institutions (HEIs) are providing a free ‘greet and transfer’ service at Dublin airport for international students arriving for the upcoming semester. Announced by the Irish Universities Association (IUA), the service began at Dublin airport on August 1 and is provided by Club Travel, a travel management company contracted by the HEIs …” (more)

[Sarah Emerson, Trinity News, 11 August]

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Colleges plan to ‘maximise’ on campus experience for students

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

Ireland“Third-level colleges have said they are committed to ‘maximising’ the on-campus experience for students and are now advanced in planning a return to campus next month. Students have been urged to receive the Covid-19 vaccine ahead of the return to college …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 3 August]

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