Uni Life: Charleville student shines in new college TV series

Posted in Life on October 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A young woman from the Traveller community in Cork who is the first in her family to progress to third-level education features in a new documentary about access to higher education …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 27 October]

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Universities face stronger governance and accountability requirements

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Stronger governance and accountability measures for third-level institutions will be contained in new legislation to be published next year, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said. Speaking at a conference organised by the Irish Universities Association (IUA), he said the agility and flexibility of colleges were key strengths, and this required an appropriate level of autonomy …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 October]

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Higher Education Minister Simon Harris promises more freedom for universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris says he wants to give universities more freedom over their affairs but that it must go hand in hand with greater accountability. It was one of the themes in his first major policy speech since taking on the role of leading the first full government department with responsibility for higher education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 October]

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Some positives for higher education in Budget 2021 but many missed opportunities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The provision of €50m extra supports for students and the confirmation of ongoing funding for the extra 5,000 places in higher education in addition to further demographically-driven places next year are welcome features of Budget 2021 …” (more)

[IUA, 13 October]

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Third-Level Stakeholders Express Disappointment Over Budget 2021

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of third-level stakeholders have expressed disappointment over Budget 2021, which was announced earlier today. Some €3.3 billion was allocated to the Department of Further and Higher Education under Budget 2021 – up from €2.8 billion last year – which includes a €50 million fund to assist third-level students experiencing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 13 October]

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A Baffling Budget Dashes Hopes for Dramatic Change in Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In June, a new dawn broke for universities. They finally had a government department for themselves – a seat at the cabinet table – and a real chance of concrete reform for the sector. And, on the whole, summer had been a hopeful time for the sector. Higher Education Minister Simon Harris had proven an energetic figure, indicating that he felt higher education needed to be rejigged – and that funding was a priority …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 13 October]

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IUA welcomes support for students in Budget 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Jim Miley, Director of the Irish Universities Association (IUA) has ‘warmly welcomed’ the support for higher education students included in Budget 2021. However, Miley stated that the government ‘needs to tackle the funding deficit elephant in the room’ …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 13 October]

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The Top Five Takeaways From Third-Level’s Pre-Budget Submissions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Budget 2021 will be announced in the Dáil on Tuesday. Following on from a tumultuous year in the higher education sector, organisations have been lobbying intensively for the supports they think the sector needs …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty and Cormac Watson, University Times, 12 October]

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The IUA’s Message to the Govt is Clear: Third-Level Is Central to Economic Recovery

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) requested a hefty total of €538 million from the government in its pre-budget submission, which attempted to position higher education at the centre of the economy’s recovery. The IUA’s optimism is understandable – this is the first budget since the establishment of a Department of Higher Education in June, and third-level has enjoyed an unprecedented place in the sun as a result …” (more)

[University Times, 11 October]

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IUA welcomes the announcement of €300,000 annual funding for Gender Equality Enhancement and a call for 15 new SALI posts

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

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the launch of the Gender Equality Enhancement Fund of €300,000 annually and the approval of the second cycle of 15 SAL Initiative posts. Our universities are fully committed to working with Minister Simon Harris and the HEA to further promote gender equality across the sector as part of a broad-based equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) agenda …” (more)

[IUA, 9 October]

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Universities call for €538m in State funding

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

Ireland“Universities say they need €538m in State support next year, including €102m for additional Covid-related costs. The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has set out details of its funding requirements in a pre-Budget submission, which says the sector is facing a combined deficit of €200m next year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 October]

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Blanket Statements For All Universities ‘Unhelpful’, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast today said that ‘blanket statements’ applying to all courses and institutions were ‘unhelpful’, in a meeting of Higher Education Minister Simon Harris and the presidents of Ireland’s universities …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 1 October]

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Minister Harris to meet university leaders as classes move online

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris will meet university leaders early this week to discuss how best to bring some level of certainty to students about the academic year and the move to digital learning amid the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 28 September]

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Maynooth University to Hold All In-Person Language Classes ‘As Planned’, Despite IUA Requests

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

Ireland“Universities across Ireland have agreed to adopt a set of enhanced public health-protective measures, which previously were only applicable to Dublin-based universities. These protective measures are to be in place for ‘2-3 weeks’ at minimum, however, The College Tribune understands that Maynooth University intends to use the ‘discretion’ agreed upon by the IUA to host some classes in-person, despite the established guidelines …” (more)

[Adam Conway, College Tribune, 25 September]

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Third-level colleges nationwide placed under tight public health restrictions with minimal attendance on campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All third-level colleges are being placed under tighter public health restrictions because of the rise in Covid-19. Higher education institutions in Dublin are already operating stricter rules and now the same will apply to colleges across the country …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 September]

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Dublin universities introduce enhanced measures in response to increased Covid-19 incidence

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The universities in Dublin have agreed a set of enhanced measures in response to a request from government / NPHET to deal with the rising incidence of Covid-19 in the county. All universities already have detailed plans in place for the safe re-opening of campus over the next two weeks. Arising from the request from government, Dublin universities have made further provisions as follows …” (more)

[IUA, 18 September]

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Thousands of third level students in Dublin to have limited access to college campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tens of thousands of third level students in Dublin are to have limited access to college campuses under new Covid-19 restrictions. Most lectures and teaching will take place online where possible, with the exception of tutorials and laboratory work …” (more)

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

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HEA institutions provide an additional 2,225 Higher Education places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in early March, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has been working closely with Irish higher education institutions (HEIs) and their sectoral representative bodies (IUA, THEA) to both respond to immediate challenges of Covid-19 and to plan for the future …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 11 September]

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IUA also welcomes further details announced today on Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the additional 1250 higher education places, in addition to the detail on the Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades process announced today by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD and Minister for Education Norma Foley TD …” (more)

[IUA, 1 September]

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Universities seek talks to avoid UK-style grades debacle

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities have sought urgent talks with the Department of Education to ensure the Leaving Cert results and CAO offer season do not descend into chaos …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Senan Molony, Independent, 27 August]

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