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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IUA, THEA and RCSI Joint Statement: Higher Education Reopening Plans Confirmed

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The higher education institutions represented by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) and RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, have joined together to announce their plans for a safe return to campuses this September with maximum on-site presence …” (more)

[IUA, 3 August]

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Minister Harris welcomes EUA report commending Irish higher education institutions for ‘professionalising’ the delivery of postgraduate research education

Posted in Research, Teaching on July 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish doctoral student experience and standard of awards are endorsed by international report of the European University Association. A new international report has commended Irish higher education institutions for ensuring both the standard of awards, and the quality of student experience, by ‘professionalising’ the delivery of postgraduate research education and training in Ireland …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 21 July]

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University Governance Bill to Come Before Government in Next Term

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The controversial Higher Education Authority Bill will come before the government in its next term, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Further and Higher Education has heard. In her opening remarks, Tanya Kenny, the principal officer of quality and governance at the Department of Higher Education, said …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 20 July]

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Offering extra places is not sustainable, universities warn

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

Ireland“The State’s colleges and universities have offered extra places for students for the third year in a row, but this cannot keep happening, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) has said. On Tuesday, the Cabinet considered plans to spend €24 million to pay for 4,600 more college places to cope with extra demand this year, but also pent-up demand from last year …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 14 July]

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IUA: Vulnerable Students Will Still Have Access to Online Lectures

Posted in Teaching on July 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Vulnerable students will be able to access online lectures even if students return to in-person teaching in September, the Oireachtas education committee has heard. Addressing the committee, Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, the chair of the Irish Universities Association (IUA) told the committee that ‘we will be using what was learned this year in order to support vulnerable students and students who may not be able to access campus’ …” (more)

[Emma Taggart and Emer Moreau, University Times, 8 July]

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IUA Submission on HEA Act Reform to the Oireachtas Education Committee 06.07.21

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the publication by the Minister for Further, Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science of the ‘General Scheme of the Higher Education Authority Bill 2021’ (the ‘Scheme’). The legislation governing the sector is now half a century old and requires updating to provide for the significant changes since then and to provide a legislative base that will enable the sector to grow and develop in the years ahead …” (more)

[IUA, 7 July]

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New legislation must be backed up with better funding for third level, committee told

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Legislative reform of the higher education sector will be ‘meaningless’ if institutions do not receive adequate funding, an Oireachtas committee has been told. Director General of the Irish Universities Association, Jim Miley, welcomed the Government’s Higher Education Authority Bill 2021, but he said the issue of ‘serious underfunding’ of the sector must also be addressed …” (more)

[Ellen O’Riordan, Irish Times, 7 July]

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