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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Universities’ Autonomy Must be Protected Under Governance Bill, Says IUA

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

Ireland“The autonomy and agility of third-level institutions should not be compromised by any changes to how the institutions are run, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Further and Higher Education has heard …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Mairead Maguire, University Times, 6 July]

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Sinn Féin Commits to Spending ‘Hundreds of Millions’ on Third-Level If Elected

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Mary Lou McDonald has said that Sinn Féin is committed to investing ‘hundreds of millions’ of euros into the higher education sector if the party gets into government in the next general election. At the ‘Future of Ireland’ panel hosted by the Irish Universities Associations (IUA) yesterday, McDonald laid out her party’s radical plans for higher education, focusing on funding and access …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 22 June]

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IUA Welcomes Cabinet Approval and Publication of a Plan for the Safe Return to Campus in the Autumn

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

Ireland“The IUA warmly welcomes the publication of the Plan for a safe return for further and higher education and research in 2021/22 by Minister Simon Harris. Staff and students in our universities eagerly anticipate a safe return to as comprehensive a range of on-campus activities as possible for the next academic year, including large scale teaching …” (more)

[IUA, 15 June]

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Leaving Certs will not miss CAO offers due to delayed results, says Harris

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

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said this year’s Leaving Certificate students will not miss out on CAO offers despite the delay in the date for results. The CAO and universities have all agreed to accommodate the later timeline, he told RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland after it was announced on Wednesday that results would not be issued until September 3rd …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke,, 3 June]

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Irish third level sector needs ‘significant funding’ to capitalise on Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Third level institutions will find it difficult to cater to the demand from Erasmus students who are opting to study in Ireland instead of the UK due to Brexit, the Seanad Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU has heard …” (more)

[Aine Kenny, Irish Times, 31 May]

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IUA Future of Ireland Webinar: Mary Lou McDonald TD on her vision for the future of Higher Education in Ireland – June 21 13:00-14:00

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2021 by steve

IrelandIn the past two years, the IUA’s Future of Ireland series has hosted leaders from across Irish society. On 21 June, we are delighted to welcome Mary Lou McDonald TD, President of Sinn Fein to our next Webinar. Educated in Trinity College Dublin, the University of Limerick and Dublin City University, she is no stranger to the sector. We look forward to hearing Mary Lou McDonald’s insights and analysis on the challenges facing the third level sector and her vision for its future … (more)

[IUA, 28 May]

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TU Dublin to join the Irish Universities Association

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

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) is pleased to announce that Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) has agreed to become a member of the organisation which represents Irish universities. TU Dublin joins the seven existing IUA members at a time of significant change in Irish higher education. The members of the enlarged IUA now account for over two-thirds of all students in higher education, over 80% of international and post-graduate students and almost 90% of research spending in the sector …” (more)

[IUA, 12 May]

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‘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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