Budget Day has become Groundhog Day for third level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For anyone interested in the sustained funding of third level education in Ireland, Budget Day has become more like Groundhog Day. 1,183 days before last week’s Budget, the Cassells Report identified the funding challenges facing our higher education system and set out the scale of the investment required to deliver on our national ambition …” (more)

[Jim Miley, Trinity News, 13 October]

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€74 million increase in funding for higher education in Budget 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An increase in investment of €74 million for higher education has been announced by the Finance Minister Paschal Donohue in today’s budget statement. The additional funding will be provided by a 0.1% increase to the National Training Fund, a levy on employers …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 8 October]

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IUA Response to Hugh Brady’s Speech

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Jim Miley Director General of the Irish Universities Association today responded to comments made by Hugh Brady, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, at the British Irish Chamber event this morning, Jim Miley said …” (more)

[IUA, 4 October]

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Former UCD president calls Brexit a ‘national crisis’ regards higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The former president of University College Dublin has called for immediate action to address a ‘national crisis’ ahead of Brexit. Now the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, Hugh Brady spoke at the British Irish Chamber of Commerce earlier today, insisting that the ‘state of Ireland’s higher education and research system should be viewed as a national crisis’ …” (more)

[Rebecca Stiffe, Irish Examiner, 4 October]

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Taoiseach defends third-level education funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has defended his government’s record on investment in third-level institutions in response to a question about Trinity’s fall in global rankings. The Taoiseach made his comments yesterday whilst on a visit to the United Nations in New York. When asked about Trinity’s falling position in the rankings, he claimed there has been a ‘substantial injection of cash into our universities’ …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 27 September]

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Government urged to reverse cuts in third level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have warned an Oireachtas committee that financial problems facing the third level sector will get ‘considerably worse’ unless there is a significant step-up in investment to support growing student numbers. Jim Miley, director-general of the Irish Universities Association, told the Oireachtas Committee on Budgetary Oversight that student numbers are set to grow by 40,000 over the coming decade …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 September]

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Trinity drop in world list sparks row over funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new controversy is erupting over State funding for university researchers after Trinity College Dublin (TCD) dropped 44 places in the latest annual global rankings. In a further blow to the nation’s higher education reputation, the only Irish entry in the world’s top 200 tumbled from 120th to 164th in the UK-based Times Higher Education table …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 September]

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Third-level funding €138m ‘less than what is required’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third-level funding stands at €138m less than what is needed to cater for rapidly expanding student numbers, Ireland’s seven universities have warned. Despite increasing by €189m since 2015, inadequate State funding is directly impacting Irish higher-level education ‘as evidenced by a fall in international rankings’, according to the Irish Universities Association (IUA) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 26 July]

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Irish Universities Association calls on Government to urgently invest in Ireland’s future talent and innovation in Budget 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThe Irish Universities Association (IUA) is today launching its pre-budget submission for 2020 calling on the government to support Ireland’s universities to underpin the talent, research and innovation required for today’s knowledge economy and the growth in student numbers …” (more)

[IUA, 25 July]

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EU Verdict on Cassells Report Not Expected Until 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s third-level institutes will have to wait until April 2020 to hear the verdict of EU analysis on the Cassells report, Minister for Education Joe McHugh has said. The report, which sets out three options for the future funding of Ireland’s higher education sector, has been with the European Commission since January 2019, when the government applied for economic advice on the report …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 14 July]

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The Irish Universities Association called the government’s decision to reject its request for an exemption to rent caps ‘disappointing’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s universities have insisted that the huge rent increases faced by students in recent years ‘have been in privately owned accommodation’ rather than college-owned rooms, defending their decision to lobby for an exemption to new legislation that will impose rent caps on purpose-built student accommodation. In an email statement to The University Times …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 20 June]

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Universities lobbied for exemption to student housing rent caps

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s seven universities strongly lobbied to have college-owned student accommodation exempt from legislation to introduce rent caps and extra tenants’ rights for purpose-built student housing. The Irish Universities Association (IUA) claimed new legislation giving more tenancy rights to students would hamper colleges’ ability to deal with cases of alleged sexual assaults in campus accommodation …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 June]

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IUA calls on Government to establish a sustainable core funding solution to support looming demographic bulge

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As almost 124,000 Leaving and Junior Certificate students get ready to sit exams tomorrow (Wednesday), the Irish Universities Association is calling on the Government to set out a sustainable funding model to prepare for these and future generations of aspiring third level applicants …” (more)

[IUA, 4 June]

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Universities call for more money as Leaving Cert numbers rise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Universities say the surge in Leaving Cert candidate numbers evident this year must trigger an increase in Government funding to cater for student demand coming down the tracks. More than 124,000 students start the State exams today, the highest figure in years, and one that will continue growing until the mid 2020s at least …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 June]

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Irish universities contribute €8.9bn to the economy but is this under threat from a decade of underfunding?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have become the lifeblood of the country by fuelling our cultural and social development, feeding the workforce with skilled workers and boosting the exchequer by €8.9bn a year. We’re living in a digital age where it is vital that our educational institutions provide a talent pipeline for the knowledge economy if we want to stay competitive as a nation …” (more)

[IUA, 3 May]

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IUA fear fee-paying international students may replace Irish students at third level institutions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) have suggested the possibility of having to limit University places for Irish students in future years due to funding shortages within the sector. The IUA have attributed this possible move to the growing number of students in the sector, and lowered investment by the government …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 4 April]

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Graduates pocket up to €220,000 extra as universities return €9bn a year to economy

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A degree is worth an average €106,000 in a university graduate’s pocket, rising to more than double, €220,000, if they go all the way to a PhD. The figures represent the average value of a third-level qualification over a lifetime, when compared with a school-leaver and take account of the cost of college and deductions such as tax …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 April]

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Student fee hike and loan scheme ruled out

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Further increases to student fees or the introduction of a student loan scheme have been ruled out, the Irish Examiner can reveal. In a ‘highly significant’ development, the Government has rejected two of three recommendations contained in a 2016 report into how a gaping hole in third-level funding is to be filled …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 27 March]

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IUA welcomes publication of Gender Taskforce Equality Action Plan 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) today welcomed the Report of the Gender Equality Taskforce Action Plan 2018-2020. The IUA is fully committed to working with the Minister and Department of Education and Skills to implement the recommendations arising from the Report in order to bring about meaningful and sustainable change in gender equality in universities …” (more)

[IUA, 12 November]

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A Week of Shouting About the Third-Level Sector’s Disarray

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Not so long ago, talking out loud about the decline of Ireland’s higher education sector was considered somewhat aberrant behaviour. As Tom Boland, the then-CEO of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), told the Royal Irish Academy in 2015, Ireland could not risk the reputational damage of stakeholders ‘shouting from the rooftops’ about the impact of the funding crisis …” (more)

[University Times, 22 October]

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