Cassells is Finally Coming to a Close – But is it Too Late?

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

Ireland“As university and higher-education stakeholders know all too well, the government has acted on the Cassells report at a glacial – even imperceptible – pace. This week, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris announced his plan to bring proposals for funding in higher education based on the Cassells report to the government by the end of the year …” (more)

[University Times, 25 July]

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‘We Won’t be Introducing Student Loans’, Harris says of Cassells Report

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has ruled out the possibility of introducing a student loan system as part of changes made to the funding of higher education following the recommendations of the Cassells report. Harris was responding to questions from Labour’s Education Spokesperson Aodhán Ó Riordáin at the Oireachtas Education Committee …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 22 July]

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Report on European Commission’s Findings on Cassells Expected in Autumn

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said that he expects to publish a report on the European Commission’s analysis on the Cassells report this autumn. The report, which sets out three options for the future funding of Ireland’s higher education sector, was sent to the European Commission in January 2019, when the government applied for economic advice on the report …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 July]

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Third Level Education Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the independent economic report on the Cassells report will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 8 July]

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Education Policy – Funding

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

IrelandCathal Crowe (Clare, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of progress of the Cassells report with input from the European Commission; when the report will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 May]

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Third Level Education – Funding

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

IrelandCarol Nolan (Laois-Offally, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the implementation of the Cassells report; the number of potential funding options including the deferred payment of student fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 February]

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Budget must respond to dire needs of higher education and initiatives proposed by Higher Education Minister

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for higher education to be given priority funding in next Tuesday’s Budget. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said that thousands of lecturers and tens of thousands of students require urgent support to cope with the impact of Covid-19, on top of a previous decade of underfunding …” (more)

[IFUT, 12 October]

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Student Contribution Charge

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

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost in 2020 if the student contribution charge was reduced by €100, €200, €500, €1000 and €3000, respectively …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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Third Level Reform – Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the Cassells report has been sent to the European Commission for review; when he expects the Commission to respond; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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Is Cassells Dead? Yes, if the Programme for Government is Anything to Go By

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Is the Cassells report fully dead and buried? For university heads, that question is hardly a new one, but the answer is starting to become ominously clear. This week, we saw a draft programme for government that scarcely mentioned its existence, let alone committed to acting on its promises …” (more)

[University Times, 21 June]

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Third Level Reform – Cassells report

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an analysis conducted by the European Commission of the options outlined in the Cassells report; if it will be completed in Q2 2020 as previously stated; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 May]

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Higher Education requires ‘Tier One’ category for resources and engagement

Posted in Governance and administration, Research, Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week Cambridge University in the UK announced that all its courses will be delivered online for the next academic year. The decision followed immediately on a warning from England’s university regulator, the Office of Students, on the need for ‘absolute clarity’ for students making academic plans …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, IFUT, 21 May]

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Call for urgent plan to safeguard third-level sector from serious financial fallout due to Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2020 by steve

“An urgent plan to safeguard the Irish third-level sector from serious financial fallout due to the Covid-19 crisis must be a top priority for the Government. That is the warning as Irish universities face potential revenue losses running into the hundreds of millions due to the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 April]

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Students’ welfare is at risk as funding cuts of €550m bite

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

Ireland“Student welfare services in third-level colleges are “overburdened” as a result of Government cuts to funding and day-to-day running costs, now €550m less than in 2007. The strain is among concerns raised at recent meetings of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) about how long the system has to wait before the funding issue will be sorted …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 February]

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At Funding-Heavy Third-Level Debate, More Squabbles than Solutions

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Political discussions about higher education, it seems, are a bit like buses: you wait ages for one and then suddenly you have politicians and stakeholders in the same room, publicly debating how best to tackle the sector’s many issues …” (more)

[University Times, 2 February]

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Emergency cash injection needed for higher education during 2020, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for allocation of an emergency cash injection for higher education during 2020 to address the escalating crisis in resources. ‘It must be a priority for any incoming government’, IFUT General Secretary, Joan Donegan said …” (more)

[IFUT, 30 January]

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Country ‘sitting on a timebomb’ over crisis in third-level funding, says Trinity Provost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The third-level sector is currently underfunded, and a system of student loans should not be introduced, each of the major parties’ spokespeople on education agree. However, the parties remain divided on how best to address such a funding deficit, identified in the landmark Cassells report, first published in 2016 …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 January]

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Few Revelatory Moments in Tetchy Higher Education Debate

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

Ireland“Higher education’s Cassells report came under scrutiny this afternoon at a third-level education debate held in Trinity, with politicians of all hues quarreling over funding during a debate that saw more arguments about figures and statistics than on the ideas underpinning the future of the sector …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, Sárán Fogarty, Ciaran Molloy and Emer Moreau, University Times, 28 January]

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Minister admits need for increased funding as parties debate future of higher education

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

Ireland“Representatives from six of Ireland’s main political parties clashed over the future of higher education at a debate held in Trinity today, with significant attention given to the balance between a system funded by taxation or by student fees and the current Fine Gael government’s allocations to higher education, which Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said were larger than suggested by other parties but conceded that the sector still required ‘extra funding …” (more)

[Lauren Boland and Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 28 January]

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Third-level timebomb must become a election priority

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘Crisis, what crisis?’ Three words that helped bring down Jim Callaghan’s Labour government in the 1979 UK general election. The prime minister never actually uttered these words. A Sun subeditor fashioned the headline but it captured the popular impression of an administration unaware of a serious state of affairs which had caught up with it …” (more)

[Lorna Fitzpatrick, Joseph Ryan and Jim Miley, Irish Times, 23 January]

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