The Third-Level Sector Should Expect More Regulation, Not Less

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Threats to the autonomy of third-level institutions are amongst the biggest concerns of Provost Patrick Prendergast and his peers on the Irish Universities Association (IUA), so much so that it is one of the main reasons why they are so fervently arguing for the introduction of an income-contingent loan scheme above any other model …” (more)

[University Times, 23 July]

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Experts urge universities to review student terms and conditions ahead of new consumer protection drive

Posted in Legal issues on June 12th, 2015 by steve

UK“UK higher education (HE) providers must review their terms and conditions for students ahead of an upcoming compliance review or risk civil – or, in extreme circumstances, criminal – sanctions …” (more)

[Rami Labib and Richard Snape,, 11 June]

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What now is the role of government in regulating Universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2012 by steve

“The relationship between government, universities and industry is of fundamental significance in a knowledge economy (see for an excellent analysis of this using cybernetic theories). The regulation of education by government inevitably has knock-on effects throughout the rest of the economy …” (more)

[Mark Johnson, Improvisation Blog, 12 December]

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Universities must be accountable, yes, but to whom?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2012 by steve

“Whether public or private, universities cannot be exempt from regulation, says Miguel Angel Escotet, but it should come in the form of self-assessment and a duty to society, not politics …” (more)

[Miguel Angel Escotet, Guardian Professional, 10 December]


Regulation, Regulation, Regulation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2011 by steve

“In University Governance: Questions for a New Era Professor Malcolm Gillies looks at a whole set of issues around university governance. A previous post noted his suggestion about a greater involvement of alumni but he suggests that they will become more important than the state, at least in governance terms, because of the change in balance of funding from public to private, ie from government to graduate …” (more)

[Registrarism, 15 April]

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New structures to draw more overseas students as international market swells

Posted in Legal issues on September 2nd, 2009 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe TD, has announced plans to establish a Quality Mark for English language schools and further and higher education colleges as part of efforts to get more overseas students to study here. Minister O’Keeffe said it was his intention to introduce statutory provision for the ‘Q Mark’ for international education by the end of next year and qualifying international education programmes could use it in marketing their courses. The ‘Q Mark’ would be awarded to colleges complying with a statutory code of practice requiring, among other things, that all courses be quality-assured to a high standard; course entry requirements, including those relating to English language proficiency, be clearly stated; …” (more)

[Education Ireland, 2 September]

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Quality mark to be established for language schools

Posted in Legal issues on August 30th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Batt O’Keefe is to establish a quality mark for language schools and colleges of further education. The initiative, which aims to attract overseas students, requires legislation …” (more)

[, 30 August]

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Re-establishing trust

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2009 by steve

Ireland“… In the end, my point is that the sector will both work more willingly and constructively to help secure national objectives, and will do so with a greater sense of innovation and reform, if the basis for the relationship between it and government were based on trust and confidence. We need to gain a better understanding of how this was compromised or lost, and how we can restore it. What is facing us right now is a whole-scale bureaucratisation of the system (which will probably turn out to be very costly in both money and effectiveness) …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 July]

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