Trinity plans to cut staff-student ratios and invest in more research

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is reducing its staff-student ratio and also aims to become Ireland’s largest research institution, under a new five-year strategic plan. The university will increase student numbers from 18,500 to 21,500 by 2025, partly to cater for the surge in school-leavers coming down the tracks …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 March]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD launches GMIT’s Strategic Plan 2019-2023

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD formally launched the new GMIT Strategic Plan 2019-2023 at a reception in the Galway campus today (26 April) attended by Dr Michael Hannon, deputising President of GMIT, Cormac MacDonncha, Chair of the Governing Body, members of the Governing Body, students, staff, colleagues from the Connacht-Ulster Alliance and invited guests …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 26 April]

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Provost says Trinity is ‘under-ranked’, as he presents new Strategic Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is ‘under-ranked’ compared to other universities, Provost Patrick Prendergast has said at an address to staff and students this afternoon. Prendergast has noted that this was his last ‘State of the College’ address before his tenure ends in 2021. Speaking in the Edmund Burke lecture theatre, Prendergast called Trinity’s drop in the rankings a ‘paradox’ …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Ciaran Sunderland and Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 19 November]

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Limerick Institute of Technology sets out stall with five-year strategic plan

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2018 by steve

“Limerick Institute of Technology has launched an ambitious five-year plan aiming to invest €150 million on infrastructure, increase student numbers and position the institute as a Technological University after 2022 …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 10 May]

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UL targets international students in effort to improve ranking

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick (UL) says it will boost its international student cohort by 60% in the next five years in an ambitious plan to climb further up the university rankings. In the strategic plan published on Friday, the university sets out as one of its top priorities ‘raising international profile’ which has a direct impact on global rankings …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 25 September]

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Minister O’Sullivan launches University of Limerick’s Strategic Plan 2015-2019, ‘Broadening Horizons’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Professor Barry, members of the Governing Authority, staff, students and guests, I am delighted to have been asked to come to UL this morning to officially launch the University’s new Strategic Plan for the period 2015 to 2019 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 25 September]

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UCD seeks to become ‘top 10 university’ for global engagement

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“UCD plans to review its curriculum to give a greater focus to internships and deepen collaborations with third-level institutions overseas as part of a new five-year strategy. The plan for 2015-2020, published today, is aimed at positioning UCD ‘within the top ten universities in the world in terms of global engagement’ …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 11 November]

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A Strategy Blitz

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2013 by steve

“We’re going through a bit of a strategy blitz in DCU at the moment. First we had the University plan – I can’t quite remember its name but it includes that most important of words, ‘transforming’. (For some reason it reminds me a little of that skit on Fiona Bruce, the BBC Newsreader – ‘Breaking News, Breaking Hearts’.) In the universities, we’re transforming stuff …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 9 July]

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Strategic plans

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2010 by steve

“Can a university strategic plan with 187 pages and a list of 243 objectives have any effect in practice?” (tweet)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Twitter, 30 April]

“@vonprond: Can ANY university strategic plan have any effect in practice?” (tweet)

[Eoin O’Dell, Twitter,30 April]


On university strategy or: A tale of two plans

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2010 by steve

Strategy is one of those words that gets bandied around a lot and means so many different things to so many different people that I sometimes wonder whether it should be gracefully retired like an old pair of shoes past their prime. Sadly its unlikely to happen and every organization & its constituent units seems obliged to come up with a strategic plan periodically. After all, how could any serious organization not have a plan? …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 9 February]


University strategies

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 25th, 2008 by steve

“Ten years ago, when I was a Faculty Dean there, the University of Hull adopted what it called a ‘Corporate Plan’. This was not the university’s first strategic plan strictly speaking. Like all universities in the UK, it was obliged by funding council rules to produce regular strategic documents, but in reality these documents were not strategic plans …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 7 August]

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