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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University of Limerick’s student union demand university stops increasing student numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick’s student’s union, UL Student Life, has released a statement this Monday afternoon on behalf of the university’s students regarding UL’s new controversial accommodation policy. UL Student Life has said that the new accommodation policy outlined last Friday to students ‘is not acceptable’, and have demanded …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 24 February]

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€29 Million Wiped Off Government Spending On SUSI Grants – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne, has questioned why the number of students in receipt of the SUSI grant is declining while the number of students attending third level education is increasing …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 12 January]

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UCD president: ‘Employers nowadays want more rounded graduates’

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

Ireland“If there really is a funding crisis in higher education, you wouldn’t know it to look around UCD’s sprawling campus at Belfield, south Dublin. Cranes on the skyline are a sign that thousands of new student beds are under construction on campus …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 December]

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UCD plans to expand and become Ireland’s ‘largest’ third-level institution

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD is planning to enrol thousands of additional students and hire more than 500 academic staff over the coming years under expansion plans which, it says, will make it the largest third-level institution in Ireland. The university is projecting that its student numbers will grow by 25% over the next decade – up from about 25,000 to 32,000 – driven by a combination of domestic and international students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 December]

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Surge in number of international students attending third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The growth in the proportion of international students attending Irish third-level colleges is significantly outpacing that of Irish students, new figures show. International student numbers grew by 26% in the past three years, climbing to 14,412 this year. Irish student numbers grew by 5% over the same period, or some 122,257 in 2019 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 October]

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Even the Provost Thinks Student Cuts Are a Bad Idea. But it’s Where the Debate is Now

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s almost a year to the day since this Editorial Board wrote that ‘shouting from the rooftops’ about the demise of third-level – once considered reputationally damaging for the sector even as its stakeholders fought its decline – had become increasingly normalised …” (more)

[University Times, 20 October]

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Fellows Divided on Provost’s Warning that Trinity May Cut Student Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Fellows are divided over an idea mooted by Provost Patrick Prendergast that could see the number of Irish students admitted by the College fall dramatically in the coming years, with some rejecting it for ‘moral reasons’ while others argue it is ‘only option available’ to a College in rankings freefall …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 16 October]

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Third Level Institutions – Student Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 10th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the third level institutions which have informed his Department of plans to reduce enrolment in the coming years; the institute and planned enrolment reduction; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 October]

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Hundreds of new teachers to keep pace with growing school population

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of teachers and special needs assistants will be hired over the coming year to meet the needs of our growing school population. Overall, the education budget next year will climb to a record high of €11.1 billion, up about 3% on last year. The bulk of additional funding will go towards demographic pressures and maintaining existing pupil-teacher ratios …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 October]

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‘Ireland’s universities do not exist to allow academics a good life’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In the public sector, there is only ever one solution to problems, and that is to call for more funding. Sadly, Irish universities are no different. Two stories last week illustrate the tendency. The first revealed that Trinity College in Dublin is considering reducing the number of Irish students who can attend in future unless the Government provides more resources …” (more)

[Eilis O’Hanlon, Independent, 6 October]

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Proposal to cut college places for Irish based students concerning – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has said that the proposal being considered by Trinity College to reduce the places available for Irish based students by a quarter over the next 5 years is a cause for concern, and reflects the underfunding of the third level sector. Speaking this morning, Teachta Ó Laoghaire said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 3 October]

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Trinity considering plan to cut 3,000 places for Irish students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is considering cutting its intake of Irish students by up to a quarter over the next five years in order to protect the quality of its education. Such a move would likely result in a sharp increase in the number of CAO points required for courses due to increased competition for fewer places …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 October]

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Trinity May Drastically Cut Student Admissions in Next Five Years, Says Provost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has warned that Trinity may need to reduce the number of students it admits in the next five years, arguing that reducing the staff–student ratio is crucial if the College is to arrest slides in university rankings. Speaking today on the Seán O’Rourke show on RTÉ Radio 1, Prendergast said …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University News, 2 October]

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Gender pay gap: Females with a degree earn significantly less than male peers, report reveals

Posted in Life on September 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Despite being better educated overall – women aged 25-64, with a degree in Ireland earn 28% less than their male counterparts, according to a new report. This is among the findings in an annual overview of structure, finances and performance of education systems in the developed world, by the international think-tank OECD …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 September]

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State approves €100m for higher education building projects

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The State has approved €100m for five large higher education building projects. The funding is part of ongoing investment in the sector through Project Ireland 2040 and a fund known as the Higher Education Strategic Infrastructure Fund (HESIF) …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 30 August]

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Student accommodation development soars but new investments set to slow

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The purpose-built student accommodation market has seen continued growth in both development and investment activity over the 12 months to the end of June. According to a report by Cushman & Wakefield, a total of 2,133 PBSA bed spaces have completed construction during the period bringing total standing stock in Dublin to 13,476 bed spaces …” (more)

[Donal Buckley, Independent, 29 August]

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A degree of reality is needed about whether college courses are really worth taking

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More money is needed so our universities are not left to crumble. Third-level funding stands at €138m less than what is needed to cater for our rapidly expanding student numbers. But where should the money come from? And how many graduates do we need? Isn’t it time to question our obsession with herding every young person off to college at the taxpayers’ expense? …” (more)

[Lorraine Courtney, Independent, 29 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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SIPTU says proposed reform legislation cannot ignore funding crisis in education

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 17th July) said that any proposed legislation to introduce greater regulation and reform to the governance of higher education cannot be used to divert attention away from the growing funding crisis facing the sector …” (more)

[SIPTU, 17 July]

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