The Top Five Takeaways From Third-Level’s Pre-Budget Submissions

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

Ireland“Budget 2021 will be announced in the Dáil on Tuesday. Following on from a tumultuous year in the higher education sector, organisations have been lobbying intensively for the supports they think the sector needs …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty and Cormac Watson, University Times, 12 October]

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Institutes of technology calling for €534m over three years

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

Ireland“Institutes of technology say they need €136m in State funding next year as the first slice of a three-year investment package of €534m. The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) makes the case in a pre-Budget submission highlighting the critical role of the sector in regional development, in addressing disadvantage and in lifelong learning …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 September]

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HEA institutions provide an additional 2,225 Higher Education places

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

Ireland“Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in early March, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has been working closely with Irish higher education institutions (HEIs) and their sectoral representative bodies (IUA, THEA) to both respond to immediate challenges of Covid-19 and to plan for the future …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 11 September]

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Two metre physical distancing rule to apply on college campuses

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

Ireland“Physical distancing rules of two metres will apply on college campuses from September in a move which will severely limit the ability of universities to hold lectures and graduation ceremonies. The latest official public health advice states that in case where close proximity is required – such as small group work in laboratories – this activity may take place as long as face shields or masks are worn …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 July]

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Maynooth and Limerick universities sticking with re-opening plans despite three-week delay for CAO offers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University (MU) and the University of Limerick (UL) are sticking with their re-opening plans despite the three-week delay in the release of the Leaving Cert results and CAO offers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 July]

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IUA / NUI / THEA / TU Dublin Statement: concerning students who have studied Leaving Certificate 2020 subjects outside school and who have not been able to obtain calculated grades in those subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) joins with the National University of Ireland (NUI), the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), and the Technological University Dublin on an agreed common approach in relation to students who have studied Leaving Certificate 2020 subjects outside school and who have not been able to obtain calculated grades in those subjects …” (more)

[IUA, 25 June]

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Face Coverings Now Mandatory for Students and Staff Returning to Institutes of Technology in September

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

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) has announced that face coverings are compulsory for students and staff returning to Institutes of Technology in September. Many students will return to campuses that are quite different from those they left in March; however, THEA is the first third-level institution to implement this protective measure …” (more)

[Emma Hanrahan, College Tribune, 22 June]

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THEA ‘Strongly Encourage’ Students to Start and Continue Their Studies For The Coming Year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association released a statement on June 16, urging students to begin and continue studies for the coming year. This is despite a leaked report in May 2020, which claimed ‘Significant numbers of Leaving Cert students are likely to defer taking up college places this year because of disruption linked to the coronavirus pandemic’ according to the Irish Times …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 18 June]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor thanks the tertiary education sector for implementing alternative examination arrangements

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“The Minister also announces a student-focused initiative to safeguard integrity of qualifications for 2020 graduates. Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today (8 April 2020) announced that further and higher education institutions will not be holding written, oral or practical assessments in examination centres during the Covid-19 emergency …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 April]

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Students reassured they won’t be penalised if they can’t take part in assessment replacing traditional exam

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“Students in higher and further education are being assured that they will not be penalised if they cannot take part in an alternative assessment that is replacing a traditional exam this year. New guidelines make clear that such students can progress, as expected, and will have opportunities to complete assessments at a later point …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 April]

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Coronavirus: Third-level students will not have to sit traditional exams

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“Third-level students will not have to sit traditional end of year exams, with alternative arrangements being put in place by colleges and universities. Confirming the move on Tuesday, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said that instead of written, oral and practical assessments in exam centres, students will be offered online tests, written assignments or rescheduling …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 8 April]

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Universities finalise arrangements for end of year exams amid coronavirus closures

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Universities say they will take into account the challenges and stresses facing students as a result of the Covid-19 emergency in designing and assessing end-of-year exams …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 April]

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In Election, a Simple Message to Politicians: Don’t Fail Third-Level

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

Ireland“Elections in Ireland come around every four or five years. They provide an opportunity for voters to pick the parties and individuals who will best represent the interests of the country and its people. It is a time for our politicians to set out their stall on why they should be entrusted with government …” (more)

[Jim Miley, Lorna Fitzpatrick and Joseph Ryan, University Times, 31 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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Students and colleges warn third level sector is ‘losing ground’ on rivals

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

Ireland“Students and third level colleges have united to call on political parties to commit to invest more in higher education to prevent Ireland ‘losing ground’ against international competitors. In a joint statement, the Union of Students in Ireland, the Irish Universities Association and the Technological Higher Education Association said State funding per student at third level is now 40% less than it was a decade ago …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 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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Higher education colleges call for pre-election commitment to €100m annual funding boost

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

Ireland“Higher education colleges and students have come together to push for a pre-election commitment for politicians for an increased €100m a year for the third-level sector. State funding per student to third level institutions is now 40% less than it was a decade ago because of austerity-era cuts that have not been reversed …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 January]

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Higher Education interest groups present joint funding plan ahead of general election

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

Ireland“Just two weeks before the Irish general election, higher education interest groups have put out a united call for greater funding for the sector. The Irish Universities Association (IUA), the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have rallied to campaign for a pre-election commitment to hundreds of millions of euros of higher education funding …” (more)

[Madalyn Williams, Trinity News, 23 January]

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As Election Looms, Trinity to Host Cross-Party Higher Education Debate

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

Ireland“Trinity will next week play host to a higher education debate featuring education spokespeople from Ireland’s political parties, ahead of a general election in February. Organised jointly by the Irish Universities Association (IUA), the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the Technological Higher Education Association, the debate will bring politicians from several parties to the Business School for a debate on the future of higher education and research …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 21 January]

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Two more institutes of technology come together with aim of becoming a technological university

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Two more institutes of technology are coming together with a view to becoming a technological university (TU). Limerick IT and Athlone IT are forming a consortium to develop a Technological University for the Mid-West and Midlands …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 October]

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