IT Carlow Were Not Consulted About Boland Appointment

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Freedom of Information request by the Waterford News & Star suggests that IT Carlow were not consulted on the appointment of Mr Tom Boland in advance of his assignment by Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris on July 28, 2020 …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News & Star, 2 January]

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Christmas Wishes

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

Ireland“… the development of the proposed TUSE between WIT and Carlow IT will be a tremendous political challenge. Many people here are afraid of a shabby political betrayal. A recent Zoom meeting between the heads of WIT, Carlow IT and staff from both institutions, facilitated by Tom Boland, demonstrated the extent to which Carlow IT has been allowed to dominate the proceedings although it is by far the smaller institution …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 21 December]

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Will Higher Education Learn from the Lessons of the Pandemic?

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

Ireland“Experience, even the worst experience, teaches us – so what are the lessons to be learned by higher education from the coronavirus? The first lesson I draw from the pandemic is the insight it has given us into the deep wells of community spirit that exists in Irish society, demonstrated through the many acts of kindness of people to neighbours, family and strangers …” (more)

[Tom Boland, University Times, 10 November]

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A Sense of Outrage?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“… A greater threat to Waterford emerged with Simon Harris’ announcement of Tom Boland, ex head of the Higher Education Authority as facilitator to drive the TUSE project. Harris left the Dept of Health and took its Secretary General, Jim Breslin, with him. The men who oversaw the Herity Report, sinful delay and obfuscation about the second cath lab and expansion of cardiology at UHW are now in the Department of Higher Education. Back in saddle again, as the C&W song says, riding Waterford into the ground once more …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 5 August]

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Tom Boland To Drive TUSE … But His Independence In Role Has Been Questioned

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Former Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Tom Boland is the new ‘independent Programme Executive Director for the TUSEI consortium comprising the Carlow and Waterford Institutes of Technology’. He was appointed on July 28 by Higher Education Minister Simon Harris to ‘accelerate plans for a technological university in the South East’ …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 5 August]

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Former HEA Chief Tom Boland May Be Just What TUSE Needs to Get Off the Ground

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The battle for a new technological university in the south-east has been an uphill battle, with little obvious progress being made since plans were originally published in 2015. The South-East has found itself to be something of an anomaly in terms of access to higher education in Ireland …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 4 August]

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WIT President optimistic over the future development of the Technological University for the South East

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

Ireland“The President of Waterford Institute of Technology says there’s a huge sense of optimism over the future of the Technological University for the South East following the appointment of former HEA CEO Tom Boland to oversee the process …” (more)

[Anthony McFeely, WLR FM, 28 July]

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Minister Harris announces appointment of person to spearhead new Technological University for the South East

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD has today (28 July 2020) announced the appointment of an independent person to accelerate plans for a technological university in the South East …” (more)

[, 28 July]

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Tom Boland and Pink Floyd

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

Ireland“I was going to write about the teaching of Maths today but got distracted by Tom Boland’s article in the University Times. Boland suggests that a key part of the education system’s recovery from the Covid crisis will be for institutions to re-imagine how they operate. Specifically, he suggests …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 13 July]


Without Funding, Universities Will Struggle to Keep Their Standards Intact

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week, a report carried out by independent further education watchdog Quality and Qualifications Ireland advised that Dublin City University (DCU) should introduce ways for students to review their learning experience. The report addressed many of the concerns that most Irish students would raise with their education today: unclear grading systems, inconsistent requirements between modules and the quality of teaching …” (more)

[University Times, 13 May]

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Higher Education is Headed for a Quality Cliff Edge. It Must Help Itself

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Is it time we changed the conversation about higher education funding – a conversation that to date has been a dialogue of the deaf? For at least a decade the Higher Education Authority (HEA), informally and formally, has been advising the government about the risks to quality due to recession-related resource cuts and unfunded growth of student numbers …” (more)

[Tom Boland, University Times, 19 April]

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Universities Should Take Nothing for Granted, as Populism Struts on a World Stage

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

Ireland“Populism as a political creed has, in recent years, burst onto a truly world stage spanning, to mention the more notorious, Brazil, the United States, the United Kingdom, Hungary, the Philippines and Italy. There are common threads – right wing conservatism, nationalism, racism, a fear and loathing of immigrants and indeed anyone who departs from norms the populists set …” (more)

[Tom Boland, University Times, 5 March]

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Revealed: the universities most likely to award higher grades

Posted in Teaching on December 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Which university offers the best shot of a first-class or 2.1 degree? Is there much difference between University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin? The Irish Times has used a mix of Freedom of Information requests and statistics from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to crunch the numbers. The analysis shows grades at Ireland’s seven universities have been rising consistently over the past decade …” (more)

[Peter McGuire and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 December]

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Academics are in the crosshairs of the populists

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“What could be the connection between a pub in rural Galway, populism and higher education? First the pub. On a recent evening I enjoyed a conversation there with five local farmers – men in their 60s. The recent legislation relating to drink and drive was a hot topic …” (more)

[Tom Boland, Irish Times, 25 November]

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Populism poses ‘major threat’ to autonomy of universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Populism poses a major threat to research and the autonomy of universities, a conference has heard. The first ever Irish Postgraduate Research Conference heard of how jurisdictions such as Hungary have stopped universities offering courses in gender studies to help end the ‘domination of leftist intellectuals’ …” (more)

[Barry O’Rourke, Irish Times, 9 November]

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A Week of Shouting About the Third-Level Sector’s Disarray

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Not so long ago, talking out loud about the decline of Ireland’s higher education sector was considered somewhat aberrant behaviour. As Tom Boland, the then-CEO of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), told the Royal Irish Academy in 2015, Ireland could not risk the reputational damage of stakeholders ‘shouting from the rooftops’ about the impact of the funding crisis …” (more)

[University Times, 22 October]

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Surprise resignation leaves HEA back at square one

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The sudden resignation of HEA head Graham Love, just a year-and-a-half after he took up the position, has come as a surprise to people working in the higher education sector. Even for people working within the HEA itself it has come as a shock. No one expected this …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 21 August]

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Time to forge a new approach between higher education and political system

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“For all the Cabinet meetings held on university campuses, the smiling photo ops of government ministers at launches and sod turnings, the fine phrases of presidents in introducing politicians, you would be forgiven for thinking there is a strong and positive relationship between the universities, institutes and the political system. You would be wrong …” (more)

[Tom Boland and Ellen Hazelkorn, Irish Times, 12 December]

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Brexit is ‘Game on’ and Irish Higher Education Needs to Prepare for the Challenge Ahead

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As far as Brexit is concerned it is now ‘game on’. For those who hoped for reprieve from an agonising decision by the UK electorate, that hope is fast receding. There were many such in Ireland. And we have heard much, and will hear more, about the implications for us as the UK exits the EU. It is largely a malign scenario, with lurking dangers to the peace process and our economy high on the ‘fear-o-meter’ …” (more)

[Tom Boland, University Times, 1 April]

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New Chief Executive appointed of Higher Education Authority

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dr Graham Love has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), following the retirement of Tom Boland last August. Dr Love will take up the position this March and will be in charge in leading the ‘strategic development of the Irish higher education and research system with the objective of creating a coherent system of diverse institutions with distinct missions’ …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 8 January]

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