Archive for 10 September 2008

Tuition fees … again

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 10 September 2008 by Steve

“Today’s Irish Times brings us the news that the Minister for Education and Science is ‘personally backing’ the reintroduction of fees, and that the timescale for this may be shorter than some commentators had assumed. The Irish Times report says that he will bring the matter to a cabinet meeting within six months. My first response would be to say that I am impressed that the Minister is continuing to address the issue …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 10 September]

O’Keeffe personally backs the return of college fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 10 September 2008 by Steve

“Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe has told The Irish Times he personally backs the return of college fees in some form. He has confirmed his department is preparing a series of reports on fees which should be ready for Government within about six months. The Minister pointed to a Bank Of Ireland wealth survey which found there were 33,000 millionaires in the Republic. He asked: “Why should we the taxpayer fund the people who could well afford to pay themselves?”” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 10 September]

Tuition fees ‘would reduce university cost pressures’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 10 September 2008 by Steve

“ A clear hint that Ireland should bring back tuition fees is given in the latest OECD education report. It says many European countries have not increased public spending on universities to the level needed, yet they do not allow universities to charge tuition fees. “As a result, their institutions’ budgetary difficulties are increasing, which may ultima-tely endanger the quality of the programmes offered” says OECD Education Director Barbara Ischinger.” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 10 September]

Cutbacks at UCD really take the biscuit

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 September 2008 by Steve

“ The latest cutbacks in UCD really take the biscuit. Things have got so tough on campus that official visitors would be lucky to get a cuppa, never mind anything to go with it. “The provision of tea, coffee, biscuits, etc, should be discourage and reduced,” says a memo sent to staff, which adds that hospitality should not — at any time — be excessive or extravagant. The visitor couldn’t even be sure of a glass of water either, as the memo adds that “any necessary costs incurred in the provision of water dispensers should be reviewed and discontinued where possible”.” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 10 September]

Keeping out of recession: the role of universities

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 10 September 2008 by Steve

“Last week the Irish Government announced a key measure in its programme to deal with the downturn that has overtaken the economy and which has had such a dramatic effect on public finances. The announcement of the annual Budget and of the Book of Estimates (which sets out the public spending programme for the coming year) has been moved from December to mid-October. This decision is designed to show a determined approach to the management of the economy and also to convey a sense of urgency. It was generally praised in the media.” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 September]

What advice should we give new students?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 10 September 2008 by Steve

“Last week a journalist rang me to ask me what advice I would give to incoming students as they begin their studies. In a way it is flattering to be asked, as I rather doubt that the average 18-year-old is anxious to hear advice from a 50-something university President. But taking it all at face value, I did give it some thought. I suspect that most students don’t need too much advice about the academic side of things – or rather they do, but will know soon enough how to get it …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 September]