Archive for 25 September 2008

Meeting the Minister

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 25 September 2008 by Steve

“Today the seven Irish university heads (accompanied by the CEO of the Irish Universities Association) met the Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe TD. To get the substance of the meeting out of the way, it was made clear by the Minister that the growing crisis in public finances would make it very difficult to provide resources for the higher education sector that would compensate for inflation and any accumulated under-funding. We did talk about possible ways of alleviating the problems we faced, and some longer term strategic options (one of which is, of course, the return of tuition fees). It wasn’t a cheerful meeting – there was nothing cheery that anyone could really say. But at any rate it was a constructive engagement between the Minister and the presidents, and that’s a good thing …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 September]

University presidents brace for more cuts

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 25 September 2008 by Steve

“University Presidents are bracing themselves for another round of funding cuts in the budget after a “business-like” meeting with Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe yesterday. Sources say the Minister tends to favour the return of third-level fees, rather than the student loan scheme championed by the college heads. The Minister was slow to commit to another meeting with the college heads next month, despite a specific request from UCD president Dr Hugh Brady. Some college heads emerged from the meeting convinced that another round of cutbacks is coming …” (more)

[Seán Flynn , Irish Times, 24 September]

Department reviews fresh fees estimate

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 25 September 2008 by Steve

“Revised estimates on what a return to third level tuition fees will produce are being considered by the Department of Education and Science. The figures were compiled by the Higher Education Authority at the request of Minister Batt O’Keeffe. The authority looked at the likely income generated by fees from students from households of different means …” (more)

[John Walshe and Barry Dugan, Independent, 24 September]

Cuts ‘will trigger brain drain of top academics’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 25 September 2008 by Steve

“A brain drain of leading academics and researchers will stem from the latest cutbacks, university heads told Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe yesterday. They said the cuts had created a “tipping point” that make it impossible to shield students and frontline services from their impact. They warned that the creation of jobs across a range of disciplines in the sciences and humanities would have to be halted. This would lead to leading teachers and researchers emigrating …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 24 September]