College heads must hold nerve

“There were long faces and some bad tempers after last week’s meeting between Batt O’Keeffe and the university presidents. The meeting was a tetchy affair. Several college heads, notably John Hegarty of Trinity and John Hughes of Maynooth, came away convinced that the Minister was not in listening mode – especially on their proposed student-loan system. The presidents – led by current chair Hugh Brady of UCD – talked about the big picture, a vision for higher education into the future. But for Batt, it was all about brass tacks …” (more)

[Irish Times, 30 September]

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