Archive for Budget

Budget cuts to have severe impact on both student and university finances

Posted in Fees and access, Governance and administration with tags , on 10 December 2010 by Steve

“Details of what we can expect in today’s budget were recently announced by the government, and include among their number a variety of hits to the education sector. Among the resulting cuts and charges the Student Services Charge (commonly referred to as the Registration Fee) will be increased by €500 to €2000 next year …” (more)

[Byron Murphy, College News, 10 December]

Science and the Budget

Posted in research with tags , on 8 December 2010 by Steve

“Yesterday’s budget speech by Finance Minister Brian Lenihan included little to cheer about from a section of society. That being said, there was some slightly positive rumblings with regard to science and science funding …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, Communicate Science, 8 December]

Third level hit by Budget, but it’s no Pearl Harbor

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 8 December 2010 by Steve

“USI President Gary Redmond’s remarks yesterday evening that the passage of the 2011 Budget marked the advent of a Pearl Harbor day in Irish third level education fell significantly wide of the mark …” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 8 December]

Assessing the Budget

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 December 2010 by Steve

“It has been my practice on Irish Budget days to ignore the Minister’s Budget speech (no disrespect intended) and to head straight for the appended tables and data, as these give a more precise and comprehensive picture of the measures than the political narrative of the speech …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 December]

Budget 2011: Maintenance grant reforms to hit thousands of students

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 8 December 2010 by Steve

“Changes to the qualifying criteria for the adjacent rate of the student maintenance grant, announced in the Budget for 2011, will lead to thousands of students facing up to the prospect of an almost 60% decrease in financial support …” (more)

[Free Education for Everyone, 7 December]

Public service pay bill targeted

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 December 2010 by Steve

“The Government is seeking to generate savings of €309 million on the public service pay and pensions bill for next year …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 7 December]

Irish Budget 2011: the key higher education figures

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 December 2010 by Steve

“The impact of the Budget and Estimates on higher education can be worked out here, and may be summarised as follows …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 7 December]

Education sector faces fees hike

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 7 December 2010 by Steve

“Increased student fees and school transport charges are among the main features of the Budget in the education sector. But compared to other areas, the two per cent reduction in the overall allocation of over €8.85 billion is relatively modest …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 7 December]

Education set to suffer again under Budget cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 7 December 2010 by Steve

“Today’s budget contains some very regrettable cutbacks in the education sector, which puts the IMF bailout and bankers ahead of those who use our education system …” (more)

[Ruairi Quinn, Labour Party Blog, 7 December]

Ferocious cuts to ‘already skeletal’ education system

Posted in teaching with tags , on 7 December 2010 by Steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has sharply criticised the litany of Budget cutbacks to an education system ‘now truly hacked back to the bare bones’ …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 7 December]

Education and the budget

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 December 2010 by Steve

“Lots could be, and doubtless will be, said about the budget. But it is worth looking at some of the changes regarding education …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 7 December]

Third level fees likely to go up in budget

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 31 October 2010 by Steve

“Reports suggest that third level fees in form of increase in registration fees by several hundred, maybe up to as much as €3000, may come in budget …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 31 October]

USI Calls on Government to Protect Education in Pre-Budget Submission

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 22 October 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) launched its pre-Budget submission, entitled ‘Ireland’s Future Starts Here’, today (October 22nd). The major focus of the submission is USI’s call on the Government to protect Higher Education in December’s budget …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 22 October]

Budget cuts a pleasant surprise – they weren’t as big as we feared

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 15 December 2009 by Steve

“Last Wednesday afternoon in Dublin city centre I stopped, with a number of other passers-by, at a shop that had a television where we could see Brian Lenihan giving his Budget speech. As every new item was disclosed I was able to hear a number of choice expletives from my fellow watchers, no doubt as each of them contemplated their new financial circumstances. The man next to me said: ‘and I’ve just bought a new Mercedes’. Yes, I felt really sorry for him …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 15 December]

Student fears budget cuts will force her to drop out

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 December 2009 by Steve

“A student already waiting a full term for her college grant is in fear of dropping out because of the 5% cut in payments as part of Wednesday’s budget. While Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe claims the drop reflects cost-of-living falls, postgraduate student Annie Hoey said she is already up to her eyes in debt and struggling to feed herself with €20 a week …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 December]

What the budget means for students

Posted in Life with tags on 12 December 2009 by Steve

“A reduction of 5% is being applied to the rates of student grants and scholarships …” (more)

[USI Equality Blog, 11 December]

Mature Students Shafted

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 11 December 2009 by Steve

“Many in receipt of social welfare payments are entitled to a special rate of grant because they need the extra support having been unemployed longterm. This rate adds up to €9,370. Basically, they will be losing nearly €10,000 per annum …” (more)

[USI Equality Blog, 10 December]

Gogarty welcomes protection of education in Budget 2010

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 11 December 2009 by Steve

“Green Party Education Spokesperson Paul Gogarty TD has welcomed the protection for education as outlined in this year’s Budget. Deputy Gogarty said: ‘At a time when many Government departments have suffered serious cutbacks, education has been protected to a large extent. I am glad that the Government has recognised the importance of investing in education, even during an economic downturn, as this is crucial for our economic well-being and for overall social cohesion …'” (more)

[Paul Gogarty, Green Party News, 10 December]

Adult education loses out in budget

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 December 2009 by Steve

“Courses for adults should have been given the same protection as school funding in the budget, according to the body representing city and county Vocational Education Committees (VECs) …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 December]

USI Condemns New Restrictions on Student Maintenance Grant

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 10 December 2009 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland has condemned the Government for placing new restrictions on qualification criteria for the student maintenance grant. As part of the Budget 2010, students in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance will no longer be eligible to receive the student maintenance grant …” (more)

[USI, Irish Press Releases, 10 December]