Archive for Tom Boland

HEA calls for ‘overhaul’ of Leaving Cert exam

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 6 April 2010 by Steve

“Pressure to reform the Leaving Certificate has intensified after Tom Boland chief executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) called for a radical overhaul of the exam yesterday …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 6 April]

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Higher education: quality vs. quantity?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 1 December 2009 by Steve

“The chief executive of the Higher Education Authority, Tom Boland, writing in yesterday’s Irish Times, has pointed out that Irish universities and colleges need to address the question of whether a quality education is still possible while we target increasing student numbers resourced by declining funding …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 1 December]

Resources or places: decision time for colleges

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 30 November 2009 by Steve

“We are a most fortunate country. While many other countries (our nearest neighbour included) struggle to convince their young people of the benefits of higher education, we appear to have an insatiable appetite for it …” (more)

[Tom Boland, Irish Times, 30 November]

Third-level places may be capped due to funding crisis

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 30 November 2009 by Steve

“A cap on the number of students entering third level may be necessary as colleges struggle with a deepening funding crisis, according to the chief executive of the Higher Education Authority, Tom Boland …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 30 November]

Head diplomat for the universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 13 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Tom Boland, chief executive of the Higher Education Authority, has a fine line to straddle between universities and the State – and with the agency’s fate yet to be decided, his stance is more in question than ever before …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 13 October]

HEA opts out of Prime Time

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 May 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Is the Higher Education Authority (HEA) overly sensitive about the media? In recent months, HEA boss Tom Boland has been complaining to board members about leaks to the media which, he says, makes it impossible for the authority to do its work. Then, Boland and HEA communications guru Malcolm Byrne became embroiled in that ridiculous battle with RTÉ’s Prime Time. Tom Boland had refused to appear on the programme, which was examining value for money in State agencies. It was a strange decision given Boland’s strong media presence, not to mention the outstanding track record of the Prime Team team …” (more)

[Irish Times, 19 May]