The declining funding of Ireland’s higher education sector

An analysis of where third level institutions get their funding, and how that has been decreasing over the past decade

In a world that sees conservative values dominating, along with the rising sentiment that students should pay for their education, Irish students are, in a sense, lucky, that over 90% of us attend institutions predominantly funded by the state. Unlike …


Funding shortages could affect quality of Irish graduates

Rising student numbers and cuts to public funding could produce graduates not up to standard, warns HEA


The Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) annual performance report for 2014-2016 shows that Irish institutions have expanded to include an extra 15,000 students. Meanwhile, staff-student ratios are significantly deteriorating, compared to the average in developed countries, rising from 1:16 to 1:20.…


HEA to penalise three third-level institutions over their “poor performance” standards

Galway-Mayo IT, NCAD and Dundalk IT could face the withholding of hundreds of thousands of euro worth of their state funding due their underperformance in a new assessment initiative

For the first time ever, Irish colleges are facing penalties due to “poor performance”. The Galway-Mayo institute of Technology (GMIT), Dundalk Institute of Technology and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD)  face financial penalties, which will see the