Tuesday 16 July 2019

Third-level funding crisis 'worsening'

Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan
Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan

Katherine Donnely

The funding crisis in third- level colleges is getting worse, the chairman of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has warned Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan.

John Hennessy has highlighted the growing risk to the quality of education being offered in colleges, which are enrolling growing numbers of students, in the face of funding cuts.

He drew attention to the "financial vulnerability of an increasing number of institutes of technology".


He made his comments in a letter to the minister accompanying the HEA annual report, published yesterday, and referred to a similar letter he sent last year.

Last year's letter highlighted "inadequacy" of funding for buildings and the "implications for health and safety", the "absence" of resources to support major reforms, risks to quality of unfunded growth in student numbers and the "financial vulnerability" of an increasing number of institutes of technology.

"All of these matters have worsened since then," he said.

Irish Independent

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