Budget disappointing on third-level education, says IFUT

Tuesday Oct 14th, 2014

The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has expressed its strong disappointment at the failure of the Budget to address the crisis facing third-level education.

“While the HEA has recently acknowledged that 40% of third-level infrastructure is now sub-standard, the government has announced just one initiative in the entire infrastructural area for third-level,” Mike Jennings, General Secretary of IFUT says.

“Student numbers continue to expand rapidly while academic staff numbers continue to decline. Third-level education is being hollowed out from within.

“Between 2008 and 2012 recurrent grant allocations to universities and colleges fell by 25%.  In 2012 the public spend per student in higher education fell below that for second-level for the first time ever.

“The Budget, despite relaxing constraints in many areas of spending and taxation, has failed to deliver necessary funding to assist third-level colleges, staff and students,” Mike Jennings said.



For further information on this media release please contact:

John Gallagher, John Gallagher Consulting.  Tel. 087.9369888

Mike Jennings, General Secretary, IFUT.      Tel. 087.6776747

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 09:30