The availability of college places for today’s first-class pupils is at risk unless there is urgent Government action on funding, it has been warned in an unprecedented, unified statement by third-level leaders, staff and students.
Pressure is growing on the Government to increase third-level funding next year as business leaders, students, and universities have all urged Education Minister Richard Bruton to begin reversing almost a decade of cuts.
Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has told college bosses they will not be allowed keep the €250 extra that most students must pay next year — and says the Higher Education Authority should not be seeking such "massive increases" for the sector.
THE critical and analytical thinking that employers want from workers is hard to measure. But responses of 12,700 third-level students in the first major survey of its kind go some way to analysing how much they are getting to use or develop such skills.