Funding Higher Education: Why and How
Wednesday, 15th February 2017, 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Carmelite Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2
Speaker: Peter Cassells (Maynooth University)
Chair of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education
The seminar, which was hosted in association with the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at UCD, consisted of a presentation from Peter Cassells with questions and discussion afterwards.
Peter Cassells is Executive Director at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University. He also chaired the recent Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education.
Investing in National Ambition – A Strategy for Funding Higher Education, the report of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education was published in March 2016. This presentation, based on the report and its findings, sets out the scale of long-term funding requirements for the higher education system. It identifies three funding options which can deliver the increased investment for institutions and students. They each have relative strengths and weaknesses but each one, depending on your perspective, is a credible and feasible option provided that it is implemented fully and in a committed and coherent manner. The choice between them will require careful consideration. The full report is available here: https://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Policy-Reports/Investing-in-National-Ambition-A-Strategy-for-Funding-Higher-Education.pdf
Cherishing all the children equally?
Monday, 5th December, 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm, Management House, DIT, Aungier St, D 2.
Speaker: James Williams (ESRI)
The seminar consisted of a presentation from James Williams, followed by questions and debate.
James Williams is a Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and is Principal Investigator and Co-director of the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland (NLSCI). Full bio available here.
The Growing Up in Ireland Study has followed the progress of almost 20,000 children across Ireland to collect a host of information to help improve our understanding of all aspects of children and their development.
A recent report from researchers at the ESRI has used this data to provide the first comprehensive analysis of inequalities among children in modern Ireland. The report assembled findings from 10 years of the Growing Up in Ireland study to provide an authoritative description of how factors such as education, family and health in 21st Century Ireland influence children’s outcomes.
The ground-breaking findings from the first longitudinal profile of children in Ireland provide insights into critical points in child development, allowing the authors of the book to investigate if the words in the 1916 Proclamation of Independence, resolving to “…cherish all of the children of the nation equally”, have been realised 100 years on from the Easter Rising.
The book finds that despite many improvements in education, health and socio-emotional outcomes in the last century, children’s wellbeing in contemporary Ireland is largely shaped by parental circumstances and social position, resulting in persistent inequalities. The findings in the book point to implications for public policy that could support families most in need and help children to reach their potential regardless of family circumstances, health or ethnic background.
The seminar will explore these issues and is being delivered by James Williams, Research Professor at the ESRI, one of the authors of the recent report and the Principle Investigator of the Growing Up in Ireland Study.
Slides from the seminar are available here.
The report is available here.