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UK professor warns state of Irish higher education a ‘national crisis’

OneStep's opinion - Very interesting article from the Irish Times newspaper highlighting the funding crisis for Irish Universities. This highlights the importance to Irish Universities in developing their international recruitment activities and how their UK counterparts are very well placed to capitalise on the recent changes in post study work visas.



The state of Ireland’s higher education and research system should be viewed as a national crisis, according to the head of a UK university.

Speaking in Dublin, Prof Hugh Brady, vice-chancellor of the University of Bristol and a former president of UCD, said Irish universities are significantly underfunded compared to the UK.


He warned that Irish colleges will continue to “plummet further” down global rankings unless action is taken.


The decline of Irish universities, he said, was linked to the response of the Government to the global financial crisis and the threat of Brexit.


In a speech as part of the Eversheds Sutherland Expert Policy Series hosted by the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, Prof Brady said the “political and policy responses in the UK and Ireland to these two seismic events – the crash and a looming Brexit – could not have been not been more different.”


“Relative to other sectors, the UK’s response to the global financial crisis – from a higher funding base than Ireland – was to steadfastly protect its higher education and research budgets,” he said.


“Indeed, it went even further. In 2012, the UK grasped the nettle of not only the quantum of funding required but also the balance between public and private funding of higher education through the introduction of a student loan system.


Full article can be found here.

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