Ceist Pharlaiminte

Chun an Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíoctha
To the Minister for Education and Science

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when she expects the Expert
Group’s Report on the Future of Higher Education Funding in Ireland will be
published; if the details of continued funding for the National University of
Ireland Maynooth to ensure staffing levels, can increase in line with plans to
expand the student population and resources; and if she will make a statement
on the matter.
– Anthony Lawlor.

* For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 8th December, 2015.
Reference Number: 43919/15

Freagra Minister Jan O’Sullivan

In light of continued pressures on the higher education system, former Minister
Quinn established an expert group to examine future funding of higher education
under the independent chairmanship of Peter Cassells. The objective is to
identify a range of approaches that, combined, will achieve a sustainable
funding base to address the continual expansion of the sector while protecting
the quality of education.

I understand that the Group is in the final stages of its deliberations and I
expect to receive its report shortly.

The position in relation to the funding of higher education institutions, such
as the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, is that my Department
allocates recurrent funding to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for direct
disbursement to the HEA designated higher education institutions. The HEA
allocates the funding to Universities via a Recurrent Grant Allocation Model on
the basis of student numbers in each institution and it is then a matter for
the individual institution as to how that funding is allocated internally.