Our Challenge

Universities need substantial investment to accommodate the 25,000 additional students entering the university system over the next decade. We need resources to improve access, to become lifelong learning institutions and to ensure we continue as best in class research and innovation centres.

Our universities are where the Irish Spark burns brightest. The key to protecting it is better state funding. A vibrant, well-funded, fit-for-purpose university sector can drive Ireland’s future. This is what the seven universities through the Irish Universities Association are aiming to achieve. It’s time to take action. It’s time to Save our Spark.

Ireland’s Future Talent - A Charter for Irish Universities

The Charter lists six commitments to deliver a fit for purpose university system.

Build on the quality of the student experience in a digital age.

Increase the scale, scope and impact of investment in research and innovation.

Expand student access and increase engagement with communities and industry.

Support a programme of staff development and increased equality and diversity.

Create more flexible and accountable structures.

Secure investment and resources to achieve our ambitions.

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Ireland's 7 Universities

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Dublin City University

16,000 Students

1,577 Staff

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NUI Galway

18,000 Students

2,116 Staff

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Maynooth University

12,000 Students

925 Staff

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Trinity College Dublin

17,000 Students

3,090 Staff

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University College Cork

21,000 Students

2,705 Staff

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University College Dublin

33,724 Students

3,342 Staff

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University of Limerick

11,600 Students

1,478 Staff

Views from others

An Taoiseach,
Leo Varadkar TD, Dail Eireann

We need to drive the higher education sector forward, give it autonomy and resource it adequately. - 14 June 2017

IDA Strategy 2015-2019

The availability of talent will be the key differentiator for locations to win foreign direct investment in the future.

Independent Expert Panel on "The Review of the Allocation Model for Funding Higher Education Institutions"

Ireland cannot continue, as we have been, increasing student numbers without a commensurate increase in investment. Increased investment is essential to align our higher education system with our national ambition for growth and employment and with the wider needs of society. - December 2017

National Competitiveness Council Report, "Ireland's Competitiveness Challenge"

The adequacy and sustainability of education funding remains a significant challenge and it is time to stop long-fingering a decision to close the funding gap in the higher education sector which poses a significant threat to our competitiveness rankings and FDI. - December 2017