Funding, Sustainability & Performance

Funding of course continues to be fundamental to the work of the HEA and of the institutions. The Recurrent Funding Allocation Model Review Implementation Group met regularly throughout the year, tackling issues such as the principles of a penalty-based system, the research top-slice and the introduction of the Innovation and Transformation Funding Call. The primary Capital focus has been the progression of the 11 projects under the PPP programme and chairing of same during the planning phase.

In terms of System Performance, Strategic Dialogue Cycles 3 and 4 have been completed and outcomes published, as has the System Performance Framework Report 2014-2017. New compacts with the institutions have almost been finalised and will be published in January. Landscape reform continued in 2018, with €12m in Exchequer support. The first Technological University, TUDublin, has been successfully established. With respect to thematic reviews, the second Teacher Education (Sahlberg) review was completed.

The Academic Hub will be a landmark building at the heart of Technological University Dublin’s Grangegorman Campus. ©O’Donnell+Tuomey