By Joe Humphreys. Colleges should consider outsourcing functions unrelated to ‘brand characteristics’. What’s billed as the first “independent review of the financial health of third-level institutions” makes grim reading for college management, staff and students. It is no secret that higher education is facing a funding crisis but the Grant Thornton study shows key indicators are moving in the wrong direction. Two related problems stand out: the way in which Irish universities have slipped down global rankings and the failure of the same institutions to attract a higher number of international students. More...