Future of Mayo GMIT Campus to dominate minister’s Castlebar visit

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Richard Bruton is due to visit Castlebar tomorrow amid ongoing concerns over the downgrading of the Mayo GMIT Campus. He will officially open the new education centre at Rush Street in Castlebar while a visit to the Mayo GMIT Campus is also scheduled …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 30 March]

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Overpaid and overbearing: survey flays UK university management

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2017 by steve

“More than three-quarters of UK university staff are dissatisfied with the way their institution is run, according to the preliminary results of a major survey that present damning feedback about the management of the country’s higher education sector …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 30 March]

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Phase II of Dublin’s New Mill Student Accommodation a go

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A joint venture between Harrison Street Real Estate Capital (‘Harrison Street’) and Global Student Accommodation Group (‘GSA’), has just announced plans to develop phase II of its New Mill student housing project in Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 30 March]

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HEA spends €75k probing University of Limerick’s handling of whistleblowers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has spent over €75,000 so far probing how the University of Limerick handled whistleblowers’ claims about irregular expense claims and ensuing industrial relations problems. Two of the whistleblowers who raised concerns about claims have been suspended since early 2015, and the third is a former employee who left UL in 2010 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 March]

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Colleges running ‘significant deficits’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Three institutes of technology continue to have ‘significant’ financial deficits, according to the Higher Education Authority (HEA). However, another three that were on the critical list last year are now balancing their books, the Public Accounts Committee was told yesterday …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 March]

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University of Limerick goes before the Public Accounts Committee

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Senior representatives of the University of Limerick will be examined across a number of financial issues before the Public Accounts Committee in Leinster House in Dublin this Thursday afternoon. Witnesses from UL who have been called upon to answer questions by the committee include …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 30 March]

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Brexit is a big opportunity for Irish universities, says education firm

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A global education firm which is setting up in Ireland to recruit international students to Irish universities says Brexit represents a major growth opportunity. Latest figures show the volume of international students applying to UK colleges is falling, while the number of international applicants to Irish universities has jumped by 17% this year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Sale of ‘spinout’ company raises concerns over confict of interest

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has been urged to investigate whether there are conflicts of interest among senior staff across third-level colleges who are shareholders in spinout companies. It follows concerns raised by Sinn Féin deputy David Cullinane at the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday surrounding the sale of a company co-located at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Third Level Staff: Retirement

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2017 by steve

IrelandEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a full-time employee with a third level college who is due to reach the age of 65 years in March 2017 and therefore faces mandatory retirement in September 2017 will be able to agree an extension of their employment contract for an additional period; and the flexibility which exists for the extension of such public sector employment contracts in advance of the expected change of the rules regarding mandatory retirement ages …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 March]

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