DIT forced into range of cuts after it lost €718K in prepaid fees to online library

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“DIT lost about €718,000 after a UK-based library subscription service, called SWETS, which it had prepaid, went into administration in 2014. DIT told the Irish Independent that the losses forced a range of cost-cutting measures, but that it did not impact on student services …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Chai Brady, Independent, 7 April]

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Trinity Lost €9.4m Last Year

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has posted a €9.4 million loss this year, significantly lower than the €34 million deficit predicted by the College in June 2016, one which had prompted fears that Trinity might run out of money …” (more)

[Róisín Power and John Conway, University Times, 6 April]

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External expert to audit WIT review

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority is to appoint an international expert to validate an internal review of processes within Waterford Institute of Technology, following a request by the president of the college. The request came on Wednesday, ahead of a meeting of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee yesterday at which a number of concerns were raised about potential conflicts of interest around the development of a company that involved the current president of WIT, Prof Willie Donnelly, its intellectual property, and returns to the taxpayer when it was sold …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 7 April]

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Unions Set For ‘Pivotal’ Meeting with College on April 11th

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is due to meet with the two unions representing administrative and service staff on April 11th in the latest attempt to resolve the ongoing dispute over contracts and promotions. The Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) and Unite, whose members in Trinity have already voted to support industrial and strike action, will meet with Trinity on April 11th at a hearing of the Workplace Relations Commission …” (more)

[Dillon Hennessy, University Times, 7 April]

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The truth behind the window dressing at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Reality speaks louder than public relations drivel, no matter how you spin it. To wit, NUI Galway says it’s doing all it can to address gender inequality at the university. After all, the university has repeatedly pointed out, it set up a Task Force for Gender Equality, has adopted a mandatory female quota of at least 40% for the next promotion round to Senior Lecturer, and hired a Vice President of Diversity and Equality …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 6 April]

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Call for Papers – Freedom of speech and Higher Education: The case of the academic boycott of Israel

Posted in Research on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Academic freedom includes the liberty of individuals to express freely opinions about the institution or system in which they work, to fulfil their functions without discrimination or fear of repression by the state or any other actor, to participate in professional or representative academic bodies, and to enjoy all the internationally recognized human rights applicable to other individuals in the same jurisdiction …” (more)

[Academics for Palestine, 6 April]

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College is not for everyone … Over two-thirds of young adults consider an apprenticeship

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A recent survey carried out by the Insurance Institute has found that 62% of young adults would consider undertaking an apprenticeship.The research was released alongside the launch of the 2017 insurance practitioner apprenticeship, Ireland’s only level 8-degree apprenticeship …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 6 April]

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WIT President says procedures were adhered to when it came to the sale of IT company FeedHenry

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of Waterford Institute of Techonology has insisted that procedures surrounding conflicts of interest were adhered to when it came to the sale of the IT spin out company FeedHenry …” (more)

[WLR FM, 6 April]

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