University suspends former lecturer’s email account over ‘offensive’ comments about death of Katherine Zappone’s wife

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A former lecturer accused of making ‘offensive’ comments in an email to Dublin City University (DCU) staff concerning the death of Dr Ann Louise Gilligan has had his account suspended, the university has confirmed …” (more)

[Daniel O’Connor, Independent, 16 June]

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FF to block Mary Mitchell O’Connor appointment as ‘super junior’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil will not support legislation to create a third super junior role for Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Ms O’Connor was appointed as a Minister of State with responsibility for higher education in Wednesday’s re-shuffle by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The position will allow her to sit at the Cabinet table …” (more)

[Sarah Bardon, Irish Times, 16 June]

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Appointments to the Board of The Higher Education Authority

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Applications are now invited from suitably qualified applicants, with a demonstrable interest in the work of the HEA, for the two vacancies for ordinary membership. Candidate’s attention is drawn to the provisions of the Code (Section 3) in relation to Board Membership …” (more)

[Stateboards.ie, 16 June]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s €16,288 pay rise a slap in the face for struggling nurses, teachers and guards – Cullinane

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane TD said today that Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s €16,288 pay rise is a slap in the face for struggling nurses, teachers and guards. Deputy Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 June]

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University ransomware attacks: services remain disrupted, warnings over further attacks

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

“Computer systems at two universities are yet to be fully restored following ransomware attacks that struck them over 48 hours ago. On Wednesday 14th June, University College London and Ulster University both came under attack from ransomware …” (more)

[Danny Palmer, ZDNet, 16 June]

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New legislation required for Minister Mitchell O’Connor to receive extra €16k allowance

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“New legislation will be required to allow Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor hold the role of super junior minister in Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s cabinet. Minister for Finance Pachal Donohoe confirmed that the legislation would be required …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 16 June]

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Mary Mitchell O’Connor ‘was a tiny bit disappointed yesterday’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor admits she is disappointed at being demoted by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The former jobs minister was the only one of Enda Kenny’s cabinet not to retain a full ministerial position and has been dropped to a minster of state with special responsibility for higher education …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 16 June]

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The Abuse and Use of Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

International“International university rankings have become a substantial industry since the first appearance of the Shanghai rankings (Academic Ranking of World Universities or ARWU) back in 2003. The various rankings are now watched closely by governments and media and for some students they play a significant role in choosing universities …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 16 June]

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