Universities accused of ‘misleading’ Dáil committee over financial affairs

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University officials have been accused of misleading an Oireachtas committee over the way they run their financial affairs. Senior officials from colleges including University of Limerick, DIT and University College Cork appeared before the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee on Thursday to answer allegations over unauthorised severance packages, conflicts of interest and poor corporate governance …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Severance payments to UL staff ‘unacceptably high’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick has told an Oireachtas committee that severance payments given to staff were ‘unacceptably high’. Des Fitzgerald said that since his appointment he has called for an independent review of the university and that his concern is to protect the reputation of the institution …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 June]

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SIPTU recommends acceptance of new public sector pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU has recommended that its members vote in favour of a new public sector pay deal. It comes after more than 20 organisations reached a deal with the Government in recent weeks on a pay agreement to follow the Lansdowne Road deal.SITPU said the agreement – known as Lansdowne 2 – has more positive elements than negative …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 22 June]

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TEF results – How do REF and TEF results compare?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

“My first ever blog for Wonkhe was back in 2014, just after the REF results were released. I compared those results with NSS, to see if they could give us an idea of different institutions’ strategic focuses on research and teaching …” (more)

[David Morris, Wonkhe, 22 June]

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Legal actions over alleged gender discrimination at NUI Galway adjourned for mediation

Posted in Legal issues on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Legal actions by four female lecturers against National University of Ireland Galway alleging gender discrimination in a competition for promotion have been again adjourned while efforts continue to resolve the dispute through mediation. Claire Bruton BL, for the lecturers, told High Court Deputy Master Angela Denning today the mediation is ongoing and she was seeking a two-week adjournment of the cases by consent …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 22 June]

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Trinity’s third Irish Language Scheme comes into effect

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s third Irish Language Scheme came into effect at the beginning of this month, following approval of the Board and the Minister of Arts, Heritage and Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht affairs. The third of Trinity’s Irish Language Schemes extends from June 2017 to June 2020, and includes further commitments to promoting the Irish language within Trinity …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 22 June]

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‘This device is licensed’: the material and immaterial bureaucracy of academic research

Posted in Life on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

“Derek Dunne draws attention to the hidden bureaucratic labour that is increasingly a part of academic life. Rather than see this as the ‘white noise’ to be tuned out of everyday working practices, he calls for us to question the forms that are put in front of us demanding our acquiescence, whilst also locating potential sites of resistance …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 22 June]

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As doctors continue to emigrate, Ireland is becoming more reliant on foreign-trained staff

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s increasing need for doctors is mainly being met by employing foreign-trained doctors, according to a new report from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 22 June]

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DIT president ordered to show report on lost €700,000

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The governing body of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has ordered its president to provide an unpublished report which is highly critical of senior managers for serious failures in financial governance to the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The move comes as senior officials from DIT and other third-level colleges appear before the committee Thursday to face allegations that they misled TDs over the way they run their financial affairs …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Eight first lessons from the TEF results

Posted in Teaching on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

“The Teaching Excellence Framework could have a seismic impact on the reputations of British universities, both for good and for ill. As effectively a government-sponsored evaluation, its Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards could be stuck with institutions for up to three years …” (more)

[David Morris, Wonkhe, 22 June]

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Concerns raised over spending issues at DIT subsidiary

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“DIT’s governing body has expressed concern over procurement and spending issues relating to a subsidiary of the college which was established to provide computer services to institutes of technology. An Chéim was established as a subsidiary company of DIT at the request of education authorities to provide a range of IT services to the sector …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 June]

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The results of the Teaching Excellence Framework

Posted in Teaching on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

“No exit polls here or counts to follow through the night. Just the final outcomes showing higher education institutions that have been awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards for the quality of their teaching, student experience, and graduate outcomes. Wonkhe is full of analysis of these results and will continue to be so throughout Thursday, with the underlying data released by HEFCE just after midnight …” (more)

[Wonkhe, 22 June]

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Report criticises DIT’s lack of oversight on €30 million in spending

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A report commissioned by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has criticised senior management for a lack of oversight regarding almost €30 million in tax payers’ money. The report by consultants Ernst & Young (EY) was drawn up following DIT’s loss of more than €700,000 in up-front payments to an academic journal provider which went bankrupt …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Ulster University nurse training fund ‘cut by almost £1m’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

“The Ulster University (UU) has warned a cut of almost £1m to funding for training specialist nurses will cause serious consequences for health care. Part of the role of its School of Nursing is to train already qualified nurses to be health visitors, community or district nurses …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 June]

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