Greater transparency in management of third-level accounts called for – PAC report

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has called for greater transparency in the management of the financial accounts of third-level colleges. It comes in a hard-hitting PAC report that is critical of how colleges spend public funds and run aspects of their affairs …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 July]

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IFUT criticises ‘banana republic’ behaviour of universities on their accounts

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said that new information on how universities manage their accounts suggests a ‘banana republic’ style approach to accounting and called for full transparency in spending by universities …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 11 July]

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Universities Face Serious Criticism, with Dáil Committee Raising Concerns in Report into Financial Management

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In a report that names some of Ireland’s largest universities and colleges, due to be published today by the Dáil’s public accounts committee, serious doubts will be raised about the use of state money by Ireland’s higher education institutions …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 11 July]

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Education fees and system a barrier for families says Labour Senator

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government has been urged to take the idea of student loans off the table. A report published last year found that there was a funding gap of €5.5bn over the next 15 years in third level education. The Cassels report made a number of recommendations including a deferred payment scheme for students …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 11 July]

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University audits touted over lack of clarity

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A review of college and university finances may be needed due to a lack of transparency in accounts, alleged commercial conflicts of interest, and concerns over where vital funds end up. The Dáil Public Accounts Committee will make the claim in a report to be published today, which will call on colleges to publish audited accounts within six months of a year ending and release details of linked private foundation funds …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 11 July]

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RCSI seeks to address lack of female surgeons

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is to implement a series of measures to improve the number of women working as surgeons in Ireland. Overall, only 7% of surgical consultants are female, including about 10% of general surgical consultants and 21% of plastic surgery consultants …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 10 July]

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Universities face severe criticism over use of public funds

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Serious concerns about the way many third-level colleges spend taxpayers’ money will be set out in a report to be published by the Dáil Committee of Public Accounts today. The report is highly critical of several universities that have resisted declaring tens of millions of euro from private trusts and foundations in their accounts, despite pressure from regulators, according to well-informed sources …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 July]

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Senior managers at Ulster University second highest paid in the UK in a year of mass lecturer redundancies

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2017 by steve

“Senior managers at Ulster University are the second highest paid in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education Pay Survey 2017. Of the 162 universities in the UK, only King’s College London pays its senior managers more than Ulster …” (more)

[UCU, 10 July]

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Bacik welcomes USI support for Seanad Motion

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Labour Leader in the Seanad, Senator Ivana Bacik has welcomed the support from the Union of Students in Ireland for the Labour Party’s motion to be debated on Wednesday evening. Labour’s motion calls on the Government to affirm its commitment to providing equality of access to education for all …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 10 July]

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