HR practices and use of severance payments at University of Limerick criticised following review

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has been criticised for its use of severance payments worth €1.7m and its handling of staff issues in a new report on a series of controversies at the college in recent years. A total of eight severance packages, agreed between 2007 and 2015, came under scrutiny in the review carried out by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and Department of Education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 November]

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UL whistleblower ‘suffered for telling the truth’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One of the whistleblowers who raised concerns about financial expenses and other matters at the University of Limerick, who said she was managed out of her job, said she feels vindicated by today’s Higher Education Authority report into matters of concern at the university …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 8 November]

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University of Limerick president acknowledges ‘seriousness’ of issues raised in report

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick president Professor Des Fitzgerald has acknowledged that the university ‘fell short’ in how ‘treated some of its people in the past’. The new president was responding to the publishing today of a report which saw its human resource (HR) practices strongly criticised …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 8 November]

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Second probe into severance and rehire arrangements at University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A second investigation is to take place into the manner in which University of Limerick paid generous severances to senior staff and then re-hired them, writes Niall Murray. It is one of the recommendations in the report of Richard Thorn into a range of issues at UL that he was asked by Education Minister Richard Bruton to investigate last May …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 8 November]

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Scholars launch non-profit rival to ResearchGate and Academia.edu

Posted in Research on November 8th, 2017 by steve

International“Would you pay $25 (£19.10) a year to use a not-for-profit alternative to ResearchGate or Academia.edu? A group of open access campaigners are raising money to build a rival to academia’s biggest social networks, who they say cannot be trusted to put researchers’ interests first …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 8 November]

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Minister Bruton and Minister of State Mitchell O’Connor note of the review into University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister for State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today noted the publication by the Higher Education Authority of the review of the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 November]

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Report into Certain Matters and Allegations Relating to the University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has published the report of Dr Richard Thorn into Certain Matters and Allegations Relating to the University of Limerick. The report was commissioned by the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education and Skills in May this year. It makes 36 findings and 10 recommendations to be implemented by the University of Limerick …” (more, download)

[Higher Education Authority, 8 November]

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HEA due to publish review on UL whistleblower claims

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority is due to publish the results of its review into allegations of irregular expenses, unusually high severance payments, and a number of other governance issues raised by three whistleblowers at the University of Limerick …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 8 November]

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A review of Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler: Part I

Posted in Teaching on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At the second attempt I returned to Jo Boaler’s book Mathematical Mindsets. I really wanted to get an insight into what she is proposing because I have no doubt that the curriculum designers are planning to incorporate Boaler’s ideas into what will be Ireland’s revised primary school curriculum …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 7 November]

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