Universities Must Look to Self-Preservation, Warns Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The higher education world is changing, Provost Patrick Prendergast warned Europe’s top academics in Trinity this morning. The idea of ‘self-preservation’ loomed large, with Prendergast calling for a changes in the way universities operate …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 13 November]

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Regional Technical Colleges (Amendment) Bill 2017 [Seanad]

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Bill entitled an Act to provide for the representation on governing bodies for regions served by a college outside of the functional areas of an education and training board in which the college is situated; for that purpose to amend section 6 of the Regional Technical Colleges Act 1992; and to provide for related matters. Bill Number 128 of 2017, sponsored by Senator Paddy Burke and Senator Michelle Mulherin and Senator John O’Mahaony …(more)

[Tithe an Oireachtais, 9 November]

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UCD Confucius centre project runs another €2m over budget

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University College Dublin (UCD) Confucius Centre, a building part-funded by the Chinese Government, has now run €4.8 million over budget, following a recent €2 million increase in costs. At a meeting of the university’s governing authority, it was revealed the project would require an additional €2 million, following a dispute with the construction contractors Glenman Corporation …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 13 November]

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Public servants escape new pension rules

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Public servants are escaping new pension rules that delay the payment of the State pension. The State contributory pension is now only paid from the age of 66, meaning that thousands of people who are compelled to leave work at the age of 65 have to claim Jobseekers’ Benefit – getting almost €50 a week less than they would from their pension …” (more)

[Independent, 13 November]

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University expansion plans at risk from funding difficulties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities are at risk of losing their capacity to borrow hundreds of millions of euro needed to fund their expansion to cope with rising student numbers. Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency, has asked the Central Statistics Office (CSO) to determine whether universities are on or off the exchequer’s balance sheet …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 November]

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Michael Colgan’s Trinity Degree Under Review

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The honorary degree Trinity awarded to former director of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan in 2000 is under review. Colgan has been the subject of a series of allegations relating to bullying and abuse of power …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 12 November]

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Access to low-cost funding crucial to expansion in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Just last month NUI Galway was the latest university to benefit from a €60 million loan to help transform its campus. The money from the European Investment Bank (EIB), Europe’s long-term lending institution, will finance the construction of much-needed residences for hundreds of students and a new building for the college of medicine, nursing and health sciences …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 November]

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The Weinstein Fallout Will Surely Hit Ireland’s Universities, Too

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ever-growing list of prominent men accused of abuse of power, sexual harassment, assault and rape over the last number of weeks has proven that it is not an isolated or Hollywood-specific problem …” (more)

[University Times, 12 November]

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