Women only posts in Irish universities likely to be challenged in court

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The plan to establish up to 45 women-only posts in Irish universities over the next three years is likely to be challenged in court due to the plan being seen as ‘positive discrimination’ by some …” (more)

[Andrea Andres, University Observer, 29 January]

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Whipping, Secrecy and Coercion: Inside Boat Club’s Hazing Culture

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For most Trinity students, the annual December tradition of going for Commons involves a three-course meal in the Dining Hall and a night that evolves into little more than routine Christmas merrymaking. But for new members of Dublin University Boat Club (DUBC), known as ‘novices’, Commons has a different meaning …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy and Cormac Watson, University Times, 29 January]

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College Caves to Union Pressure, Handing Out 50 Permanent Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Following years of pressure from trade unions and a government intervention that warned the College over its preference for temporary contracts, Trinity has backed down, handing permanent contracts to more than 50 non-academic staff in the last year …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 29 January]

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Byne v Waterford IT [2019] IEHC 17 (22 January 2019)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJUDGMENT of Mr Justice Allen delivered on the 22nd day of January, 2019. On 14th May, 2001 the plaintiff was appointed as the chief officer of Waterford Institute of Technology for a term of ten years. The plaintiff’s title on his appointment was Director but following the coming into force of the Institutes of Technology Act, 2006 the plaintiff’s title was changed to President …” (more)

[Courts Service, 29 January]

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Ireland’s third level education system classified as ‘in danger’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A top European academic is warning that Ireland is one of two European countries with a third level education system classified as ‘in danger’ due to the shortfall in funding while the number of students has increased …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 January]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor closes IUA Seminar on Ireland’s Place in a new European University System

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today [29th January 2018] closed a breakfast seminar on ‘Ireland’s place in a new European University System’. Hosted by the Irish Universities Association (IUA), speakers at the event included the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr Tibor Navracsics and a panel of experts from the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 January]

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Irish universities sector ‘in danger’ due to funding shortfall

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish universities sector is one of just two European countries with a third level system deemed ‘in danger’, due to a shortfall in funding and increased student numbers, a seminar due to be held in Dublin this morning will hear. The Director of Governance and Funding at the European Universities Association (IUA) will tell the meeting, organised by the Irish Universities Association, that his research has found both Ireland and Serbia are ‘systems in danger’ as a result …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 January]

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SUs at odds with USI and activists over direct provision movement

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Relations between students’ unions around the country and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) are fraught over developments in campaigning against direct provision. The tensions follow a meeting of students’ union leaders in recent weeks to discuss a national, union-led campaign against direct provision …” (more)

[Peter Kelly and Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 28 January]

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Ulster University buys Foyle College site as part of expansion plans

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

“Ulster University has finally sealed the deal on the purchase of the former Foyle College site in Londonderry, allowing expansion plans to proceed. A year after it was expected, the university (UU) confirmed it now owns the Duncreggan Road site …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 29 January]

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School ‘league tables’ and apprenticeships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As a chairman of a board of management of a secondary school, I understand the natural objective of school managements to encourage as many pupils to choose third-level courses as possible in order to maintain the position or progress up the league table …” (more)

[Robert Berney, Irish Times, 29 January]

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UL president asked to write to Garda Commissioner over report findings

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has been formally asked to write to the Garda Commissioner to ask if the findings of a report that was highly critical of the university should be investigated for fraud. Last Thursday, Dr Des Fitzgerald, appeared before the Dáil Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) over a number of long-running controversies related to the HR and finance departments at the university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 28 January]

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