The Influence of rankings revisited

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2019 by steve

International“Rankings are everywhere. Like a cleverly constructed virus they are all over the place and are almost impossible to delete. They are used for immigration policy, advertising, promotion, and recruitment …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 30 June]

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High Court application for recusal of Judge Petria McDonnell

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Burkes lodged an appeal in the High Court yesterday against Judge Petria McDonnell’s refusal to recuse herself from hearing their religious discrimination case against NUI Galway. They are seeking to have another judge take the case …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 29 June]

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Ulster University chief says sorry after review of its job cuts process

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

“The Vice-Chancellor of Ulster University has apologised to staff following an independent review into a botched redundancy process. The 2016 process resulted in the exit of 143 employees – and has already cost the university £1.6m. In an email to all staff sent yesterday, Professor Paddy Nixon said he wanted to offer a full and wholehearted apology …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 29 June]

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UCC posts €2.8m net deficit despite boost from IMI acquisition

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCC’s acquisition of the Irish Management Institute (IMI) was a major driver of a 7.7% increase in the university’s income to €371.7m in 2017, according to its latest accounts. However, UCC still reported a net deficit of almost €2.8m for the year ending September 2017 after a sharp rise in staff costs and other operating expenses. It followed a surplus of €562,000 the previous year …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 28 June]

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Ulster University review identifies governance failings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2019 by steve

“Senior leaders at Ulster University (UU) were guilty of a ‘disturbing lack of governance’ during a staff redundancy process in 2016. Refusing to accept a redundancy settlement offer from a staff union also cost UU an extra £1.4m. Those are among a litany of failings identified by a UU commissioned independent review into the process …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News NI, 28 June]

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DkIT Hope to Have Wind Turbine Back In Action ‘In The Near Future’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology say they hope to have the iconic wind turbine at the Dublin Road campus back in action in the near future. The turbine has been out of action for over two months due to extensive renovations …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 28 June]

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Ministers publish the National Training Fund Expenditure Report 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD today published the National Training Fund Expenditure Report 2019 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 28 June]

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Research and Development Funding – Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

Posted in Research on June 28th, 2019 by steve

IrelandTom Neville (Limerick County, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the status of call 2 of the disruptive technologies fund; her plans for holding an information event on the fund in County Limerick; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 June]

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Universities and world rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof William Reville notes that many institutes of technology such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology achieved top ranking in the latest QS World University Rankings …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 28 June]

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National Library of Ireland unveils new book repository

Posted in Research on June 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has unveiled a new book repository with state of the art safety features following devastating fires at cultural institutions such as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and the National Museum of Brazil in recent years …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 27 June]

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Scientific Research – CERN

Posted in Research on June 28th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMaurice Quinlivan (Limerick City, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the estimated cost of associate membership and full membership of CERN; if membership has been considered; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 June]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Asylum Seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 28th, 2019 by steve

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if residents of an accommodation centre are eligible for a SUSI grant or other educational grants …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 June]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Grant Adjacency Rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 28th, 2019 by steve

IrelandPeter Burke (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will direct SUSI to amend the grant adjacency rates and restore it to the previous 24 km limit, instead of the current 42 km, which is acting as a barrier to third level education for many students in the midlands; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 June]

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New Law School to Be Built Near Samuel Beckett Theatre

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s new Law School is to be built on the north end of the campus, near the Samuel Beckett Theatre and not far from its current home in New Square, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 27 June]

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UL masterplan for Limerick city centre campus to cost €46m

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has announced that it is now acting on more than €66m worth of major projects, namely their ambitious city centre masterplan and a new student centre which is now under construction …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 27 June]

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Long-awaited Munster Technological University decision due shortly

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A long-awaited decision on the Munster Technological University (MTU) is expected to be made shortly as an independent report sparks uncertainty over the project. Following a formal application earlier this year, an international panel of experts assessed a bid by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) to become Munster’s first technological university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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Minister for Education Confirms Dundalk IT has not Pursued Technological University Status

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills has confirmed that Dundalk IT has given no indication to him that they plan to pursue technological university status. The Donegal-based TD was replying to a parliamentary question from Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan in the Dáil on Tuesday …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 27 June]

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The Senior Academic Leadership Initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I’ve been so busy over the last week or so that I forgot to mention that on Friday (21st June) the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor announced a new scheme to improve the gender balance in senior academic roles in Irish universities …” (more)

[In the Dark, 27 June]

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Construction work starts on new €20m student centre at University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Works on a major centre that will form a ‘new destination’ for students at University of Limerick have started. The new Student Centre, a 3,529 square metre building set over three storeys, is in a prime front of house location adjacent to the Stables Complex and the Glucksman Library …” (more)

[Limerick Post, 27 June]

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University of Limerick criticised for ‘governance failure’ that may cost €1.2m

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has criticised the University of Limerick for what it has says is a ‘governance failure that could have cost the State €1.2 million’. The findings are contained in a document circulated among members of the PAC as they finalise their latest periodic report …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 27 June]

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