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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