Micheál Martin calls for a separate Department of Higher Education and Research at IUA Future of Ireland Event

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Speaking at the Irish Universities Association (IUA) inaugural Future of Ireland series, Leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin called for the creation of a separate Department of Higher Education and Research and for clarity and certainty around core funding. Micheál Martin also highlighted the need to tackle the funding of the innovation gap between large and small enterprises, and the need for fostering diversity and accessibility within higher education …” (more, download)

[IUA, 17 July]

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Universities and autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I suspect that many people in the university sector are upset at government’s desire to exert more and more control over the third level sector. The presumption seems to be that universities will function optimally when allowed maximum autonomy. There is also a strong sense that if the proportion of an institution’s total income that comes from the state is declining, then the degree of control by the state should also be declining. It seems only fair …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 17 July]

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Academic review promotion and tenure documents promote a view of open access that is at odds with the wider academic community

Posted in Research on July 17th, 2019 by steve

International“The language of Open Access (OA) is littered with so many colours, metals, and precious stones, that you would be forgiven for losing track. The proliferation of these ‘flavours’ of OA has been a useful analytical tool for those that study scholarly communication, but it has also complicated the discussion about what academics can do to realise the ‘unprecedented public good’ of opening access to research that was at the heart of the Budapest Open Access Initiative …” (more)

[Juan Pablo Alperin, Esteban Morales and Erin McKiernan, LSE Impact Blog, 17 July]

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Will new powers to regulate third level erode autonomy of universities?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An ice-sculpture for a €13,000 retirement party. Painted portraits of senior staff commissioned at a cost of €20,000. VIP-style expenses for relocating a staff member including delivery of a fitted kitchen. This is just a selection of examples of mis-spending by some third-level institutions which have been subject to scathing criticism by the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Third-level colleges face stringent new penalties for misconduct

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges face a series of stringent penalties for misconduct including having funding withheld under the biggest shake-up to regulation of higher education in almost 50 years. The measures, to be announced by the Government in the coming days, have sparked controversy within some universities who fear the planned moves will undermine their long-standing autonomy …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 July]

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DIT facility sold for over €5.5m to tourist accommodation provider

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The DIT’s former premises at 6-12 Sackville Place in Dublin city centre has been sold to a tourist accommodation provider for more than €5.5 million …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 17 July]

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