Funding Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It is surprisingly difficult to get a consistent picture of university income in Ireland over the last decade. Accounting conventions have changed, as have the requirements from the Higher Education Authority in terms of detail. Finally, despite it being half way through 2017 it seems some, many, universities have not managed to get their 2016 or even 2015 accounts up and out …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 29 May]

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Intake of international students threatened by lack of accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has warned that Ireland’s focus on attracting increasing numbers of foreign students is threatened by the lack of suitable accommodation. Dr Graham Love, CEO of the HEA, said that there was a shortage of accommodation in Dublin and most other large urban areas …” (more)

[Fionnuala Jones, NewsTalk, 29 May]

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Consequences of Financial Misconduct Could be Worst-Case Scenario for Both Universities and Students

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In November 2016, Provost Patrick Prendergast, in a room full of academics at the prestigious Royal Irish Academy, raised an issue that is central to the future of Irish universities but seldom publicly discussed. To the former Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Tom Boland, Prendergast questioned levels of state regulation given the falling levels of state funding: ‘Can we continue with the current oversight model?’ …” (more)

[University Times, 28 May]

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Minister Bruton must bear responsibility for lack of oversight of Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The recent Prime Time revelations regarding some universities in Ireland highlight the need for more regulatory oversight but responsibility for the current lack of oversight rests firmly with Minister Richard Bruton. ‘In two significant areas he has failed to act to ensure greater compliance during his term as Minister for Education and Skills …'” (more)

[Alan Kelly, Labour Party, 28 May]

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Reinstate two UL whistle blowers now – O’Dea

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Willie O’Dea, Fianna Fáil TD for Limerick City has said that following the revelations contained in this week’s RTÉ Investigates broadcast which centred on whistle blowing in UL, the two employees who are currently suspended from their roles should be reinstated as soon as possible …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 27 May]

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NCI plans second Dublin city centre campus development

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The National College of Ireland (NCI) is looking to secure Government funding to build a second campus in Dublin city centre. The college wants to double its spaces in computer and IT courses to address a skills shortage in the capital’s financial and tech sectors. NCI is seeking to purchase land near the IFSC and develop a multimillion 10,000 sq m campus to take on 1,500 new students in the short-term …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 27 May]

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Third-level bosses face grilling

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third-level bosses face a severe grilling by TDs over gaps in their evidence to the Dáil Public Accounts Committee about financial affairs. The PAC is seeking legal advice about its powers in relation to what it believes was misleading evidence to it, including details about severance payments to two former staff at University of Limerick, who were rehired on a consultancy basis …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 May]

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Lough to step up fight against student plan

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Residents of The Lough will not give up on their fight against a student high-rise in their area, according to local Independent Councillor Paudie Dineen. ‘The Lough area is already absolutely saturated with student accommodation and it’s definitely affecting the quality of life of a lot of people living here’, he said …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Evening Echo, 26 May]

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Lawless calls for greater oversight of universities – Fianna Fáil

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research & Development James Lawless says the Government must consider proposals to increase the level of oversight into financial governance at Irish universities …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 May]

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Third-level heads misled PAC, says chairman

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Evidence has emerged that the University of Limerick misled the Department of Education and the Comptroller and Auditor General during an inquiry into its payments of unauthorised and excessive severance packages to senior managers …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 26 May]

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Institutes of Technology: Proposed Wexford campus

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandPaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of plans for a proposed third level campus on a 35 acre site on the outskirts of Wexford town; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 25 May]

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USI raises concerns over higher level spending

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has raised concerns over spending by higher education institutions following recent revelations about severance payments made to senior personnel in the sector. USI president Annie Hoey pointed out that students and the taxpayer fund the higher education institutions and said trust in their governance was ‘crucial’ …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 26 May]

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HEA and Department must account for the Governance of Third Level Institutions – Nolan

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Education and Skills Carol Nolan has said that the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education and Skills must come before the Oireachtas Education Committee to account for the Governance of Third Level Institutions. Teachta Nolan was commenting after significant revelations relating to the financial management of third level institutions were raised in the Prime Time Investigates Programme last evening …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 May]

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The Best Time Of Their Lives

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last night, higher education institutions were exposed as misusing public money for years, all the while insisting that they were broke, and that students must pay more. A change in culture, and consequences must follow …” (more)

[Aengus Ó Maoláin, Broadsheet.ie, 26 May]

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Mayo senator wants GMIT chiefs to appear before Oireachtas committee

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mayo Fine Gael Mayo Senator Michelle Mulherin has written to the chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills to highlight her concerns regarding the Mayo campus of GMIT …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 26 May]

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UL revelations highlight need for corporate governance review – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne says he is alarmed by last night’s Prime Time revelations surrounding governance issues at the University of Limerick. Deputy Byrne added that the Minister for Education Richard Bruton needs to ensure that a review of corporate governance structures is carried out into third level institutions …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 May]

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UL President gravely concerned by RTÉ’s findings

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of University of Limerick, Dr Des Fitzgerald, has said that RTÉ Investigates programme on governance at Irish universities raises issues ‘of grave concern’ …” (more)

[Simon Bourke, Limerick Post, 26 May]

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University presidents showed ‘arrogance’ when questioned about financial misconduct, claims TD

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ‘level of arrogance’ of some presidents of Irish universities was displayed in an RTÉ Investigates show last night, according to the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 26 May]

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HEA calls for greater powers to investigate third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDr Graham Love, CEO of the HEA, discusses the issues raised about the governance at some Irish universities and Institute of Technology as revealed on RTÉ Investigates (audio).

[RTÉ – Morning Ireland, 26 May]

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New University of Limerick president ‘genuinely disturbed’ by RTÉ revelations

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new president of University of Limerick has said the revelations under the RTÉ Investigates programme this Thursday night on governance and spending issues in UL and other third-level institutions are of ‘grave concern’ and are ‘genuinely disturbing’ …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 26 May]

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