HEA spends €75k probing University of Limerick’s handling of whistleblowers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has spent over €75,000 so far probing how the University of Limerick handled whistleblowers’ claims about irregular expense claims and ensuing industrial relations problems. Two of the whistleblowers who raised concerns about claims have been suspended since early 2015, and the third is a former employee who left UL in 2010 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 March]

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Colleges running ‘significant deficits’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Three institutes of technology continue to have ‘significant’ financial deficits, according to the Higher Education Authority (HEA). However, another three that were on the critical list last year are now balancing their books, the Public Accounts Committee was told yesterday …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 March]

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University of Limerick goes before the Public Accounts Committee

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Senior representatives of the University of Limerick will be examined across a number of financial issues before the Public Accounts Committee in Leinster House in Dublin this Thursday afternoon. Witnesses from UL who have been called upon to answer questions by the committee include …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 30 March]

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Sale of ‘spinout’ company raises concerns over confict of interest

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has been urged to investigate whether there are conflicts of interest among senior staff across third-level colleges who are shareholders in spinout companies. It follows concerns raised by Sinn Féin deputy David Cullinane at the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday surrounding the sale of a company co-located at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Third Level Staff: Retirement

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2017 by steve

IrelandEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a full-time employee with a third level college who is due to reach the age of 65 years in March 2017 and therefore faces mandatory retirement in September 2017 will be able to agree an extension of their employment contract for an additional period; and the flexibility which exists for the extension of such public sector employment contracts in advance of the expected change of the rules regarding mandatory retirement ages …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 March]

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Maynooth and Cobh added to 4% rent cap list

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

Ireland“Maynooth in Co Kildare and Cobh in Co Cork have been added to the growing list of residential areas where rent increases are capped by law. Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said the latest Residential Tenancies Board ‘Rent Index’ identified the towns as ‘Rental Pressure Zones’, where rents were above average and rising rapidly …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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US-linked top university fears new rules will force it out of Hungary

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

“One of the top universities in central and eastern Europe may be forced out of Hungary under a draft law being prepared by the hard-right government, which has also accused eight British institutions of ‘operating unlawfully’ in the country …” (more)

[Andrew MacDowall, Guardian, 29 March]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

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

IrelandBrian Ó Domhnaill (Fianna Fail): In context I raise the issue of third level funding in general, with particular reference to the Castlebar campus of GMIT which, like many institutes of technology, faces significant financial challenges, notwithstanding the fact that student numbers are growing at third and fourth level across the State. However, most of the buoyancy is within the universities sector and, unfortunately, the institutes of technology are struggling …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 28 March]

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The Race to be Ireland’s Top Business School

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With construction of Trinity’s new business school well underway, it has become evident that the battle to obtain educational excellence in the provision of business degrees is most definitely a race to the top. Over the past couple of months, both Trinity and University College Cork (UCC) have announced their plans for the futures of their respective business schools …” (more)

[Kate Lawler, University Times, 27 March]

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UCD Must Take Responsibility for Tackling Sexual Harassment on Campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The rise in the number of students reporting incidents of sexual assault and harassment to UCD campus services shows the the college can no longer shirk their responsibility to victims. It’s not disputed that any victim of a sexual assault or incidents of harassment should first contact the authorities such as the Gardaí, or the Rape Crisis Centre. But this does not absolve UCD of taking responsibility for tackling the issue in the college community …” (more)

[College Tribune, 28 March]

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5 Sexual Assaults and 11 Harassment Cases Reported by Students to UCD Campus Services Since 2014

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Five sexual assaults were reported to UCD campus security between 2014 and 2016. Eleven students have also reported instances of harassment to campus services since 2014. An internal campus services report into student’s personal safety on campus, obtained by the Tribune, show a marked rise in reports of sexual assault and harassment on campus …” (more)

[College Tribune, 28 March]

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USI Votes to Develop National Model for Consent Workshops

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today voted overwhelmingly to design national consent workshops for students, based on models successfully introduced in colleges across Ireland over the last year …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 28 March]

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Time to get moving on technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One of our key national challenges is balancing the need to support the thriving Dublin area while also investing in the sustainability of the remainder of the State.We are experiencing a national recovery, albeit unevenly …” (more)

[Joseph Ryan, Irish Times, 28 March]

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DCU denies it had plans to host anti-vaccine film

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has denied the suggestion that it had accepted a booking to host a controversial film by a discredited campaigner who claims there is a link between autism and vaccines. Anti-vaccine campaigners plan to screen Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe in Ireland on May 5 …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 28 March]

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What are the must-have skills for today’s graduates?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Whenever he asks emplyers about the must-have skills they want in today’s graduates, Dublin City University president Brian MacCraith gets much the same answer …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 March]

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NUI Galway management = Hypocrisy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hypocrisy seems to be de riguer at NUI Galway. On Wednesday, NUI Galway President Jim Browne revealed at his biannual speech the university’s hypocritical stance regarding the treatment of female staff, particularly the women who have sued the university in the High Court for gender discrimination, and then on Friday, Micheline further exposed the university’s hypocritical attitude towards the women in a Letter to the Editor in the Galway City Tribune …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 27 March]

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DITSU to remain affiliated to USI as Odoemene re-elected as President

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A referendum on DITSU’s USI membership took place alongside the annual DITSU elections across all DIT campuses on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week with students overwhelmingly voting to remain affiliated to the USI …” (more)

[Niamh Haskins, The Edition, 25 March]

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Council’s ‘Not in my Back Yard’ Stance Over DIT Treats Students as Wind Turbines

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

Ireland“The concerns expressed this week by Dublin City Council regarding two proposed student accommodation developments near the Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) Grangegorman campus are disappointing and troubling for students. The council seems less than enthusiastic about two planned developments on Prussia St and the North Circular Road which would house between them almost 1,000 students …” (more)

[University Times, 26 March]

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Report says public staff earn 40% above those in private sector

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

Ireland“Public sector workers in Ireland earn 40% more on average than their counterparts in the private sector, and that is before any allowance for their pension entitlements and job security is made, new research has found …” (more)

[Ciarán Hancock, Irish Times, 27 March]

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LYIT Student Union survey shows large number rely on Bus Eireann services

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

Ireland“A survey of 100 LYIT Students taken in January by LYIT Student Union, shows that 62% use Bus Eireann services for getting to and from college.The Union of Students in Ireland President, Annie Hoey, has joined in calling on Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, to intervene in the ongoing national strike …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 25 March]

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