Trinity Loses Third HR Director in Three Years, With Aer Rianta Director Named as Replacement

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has lost its third HR director in nearly as many years. The departure of Kate Malone, one of the College’s most senior officers, comes as Trinity navigates an industrial dispute and threats of strike action. Malone, who took on the role in October 2015, leaves Trinity in the midst of an ongoing dispute with the College’s three trade unions …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 23 September]

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Could Brexit cause problems for Irish universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The effects of Brexit and the consequences it will have on third-level students are still only emerging. Britain’s decision to leave the EU will have wide ranging ramifications for university life both at home and abroad …” (more)

[Daniel Forde, University Observer, 23 September]

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UCD wants to fast-track plans for thousands of student beds

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD wants to fast-track planning permission for more than 3,000 student beds under Government measures aimed at ending the housing crisis. The university has formally signalled its intention to bypass normal procedures by applying directly to An Bord Pleanála for the substantial on-campus development …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 23 September]

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Belfast Holyland residents frustrated over parking scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

“Residents in south Belfast’s Holyland area say they are frustrated at the lack of a parking scheme for the area more than 10 months on from when it was first announced. The scheme for College Park Avenue and Rugby Road was given the go-ahead by the former Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard last November …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 September]

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Irish workers are most ‘overqualified’ in Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish workers are the most overqualified in the European Union for the jobs they are working, according to latest research. About one in three workers are at least one educational level above the international norm for the jobs they are in …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 September]

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Student Grant Scheme Expenditure

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to increase student funding over the next four years to at least the average rate of other high income western European EU countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Third Level Fees: Cost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost in 2018 for abolishing all third level fees, both capitation and tuition, for under graduate and post graduate …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Universities Shouldn’t Fear Investigatory Powers, Says HEA Head

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Powers to investigate Irish universities, mooted by the Minister for Education Richard Bruton in July, would be used in a ‘sophisticated’ manner, the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has told The University Times. The powers, which Bruton hopes to introduce in amendments to the 2015 Technological Universities Bill, caused significant unease in the higher education sector when announced …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 21 September]

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DCU plans new ‘cultural quarter’ for north Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University is planning to create a ‘North Dublin cultural quarter’ as part of new five-year plan for the development of the college. The plans form part of a wider blueprint to place a greater emphasis on culture and creativity in a college traditionally associated with science and technology …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 September]

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Belfast Holyland residents ‘under siege’ during Freshers Week antics

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2017 by steve

“Three arrests have been made in the Holyland area of Belfast as students return for the Freshers Week ahead of the start of the University year. In recent years the Holyland in south Belfast has become infamous for large numbers of young people taking part in anti-social behaviour to the distress of residents. There were similar incidents this time last year as students arrived and took up accommodation in the area …” (more)

[Claire Williamson, Belfast Telegraph, 20 September]

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USI Condemns Dublin City Councillor’s Vote Preventing Student Accommodation Planning During Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today condemns a vote by Dublin City Councillors last night for applicants to submit evidence demonstrating that there is not an over-concentration of student accommodation within an area, including a map showing all such facilities, from 0.25km to 1km of a proposal in Dublin …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 20 September]

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NUI Galway’s derisory offer revealed as they fail Athena SWAN application again

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At the last meeting of the Governing Body, two weeks ago, to our great surprise NUI Galway revealed the details of their final offer made to the four women last month. These details were supposedly strictly secret, so we have never known what it was that the women turned down, but then NUI Galway circulated the offer to every member of the Governing Body! That means that over 40 people got to see it …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 20 September]

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Trinity Set to Record a Deficit Again This Year, Chief Financial Officer Says

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“After recording a €9.4 million deficit last year, Trinity will once again see a deficit in its accounts at the end of this year, the College’s Chief Financial Officer, Ian Mathews, has told The University Times. Mathews said that he did not expect Trinity to post a surplus by 2019 …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 20 September]

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UCDSU president defends dropping abortion information from freshers’ guide

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The president of UCD students’ union has defended her decision to withdraw information over access to abortion services in a magazine circulated to new students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 September]

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Academics must take action to save colleges from market’s incursion

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In Flannery O’Connor’s 1955 short story Good Country People, a young woman named Hulga Hopewell holds a PhD in philosophy. Hulga is an expert on the German philosopher Martin Heidegger and she believes not in the importance of God but in the importance of nothing. Over the course of O’Connor’s story, however, the PhD doesn’t do much for Hulga’s critical capacities …” (more)

[Áine Mahon and Shane Bergin, Irish Times, 20 September]

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Legislative Agenda: Third Level

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBills before the Dáil and Seanad – Bills on Dáil Order Paper
Technological Universities Bill 2015 – Awaiting Committee

Priority Legislation for Publication: Autumn Session 2017
Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill: To give effect to the pay provisions of the proposed Public Service Stability Agreement and the continuing unwinding of the FEMPI legislation – Work is underway

All Other Legislation
1. Higher Education (Reform) Bill: To modernise the legislative framework underpinning the governance and functions of the Higher Education Authority and the governance structures of the universities – Heads in preparation

2. Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Amendment) Bill: To amend the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 to address some issues that have arisen regarding the scope of QQI’s responsibilities in relation to recognition of awards and regulation of private and voluntary providers, to ensure adequate protection of enrolled learners where providers discontinue a programme, and to give greater authority to Institutes of Technology to award Level 9 qualifications – Heads approved 9th May 2017, Joint Committee decided that pre-legislative scrutiny is not required

3. Universities (Amendment) Bill: To ensure compliance with government guidelines on remuneration, allowances, pensions and staffing numbers in the University sector – Work is underway

(from: ‘Government Chief Whip sets out Legislative Programme for Autumn Session’, 19 September)

Legislative Process: Progress of Bills

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding his department’s work on the General Scheme of Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Amendment) Bill 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter …
Joan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Technological Universities Bill 2015; the timeframe for it to return to Dáil Éireann; his planned changes to the draft legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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Third Level Staff – Part-time and Fixed Term employment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress his Department has made in respect of the implementation of the Cush Report regarding part time and fixed term employment in third level institutions and in particular her Department’s request in June 2017 that third level institutions establish an adjudication system to hear disputes arising from the implementation of the Cush Report; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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Yet More Dumb University Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2017 by steve

“Not all university league tables are as sane and rational as others. Ahead of the publication of this year’s Sunday Times ranking (you can see last year’s here) and this conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the Complete University Guide, both of which are serious landmarks in the cycle of the proper business of university rankings, I thought it would be helpful to highlight some of the also rans …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 19 September]

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Teachers warned they won’t receive pay increases unless they sign up to new deal

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said unions that don’t sign up to a new public sector pay deal will not benefit from pay increases under it. The minister was speaking after the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) voted to back the Public Service Stability Agreement …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 September]

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