Varadkar wants Irish college to be part of ‘European university’

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

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wants an Irish third-level institution to become part of a new network of European universities being planned by French president Emmanuel Macron. Mr Macron has proposed that Europe should have at least 20 ‘European universities’ which would allow students to move between different institutions and take classes in at least two different languages …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Patrick Smyth, Irish Times, 19 November]

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DCU to provide app to students and staff to boost campus safety

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

Ireland“Dublin City University is to provide around-the-clock emergency supports to staff and students through a new safety app, which links users with the college’s emergency response team. The SafeZone app is being made freely available to DCU students and staff – almost 19,000 people – across its Glasnevin, St Patrick’s and All Hallows campuses …” (more)

[Shaune Bowers, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Compulsory Students’ Union Membership is No Draconian Stricture

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

Ireland“In the space of just three weeks, groups of students in Trinity, Dublin City University (DCU) and University College Dublin (UCD) have launched campaigns with almost identical ambitions: to see membership of their respective students’ unions become an optional affair …” (more)

[University Times, 19 November]

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Truth and transparency benefit us all: Academics should have stood up in face of UL issues

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

Ireland“The Thorn report into management failures at the University of Limerick makes for sobering reading. A catalogue of management and governance issues was identified over a period of years that led to a corrosive culture at the heart of the institution. …” (more)

[Tom Felle, Limerick Leader, 19 November]

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‘UL clause’ will give ministerial powers to appoint investigator

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

Ireland“A change in the law which would give the Minister for Education and Skills the power to appoint an investigator to any publicly-funded third level institution is progressing through the Oireachtas in the wake of the Thorn report into controversies at University of Limerick …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 18 November]

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Whistleblower seeks justice with letter to University of Limerick president and minister

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A former UL employee who raised concerns about irregularities in expenses and subsequently felt ‘managed out’ of her job has written to the university president and the Minister for Education – seeking ‘fairness, transparency and accountability for decision-making’ … (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 17 November]

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Third Level Funding: Loans to Universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 18th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on reports that EUROSTAT has asked the Central Statistics Office, CSO, to determine whether universities are on or off the Exchequer’s balance sheet; the implications of a finding that the universities are on balance sheet; if his Department has made representations to EUROSTAT, the CSO or another State organisation about same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 November]

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Micheline’s open letter published today in Galway’s City Tribune

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 18th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMicheline’s open letter was published today in the Galway City Tribune. It’s a long letter which they published in full. It’s also appeared on several sites on line. Please help by circulating it using emails or social media. Everyone will now come to understand that it’s management’s intransigence which is threatening NUI Galway’s research funding, not the five women we support, and management are going to have to give in and finally correct the gender discrimination … (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 17 November]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces that Ireland will be hosting the 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education

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

IrelandMary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education today (17th November 2017) has announced that Ireland will host the 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education. This is the first occasion that this major biennial conference will be held in Ireland. These European conferences have since 1998 brought together hundreds of gender equality practitioners, researchers and administrators from Europe and beyond … (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 November]

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Appointment to the Board of Science Foundation Ireland

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

IrelandThe Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, in consultation with the Minister for Education and Skills invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates for a vacancy on the Board of Science Foundation Ireland … (more)

[State Boards .ie, 17 November]

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The Civic University Symposium: Reimagining the University for Public Purpose: NUI Galway, Sat 2 December 2017

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

IrelandWhat is the purpose of higher education? Is higher education a public good – and if so, how do we understand the claim that this requires a private cost, and therefore a private gain? Is the knowledge produced by higher education a public good – and if so, how do we understand this in relation to the tendency to lock this knowledge behind paywalls demanded by private publishing companies … (more, registration)

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The Holylands: a manifesto for urban renewal

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2017 by steve

“Since my election in 2014, I’ve devoted a fair bit of time and effort to the challenges faced by the Holylands and its community of settled residents. I won’t rehearse the full and inglorious history of how we arrived here but the experiences that residents have endured are just awful …” (more)

[Emmet McDonough-Brown, Slugger O’Toole, 17 November]

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Former CIT president signed off on his own retirement function

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology is being asked for a full explanation of how its ex-president Brendan Murphy personally signed off on more than half the €13,000 costs of two functions to mark his own retirement. The ability of any college to do so was sharply criticised at the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 November]

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DCUSU Becomes Third Union to See Leave Campaign Launched

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students in Dublin City University (DCU) have become the third group in only a few weeks to launch a petition calling for a referendum on automatic students’ union membership. The DCU students launched two petitions …” (more)

[Róisín Power and Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 16 November]

‘Dolphin ice sculpture’ part of €13,000 spend on Cork IT chief’s departure

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education was not aware that €13,000 of public money was spent on classical musicians, drapes and an ice sculpture of a dolphin to mark the retirement of the ex-president of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 16 November]

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President criticises ‘utilitarian approach to education’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins has criticised what he has called ‘an impatient drive’ across the European Union for what he called ‘a misguidedly utilitarian approach to education’ … (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 November]

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€13,000 spent on retirement party for former CIT president, committee told

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has been asked to clamp down on the use of taxpayers’ money for retirement functions after it emerged that €13,000 was spent on a lavish retirement party for the former president of Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 November]

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Micheline’s open letter to NUI Galway’s Athena SWAN committee

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Micheline sent this letter addressed to the Chair of NUI Galway’s Athena SWAN committee on the third anniversary of her 2014 landmark gender discrimination case ruling. It is a very important letter …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 16 November]

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ETUCE releases Brexit statement

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2017 by steve

“ETUCE has now published a statement on Brexit negotiations following its adoption by the ETUCE Committee. The statement focuses on the potential effects of Brexit upon education and the teaching profession …” (more)

[ETUCE, 16 November]

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Is there a culture of denial around sexual misconduct in academia?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 16th, 2017 by steve

“Hollywood and Westminster have been rocked by tales of sexual assault and abuse. Is academia similarly plagued by misuse of power and sexual misconduct? Five scholars offer their views …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 16 November]

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