Income-Contingent Loans Would be a Risky Course of Action for Ireland

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

Ireland“The work done by Peter Cassells and his team, supported by Dr Aedín Doris of Maynooth University and Prof Bruce Chapman of the Australian National University, did an excellent job of highlighting the challenges facing higher education. The sector is in crisis due to several years of budget cuts and asset sweating …” (more)

[Charles Larkin, University Times, 19 May]

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Ulster University closes moving arts Dance degree course

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

“Dance professionals have told of their sadness after Northern Ireland’s only third-level moving arts degree ended. Ulster University confirmed its BA Honours Dance course at Magee Campus in Londonderry has been discontinued …” (more)

[Lee Henry, Belfast Telegraph, 19 May]

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English language schools: ‘Low-hours contracts, low pay and bogus self-employment’

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

Ireland“The English language teaching (ELT) sector is booming: over one hundred English language schools employ 1,000+ teachers, and the most lucrative schools are being eyed for takeover by multinationals, and even Russian billionaires …” (more)

[Roy Hassey, The Journal.ie, 19 May]

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More lack of transparency at NUI Galway revealed in big way

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

Ireland“There is yet more lack of transparency at NUI Galway. The University has more than €57 million in a private fund-raising foundation but has resisted declaring the funds despite government pressure, according to a blockbuster story in Tuesday’s Irish Times …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 18 May]

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Move over universities: the Conservative manifesto dissected

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

“The Conservative Party has now published its manifesto ahead of the general election. It represents a mixed bag for the higher education sector: on immigration and school sponsorship, the sector may take issue. Yet there are some more encouraging noises too, particularly in relation to industrial strategy and ambitious aims for research and development …” (more)

[David Morris and others, Wonkhe, 18 May]

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Disclosures by University of Limerick staff in ‘utmost confidence’ to new review

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

Ireland“The Department of Education has said that information received from those who have signed confidential severance agreements with the University of Limerick will be treated with the ‘utmost confidence’ by the investigator leading a new review into a series of allegations …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 18 May]

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Disability on Campus: the challenges faced and change needed

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

“There has been a lot of focus recently on equity issues around gender and race, but disabled academics have largely escaped attention. This is possibly due to the relatively low numbers of staff declaring or disclosing disability, in either job applications or staff surveys …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 18 May]

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PhD students: time to make them university employees?

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

International“The benefits of treating PhD students as university employees, an issue under consideration by some institutions in the UK and US, have been spotlighted by the recent completion of reforms in Sweden …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 18 May]

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University of Limerick kept paying retired staffer

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

Ireland“University of Limerick continued to make consultancy payments to a retired financial controller after he turned 60 and was also receiving a pension, the Dáil Public Accounts Committee has been told …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 May]

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Plan for 152-bed Drumcondra student residence rejected

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

Ireland“Planning permission has been refused for a 152-bed student accommodation scheme in Drumcondra in Dublin. The four-storey apartment project was planned for beside the Mater Dei Institute of Education teaching college on Clonliffe Road. The developers sought permisison from Dublin City Council to demolish five existing houses, one of which was a protected structure …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 18 May]

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Pay talks must deliver full restoration across all salary levels, says IFUT

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has demanded full restoration of payments and allowances which were cut from university staff in recent years in the coming pay talks. IFUT General Secretary, Mike Jennings, said that not alone have university staff suffered very substantial cuts in salaries but working conditions had deteriorated drastically at the same time …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 16 May]

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Senator critical of NUI Galway over €57m ‘warchest’

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

Ireland“A Galway senator has NUI Galway over revelations that the foundation associated with the college has assets worth more than €57 million.Money raised through fundraising activities for NUIG, doesn’t form part of the university’s annual accounts …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 16 May]

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University rankings are fake news. How do we fix them?

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

“The big news on the release of the Times Higher Education World University rankings for 2017 was that Oxford, not Caltech is now the No 1 university in the world. According to the BBC news website, ‘Oxford University has come top of the Times Higher Education world university rankings – a first for a UK university. Oxford knocks California Institute of Technology, the top performer for the past five years, into second place’ …” (more)

[Reciprocal Space, 16 May]

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What’s that coming over the hill? Is it a metric monster?

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

“It’s hard to go to an HE event these days without a doomful prediction that the government is going to use the data at its disposal to shake up the university sector. It’s easy to see where these fears come from …” (more)

[Ant Bagshaw, Wonkhe, 17 May]

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More student apartments granted permission on Coca-cola site

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

Ireland“Planning permission has been granted for more student apartments in Cork. Permission is already in place for a 92 student apartments on the former Coca-Cola bottling site on the Carrigrohane Straight Road in buildings ranging from four to seven storeys …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 16 May]

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New University of Limerick president backs €150m Northern Distributor Road

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

Ireland“The new president of the University of Limerick Dr Desmond Fitzgerald has called for the €150m Northern Distributor Road to be delivered ‘as a matter of urgency’. Dr Fitzgerald, who took up duties on campus earlier this month, says the proposed interconnector is an essential part of both the continued growth of the regional economy and the university itself …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 16 May]

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Pay body is ‘ignoring reality’ in assessment of the pensions gap

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

Ireland“Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe has insisted that the gaping difference between public and private sector pension provisions will be on the table at new talks, despite a report advising it stands at just 14%. The commission advising the Government on its pay policy has been accused of ignoring the ‘elephant in the room’ in its calculations – because most private sector workers have no pensions at all …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh and Kevin Doyle, Independent, 16 May]

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After Long Campaign, Queen’s to Divest from Fossil Fuels by 2025

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

“Queen’s University Belfast has become the latest university in Ireland to announce it will end its investments in fossil fuels by 2025, following a year when a string of major institutions have joined the global divestment movement …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Sinéad Baker, University Times, 15 May]

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University of Limerick inquiry raises wider questions

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

Ireland“Within weeks of being placed in charge of verifying expense claims at University of Limerick’s finance department, Leona O’Callaghan noticed a troubling trend. In mileage claims, some senior staff seemed to receive payment for journeys between their home and the university …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 May]

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Universities resisted declaring tens of millions in assets

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

Ireland“Several universities have tens of millions of euro in private trusts and foundations which they have resisted declaring in their accounts, despite pressure from regulators and the Government. Audits into third-level institutions have also revealed a range of governance issues, such as significant additional payments to staff members and widespread non-compliance with procurement rules …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 May]

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