SIPTU recommends acceptance of new public sector pay deal

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

Ireland“SIPTU has recommended that its members vote in favour of a new public sector pay deal. It comes after more than 20 organisations reached a deal with the Government in recent weeks on a pay agreement to follow the Lansdowne Road deal.SITPU said the agreement – known as Lansdowne 2 – has more positive elements than negative …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 22 June]

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TEF results – How do REF and TEF results compare?

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

“My first ever blog for Wonkhe was back in 2014, just after the REF results were released. I compared those results with NSS, to see if they could give us an idea of different institutions’ strategic focuses on research and teaching …” (more)

[David Morris, Wonkhe, 22 June]

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Trinity’s third Irish Language Scheme comes into effect

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

Ireland“Trinity’s third Irish Language Scheme came into effect at the beginning of this month, following approval of the Board and the Minister of Arts, Heritage and Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht affairs. The third of Trinity’s Irish Language Schemes extends from June 2017 to June 2020, and includes further commitments to promoting the Irish language within Trinity …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 22 June]

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As doctors continue to emigrate, Ireland is becoming more reliant on foreign-trained staff

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

Ireland“Ireland’s increasing need for doctors is mainly being met by employing foreign-trained doctors, according to a new report from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 22 June]

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DIT president ordered to show report on lost €700,000

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

Ireland“The governing body of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has ordered its president to provide an unpublished report which is highly critical of senior managers for serious failures in financial governance to the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The move comes as senior officials from DIT and other third-level colleges appear before the committee Thursday to face allegations that they misled TDs over the way they run their financial affairs …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Concerns raised over spending issues at DIT subsidiary

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

Ireland“DIT’s governing body has expressed concern over procurement and spending issues relating to a subsidiary of the college which was established to provide computer services to institutes of technology. An Chéim was established as a subsidiary company of DIT at the request of education authorities to provide a range of IT services to the sector …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Report criticises DIT’s lack of oversight on €30 million in spending

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

Ireland“A report commissioned by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has criticised senior management for a lack of oversight regarding almost €30 million in tax payers’ money. The report by consultants Ernst & Young (EY) was drawn up following DIT’s loss of more than €700,000 in up-front payments to an academic journal provider which went bankrupt …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Ulster University nurse training fund ‘cut by almost £1m’

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

“The Ulster University (UU) has warned a cut of almost £1m to funding for training specialist nurses will cause serious consequences for health care. Part of the role of its School of Nursing is to train already qualified nurses to be health visitors, community or district nurses …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 June]

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PAC to resume hearings on Third Level Education Financial Statements

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

Ireland“The Public Accounts Committee will continue its hearings on the financial statements of third level bodies tomorrow, Thursday, 22 June 2017 when it meets with representatives from the University of Limerick, University College Cork, Dublin Institute of Technology and Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 21 June]

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Some gains in education but dangers loom

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

Ireland“Ireland’s higher education system could enjoy a positive spin-off from Brexit, although it also presents huge dangers. On the plus side, Ireland may become a magnet for talented academics and researchers – and the research funding they bring – as well as international students, who want to work or study in what will then be one of just two English speaking countries in the EU (the other being Malta) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 June]

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Why Are Universities Doing Better on Gender Equality Than Institutes of Technology?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Five of Ireland’s seven universities hold accreditation on the basis of gender equality, but none of the country’s 14 institutes of technology do. Trinity, University of Limerick, UCD, DCU and UCC have all won the Athena Swan Bronze Award, which looks set to become a condition of research funding by the end of 2019 …” (more)

[Dan Grennan and Nikki Murphy, Dublin Inquirer, 21 June]

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Minister Bruton fills vacancies on the Board of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, today announced measures to fill vacancies on the Board of the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Following consultation with the Chair of the HEA, the Minister is pleased to reappoint two non-academic Members to the HEA Board: Mr Jim Mountjoy and Mr Bahram Bekhradnia …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 June]

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Weak Government is giving in to union wage demands, says leading economist

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A leading economist has claimed there is no room for more pay rises for public servants and the Government is tolerating union demands only because it is weak. Colm McCarthy notes State employees’ wages are already improving through hikes agreed under the Lansdowne Road Agreement. They also get increments, and inflation is close to zero …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 20 May]

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The Great Exodus

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

“All of us in the United Kingdom, and universities specifically, are still struggling to discern what the practical implications of Brexit will be. We are not helped by the total confusion in the matter right now, with no clear consensus either in the UK government or the opposition as to what should be the desired outcome of the negotiations that began, sort of, in Brussels yesterday …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 June]

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Stem courses key to Ireland making gains post-Brexit

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

Ireland“The British general election result has done little to assuage Irish fears for industry here post-Brexit but with a booming Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) sector, Ireland is well placed to make gains. According to leading economist Prof Alan Ahearne of the Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway, the Brexit ‘divorce’ negotiations will likely last for at least two years, with trade deals possibly taking considerably longer to complete …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 20 June]

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Placing gender equity in Stem on the radar

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

Ireland“The skills shortage in science, technology, engineering and maths is deepening. There are plenty of jobs in the industry, but there are not enough people to fill the roles. The problem is, to a significant extent, caused by the failure of Stem to attract women. Fewer than 25% of people working in Stem are female …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 20 June]

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So I’m a professor now!

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

Ireland“Last week we got an email from our HR department informing us that we are adopting the American ‘professor’ system of academic titles. So now I’m an Associate Professor! Personally, I’m glad this change has been made and it’s not because I’ve always fancied being a professor …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 19 June]

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Row over status of third level facilities brewing

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

Ireland“The Department of Education looks set to become embroiled in a political row over a Government policy that might allow a single institute of technology become a technological university. The department is determined that two or more institutes of technology (IoTs) must merge in order for technological university (TU) status, despite a stipulation in last year’s Programme for Government that an exception might be made to that requirement …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 June]

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College ‘sorry’ for homophobic email about Zappone and wife

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

Ireland“Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone and her late wife Dr Ann Louise Gilligan were the subject of a homophobic email the same day the respected lecturer passed away. Dr Gilligan was cremated following a humanist ceremony held in The Helix auditorium on Saturday …” (more)

[Sarah Slater, Independent, 19 June]

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Change in university governance structures in continental Europe

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

Abstract: This article discusses changes with respect to university governance structures in six comprehensive universities in Europe. We present an analytical framework on the basis of which we conduct a comparative analysis of the university governance structures along four different dimensions: (a) the internal democratic nature of the governance structure, (b) the external involvement in university governance, (c) the level of centralisation of decision-making authority in the university and (d) the concentration of authority in an individual leadership position versus authority in a collective body or spread over various collective bodies.

Gornitzka, A, Maassen, P, de Boer, H, ‘Change in university governance structures in continental Europe’, Higher Education Quarterly (18 June 2017) http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12127.

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