Universities told to refund half of students’ tuition fees for failing to make up missed lectures during strikes

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on May 14th, 2019 by steve

“Students should be refunded at least 50% of their tuition fees for lost teaching time by universities that failed to minimise the disruption caused by last year’s lecturer strikes, the Office of the Independent Adjudicator has said. The independent body which looks at complaints across higher education, said that was the ‘starting point’ for those affected …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Independent, 14 May]

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NDAs: UK universities misusing ‘gagging orders’ described as ‘outrage’

Posted in Legal issues on May 5th, 2019 by steve

“Universities using ‘gagging orders’ to stop staff going public with claims of bullying or sexual misconduct is an ‘outrage’, according to a minister. Chris Skidmore said using non-disclosure agreements in this way risks the reputation of UK higher education …” (more)

[BBC News, 5 May]

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Work-Life Balance

Posted in Legal issues, Life on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new EU Work-Life Balance Directive has recently been agreed. The ultimate aim of this Directive is to improve gender equality by easing access to work-life balance arrangements for parents and carers and to boost the participation of men in family-related leaves of absence or flexible working arrangements …” (more)

[IFUT, 30 April]

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Students Demand the Right to Access Third-Level Education in Ireland as part of Global Campaign

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland are calling upon the Irish Government to include the right to third-level education in the Higher Education Authority Bill 2020, currently being considered by the Department of Education. This comes after a country-wide student call for access to education, backed up by a motion unanimously passed at USI’s Annual Congress, 2019 …” (more)

[USI, 29 April]

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Trinity lecturer wins unfair dismissal case over female circumcision comments

Posted in Legal issues on April 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A university lecturer at the centre of controversy last year over television comments he made about female genital mutilation (FGM) has won his unfair dismissal case against Trinity College Dublin (TCD) …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 23 April]

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Trinity lecturer awarded €6k for unfair dismissal following FGM controversy

Posted in Legal issues on April 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A university lecturer at the centre of controversy last year over TV comments he made about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has won his unfair dismissal case against Trinity College Dublin (TCD) …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 23 April]

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Ulster University spent £236k on ‘gagging’ staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 19th, 2019 by steve

“Ulster University spent £226k on settlements to staff that included ‘gagging clauses’ in the past two years, it has been revealed. The BBC has reported the figure was made up of six separate payments to staff, which included non-disclosure agreements (NDA) …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 18 April]

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Students Detained at Trinity Ball on Suspicion of Drug Offences

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Some 26 students were detained and searched by undercover Gardaí on suspicion of drug possession and supplying at Trinity Ball last Friday. The Irish Sun reported that €1,400 worth of drugs were seized by officers posing as students. The drugs seized included cocaine, ketamine and MDMA …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 17 April]

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UK universities pay out £90m on staff ‘gagging orders’ in past two years

Posted in Legal issues on April 17th, 2019 by steve

“UK universities have spent nearly £90m on payoffs to staff that come with ‘gagging orders’ in two years, raising fears that victims of misconduct at higher education institutions are being silenced. As many as 4,000 settlements, some of which are thought to relate to allegations of bullying, discrimination and sexual misconduct, have been made with non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) attached since 2017 …” (more)

[Simon Murphy, Guardian, 17 April]

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With Hazing, the Dignity and Respect Policy and the Junior Dean Are Failing

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just three weeks after The University Times exposed an evening of hazing, the Master of the Knights of the Campanile, Peter Ledbetter, released a triumphant statement declaring the exoneration of his society and its student members of any initiation practices. The public letter, addressed to ‘Fellow Knights’, not only represented an unblushing attempt to reduce serious accusations to – simply – ‘the student Knights had a party’, but offered a worrying insight into the way the College handles disciplinary investigations …” (more)

[University Times, 15 April]

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Lecturer sacked by Presbyterian college over radio remarks says he may quit Church

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 15th, 2019 by steve

“An academic who was dismissed from his teaching position at Union Theological College in Belfast last week has said he is considering leaving the Presbyterian Church. Professor Laurence Kirkpatrick said he is now on Jobseeker’s Allowance after a Church disciplinary panel found him guilty of ‘gross misconduct’ as a result of comments he made to BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme in June last year …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 15 April]

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State asks appeal court to dismiss ‘right to third level education’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on April 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Court of Appeal has reserved judgment on appeals by the State Examinations Commission and the Minister for Education and over parts of a High Court decision allowing student Rebecca Carter to take up a place at veterinary medicine at UCD …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 12 April]

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Student Conduct Committee to hear Knights case, after Junior Dean finds no hazing

Posted in Legal issues on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Student Conduct and Capacity Committee looks set to consider the case against the Knights of the Campanile following the Junior Dean’s dismissal of hazing allegations. Speaking to Trinity News, Editor of the University Times Eleanor O’Mahony said: ‘Essentially, the Junior Dean closed the investigation without speaking to us about it and without asking for evidence …'” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 11 April]

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Trinity College Dublin student at centre of ‘poisoning plot’ of his housemates

Posted in Legal issues on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A student at posh Trinity College Dublin is at the centre of an alleged poisoning plot of his housemates. The Irish Mirror has learned university bosses were alerted to a claim of bleach being placed in a coffee machine …” (more)

[Niall O’Connor, Irish Mirror, 11 April]

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Save UT campaign threaten legal action against SU Electoral Commission

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Save the University Times (UT) campaign threatened legal action against the Electoral Commission (EC), the Students’ Union body that organises and regulates referenda and elections, Trinity News has learned. In a letter sent by Prof Eoin O’Dell, legal counsel for the University Times, he alleges that the EC incorrectly applied rules for sabbatical officer elections to the referendum …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 9 April]

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Seventy-five bogus universities shut down in past four years

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 10th, 2019 by steve

“Seventy-five bogus universities have been closed in the past four years, amid warnings that the business in fake degrees is undermining the reputation of the UK higher education system around the world. The university watchdog the Higher Education Degree Datacheck (Hedd), which monitors fake degrees, has built up a register of 243 bogus institutions …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 8 April]

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A small spanner in the works for the essay mill cheats

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 9th, 2019 by steve

“PayPal is to stop providing services to essay mills – it is really good news. However, it is but one small step on the road to addressing this malign and corrosive influence on higher education …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 8 April]

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Knights of the Campanile group claim exoneration over ‘hazing’ allegations

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The all-male Trinity College Dublin society at the centre of an alleged ‘hazing’ controversy, has claimed a college investigation has concluded only that an ‘unauthorised party’ took place. The investigation was into the behaviour of The Knights of the Campanile, during an initiation ceremony for new members, held in the student residence of the society’s president, Ben Arrowsmith, in late February …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 4 April]

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UCC wins appeal over disclosure of loan details to RTÉ

Posted in Legal issues, Research on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge has overturned the information commissioner’s decision requiring University College Cork to disclose to RTÉ certain information about a €100 million loan agreement between the college and the European Investment Bank (EIB) …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 3 April]

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Student Arrested in Trinity Library for Abusive Behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A male student was removed from Trinity’s library by the Gardaí for being abusive to other students this afternoon. At around 4pm, Gardaí escorted an unnamed student from the first floor of the Berkeley library …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University Times, 3 April]

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