RCSI set to get university status 235 years after it started training surgeons

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 200 years after it started training surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is set to become a university following passage of reforming education legislation. The legislation increases the powers of the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) the agency which has responsibility for quality and qualifications in further and higher education …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 11 July]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 Passes both Houses of the Oireachtas

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 was today (Thursday, 11th of July) passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas and will now be presented to the President for his signature. Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD said: ‘I am delighted to be able to say today that the Government has put in place protections for the staff and students of English language schools, with the passing of this Bill …'” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 July]

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Judge Petria McDonnell: Submission lodged with Justice Minister, Equalities Watchdog and Parliamentary Committee

Posted in Legal issues on July 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Plaintiffs in Burkes v NUI Galway have serious concerns regarding the conduct of Circuit Court Judge Petria McDonnell. Today, they lodged a formal submission with the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, the Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Emily Logan, and the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Equality …” (more, download)

[Burke Broadcast, 8 July]

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High Court appeal lodged in students’ discrimination case against NUIG

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

Ireland“The religious discrimination case of the four Burke siblings against NUIG is headed to the High Court as individual notices of appeal seeking another judge. They are pursuing their High Court appeal to seek a different judge for their case against NUIG after asking Judge Petria McDonnell to recuse herself at the Circuit Court hearing …” (more)

[Paul Kelly, Galway Daily, 4 July]

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Petition: Ulster University must take meaningful action to address serious failures of governance

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

“We have started a Petition in relation to the Review of the Industrial Tribunal which ruled that Ulster University had breached the Employment Rights Order (NI) by failing to consult the University and College Union (UCU) over staff cuts …” (more)

[UCU, 4 July]

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President of NUIG Students’ Union issues appeal to homeowners following new short term letting legislation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of the NUIG Students’ Union is appealing to homeowners in Galway to rent out rooms in a bid to deal with the ongoing crisis in student accommodation. The appeal follows the introduction of new regulations for short-term letting which came into force this week …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 2 July]

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An Independent Review of the Circumstances Leading up to the Employment Tribunal Judgement in the Case of University and College Union v Ulster University (Case Ref: 1717/16)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 3rd, 2019 by steve

“Here is a link to the ‘Independent Review of the Circumstances Leading up to the Employment Tribunal Judgement in the Case of University and College Union v Ulster University‘ …” (more)

[UCU, 2 July]

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Burglar who ‘targeted’ student homes in Limerick is jailed

Posted in Legal issues on July 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A young man who deliberately targeted and broke into several student houses in the Castletroy area of the city has been jailed for four and-a-half years …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 2 July]

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High Court application for recusal of Judge Petria McDonnell

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Burkes lodged an appeal in the High Court yesterday against Judge Petria McDonnell’s refusal to recuse herself from hearing their religious discrimination case against NUI Galway. They are seeking to have another judge take the case …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 29 June]

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University of Limerick criticised for ‘governance failure’ that may cost €1.2m

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has criticised the University of Limerick for what it has says is a ‘governance failure that could have cost the State €1.2 million’. The findings are contained in a document circulated among members of the PAC as they finalise their latest periodic report …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 27 June]

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Court drama continues in discrimination case against NUIG

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

Ireland“There was more drama this week at Galway Circuit Court in the ongoing case of the four Burke siblings against NUIG. The Burkes received a lifetime ban from all student societies at NUIG in 2014, in what they say was an act of discrimination based on their religion …” (more)

[Paul Kelly, Galway Daily, 22 June]

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Students who paid thousands to study in Ireland left ‘high and dry’ after agency closure

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Language students, who in some cases paid as much as €4,800 to study here, have been left ‘high and dry’ following the sudden closure of an agency offering packages across the country. A large number of Brazilian students, who arranged to study in Ireland through ‘Time2 Travel’, have been left in limbo after the company ceased operations …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 21 June]

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The Irish Universities Association called the government’s decision to reject its request for an exemption to rent caps ‘disappointing’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s universities have insisted that the huge rent increases faced by students in recent years ‘have been in privately owned accommodation’ rather than college-owned rooms, defending their decision to lobby for an exemption to new legislation that will impose rent caps on purpose-built student accommodation. In an email statement to The University Times …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 20 June]

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Making universities safe for trans people doesn’t threaten academic freedom

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 20th, 2019 by steve

“Last Sunday a letter appeared in the Sunday Times attacking the LGBT charity Stonewall for its work with British universities as a threat to academic freedom. For context, a non-paywalled version of the text is available here. The letter was signed by some reasonably prominent figures …” (more)

[Chris Bertram, Crooked Timber, 20 June]

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Universities lobbied for exemption to student housing rent caps

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s seven universities strongly lobbied to have college-owned student accommodation exempt from legislation to introduce rent caps and extra tenants’ rights for purpose-built student housing. The Irish Universities Association (IUA) claimed new legislation giving more tenancy rights to students would hamper colleges’ ability to deal with cases of alleged sexual assaults in campus accommodation …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 June]

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DCU’s ‘major, once off’ accounting issue caused delay in filing financial statements

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University suffered a ‘major, once off’ accounting issue last year which prevented it from filing its financial statements to the State’s spending watchdog on time. The issue arose from the consolidation of different parts of the college, DCU has told the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 20 June]

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The proceedings in Burkes v NUI Galway put on hold indefinitely

Posted in Legal issues on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The hearing of Burkes v NUI Galway began at 10:30am Tuesday with Judge Petria McDonnell presiding. Clíona Kimber SC, Counsel for NUI Galway, spoke near the outset, noting that NUI Galway had lifted the lifetime ban on the Plaintiffs (the Burkes). At this point, Judge McDonnell questioned or commented on whether the lifting of the lifetime ban ‘would render the whole thing moot’ (ie render the proceedings unnecessary) …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 19 June]

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Siblings banned for life from NUIG societies refuse college’s offer

Posted in Legal issues on June 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Four siblings who claim their freedom of speech and religious expression was curbed by NUI Galway have rejected a call from the university to drop their legal case. Isaac, Kezia, Ammi and Enoch Burke were banned for life from all student societies at the university on November 10th, 2014 …” (more)

[Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 18 June]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 16th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail): I welcome the opportunity to speak on this Bill relating to Quality and Qualifications Ireland, QQI. It is important to note one of the contexts in which this is relevant. There are only five or six countries in the world that are English speaking and the English language education market is a significant market in that regard. With the pending withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union in some shape or form, Ireland is the principal English language speaking destination and therefore English language education destination in the European Union …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 13 June]

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NUI Galway lifts ban on Christian students days before Court

Posted in Legal issues on June 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has lifted a lifetime ban on four Christian students in advance of a Circuit Court hearing next week. The University banned Isaac Burke, Kezia Burke, Enoch Burke and Ammi Burke for life from all student societies on 10 November 2014 …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 14 June]

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