New £45m Armagh college campus ‘threat to otters’

Posted in Legal issues on January 27th, 2020 by steve

“Otter activity at a Co Armagh lake could be harmed by building a new £45 million college campus on its shoreline, the High Court was told. Lawyers for a grandmother who lives close to the parkland site claimed it is currently used by the aquatic mammals with European protected species …” (more)

[Alan Erwin, Belfast Telegraph, 27 January]

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Firm sues Trinity over contract for managing visitors to college and Book of Kells

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A dispute over a contract for management of visitors to Dublin’s Trinity College, including to the Book of Kells, has come before the Commercial Court. Future Ticketing Ltd (FTL), with offices at Axis Business Park, Tullamore, Co Offaly, disputes how a €620,000 contract for supply of a Visitor Attracting Management System (VAMS) was awarded, following a public procurement process, to Ticketsolve Ltd, with offices at the Digital Hub, Dublin …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Examiner, 27 January]

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Universities hit with 250 claims over seven years

Posted in Legal issues on January 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Compensation claims for horseplay at Trinity College were among more than 250 cases levelled at four leading Irish universities in the last seven years. University College Cork was hit with claims totalling nearly €1m in the last seven years …” (more)

[Lynne Kelleher, Independent, 19 January]

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UCC gives update on Khan family deportation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork’s Students’ Union and Sanctuary Working Group have issued a joint statement in relation to the Khan family’s deportation order. Four brothers Hamza, Zubair, Umair and Mutjuba Khan, along with their sister Shazadi and parents Mubeen and Hina Mubeen, were facing deportation from Ireland after being refused international protection …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 17 January]

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Gardaí Launch Murder Inquiry After Death of Cork IT Student

Posted in Legal issues on January 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A murder investigation is underway in Cork City following the tragic death of a 20-year-old studying in Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 17 January]

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PhD student awarded €13,035 damages against NUI Galway over final ‘viva’ exam delay

Posted in Legal issues on January 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A PhD mathematical student has won his action against NUI Galway over a delay in scheduling his final ‘viva’ exam, which delayed his graduation and damaged his employment prospects. Isaac Burke (27), of Castlebar Co Mayo, who represented himself in the proceedings, was awarded damages of €13,035 by Judge Raymond Groarke at Galway Circuit Civil Court for breach of contract …” (more)

[Eavan Murray, Independent, 16 January]

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UCC and CIT pay almost €350k on compo claims

Posted in Legal issues on January 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology have paid out over €300,000 in compensation claims during the past five years. The Cork colleges’ insurers have paid out €347,085 in total, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 10 January]

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NUIG body reforms expenses regime

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has updated its policies after an investigation found a charity set up to raise funds for the university shelled out money for luxury hotels and travel for directors’ spouses. Last month, an investigation by the Charities Regulator found that the Galway University Foundation spent close to €50,000 on business class flights …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 9 January]

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‘Academic Discipline Integration by Contract Cheating Services and Essay Mills’

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on January 7th, 2020 by steve

Abstract: Contract cheating services are marketing to students at discipline level, using increasingly sophisticated techniques. The discipline level reach of these services has not been widely considered in the academic integrity literature. Much of the academic understanding of contract cheating is not discipline specific, but the necessary solutions to this problem may need to vary by discipline. This paper reviews current knowledge about contract cheating services at the discipline level, including summarising four studies that rank the relative volume of contract cheating within different academic disciplines. The reviewed studies show high volumes of contract cheating transactions in the disciplines of Business and Computing. Examples of discipline level contract cheating research and service advertising are provided. The main contribution of the paper is an analysis of the discipline level reach by contract cheating services as seen through an analysis of Google search results from the United Kingdom. This analysis of 19 discipline groups uses measures of organic search engine results, paid results and competition. Three discipline groups are shown as currently being heavily exploited by essay mills; these are: (1) Architecture, Building and Planning, (2) Computer Science and (3) Law. In addition, the discipline group of Creative Arts and Design is shown to be at risk of future exploitation. The paper recommends that academics are made aware about continual change in the contract cheating industry including the involved marketing taking place at discipline level. The paper concludes with a call to action for academia to develop discipline specific solutions to contract cheating.

Lancaster, T, Academic Discipline Integration by Contract Cheating Services and Essay Mills. Journal of Academic Ethics (2020), doi:10.1007/s10805-019-09357-x. Published: 7 January 2020.

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Trinity To Be Sued Over New Book of Kells Ticketing System Contract

Posted in Legal issues on January 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The company in charge of ticket sales for the Book of Kells is suing Trinity in an attempt to stop the College from awarding the ticket system contract to another company. The company, Future Ticketing, has had the contract to run the ticketing system for the Book of Kells for several years, and now says that the tendering process Trinity is using to award the new contract is illegal, the Times.co.uk has reported …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 January]

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Institutes of Technology Gain New Award-Giving Powers in Win for Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government today granted institutes of technology award-giving powers, in what amounts to a win for the autonomy of regional colleges. Institutes of technology will now be able to independently grant their students degrees, giving them equal rights to universities. The institutes won’t, however, be able to grant doctoral awards …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 1 January]

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Universities: milking publicly funded positions for personal profit

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

Ireland“Unique universities: now the only place where senior public officers can live abroad, have few checks on expenses and tax, and benefit personally from public funding of gene patents. The exploitation of tax funds for private personal gains by state sector employees, particularly at universities. UCC as example. The public is funding things like applications for human gene patents …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 21 December]

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Students’ Union to meet with NUIG President following regulator report on University Foundation

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

Ireland“The NUI Galway Student’s Union is today meeting with the President of the University to discuss the recently published Charities Regulator inspection report on the University Foundation. The inspection examined areas including funds spent on taxi services, business class flights and 4 or 5 star accommodation and funds used on spousal travel …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 18 December]

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Galway University Foundation highlights regulator report found charity to be ‘well run organisation’

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

Ireland“Galway University Foundation has welcomed the publication of an inspection report from the Charities Regulator and has stressed it has fully addressed two areas where improvements were deemed necessary. The charity has moved to highlight the finding that the Foundation was a ‘well run organisation’ …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 17 December]

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Minister criticises ‘lack of transparency ’ at NUI Galway charity

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

Ireland“Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has criticised a charity linked to NUI Galway for its ‘lack of transparency and oversight’ on spending on taxis, business class flights and five-star hotels. The Charities Regulator’s investigation into Galway University Foundation, a charity that fundraises for the university, found it did not have adequate controls over travel expenses or credit-card based expenditure …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 December]

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USI lobby for lower health insurance costs for international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on December 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) are encouraging their members to lobby Senators to make amendments to the Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2019 that would prevent international students from facing significant rises in the cost of health insurance during their time in Ireland …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 17 December]

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NUIG charity criticised over premium flights and 5-star hotel spending

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

Ireland“An investigation by the Charities Regulator into the National University of Ireland Galway’s (NUIG) fundraising charity found spending on luxury 5-star hotels, business class flights and taxi trips from Galway to Dublin were ‘inconsistent’ with value for money policies. The charities watchdog launched an investigation into spending following concerns raised back in June 2017 over hospitality and travel expenses …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 16 December]

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Lecturer on separate precarious contracts and low pay – until IFUT secured full-time lecturing status

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I have been working for one of the large universities in Ireland for almost a decade, holding year-to-year hourly-teaching contracts, without summer pay, payment for meetings, and the extensive preparation required for delivering high-quality lectures …” (more)

[IFUT, 6 December]

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Emails outside working hours: are they against employment law?

Posted in Legal issues, Life on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It is common for many employees to send, read and reply to work emails at all hours of the day and night, including weekends. This change in work culture developed in recent decades and has accelerated with the advent of smartphones. But is this a breach of employment law? …” (more)

[Darius Whelan, The Conversation, 6 December]

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Belfast Holyland residents ‘at wits end’ as universities probe scores of anti-social behaviour cases

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 28th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University is investigating 100 cases of anti-social behaviour in the Holyland area of Belfast since the beginning of term. Figures obtained by the BBC show that the cases had come before the university’s disciplinary officers up to October 11. They are currently ongoing. Ulster University (UU) has issued 47 written warnings to students living in the area from the start of the academic year in September until November 7 …” (more)

[Gareth Cross, Belfast Telegraph, 28 November]

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