Concern over lack of oversight involving sale of spin-out company

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) retained less than €1 million from the €65 million sale of a spin-out company developed on its campus, according to a special report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG). The report also raises concerns over the WIT’s governing body’s lack of oversight of the sale, including issues such as changes to the institute’s equity stake and conflicts of interest involving senior staff members …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 November]

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Former president of Waterford IT claiming damages over failure to reappoint him

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The former president of Waterford Institute of Technology has claimed before the High Court he was humiliated and his reputation damaged after the college’s governing body declined to reappoint him to the post …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 14 November]

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WIT’s management of company sale criticised in report

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The State’s financial watchdog has criticised how Waterford Institute of Technology managed the development and subsequent sale of a campus company called FeedHenry Limited for €63.5m. The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) said that due to the potential value of the technology …” (more)

[Ingrid Miley, RTÉ News, 13 November]

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Former president of Waterford Institute of Technology sues over failure to reappoint him

Posted in Legal issues on November 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The former president of Waterford Institute of Technology, Professor Kieran Byrne, has claimed before the High Court he was humiliated and his reputation damaged after the college governing body declined to reappoint him to the post. The decision not to reappoint Prof Byrne as president was taken after a newspaper published an article concerning the level of expenditure of the president’s office during his tenure …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 13 November]

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Female-only university posts set to be challenged in courts

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government is braced for legal challenges to its plan to fund women-only posts in universities. But a solicitor who specialises in employment law has said the plan would likely stand up to any challenge under equality legislation …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Luke Byrne, Independent, 12 November]

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IFUT’s success with temporary contracts and occasional hours

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“IFUT has achieved significant progress related to employment contracts and terms and conditions for University Lecturers employed on temporary contracts and occasional hours …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 November]

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Resolving sensitive staff contract issues

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Issues around contracts can be one of the most difficult and challenging. Understanding or trying to address issues can be both confusing and intimidating for individual employees. While universities regularly resort to temporary contracts as a money saving strategy …” (more)

[IFUT, 6 November]

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Waterford IT lecturer waiting eight months to receive WRC award

Posted in Legal issues on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is yet to pay awards to two female staff members who successfully brought cases to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) on back wages, following delays in their progression from assistant lecturer to lecturer. This has lead staff to pursue industrial action in support of the two women …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 7 November]

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Call for ‘urgent’ treatment as court hears man broke into college to find portal to another dimension

Posted in Legal issues on November 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A judge said it was a matter of extreme urgency to get a bed for a 14-day Central Mental Hospital assessment for a man who broke in an art college to find a portal to another dimension free of demons. The 24-year-old man appeared again at Cork Circuit Criminal Court following a finding last week that he was not guilty by reason of insanity to seven different charges …” (more)

[Liam Heylin, Irish Examiner, 6 November]

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Trinity Sport Accidentally Leaks Personal Information of 168 Sports Scholar Applicants

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Sport accidentally leaked personal information and statements of 168 applicants for the College’s sports scholarships, in an email sent out to this year’s sports scholars. In the email, which was obtained by The University Times, students were asked to fill in a form attached to accept their scholarship …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 2 November]

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UL president hopes that ‘very grave matters are dealt with fully and finally’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has ‘a sharp focus’ on ensuring ‘very grave matters are dealt with fully and finally’ at the university, the UL president has told staff. In a letter to staff this Tuesday morning, Dr Des Fitzgerald updated his UL colleagues on changes made at the university, ahead of the publication of a special report carried out by the Comptroller and Auditor General …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 30 October]

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‘Graduate students’ experiences of plagiarism by their professors’

Posted in Legal issues, Research on October 29th, 2018 by steve

Abstract: This study expands the inquiry about an egregious form of academic misconduct. Participants consist of graduate students who reported a violation of academic integrity because a professor plagiarised their academic work. Based on data collected through interviews and documents, interpretative phenomenological analysis is used to examine participants’ experiences. A key research finding of relevance to Higher Education policy is: individuals in positions of authority failed to resolve the reports. This study calls for more education about authorship. Equally important, universities need clear reporting procedures and protections for students when they report academic violations.

Kimberly D Becker, Graduate students’ experiences of plagiarism by their professors, Higher Education Quarterly. First published: 29 October 2018. https://doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12179.

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‘A Legally Constructed Underclass of Workers? The Deportability and Limited Work Rights of International Students in Australia and the United Kingdom’

Posted in Legal issues on October 28th, 2018 by steve

Abstract: International students have not traditionally been the focus of labour law scholarship, in part because their central purpose in a foreign country is to study rather than work. It is also generally accepted that there is no special reason to focus on international students as a distinct category of workers. This article attests to the particular vulnerability of international students in domestic labour markets, drawing on a comparative study of government policy and practice in relation to international students in Australia and the UK. Immigration rules in both jurisdictions frame the manner in which international students engage in the labour market during their studies. These rules restrict the hours in which international students can engage in paid work during semester, and if breached can result in the international students being deported from the host country. This has the effect of limiting the job market for international students, increasing the power of employers and reducing the likelihood international students will report exploitative work. Instead of strict work hour limits and deportation for breach, governments should rely on other regulatory mechanisms for ensuring international students are present in the host country for the purpose of education rather than work.

Joanna Howe, A Legally Constructed Underclass of Workers? The Deportability and Limited Work Rights of International Students in Australia and the United Kingdom, Industrial Law Journal, https://doi.org/10.1093/indlaw/dwy021. Published: 24 October 2018.

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Legislation needed for HEA to regulate ‘as expected’ in relation to matters at UL

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority does not have ‘the powers to do what is expected of a regulatory body’ in relation to some of the matters raised at the University of Limerick, the Public Accounts Committee has heard …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 27 October]

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Supreme Court to hear appeal by UCC over flooding at campus in 2009

Posted in Legal issues on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by University College Cork over findings the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) is not liable for extensive flood damage to campus buildings after floods affected Cork city in 2009. UCC’s action is among about 400 sets of proceedings initiated against the ESB arising from the flooding …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 25 October]

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University of Limerick whistleblowers urge Minister to intervene in dispute

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Two whistleblowers from the University of Limerick’s finance department have urged the Minister for Education to intervene in their ongoing dispute with the university. Almost a year after UL first lifted the suspensions of two staff members who raised concerns about financial practices, the employees known as Persons B and C have yet to return to work …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 19 October]

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DCU may discipline society members over ‘nude acts’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University is examining disciplinary action against students on foot of ‘nude acts’ which took place during a meeting of the college’s accounting and finance society. The university said it had initiated a process under its student code of conduct and discipline with a view to potential disciplinary action in relation to reports of ‘grossly inappropriate behaviour’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 October]

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DCU students may face disciplinary action after frat-style games involving ‘nude acts’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“DCU has initiated a process under its ‘Student Code of Conduct and Discipline’ with a view to potential disciplinary action in relation to reports of ‘grossly inappropriate behaviour at a meeting of the Accounting and Finance student society’. In a statement, DCU pointed to a clause in the code of conduct, which states that ‘students must conduct themselves in such a way as not to bring themselves or the University into disrepute’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Ian Begley, Independent, 17 October]

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Public Sector Pay – Compulsory Retirement Age

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 11th, 2018 by steve

IrelandMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if public sector employees that are to be allowed to work beyond 65 years of age in certain circumstances will continue to be paid at the point on the increment scale they were at when they reached 65 years of age; the position in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 October]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 completes second stage in Seanad Éireann

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomed the completion of second stage of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 in Seanad Éireann. This Bill will amend the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 which established Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the national agency with responsibility for external quality assurance and qualifications across the further and higher education sectors …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 October]

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