Cambridge University ‘Class Lists’ Could Be Scrapped Under New Data Protection Laws

Posted in Legal issues on February 16th, 2017 by steve

“A 250-year-old Cambridge University tradition of publishing students’ exam results outside the Senate House could be banned under new data protection laws. The legislation, set to come into force in May 2018, is likely to deem the current system of posting ‘class lists’ as illegal …” (more)

[Jasmin Gray, Huffington Post, 16 February]

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4000 ecstasy tablets destined for Galway rag week seized by gardaí

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí in Galway have arrested two men in connection with the seizure of cannabis and ecstasy. As part of ongoing joint investigations targeting drug trafficking in the Galway area, a joint intelligence led operation was conducted by Revenue’s Customs Drugs Law Enforcement and the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau supported by officers from the Galway Regional Drugs Unit …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 10 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Payments – Overpayment of Maintenance Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Charlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there have been a number of write-offs with regard to recouping paid funds in each of the years since SUSI was formed in relation to discovered overpayment of maintenance grants by SUSI; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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Legislative Measures – Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMary Butler (Waterford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the proposed timeframe for the Technological Universities Bill; when it will be before Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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Benefit concert announced! Tiernan to host; The Stunning, My Fellow Sponges featured

Posted in Legal issues on February 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Save the date: Wednesday, March 29th! Three local acts — The Stunning, Tommy Tiernan and My Fellow Sponges — will play a benefit concert supported by the NUI Galway Students’ Union with all proceeds going towards the legal costs of the five women taking court cases against NUI Galway …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 10 February]

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Gardaí prepare for RAG Week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Galway Gardaí are preparing for this year’s unofficial RAG Week ‘celebrations’, which take place next week. There were 43 public order incidents attributed to the event last year, ten alone on so-called Donegal Tuesday …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 8 February]

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Hey student! Turn those lecture notes into cash!

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on February 7th, 2017 by steve

“I wrote here recently about the companies exploiting students and profiteering from helping them cheat. In similar vein there seems to have been a significant growth in websites which enable students to sell lecture notes to their fellow students …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Registrarism, 7 February]

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Senators to Introduce New Bill After Trinity Lecturer’s Discrimination Case Fails

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Following the rejection of former lecturer David Parris’s claim of discrimination at the European Court of Justice last year, Trinity senator Ivana Bacik has submitted a bill to the Seanad that would amend College’s current pension regulations …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 6 February]

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Gold-Digger Clauses and LGBT Rights: The Trinity Lecturer Fighting for his Pension

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In 1983, David Norris brought a case to the Irish Supreme Court, arguing that the criminalisation of homosexual behaviour was unconstitutional. The case, perhaps unsurprisingly, failed. Yet it would be the start of a revolution in Irish attitudes to homosexuality, marking the beginning of the slow, incremental movement towards marriage equality …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 6 February]

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University College Galway (Amendment) Bill 2017

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Bill Number 6 of 2017. Sponsored by Deputy Eamon Ó Cuív. Source: Private Member. Method: Introduced. Status: New Bill. ‘Bill entitled an Act to rescind the University College Galway (Amendment) Act 2006 and amend the University College Galway Act 1929 …'” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 1 February]

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UL receives ‘no complaints’ over College Court house party

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has confirmed that it has not received any complaints in relation to a house party in neighbouring College Court that was reportedly attended by upwards of 400 people and spiralled ‘out of control’. However, Gardaí at Henry Street have confirmed that they are investigating the incident, video footage of which is circulating online …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 30 January]

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Minister due to meet University of Limerick whistleblowers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A meeting with the Minister for Education has been scheduled for the coming weeks with three whistleblowers associated with the University of Limerick’s finance department, who staged a sit-in at the Department of Education in Dublin this week. An exact date has been scheduled with the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, which will possibly be brought forward if he is in Limerick before that date …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 27 January]

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Students left fighting for lives after taking enough caffeine for 300 cups of coffee in botched university experiment

Posted in Legal issues, Research on January 26th, 2017 by steve

“Two students were nearly killed after they were given enough caffeine for 300 cups of coffee during a botched science experiment. Northumbria University has been fined £400,000 for the incident in March 2015 …” (more)

[Henry Bodkin, Telegraph, 25 January]

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University of Limerick whistleblowers stage sit-in at Department

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trio say they are are ‘not prepared to wait any longer’ for resolution. Three whistleblowers in the University of Limerick’s finance department are continuing their sit-in at the Department of Education and Skills in Dublin this Monday afternoon …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 23 January]

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Department of Education occupied over UL claims ‘inaction’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A group of protesters says it has occupied the Department of Education head office in Dublin to highlight ‘inaction’ regarding allegations of misconduct at University of Limerick. The five individuals, who include at least three people who worked in the college’s finance department, are seeking an independent investigation into concerns over irregular expenses claims and human resources issues …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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College director’s High Court challenge dropped

Posted in Legal issues on January 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The director of a post-Leaving Cert college has dropped a legal challenge aimed at restraining disciplinary proceedings against him. Brian Harkin, director of Kerry College of Further Education in Tralee, had been seeking an injunction against Kerry Education and Training Board …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 18 January]

Legislation Programme for Spring/Summer Session 2017 – 3rd level

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThe Legislation Programme for the Spring/Summer Session is now published. None of the priority legislation relates directly to third level. Other legislation mentioned is:

Bills that are expected to undergo Pre-Legislative Scrutiny: Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Amendment) Bill. ‘To amend the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 to address some issues that have arisen regarding the scope of QQI’s responsibilities in relation to recognition of awards and regulation of private and voluntary providers, to ensure adequate protection of enrolled learners where providers discontinue a programme, and to give greater authority to Institutes of Technology to award Level 9 qualifications.’ Heads are currently being drafted – no date given for scrutiny to commence.

Bills already on Dáil Order Paper: Technological Universities Bill 2015. Currently awaiting Committee stage. Given the broad degree of consensus that would be needed to pass this, and the opposition from various quarters, it seems unlikely to proceed further at any time soon.

Other Legislation: (1) Higher Education (Reform) Bill. ‘To modernise the legislative framework underpinning the governance and functions of the Higher Education Authority and the governance structures of the universities.’ Heads are currently being drafted. This is largely a matter of updating the HEA’s governing legislation, and perhaps tinkering with universities’ governing bodies – not a priority on anyone’s list, I would imagine.

Other Legislation: (2) Universities (Amendment) Bill. ‘To ensure compliance with government guidelines on remuneration, allowances, pensions and staffing numbers in the University sector.’ Heads approved in October 2012, drafting is underway. This bill serves largely as a scarecrow meant to terrify universities that might be tempted to flout existing controls – a role it can perform perfectly well without being on the statute book. Again, it’s hard to see why anyone would be in a hurry to spend legislative time on actually enacting it.

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Looming RAG Week raises fear

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Residents living near UCC say they are fearful of yet another out-of-control RAG week which last year saw drunken revellers jumping on cars, setting bonfires, urinating on the front doors of houses and smashing bottles on the streets …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 16 January]

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Queen’s Publishes EU Referendum Paper

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research on January 16th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s have published an EU Exit Institutional Position Paper which sets out the key issues arising from the referendum result which will impact the University. There are four key issues, as set out below: Access to EU Research Funding; Status of Current and Future EU Staff; Student Recruitment and Mobility; Relationship with the Republic of Ireland …” (more, download)

[QUB, 16 January]

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Gender-isory

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This November marks the second anniversary of my successful gender equality case at the Equality Tribunal against NUI Galway for its failure to appoint me to the post of Senior Lecturer. It was hailed as a landmark case and should have been a call to arms, not just for NUI Galway, but for all third-level institutions. However, the awakening is slow and I doubt that much has changed on the ground – or in attitudes amongst university management …” (more)

[Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, Village Magazine, 10 January]

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