Women only posts in Irish universities likely to be challenged in court

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

Ireland“The plan to establish up to 45 women-only posts in Irish universities over the next three years is likely to be challenged in court due to the plan being seen as ‘positive discrimination’ by some …” (more)

[Andrea Andres, University Observer, 29 January]

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Byne v Waterford IT [2019] IEHC 17 (22 January 2019)

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

IrelandJUDGMENT of Mr Justice Allen delivered on the 22nd day of January, 2019. On 14th May, 2001 the plaintiff was appointed as the chief officer of Waterford Institute of Technology for a term of ten years. The plaintiff’s title on his appointment was Director but following the coming into force of the Institutes of Technology Act, 2006 the plaintiff’s title was changed to President …” (more)

[Courts Service, 29 January]

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UL president asked to write to Garda Commissioner over report findings

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

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has been formally asked to write to the Garda Commissioner to ask if the findings of a report that was highly critical of the university should be investigated for fraud. Last Thursday, Dr Des Fitzgerald, appeared before the Dáil Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) over a number of long-running controversies related to the HR and finance departments at the university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 28 January]

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Public Accounts Committee: Special Report No 104 of the Comptroller and Auditor General: Waterford Institute of Technology – Development and Disposal of Intellectual Property in FeedHenry

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2019 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): We will now deal with item No 8 on today’s agenda, which is the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Special Report 104, which deals with Waterford Institute of Technology in respect of the development and disposal of intellectual property in FeedHenry. The Comptroller and Auditor General is joined by Shane Carton, deputy director of audit …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 January]

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Public Accounts Committee: Special Report No 103 of the Comptroller and Auditor General: Remuneration of certain senior staff in the University of Limerick and Institute of Technology Sligo

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2019 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): In this session we will examine the Comptroller and Auditor General’s special report No 103 on the handling of remuneration for certain senior staff in the University of Limerick and Institute of Technology Sligo. We have also requested an update on the implementation of Dr Thorn’s Independent Review of Certain Matters and Allegations Relating to the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 January]

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Former Waterford IT president loses case over failure to reappoint him

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

Ireland“A former president of Waterford Institute of Technology, Prof Kieran Byrne, has lost his High Court action over the college’s governing body’s decision not to reappoint him to the post. In his judgment on Tuesday, Mr Justice Senan Allen rejected Prof Byrne’s claim he was entitled to be reappointed as WIT president in 2011 …” (more)

[Aodhan O Faolain, Irish Times, 22 January]

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Former WIT president loses High Court action over college’s decision not to reappoint him

Posted in Legal issues on January 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The former president of Waterford Institute of Technology Professor Kieran Byrne has lost his High Court action over a decision by the college governing body not to reappoint him to the post …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 22 January]

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‘Positive discrimination’ fears surround women-only academic posts

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

Ireland“Concerns were raised that 45 new academic women-only posts could be seen as ‘positive discrimination’ in correspondence between government departments. The Department of Education had been seeking advice about the legality of creating professorship posts that would be open just to women …” (more)

[Ken Foxe, Irish Times, 21 January]

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Over €350,000 stolen from Maynooth University in money-laundering operation

Posted in Legal issues on January 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A 24-year-old man will be sentenced later as part of an investigation into a major money-laundering operation during which over €350,000 was stolen from Maynooth University …” (more)

[Jessica Magee, Irish Times, 12 January]

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‘Europe’s first university town’: Reaction to expansion plan for UL campus to Clare

Posted in Legal issues on December 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Concrete details are now needed regarding plans to build ‘Europe’s first 21st century university town’ on the Clare-side of the University of Limerick campus. With work expected to start in 2021, the €2 billion project has the potential to create 3,500 jobs in County Clare, according to Clare County Council (CCC) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 19 December]

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One step closer to gender equality in Irish higher education institutions

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

Ireland“On November 12th 2018, the Gender Equality Taskforce Action Plan for Higher Education 2018-2020 was launched by Irish Minister for Higher Education, Ms Mitchell O’Connor. In addition to this Action Plan, the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative has been launched, which foresees the creation of 45 senior academic posts for women in Higher Education colleges nationwide …” (more)

[ETUCE, 18 December]

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IFUT member gets contract after 20 month battle!

Posted in Legal issues on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After seven years of teaching and research in several positions and departments at my university I was supposed to be made redundant at the end of the academic year 2016/17. Being a member of IFUT I contacted my branch secretary in February 2017 to explore any possible claims I may have …” (more)

[IFUT, 17 December]

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Is it time for a new classification system for scientific misconduct?

Posted in Legal issues, Research on December 17th, 2018 by steve

International“Are current classification systems for research misconduct adequate? Toshio Kuroki – special advisor to the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and Gifu University – thinks the answer is no …” (more)

[Retraction Watch, 17 December]

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Ministers welcome plans to bring forward legislation to provide certainty to families on student accommodation costs

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Tuesday, 11 December) welcomed the publication of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 by Minister for Housing, planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD. The Ministers confirmed the intention to outline amendments to the legislation to include rent predictability measures for students living in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) under licence agreements, and in PBSA let by a public authority, for the first time …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 December]

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After TEP Dispute, Labour Court Grants Extra Holidays to Trinity Staff

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

Ireland“Trinity’s academic staff will enjoy extra annual leave this year, after a Labour Court ruling ended a long dispute over the additional workload caused by changes to the College’s year structure. The extra two days of annual leave have been awarded on a once-off basis, to compensate for disruption …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 9 December]

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Labour Court rules in favour of IFUT in holiday entitlement dispute

Posted in Legal issues on December 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Court has ruled in favour of a claim by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) in Trinity College Dublin for additional leave days in compensation for the introduction of new academic structures introduced by the college. The Court awarded two days’ leave on a once-off basis, in a case taken under Section 26(1) of the 1990 Industrial Relations Act …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 7 December]

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Lecturer threatens to sue after she is barred from university elections

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 7th, 2018 by steve

“An Ulster University lecturer has threatened to take legal action against her employers after being barred from standing in elections to its governing body. The University Council is responsible for oversight of all the institution’s affairs …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 7 December]

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Public servants ‘in limbo’ as law to change retirement age faces ‘tight’ Christmas deadline

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

Ireland“Public servants who are set to receive a way out of compulsory retirement could be forced to retire anyway with legislation to extend the age to 70 facing a ‘tight’ deadline to get passed through the Dáil before Christmas. The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Bill would increase the retirement age to 70 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 30 November]

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University of Limerick criticised for ‘misleading’ PAC over pension top-ups

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) has been severely criticised by members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for misleading it over pension top-ups to former staff. The university was the subject of a damning report earlier this week by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) about top-up pension payments totalling €1.2 million to two senior staff, during the tenure of former President Don Barry who left his post in 2017 …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 29 November]

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When ‘ineligible’ for a contract turned out to be anything but!

Posted in Legal issues on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The following letter is from a member, in a university outside Dublin, who was deemed ‘ineligible’ for a Contract of Indefinite Duration and, having initially accepted the decision, subsequently contacted IFUT who were able to resolve the matter to our member’s benefit …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 28 November]

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