Byrne welcomes passage of Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has welcomed the passage of the Technological Universities Bill. Deputy Byrne said, ‘The passing of this Bill has been a long time coming and it has been a key priority for Fianna Fáil to see its passage through the Dáil …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 24 January]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor successfully steers the Technological Universities Bill through the Dáil last night

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Universities Bill has now completed all stages in the Dáil and moves a step closer to enactment. The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD has secured the passage of the Technological Universities Bill through the Dáil last night. Minister Mitchell O’Connor said, ‘Today marks a significant milestone in progressing this vital piece of legislation …'” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 January]

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Technological universities a step closer following passage of Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The creation of new technological universities has moved a step forward after legislation paving the way for the move was passed by the Dáil. The Technological Universities Bill provides for the merger of existing Institutes of Technology and the creation of a new category of university. Ten of the State’s 14 Institutes of Technology form part of four separate groups in Dublin, Munster, Connacht-Ulster and the southeast who are bidding to become technological universities …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Colleges defend asking job applicants their political persuasion

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2018 by steve

“Further education colleges have defended asking job applicants which political party best represents their views on equality monitoring forms. The issue was first raised in December over the question being used for South Eastern Regional College (SERC) posts. And further concerns have been raised after it was noticed on monitoring forms for Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC) applicants …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, The Irish News, 24 January]

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New era at NUI Galway: Let’s hope it bodes well for women’s promotions

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new era has begun at NUI Galway. We hope it becomes the era of gender equality where the women who have filed discrimination suits against the university are – after what is now a nine-year wait – finally promoted. Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, a Galway native, took over as president of the university this month, ending the 10-year reign of Dr Jim Browne. Dr Browne gave a stunning parting interview to Cois Coiribe, NUI Galway’s annual magazine for alumni, that at best could be described as hypocritical …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 24 January]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“… Mary Mitchell O’Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): Amendment No 17 proposed by Deputy Martin seeks to increase the membership of the governing body of a technological university by increasing by one the possible maximum number of undergraduate members. Internationally, the size and composition of governing authorities of higher education institutions have been changing. The model generally favoured is a more managerial one with a smaller number of members and a majority of non-academic lay people …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 23 January]

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University chief confirms legal dispute with contractors but hopes for an ‘early resolution’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 20th, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University bosses have confirmed to staff that it is involved in legal action with its contractors over its already delayed £250m city campus and said they are attempting to solve disputes ‘through mediation’ despite claims of a further three-year setback …” (more)

[John Mulgrew, Belfast Telegraph, 20 January]

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Ulster University’s Belfast campus faces delay to 2022 amid legal actions

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

“Ulster University’s already delayed £250m city campus could be delayed by another three years to 2022 amid ongoing disputes and legal actions against firms building it, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal …” (more)

[John Mulgrew, Belfast Telegraph, 18 January]

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Ulster University misses staff compensation deadline

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

“Ulster University (UU) has apologised for failing to pay over £1m in compensation to 143 former employees by an agreed date. The former staff are each due to receive 90 days worth of salary after an industrial tribunal judgement …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 17 January]

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Open access in Germany: the best DEAL is no deal

Posted in Legal issues, Research on December 31st, 2017 by steve

“In the worldwide campaign to shift academic publishing to open access, the Germans are fighting a major battle. To many, they look like heroes. ‘Projekt DEAL’ is the name of a German national consortium that includes university libraries and scientific organisations. The consortium has been working towards an agreement with Elsevier that, if the Germans have their way, would make papers by German authors in journals published by Elsevier freely available (open access), at a substantially lower rate than Elsevier is currently charging …” (more)

[Alex Holcombe and Bjoern Brembs, Times Higher Education, 27 December]

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Disrupting the Status Quo? Discrimination in Academic Promotions

Posted in Legal issues on December 22nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandAbstract: In June 2016 the HEA Report of the Expert Group stated that there was a need for ‘radical action’ without which they could not guarantee that Higher Education Institutes would ‘ever be free of gender inequality’. This report was commissioned in the aftermath of the now high profile case of Sheehy Skeffington v National University of Ireland Galway (DEC-E2014-078) and the controversy surrounding this decision. This article addresses the decision in Sheehy Skeffington v NUI Galway, the fallout from that decision and the recommendations of the Gender Equality Review as regards recruitment and promotion. In particular, this article looks at that recommendation considered most radical, yet also considered necessary, namely the introduction of mandatory gender quotas. This article seeks to assess why it was deemed necessary for the Expert Review Group to recommend the introduction of mandatory quotas and to posit the question: what happens if the HEIs do not comply with that recommendation?

Quinlivan, Shivaun, Disrupting the Status Quo? Discrimination in Academic Promotions (July 18, 2017). Irish Employment Law Journal 2017, 14(3), 68-75.

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Failed exam candidate gets right to written paper in ECJ ruling

Posted in Legal issues on December 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a written exam paper amounts to personal data and can be accessed by its author. The judgment is the culmination of a legal process lasting more than eight years in which an accountancy student sought a copy of his exam script after failing the test on a number of occasions. In 2009, Peter Nowak, a student with Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), asked to view his exam scripts with a view to challenging the result …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 20 December]

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‘People are at their wits’ end’ – Families ‘sold homes’ to escape anti-social students, says senator

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Fine Gael Senator has said families in his constituency have been forced to sell their homes due to anti-social behaviour by college students. Jerry Buttimer raised the issue at the Cork City Joint Policing Committee recently. ‘This term has been the worst term I’ve seen in recent years in terms of anti-social behaviour of some students’, he said, according to the Irish Examiner …” (more)

[Independent, 21 December]

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Houses sold over Cork students’ behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Families have been forced to sell their homes in Cork’s university quarter because of a surge in anti-social student behaviour, the leader of the Seanad has claimed. However, it has emerged that UCC student leaders have decided to cancel future ‘Christmas Day’ events after a flood of complaints from residents about student drunkeness after this year’s event last month …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 20 December]

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Complaint upheld after UCD student asked to pay almost €500 more in fees than advertised

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on December 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) has upheld a complaint made against University College Dublin (UCD) over the cost of a masters course. Details on the UCD School of Medicine website for a two-year part-time masters course …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 December]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Report Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… Mary Mitchell O’Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): This is the first of a number of technical amendments relating to investigator powers. The amendment specifically provides for the inclusion in the Long Title of the Bill of a reference providing for the investigation into the performance of functions regarding institutes of technology, including the Dublin Institute of Technology. This provision is comprehended in the function and governance of technological universities …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 14 December]

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Government ‘drops’ plans for powers to investigate universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government has dropped controversial plans to amend legislation before Christmas to allow for investigators to be appointed to examine wrongdoing by universities, according to well-placed sources. Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced plans earlier this year to allow for Government-appointed inspectors to investigate issues of concern in legislation due be passed before Christmas …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 December]

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‘Landmark decision’ by Labour Court on fixed-term contacts for researchers

Posted in Legal issues on December 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Court this week ordered the re-employment of a researcher made redundant by Maynooth University in April 2016. The ruling resulted from a case taken by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) under Fixed-TermWorkers legislation …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 12 December]

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Galway TD clashes with Education Minister in Dáil over NUIG Irish language requirement

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

Ireland“A Galway TD has challenged the Education Minister in the Dáil over legislation to ensure all future presidents of NUI Galway are fluent in Irish. It’s after management at the university recently decided to change recruitment criteria …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 7 December]

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NUIG urged to resolve issue of four women seeking promotion

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The chair of NUI Galway women’s staff network has called on the outgoing university president to resolve the situation of four academics taking legal action over lack of promotion. Dr Rachel Hilliard said NUIG president Dr Jim Browne ‘still has time’ to address the issue before he leaves his post at the end of this year …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 7 December]

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