University of Limerick president fears for ‘erosion of autonomy’ after controversies

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

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has expressed fears that the autonomy of universities will be ‘eroded’ if greater powers are granted to the Higher Education Authority. As a result of the UL controversy and high levels of spending in other third-level institutions, the Minister of Education and Skills is finalising provisions to grant more authority to the HEA …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 23 August]

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How should universities respond when academic freedom is under threat?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

“When European university leaders met last month for the annual European University Association conference in Bergen, Norway, top of the agenda was university independence and academic freedom. The focus on autonomy was timely …” (more)

[Paul Boyle, Times Higher Education, 13 May]

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Why Students’ Unions and Universities are on the Same Page Over Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Power and autonomy are big words. They’re terms that have come to frame the debate over abortion and the repeal of the eighth amendment. Now, the student movement has found a new use for them …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 5 April]

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The pace of academic life is not the problem – the lack of autonomy is

Posted in Life on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

“To many disgruntled with the quantification of scholarship, its impossible demands and meaningless metrics, it is the heightened pace of academic life that is the problem. For Alison Edwards, the crux of the problem is actually a lack of autonomy. Is it time for academics to take back control? …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 3 April]

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Temporary Contracts in Trinity Raise Questions Over University Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The dispute between Trinity and its support and service staff rumbles on, with SIPTU and Unite currently considering their options for further action and the issue gathering momentum. This week the issue was raised in the Dáil by Paul Murphy TD in a question to the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton …” (more)

[University Times, 29 January]

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University autonomy works and should not be compromised

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2016 by steve

UK“Underlying many of the residual concerns over the Higher Education and Research Bill (which begins its consideration by the House of Lords this week) is the issue of institutional autonomy – and rightly so.But it’s too easy for ‘autonomy!’ to be a rallying cry rather than a cohesive argument …” (more)

[Simon Gaskell, Wonkhe, 5 December]

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University Autonomy, and the Reasons Colleges Are Sceptical of Publicly Funded Education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Two weeks ago, at a talk at the Royal Irish Academy, Provost Patrick Prendergast asked something of a pointed question of the former Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Tom Boland …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 25 November]

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Fine Gael’s Election Manifesto on Third-Level Education is Excellent – But Can They Deliver?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“At a whopping 140 pages, Fine Gael’s Election 2016 Manifesto (published today) seems to have a lot. Everything from Disability, to Housing, and to Banking. In fact there are 29 separate sections – somebody has been working very hard to put this together. With so many sections, there can be no more than a few pages for each section – so I headed for the four and a half pages devoted to Education …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 16 February]

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The difficult questions concerning university autonomy and accountability

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“As readers of this blog will know, in 2011-12 I chaired a review of governance in Scottish higher education. The main products of the report we issued in 2012 so far are the Scottish Code of Good Governance and, more recently, a Bill now before the Scottish Parliament …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 August]

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The future of academic freedom and university autonomy – and why it matters

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2014 by steve

“The concepts of ‘academic freedom’ and ‘university autonomy’ tend to evoke different responses in readers: for academics and university managers, they are seen as the cornerstones of an enlightened education sector; for others, they are increasingly viewed with suspicion and scepticism …” (more)

[Jim Browne, Irish Times, 1 April]

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Subverting Irish university autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2013 by steve

“… And now, with remarkably little public attention regarding the implications, the government has announced its intention of introducing in 2014 a new piece of legislation in the form of a Universities (Amendment) Bill …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 September]

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The meaning of university ‘autonomy’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2013 by steve

“Just over three years ago, towards the end of my term of office as President of Dublin City University, I took part in a meeting between university presidents and members of the ‘strategy group’ chaired by Dr Colin Hunt who were then working on a new strategy for Irish higher education …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 18 June]

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University Autonomy and Structural Change

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2013 by steve

“Academics are very fond of autonomy. The vast majority would be of the view that universities are best left to run themselves with little or no interference from politicians, civil servants or other bureaucrats …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 28 January]

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Leave the Irish sector alone to get on with the task of renewal

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2013 by steve

“The state and its agencies must stop their constant interference with a national success story, argues Ferdinand von Prondzynski …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 24 January]

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The Irish higher education ‘landscape’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2013 by steve

“As part of the process that will, we are told, produce a newly reconfigured Irish higher education system, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has produced another document pointing further in the direction of where it would like the system to go …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 January]

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What will happen in education in 2013?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2012 by steve

“… There will be increasing speculation about Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn’s future. Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn can reflect on 2012 with quiet satisfaction. Key elements of his reform programme, such as changes to the Junior Cert and school patronage, are up and running …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 18 December]

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Universities Bill will stifle the innovation we need

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 20th, 2012 by steve

“The Bill is a knee-jerk reaction by regulators who have failed to keep time with the pace of change in modern tertiary education, with changing educational markets or with the balance of accountability and flexibility needed to confront national and international challenges …” (more)

[Brian Lucey, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Coming to grips – or not – with university autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2012 by steve

“When I undertook the task in 2011 of chairing the review of higher education governance in Scotland (the report can be read here), one of the recurring themes in submissions made to us was the imperative of university autonomy …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 20 November]

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Academics have a case, but little public support

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 30th, 2012 by steve

“It may seem cheeky for universities to be challenging the Government’s right to give itself full authority over pay and staffing numbers. After all, the State exercises such control over other parts of the public service, including institutes of technology – why should the universities be any different? …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 October]

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Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2012 by steve

“… Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn’s amendment to the Universities Act, which requires colleges to comply with Government pay rules, is causing consternation across higher education. Mike Jennings, the astute head of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, sees it as the ‘biggest threat to university autonomy in decades’ …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 30 October]

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