Pipers, Tunes and Payment in the Higher Education Sector

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

Ireland“Recent discussion on university funding has been on the basis of the Public Accounts Committee report. This, along with the RTÉ Prime-time Investigates program, has led to a perception of a state funded sector out of financial control. Both of these are wrong …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 24 July]

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State inquiry into NUIG whistleblower allegations

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Allegations of malpractice at NUI Galway, highlighted by a whistleblower, are now being investigated by the State’s spending watchdog. Education Minister Richard Bruton has confirmed that a ‘procurement issue’ at the university is being brought to the attention of the Office of the Comptroller & Auditor General …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 27 May]

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Watchdog: UL paid two staff €450k to leave jobs

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The state spending watchdog has found that the University of Limerick did not comply with good practice in offering two employees severance packages amounting to over €450,000 between them, following a review of high-value discretionary severance payments … ” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 8 April]

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Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology: Financial Statements 2013

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 28th, 2015 by steve

IrelandJohn McGuinness (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail): I remind members and witnesses to turn off their mobile phones as interference affects the sound quality and transmission of the meeting. I advise witnesses that they are protected by absolute privilege in respect of their evidence to the committee. However, if they are directed by it to cease giving evidence on a particular matter and continue to do so, they are entitled thereafter only to qualified privilege …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 September]

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Three college staff ‘with no formal role’ paid €627,000

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Three staff at a third-level college received €627,000 in salary payments between them – despite having no clear role. The staff did not have any defined duties following the amalgamation of the Tipperary Institute into Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) in September 2011, according to Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 25 September]

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PAC hears of three Limerick Institute of Technology staff earning €72k with nothing to do

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Three employees at Limerick Institute of Technology are earning up to €72,000 a year, with no work to do. The issue has been raised at a hearing of the Public Accounts Committee this morning …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 24 September]

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Dáil probe into ‘cash mountain’ of €160m in colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil’s spending watchdog is to investigate an ‘anomalous’ €160m cash mountain in Irish universities which is growing by €30m a year, the Irish Independent can reveal …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell and Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 August]

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New board for under-fire National College of Art and Design

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new board has been announced for the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) aimed at strengthening its governance and financial controls after recent controversies. Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan has named six new appointees including Niamh Brennan, academic director of the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 16 June]

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Taxpayers could end up footing €4.1m bill for student grant overpayment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has said it has made a number of changes to how the student grants system is run after a €4.1 million overspend in the 2012-2013 academic year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 June]

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SUSI problems addressed, PAC told

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Comptroller and Auditor General has told the Public Accounts Committee that he is happy to report that the initial problems at the SUSI grant system had been addressed and the performance had been significantly improved …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 11 June]

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SUSI wants to write off €4m overpayment of grants to students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The grant awarding agency, SUSI, is seeking a write off of €4m paid in error to third-level students in its first year of operation …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 April]

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Student Universal Support Ireland Administration

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 23rd, 2015 by steve

IrelandJonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her views on the report from the Comptroller and Auditor General on the issue of the operation of Student Universal Support Ireland; and her plans to make appropriate changes … ” (more)

[Dáil debates, 22 April]

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Valuable lessons to be learned from Susi

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“It was initially hailed as a fine example of public service reform, but in its first year of operation Susi was a disaster. And it’s now clear that it was a disaster waiting to happen because of inadequate planning …” (more)

[Editorial, Independent, 16 April]

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No excuses for the SUSI debacle in year one

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The chaos that engulfed SUSI in its first year of operation is perfectly understandable, and completely inexcusable, after reading the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, Séamus McCarthy …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 April]

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Concern over high rate of student grant appeals – Comptroller

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A report of the Comptroller and Auditor General has raised concern at the high level of successful appeals by applicants to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) for college grants …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 15 April]

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College says €1.2m in foundation ‘was not taxpayer cash’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A third-level college has insisted none of the €1.2m it has channelled to a charitable foundation was taxpayers’ money. The funds were transferred to the foundation in several tranches by St Patrick’s College in Drumcondra, Dublin, prompting concern from the Comptroller and Auditor General about the arrangement … ” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 12 February]

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Funding cut threat for poorly governed colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The higher education planning and policy body has threatened to withhold funding from third-level colleges which don’t keep up-to-date financial accounts …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 23 January]

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Provision of €104 million to NCAD described as ‘scandalous’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Public Accounts Committee have described as ‘scandalous’ the provision of €100 million to the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) at a time when its accounting practices were found to be unfit for purpose …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 22 January]

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College with ‘bad finances’ funded by €100m

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has been criticised for failing to properly monitor the financial affairs of the National College of Art and Design to which it has given more than €100m in funds in the last eight years …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 6 December]

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National College of Art and Design criticised by spending watchdog

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The National College of Art and Design has been criticised by the public spending watchdog for delays in preparing annual accounts and failure to comply with procurement guidelines …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 4 December]

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