Higher Education Authority chief’s retirement raises concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The sudden resignation of Higher Education Authority (HEA) chief executive Graham Love has prompted questions about the relationship between the funding body and the Department of Education. Although there have also been internal tensions with his board, Mr Love’s resignation is understood to be mainly due to frustration with the tight control of the department over the HEA and its work …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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HEA Chairman ‘must appear before PAC’ on back of chief executive resignation – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“David Cullinane, Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee, has said today that the resignation of Dr Graham Love from the HEA amid reports of obfuscation and delay of reform within the agency is a cause for concern. Deputy Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 21 August]

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Technological Universities – Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow IT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2018 by steve

David Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the application from Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow IT to become a technological university; the stage the process is at; the next stages in this regard; if there is a timeframe for designation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 April]

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Third Level Investigator ‘welcome move’ – Cullinane

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee David Cullinane TD today welcomed the announcement of new powers to appoint investigators to look into Irish universities. Deputy Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 18 July]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s €16,288 pay rise a slap in the face for struggling nurses, teachers and guards – Cullinane

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane TD said today that Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s €16,288 pay rise is a slap in the face for struggling nurses, teachers and guards. Deputy Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 June]

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Students and staff at WIT are being penalised for Government cuts – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Waterford Deputy David Cullinane has accused the Department of Education and the HEA of making students and staff at Waterford Institute of Technology pay for sustained Government cuts since 2008. He said news of cost cutting measures being considered by WIT is causing anger and concern within the institute …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 1 June]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amounts allocated to each higher education institute in terms of core grant, fees and student contribution in each of the years 2007 to 2016 and to date in 2017, by institute and income category in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 May]

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Student Data: Overall Non-Progression Rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 25th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the overall non-progression rates at each higher education institute for each of the years 2007 to 2016 and to date in 2017 by institute, in both student numbers and percentage terms, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 May]

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Institutes of Technology Funding: Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there are cost cutting plans being considered by Waterford Institute of Technology including redundancies, curtailment of campus opening hours and cuts in course contact hours; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 May]

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‘We can’t have every minister firing out statements willy-nilly’: John Halligan asked to clarify criticism of PAC

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

Ireland“The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is to write to Junior Minister for Skills and Training, John Halligan to ask him to clarify a statement he made regarding the questioning of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). Officials from the college appeared before the PAC last week …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 13 April]

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Questions on Promised Legislation – Technological Universities Bill

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

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): Earlier the Taoiseach spoke about Bills stuck in coffin Stage. One such Bill is the Technological Universities Bill, which, as the Taoiseach knows, has been stuck on Committee Stage for some time. I have asked about this previously because it is very important for all those consortia and institutes of technology involved in the process. There is huge uncertainty regarding the funding model for these technological universities …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 5 April]

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Institutes of Technology – Waterford IT

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

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the internal review at Waterford Institute of Technology, as mentioned by officials from his Department at the Committee of Public Accounts on 23 March 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 April]

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WIT to face PAC grilling

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

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology will face questions from politicians next week about the sale of spin off research companies based in the college. WIT is due to appear again before the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[WLR FM, 30 March]

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Sale of ‘spinout’ company raises concerns over confict of interest

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has been urged to investigate whether there are conflicts of interest among senior staff across third-level colleges who are shareholders in spinout companies. It follows concerns raised by Sinn Féin deputy David Cullinane at the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday surrounding the sale of a company co-located at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Intellectual Property Management

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

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the national policy that exists to guide institutes of technology and universities on intellectual property policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 March]

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Institutes of Technology Expenditure – Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if Waterford Institute of Technology was running a surplus or deficit in each of the years 2008 to 2016; if so, the amount of the surplus or deficit for each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when he plans to progress legislation on technological universities; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if newly formed technological universities will have the ability to borrow; and if he will make a statement on the matter ….” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Third Level Staff Data – Staff Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the difference between a teaching contract operational at institutes of technology and university contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Institutes of Technology – Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if capital funding will be made available to progress the building of an engineering block at WIT; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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