University of Limerick under spotlight of Prime Time investigation

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

Ireland“Financial affairs at the University of Limerick – which are subject to a new independent review – will feature prominently in a major RTE investigation this Tuesday night. RTE’s investigations unit has been working for several months on uncovering how taxpayers’ money is spent in a number of third level institutions …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 23 May]

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‘UL can help boost growth’ in region

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick (UL) needs to improve its world ranking if it the region is to realise its potential economically, its incoming president has said. In his first address as president-elect of UL, Desmond Fitzgerald told the May business lunch of Limerick Civic Trust a key objective of the university was attracting international students because investment in the region would follow, adding that it had to also think of itself as a national, rather than a regional, university …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare, Irish Examiner, 23 May]

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New University of Limerick chief to deal with damaging allegations

Posted in Legal issues on May 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“On his first day as the new president of University of Limerick earlier this month, Dr Des Fitzgerald sat down to to write a short email. Until then, the college had firmly rejected calls for an independent inquiry into a series of damaging allegations relating to financial irregularities and human resources practices …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 May]

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New University of Limerick president backs €150m Northern Distributor Road

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

Ireland“The new president of the University of Limerick Dr Desmond Fitzgerald has called for the €150m Northern Distributor Road to be delivered ‘as a matter of urgency’. Dr Fitzgerald, who took up duties on campus earlier this month, says the proposed interconnector is an essential part of both the continued growth of the regional economy and the university itself …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 16 May]

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New university president warns staff to prepare for further revelations in whistleblower controversy

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

Ireland“The new president of the University of Limerick (UL) has told staff to prepare for further revelations in the whistle-blower controversy that has hit the college. Prof Des Fitzgerald addressed staff at a series of meetings on the campus over the past week …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 May]

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University of Limerick appoints senior UCD academic as new president

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Prof Des Fitzgerald, a vice-president of UCD and of the country’s highest paid academics, is set to be appointed as the new president of University of Limerick. The appointment sends a strong signal that UL is seeking to boost its research capacity and move up in world university rankings …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 October]

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Doctors of the future need more technology training

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Tomorrow’s doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and radiographers need to have a more rounded knowledge of emerging technologies which benefit patients and also learn the skills to work in a team, Prof Des Fitzgerald, Principal of the UCD College of Health Sciences has warned …” (more)

[Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 7 February]

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Science Review 2012: Prof Desmond Fitzgerald, VP for research, UCD

Posted in Research on December 12th, 2012 by steve

“Prof Desmond Fitzgerald, vice-president for research, University College Dublin, on the global reach of Irish scientists.” (video)

[Silicon Republic, 12 December]

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Medical academics top list of colleges’ big earners

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2012 by steve

“Academic medical consultants dominate the list of the highest paid staff in Irish universities. There are 98 senior academics on salaries of €200,000 or more, 89 of whom also work in hospitals as medical consultants …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 November]

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Only college boss who agreed to pay cut lost just €1,500

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2012 by steve

“The only leading academic in the country to agree to a request from Education Minister Ruairi Quinn to cut top salaries to €200,000 only had to give up €1,500 …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly and Louise Hogan, Independent, 19 January]

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Academic seeks clarity on public sector pay cap

Posted in Legal issues on July 4th, 2011 by steve

“One of the country’s leading academics, Professor Des FitzGerald, has written to the education minister seeking clarity on the new public sector pay cap of €200,000. The UCD professor wrote to Ruairi Quinn last week expressing support for the 15 per cent voluntary waiver but asking how it is to be achieved. FitzGerald told this newspaper that the minister needed to bring clarity to the plan …” (more)

[Niamh Connolly, Sunday Business Post, 3 July]

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Union defends salaries of €100,000 paid to 1,000 university lecturers

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2011 by steve

“The union that represents Irish academics has defended salaries of €100,000 or more for 1,000 university lecturers. Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that Ireland’s seven universities and Dublin Institute of Technology have more than 1,000 lecturers who earn six-figure sums …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 28 June]

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Public sector pay levels are gigantic by any standard

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2011 by steve

“… In academia, things are not much better. The seven presidents of our indebted universities are all in receipt of salaries in excess of €210,000, with UCC president Michael Murphy topping the pile on €232,000, plus extras. Prof Des Fitzgerald, who is only a vice-president in UCD, has an “extraordinary” package of €495,000 – 15 times the average salary …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 24 April]

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Plight of postdoc researchers

Posted in Legal issues, Research on March 30th, 2011 by steve

“Madam, – In a letter on the plight of postdoctoral researchers (March 29th), Paddy Healy in his bid for Senate election blatantly misrepresents the career development for young researchers at UCD. Indeed, UCD has been to the forefront among Irish universities and has reformed the shambolic and ad hoc systems of the past to provide postdoctoral researchers with stable contracts of employment …” (more)

[Desmond Fitzgerald, Irish Times, 30 March]

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Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2011 by steve

“It would seem the campaign against the new Employment Control Framework (ECF) is gaining some traction …” (more)

[Des Fitzgerald, 18 March]

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Ireland’s highest paid academic

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“He’s the man with the biggest pay packet in Irish education – earning €409,000 a year in his role as Vice President of Research at UCD. But some have are questioning Prof Des Fitzgerald’s remuneration package. So what are tax payers getting in return? If salary witch-hunts have become the stock-in-trade of Irish journalism, Freedom of Information requests are the burning torches. The latest to fall foul of FOI are the universities. A request in March smoked out the highest salaries in Irish academia, topped by the €409,000 pay packet of UCD’s Vice President of Reasearch, Prof Des Fitzgerald …” (more)

[Irish Times, 28 April]

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