Third-level institutions guilty of misconduct or poor performance risk funding

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third-level institutions guilty of misconduct or poor performance could see grants withheld under the first proposed changes to the current legislation in almost 50 years. In an effort to reform the powers of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), the proposed legislation could see the introduction of a range of sanctions and penalties for higher-level institutes in a bid to secure public accountability …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 25 July]

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The Irish Times view on third-level reform: university autonomy should be protected

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Government plans to introduce greater accountability for the third-level sector, which receives about €1.5 billion in public funding, make sense on the face of it. The Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee has raked over dozens of high-profile examples of inappropriate spending by third-level institutions in recent years …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 July]

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Will new powers to regulate third level erode autonomy of universities?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An ice-sculpture for a €13,000 retirement party. Painted portraits of senior staff commissioned at a cost of €20,000. VIP-style expenses for relocating a staff member including delivery of a fitted kitchen. This is just a selection of examples of mis-spending by some third-level institutions which have been subject to scathing criticism by the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Third-level colleges face stringent new penalties for misconduct

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges face a series of stringent penalties for misconduct including having funding withheld under the biggest shake-up to regulation of higher education in almost 50 years. The measures, to be announced by the Government in the coming days, have sparked controversy within some universities who fear the planned moves will undermine their long-standing autonomy …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Claims of poor financial practice at University of Limerick investigated

Posted in Legal issues on September 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) said it was unable to investigate allegations of poor practices and mistreatment of staff in University of Limerick without concrete evidence from the complainants …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys and Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 12 September]

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University of Limerick – Alleged Financial Mismanagement

Posted in Legal issues on September 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Two employees of the University have been offered nearly €60,000 each to leave their jobs after they highlighted serious concerns to alleged financial mismanagement. We spoke to Limerick Leader editor, Alan English …” (mp3)

[RTÉ Drivetime, 11 September]

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UL staff offered €60k pay-off after raising concerns over spending

Posted in Legal issues on September 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Two employees at the University of Limerick have been offered nearly €60,000 each to leave their jobs, after they highlighted serious concerns relating to alleged financial mismanagement. They claim they have been subjected to bullying, harassment and intimidation since they raised their concerns in October 2013 …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 10 September]

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