Minister Bruton makes two new appointments to the Board of the Higher Education Authority

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, today announced the appointment of two new members to the Board of the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Following a public recruitment process run by the Public Appointments Service and consultation with the Chair of the HEA, the Minister …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 November]

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New Munster Technological University to begin enrolling students in 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) expect the first students of a proposed merger between the two institutions will be enrolled in September 2019. The bid for Technological University status that would see a merging of the two institutions is now approaching the final stages of the process, with a stage four submission shortly due to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Evening Echo, 20 November]

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HEA Chief Executive Says Colleges Need to Keep Focus on Targeting Disadvantage

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority, Dr Graham Love, has stated that higher education institutions need to continue to be active both in engaging with disadvantaged communities and in attracting students from disadvantaged backgrounds …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Higher Education Authority, 20 November]

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University of Limerick president promises changes for ‘unresolved issues’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The president of University of Limerick has moved to assure the college community that he plans to act immediately on the findings of a HEA report into UL’s controversies. The report, by former Sligo IT president Dr Richard Thorn, delves into issues surrounding finance, HR and governance at UL, and is strongly critical …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 14 November]

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HR practices and use of severance payments at University of Limerick criticised following review

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has been criticised for its use of severance payments worth €1.7m and its handling of staff issues in a new report on a series of controversies at the college in recent years. A total of eight severance packages, agreed between 2007 and 2015, came under scrutiny in the review carried out by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and Department of Education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 November]

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UL whistleblower ‘suffered for telling the truth’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One of the whistleblowers who raised concerns about financial expenses and other matters at the University of Limerick, who said she was managed out of her job, said she feels vindicated by today’s Higher Education Authority report into matters of concern at the university …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 8 November]

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Second probe into severance and rehire arrangements at University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A second investigation is to take place into the manner in which University of Limerick paid generous severances to senior staff and then re-hired them, writes Niall Murray. It is one of the recommendations in the report of Richard Thorn into a range of issues at UL that he was asked by Education Minister Richard Bruton to investigate last May …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 8 November]

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Minister Bruton and Minister of State Mitchell O’Connor note of the review into University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister for State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today noted the publication by the Higher Education Authority of the review of the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 November]

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Report into Certain Matters and Allegations Relating to the University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has published the report of Dr Richard Thorn into Certain Matters and Allegations Relating to the University of Limerick. The report was commissioned by the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education and Skills in May this year. It makes 36 findings and 10 recommendations to be implemented by the University of Limerick …” (more, download)

[Higher Education Authority, 8 November]

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HEA due to publish review on UL whistleblower claims

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority is due to publish the results of its review into allegations of irregular expenses, unusually high severance payments, and a number of other governance issues raised by three whistleblowers at the University of Limerick …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 8 November]

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Technological Universities One Step Closer, After Cabinet Approval

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is now one step closer to having a legal foundation for the ambitious technological universities project, after cabinet today approved the progression of the Technological Universities Bill. Cabinet-level approval for the bill means a proposed increase in investigatory powers for the Higher Education Authority (HEA) – which has already triggered some concerns from Irish universities over an erosion of autonomy – is one step closer to being implemented …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 7 November]

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Gender equality in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – We had the report on gender equality in NUI Galway (2016). We had the Higher Education Authority’s National Review of Gender Equality in Higher Education (2016). The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has publicly accepted that gender inequality is a problem …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 7 November]

[The 2016 Report is here]

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Deadlines for colleges on gender equality

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

Ireland“Colleges are to be given deadlines to improve recruitment and promotion practices that do not support gender equality. The areas in need of improvement are to be identified in a review of policies and procedures to be undertaken by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 November]

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University of Limerick review sharply critical of HR practices

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Shortcomings in human resources and management practices at the University of Limerick are sharply criticised in a soon-to-be-published review into alleged misconduct at the institution, it is understood. The investigation was triggered after concerns were raised over the way the university handled a series of disciplinary proceedings against staff and severance packages as well as its use of confidentiality agreements …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 October]

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Oireachtas Joint Committee Recommendations on students at Private Colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 28th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the recommendations of the all-party committee will be implemented to allow all full time low-income QQI degree students receive their SUSI entitlement and to allow them access to the HEA student hardship fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 October]

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Whistleblowers anxiously await release of University of Limerick report

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The long-awaited report into a series of allegations of misconduct at the University of Limerick is now in the hands of the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education and Science. Dr Graham Love, chief executive of the HEA, confirmed that the report was received this week from Dr Richard Thorn, following months of investigations, interviews and analysis …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 27 October]

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Women and third-level posts

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

Ireland“Sir, – Mary Horgan is to be congratulated on becoming the first woman to be elected president of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (RCPI). Interviewed to mark this feat, she claims that, ‘If you do your job properly I don’t think gender matters, quite frankly’ (‘First female president of Royal College of Physicians is set to take office’, News, October 16th) …” (more)

[Clare O’Halloran, Irish Times, 23 October]

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HEA welcomes steps in the right direction in Budget 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“€60 million extra for Higher Education in 2018 is a small but significant step in the right direction. When allied to €200 million in public private partnerships, over €250 million in direct capital expenditure over the next four years and a separate allocation to cover national wage agreements, this signposts a change in direction for Higher Education in Ireland …” (more)

[Graham Love, Higher Education Authority, 11 October]

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University of Limerick report due as new information emerges

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The report which will examine controversies around finance, human resources and governance at the University of Limerick is now ‘substantially complete’ and is expected to be submitted to the Higher Education Authority next Friday, October 13 …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 7 October]

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Update on University of Limerick Review

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The independent review of certain matters and allegations relating to the University of Limerick by Dr Richard Thorn is currently being finalised …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Higher Education Authority, 3 October]

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