Independent Review into Governance, HR and Financial Practices and Procedures at UL

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

Ireland“On 12 May the Minister for Education and Skills announced the details of an independent review into governance, HR and financial practices and procedures at the University of Limerick. The HEA will oversee the review and has appointed Dr Richard Thorn, President Emeritus of Institute of Technology Sligo, to conduct the review. The HEA will provide administrative support to the review. The terms of reference of the review are attached. The HEA now invites any persons who wish to raise matters of concern or public interest that are relevant to the work of the review to do so …” (more)

[Higher Education Authority, 23 May]

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Minister Bruton and Minister Halligan welcome latest rolling review project for the Higher Education Sector

Posted in Research on May 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) and Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) are to commission a review of Intellectual Property (IP) policies and their implementation and the policies and procedures in the HEIs for the management of Conflicts of Interest in respect of the commercialisation of intellectual property …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 May]

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University of Limerick review based on at least a dozen allegations

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At least a dozen protected disclosures or allegations are likely to form the basis of an independent review into allegations of misconduct at University of Limerick. The Department of Education has outlined the terms of reference for the reviews which will focus on governance, human resources and financial practices at the college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 May]

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University of Limerick inquiry raises wider questions

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

Ireland“Within weeks of being placed in charge of verifying expense claims at University of Limerick’s finance department, Leona O’Callaghan noticed a troubling trend. In mileage claims, some senior staff seemed to receive payment for journeys between their home and the university …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 May]

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Universities resisted declaring tens of millions in assets

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

Ireland“Several universities have tens of millions of euro in private trusts and foundations which they have resisted declaring in their accounts, despite pressure from regulators and the Government. Audits into third-level institutions have also revealed a range of governance issues, such as significant additional payments to staff members and widespread non-compliance with procurement rules …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 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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Higher Education Authority Funding: Mayo campus of GMIT

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

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of funding granted to the Mayo campus of the GMIT for each of the years 2012 to 2016 and to date in 2017; if he will consider proposals for future allocations to be ring fenced for the Mayo campus; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 May]

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UL probe to examine severance pay

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

Ireland“The use of severance payments is to be included in the independent review of governance, human resources, and financial issues at University of Limerick (UL) ordered by Education Minister Richard Bruton. Details of the inquiry, to be carried out by former Institute of Technology Sligo president Richard Thorn, were announced by the Department of Education last night …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 May]

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Statement by Minister Bruton regarding University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At the request of the University of Limerick my Department, in consultation with the Higher Education Authority (HEA), have agreed to conduct an independent review into the governance, HR and financial practices and procedures at the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 12 May]

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Higher Education Authority stakeholder consultation on new strategic plan

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

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority is currently formulating a new Strategic Plan for the period up to 2021 and your input would be very much appreciated. The new Plan is being developed against the backdrop of the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 and other key Government policies, as well as the forthcoming revised Higher Education System Performance Framework 2017-2021 …” (more)

[Higher Education Authority, 11 May]

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Third Level Funding – Banks and Affinity Credit Cards

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNoel Grealish (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No 163 of 5 July 2016, if a response will be provided to the question (details supplied) in view of the fact the HEA has not provided the information requested; if the relevant information for 2016 can be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Written answers, 2 May]

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Higher Education Authority waits months to fill board positions

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

Ireland“Education Minister Richard Bruton has left eight positions vacant on the board of one of his most important agencies for more than three months — and it could be months more before they are filled … ” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 May]

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Males are more likely to drop out of college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Male students and people with lower Leaving Certificate points are prominent among more than 6,000 who drop out annually before they reach the second year of third-level courses. While overall dropout rates from 26 colleges fell slightly to 15% in the latest figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA), courses related to construction and some disciplines at certain colleges continue to have particularly high dropout rates …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 April]

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Irish medical students mainly wealthy, living in Dublin and female

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The modern day Irish medical student is likely to come from a wealthier socio-economic background, be young and female and live in Dublin, according to a detailed new statistical breakdown that will perhaps not prove too surprising …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 22 April]

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Trinity Needs to Ensure that Gender Equality is Given the Focus it Requires

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In spite of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)’s key recommendation to introduce a Vice President for Gender Equality, Trinity has indicated that it will not create a specific, dedicated role. Speaking to The University Times, the Vice-Provost, Chris Morash, explained that he thinks ‘it would be odd to have a vice-president just for gender, when there are a lot of other areas we don’t have vice-presidents for’ …” (more)

[University Times, 16 April]

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Institutes of Technology: GMIT Mayo campus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2017 by steve

IrelandLisa Chambers (Mayo, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of the working group which he has established to look at the GMIT Mayo campus; the persons that will sit on the working group; if they will meet in public or private; if the minutes of meetings will be made available to the public; the terms of reference for the working group; the person the working group will report to; the timeline for the working group to report; the overall objective of the working group; and if this working group will liaise with the already established community working group that has been established …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 April]

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Despite HEA Recommendations, Trinity Unlikely to Appoint Gender Equality Vice-President

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

Ireland“Trinity is unlikely to introduce a Vice-President for Gender Equality, one of the key recommendations of the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) report on gender inequality in higher education …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 11 April]

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Higher Education Authority Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMaurice Quinlivan (Limerick City, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the budget allocation for higher education authority institutions for 2017 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 April]

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Waterford Institute of Technology: Financial Statements 2013-2014

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

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): … We will begin with Waterford Institute of Technology’s 2013-14 financial statements. From Waterford Institute of Technology we are joined by Professor Willie Donnelly, President, Ms Elaine Sheridan, Vice President, Dr Derek O’Byrne, Vice President and Ms Kathryn Kiely, Industry Services Manager. From the Department of Education and Skills we are joined by Mr Christy Mannion and from the Higher Education Authority by Dr Graham Love and Mr Andrew Brownlee …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 6 April]

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External expert to audit WIT review

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

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority is to appoint an international expert to validate an internal review of processes within Waterford Institute of Technology, following a request by the president of the college. The request came on Wednesday, ahead of a meeting of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee yesterday at which a number of concerns were raised about potential conflicts of interest around the development of a company that involved the current president of WIT, Prof Willie Donnelly, its intellectual property, and returns to the taxpayer when it was sold …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 7 April]

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