UL president hopes that ‘very grave matters are dealt with fully and finally’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has ‘a sharp focus’ on ensuring ‘very grave matters are dealt with fully and finally’ at the university, the UL president has told staff. In a letter to staff this Tuesday morning, Dr Des Fitzgerald updated his UL colleagues on changes made at the university, ahead of the publication of a special report carried out by the Comptroller and Auditor General …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 30 October]

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Legislation needed for HEA to regulate ‘as expected’ in relation to matters at UL

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority does not have ‘the powers to do what is expected of a regulatory body’ in relation to some of the matters raised at the University of Limerick, the Public Accounts Committee has heard …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 27 October]

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HEA Financial Statements 2017

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

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): We are joined again by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr Seamus McCarthy, who is a permanent witness to the committee and Ms Colette Drinan, deputy director of audit at the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General. We are meeting representatives from the Department of Education and Skills and the Higher Education Authority, HEA, to discuss the Higher Education Authority’s financial statements for 2017 …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 18 October]

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A Week of Shouting About the Third-Level Sector’s Disarray

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

Ireland“Not so long ago, talking out loud about the decline of Ireland’s higher education sector was considered somewhat aberrant behaviour. As Tom Boland, the then-CEO of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), told the Royal Irish Academy in 2015, Ireland could not risk the reputational damage of stakeholders ‘shouting from the rooftops’ about the impact of the funding crisis …” (more)

[University Times, 22 October]

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‘We are the ones who are still suffering’: UL whistleblowers to be put on half-pay

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

Ireland“Almost a year after the University of Limerick first lifted the suspensions of two staff members who raised concerns about financial practices, the employees known as Persons B and C have yet to return to work …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 20 October]

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Higher Education Authority’s review powers in spotlight

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A legal review of the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) powers to undertake investigations and reviews in third-level colleges has held up a report on spinout companies at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) that was due out a year ago …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 October]

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Outgoing Chief Executive of HEA outlines reasons for resignation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The outgoing CEO of the Higher Education Authority, Dr Graham Love has outlined some of the reasons for his unexpected resignation from the body in August after 18 months in the role. He was speaking as both the Department of Education and the Higher Education Authority appeared before the Public Accounts Committee this afternoon …” (more)

[Edel McAllister, RTÉ News, 18 October]

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AIT technological university status in view as vision in sight

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The aspirational quest to attain technological university status at Athlone Institute of Technology advanced this week with the allocation of additional Government funding aimed at facilitating the ultimate goal of the third level educational establishment …” (more)

[Ronan Fagan, Athlone Advertiser, 18 October]

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HEA boss quit over his ‘serious concerns’ on funding issues

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The outgoing boss of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) quit amid ‘serious concerns’, including a claim there has been a failure to resolve funding issues in the sector. HEA chief executive Dr Graham Love announced his shock decision to resign in August after less than 18 months in the job …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 18 October]

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€1.1 million spent on international student recruitment by College

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College spent over €1.1m on recruitment of non-EU undergraduate and postgraduate students during the 2017/18 financial year, starting October 1 2017 to July 31 of this year. The figures were obtained after a request under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 15 October]

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HEA Invests €800,000 in Four Institutes of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor announced €0.8 million funding for the institutes of technology in Letterkenny, Limerick, Athlone and Dundalk, as they transition into larger technological universities. The move comes after Mitchell O’Connor’s allocation of €11.2 million to third-level institutes in September …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 12 October]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor announces further €0.8 million funding allocation to support higher education landscape restructuring

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today (12th October 2018) announced a further €0.8 million in funding to four Institutes of Technology as the final element of the HEA 2018 call for funding submissions in relation to the development of technological university projects and other restructuring projects in the higher education landscape …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 12 October]

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The Road to Nowhere

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Waterford’s fight for university status is old news. A letter to the Waterford News & Star, dated February 16 1945, read ‘I was delighted to learn that there are good prospects of founding a University in Waterford …'” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 5 October]

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Solas chief executive to head Higher Education Authority

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of Solas, the State body with responsibility for further education and training, has been appointed as the new head of the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Paul O’Toole takes over the authority from Dr Graham Love, who resigned amid claims within the agency that it was being ‘micromanaged’ by the Department of Education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 October]

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Paul O’Toole appointed as Interim HEA CEO

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Paul O’Toole as interim Chief Executive Officer with effect from the end of this month, October 2018. Mr O’Toole joins the HEA following completion of his term of office as Chief Executive of Solas …” (more)

[Higher Education Authority, 5 October]

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Head of technological university to get free accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Free accommodation is to be provided, along with a €186,000-plus salary, for the president of Ireland’s first technological university – but the location will only be decided after the person is selected. The position was advertised last week ahead of the formal establishment of Technological University Dublin in January …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 October]

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Education system still counting cost of brain drain from flight of our graduates after crash

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is still feeling the after-effects of the graduate brain drain that robbed the country of youthful talent during the depths of the recession. Thousands of our brightest and best youngsters left these shores in pursuit of more viable job opportunities as the country languished in the fallout from the crash …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 October]

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Three ITs millions of euro in debt

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At least three State-funded third-level institutes of technology (ITs) have been ordered to draw up three-year financial recovery plans after it emerged they are millions of euro in debt — putting significant pressure on key frontline services …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 28 September]

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Three Institute of Technologies facing financial black holes as it emerges they are millions in debt

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At least three leading State-funded third level institutes of technology have been ordered to draw up three-year financial recovery plans after it emerged they are millions of euro in debt – putting significant pressure on key front-line services …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 September]

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Government of Ireland Academic Mobility Programme

Posted in Research, Teaching on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The HEA has launched the 2019 call under the Government of Ireland International Academic Mobility programme. €500,000 is being made available to support the outward mobility of staff from Irish higher education institutions to countries on any continent …” (more)

[Eimear Hayes, Higher Education Authority, 24 September]

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