Ministers Bruton and Mitchell O’Connor Announce Capital Funding for St Angela’s College, Sligo

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, together with the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today announced capital funding of €343,000 for St Angela’s College, Sligo. The funding will support the College in undertaking essential infrastructural improvements over the summer months …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 July]

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Ministers welcome progress made by GMIT Working Group

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, have welcomed the significant progress being made by the Working Group that has been established to secure the future of the GMIT campus in Castlebar …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 4 July]

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Protected Disclosures

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 30th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMary Lou McDonald (Dublin Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his expectations and those of the HEA regarding board members and audit committees handling whistleblowers’ cases in institutes of technology and universities …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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RTÉ stands over university spending probe

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

Ireland“RTÉ is standing over an investigation on spending and governance at third-level colleges as it prepares responses to complaints from two universities. University College Cork and NUI Galway have submitted complaints over its May 25 RTÉ Investigates programme, Universities Unchallenged …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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Higher Education Institutions

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

IrelandKevin O’Keeffe (Cork East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to put in place an independent inquiry into the governance at universities here further to a television programme (details supplied); his plans to carry out a due diligence review of the purchase by a university purchase of an institute (details supplied) in respect of commercial academic and pension related issues; if he has or plans to intervene in the purchase of the institute by the university in view of the fact that its payment of over €20 million is excessive; his plans for a full review of the higher education authority role in view of its inability to effect a culture of good governance at universities …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 June]

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Severance payments to UL staff ‘unacceptably high’

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

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick has told an Oireachtas committee that severance payments given to staff were ‘unacceptably high’. Des Fitzgerald said that since his appointment he has called for an independent review of the university and that his concern is to protect the reputation of the institution …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 June]

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Minister Bruton fills vacancies on the Board of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, today announced measures to fill vacancies on the Board of the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Following consultation with the Chair of the HEA, the Minister is pleased to reappoint two non-academic Members to the HEA Board: Mr Jim Mountjoy and Mr Bahram Bekhradnia …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 June]

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Careers in science and technology

Posted in Teaching on June 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I have to say that the recent blitz of ‘Stem’ (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) articles in your newspaper (June 20th) gave me pause for thought. Amidst all the hype about successful scientists and high-tech companies, I found myself returning to one of the Higher Education Authority’s reports on what graduates actually do when they leave college …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 21 June]

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Appointments to the Board of The Higher Education Authority

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

Ireland“Applications are now invited from suitably qualified applicants, with a demonstrable interest in the work of the HEA, for the two vacancies for ordinary membership. Candidate’s attention is drawn to the provisions of the Code (Section 3) in relation to Board Membership …” (more)

[Stateboards.ie, 16 June]

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UL’s new broom planning to sweep clean

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

Ireland“The day before Dr Des Fitzgerald took his seat in the University of Limerick’s Plassey House he rang Mr Justice John Murray, the former Supreme Court judge who is chancellor of UL’s Governing Authority. Mr Murray had been resistant to year-long calls by the Higher Education Authority for a new review into a series of allegations dogging UL since September 2015 …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 5 June]

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HEA considers container flats for student housing

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

Ireland“Converted shipping containers may be used to house hard-pressed college students as the rental sector prepares for an unprecedented crisis in the autumn. The ‘Lego-style’ apartments are already in use in a number of continental cities. Now, given the chronic shortage of suitable accommodation, the Higher Education Authority (HEA), says the use of containers to cater for some students cannot be ruled out …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 4 June]

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€2m bill for investigating UL claims

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Costs to the State after investigations into a series of allegations of misconduct at the University of Limerick and the payment of confidential severance packages to former staff now amount to nearly €2m. The new president of UL, Dr Desmond Fitzgerald, has said that an apology from the institution to some former staff may be warranted pending a new review into the allegations …” (more)

[Claire Murphy, Independent, 2 June]

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Students and staff at WIT are being penalised for Government cuts – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Waterford Deputy David Cullinane has accused the Department of Education and the HEA of making students and staff at Waterford Institute of Technology pay for sustained Government cuts since 2008. He said news of cost cutting measures being considered by WIT is causing anger and concern within the institute …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 1 June]

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Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies appoints new head

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), an internationally-renowned institute for basic research and scholarship, has appointed Dr Eucharia Meehan as its new registrar and chief executive. She was director of the Irish Research Council since it was established in 2012 …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 29 May]

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Funding Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It is surprisingly difficult to get a consistent picture of university income in Ireland over the last decade. Accounting conventions have changed, as have the requirements from the Higher Education Authority in terms of detail. Finally, despite it being half way through 2017 it seems some, many, universities have not managed to get their 2016 or even 2015 accounts up and out …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 29 May]

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Intake of international students threatened by lack of accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has warned that Ireland’s focus on attracting increasing numbers of foreign students is threatened by the lack of suitable accommodation. Dr Graham Love, CEO of the HEA, said that there was a shortage of accommodation in Dublin and most other large urban areas …” (more)

[Fionnuala Jones, NewsTalk, 29 May]

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Consequences of Financial Misconduct Could be Worst-Case Scenario for Both Universities and Students

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In November 2016, Provost Patrick Prendergast, in a room full of academics at the prestigious Royal Irish Academy, raised an issue that is central to the future of Irish universities but seldom publicly discussed. To the former Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Tom Boland, Prendergast questioned levels of state regulation given the falling levels of state funding: ‘Can we continue with the current oversight model?’ …” (more)

[University Times, 28 May]

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Third-level bosses face grilling

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

Ireland“Third-level bosses face a severe grilling by TDs over gaps in their evidence to the Dáil Public Accounts Committee about financial affairs. The PAC is seeking legal advice about its powers in relation to what it believes was misleading evidence to it, including details about severance payments to two former staff at University of Limerick, who were rehired on a consultancy basis …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 May]

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HEA and Department must account for the Governance of Third Level Institutions – Nolan

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Education and Skills Carol Nolan has said that the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education and Skills must come before the Oireachtas Education Committee to account for the Governance of Third Level Institutions. Teachta Nolan was commenting after significant revelations relating to the financial management of third level institutions were raised in the Prime Time Investigates Programme last evening …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 May]

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The Best Time Of Their Lives

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last night, higher education institutions were exposed as misusing public money for years, all the while insisting that they were broke, and that students must pay more. A change in culture, and consequences must follow …” (more)

[Aengus Ó Maoláin, Broadsheet.ie, 26 May]

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