Colleges to face heavy penalties for misusing public funds

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

Ireland“Third-level colleges are set to face heavy financial penalties for serious breaches such as unauthorised payments for staff, filing late accounts or giving misleading reports of governance issues. The move follows a series of controversies over the misuse of taxpayers’ money and allegations of mismanagement within the sector …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 July]

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Colleges to face fines if accounts not shown

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Managers of colleges which fail to give up-to-date accounts or explain how much money they have in private trusts and foundations by the next budget should be hit with significant financial penalties and fines. The Dáil Public Accounts Committee made the recommendation at the launch of its damning report into the sector’s secret finances yesterday, saying options could include cuts or blocking of board of governor salaries …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 12 July]

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Universities face severe criticism over use of public funds

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Serious concerns about the way many third-level colleges spend taxpayers’ money will be set out in a report to be published by the Dáil Committee of Public Accounts today. The report is highly critical of several universities that have resisted declaring tens of millions of euro from private trusts and foundations in their accounts, despite pressure from regulators, according to well-informed sources …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 July]

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Ministers announce capital funding to support Apprenticeship Programmes

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 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, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, John Halligan TD today announced capital funding of just over €8 million for 10 Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 July]

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‘Serious’ concerns over CIT and ITT merger revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘Serious and widely held’ concerns about the proposed merger between Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee were voiced by board members of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) as far back as 2014, newly released board minutes reveal. The proposed Munster Technogical University (MTU) is under investigation by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Dáil spending watchdog …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 10 July]

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Higher Education Authority

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

IrelandAlan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason board appointments are not being filled in the HEA; and his views on whether the organisation is adequately resourced to function …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 July]

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Third Level Admissions Data: Projected Student Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his projections for growth in higher education student numbers over the next decade; the way in which he proposes that demand will be met; the projected costings involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 July]

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HEA Strategic Plan Consultation

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

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority is currently preparing our next Strategic Plan to ensure that we can deliver on the objectives set for us by Government and that we can support Ireland’s higher education and research system …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Higher Education Authority, 7 July]

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Third Level Expenditure: University College Cork

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

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a copy of the funding statement from University College Cork for 2015 and 2016 that is provided by the college to his Department showing the way in which the resources provided by his Department to the college have been utilised; the way in which this information is examined by his Department prior to commencing the Estimates process for 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 July]

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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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