Michael Colgan’s Trinity Degree Under Review

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

Ireland“The honorary degree Trinity awarded to former director of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan in 2000 is under review. Colgan has been the subject of a series of allegations relating to bullying and abuse of power …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 12 November]

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Bill Clinton to receive honorary doctorate at DCU

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

Ireland“Former US President Bill Clinton will be conferred with an honorary doctorate at Dublin City University this morning for his contribution to peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 October]

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Ulster University ‘no plans’ to strip Myanmar leader of degree despite refugee crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University has said it has no plans to strip the de facto Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of a 2009 honorary degree, despite weeks of international condemnation on her handling of the Rohingya crisis. Last week it was reported that Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar were still flooding towards the border with Bangladesh, despite government assurances it was preventing the mass exodus …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 9 October]

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Walsh gets no response from NUI in row over honour for Cowen

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

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick is sending his honorary doctorate in the post back to the National University of Ireland, after failing to receive a formal response. Dr Edward Walsh said that he was ‘surprised’ that he has not received a reply in writing from the Chancellor of the National University of Ireland (NUI), Dr Maurice Manning, after he wrote to him nearly a fortnight ago …” (more)

[Gareth Morgan, Independent, 11 August]

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Founding UL president to send his honorary doctorate back in post

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

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick this week confirmed he will send the honorary doctorate back in the post to the National University of Ireland, after failing to receive a formal response from them. Dr Edward Walsh said he was ‘surprised’ that he has not received a reply in writing from the Chancellor of the NUI, Dr Maurice Manning …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 10 August]

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Founding UL president can send robes back in the post, says NUI head

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

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick has been told that he can send the robes and parchment he received for his honorary doctorate back in the post, if he wishes …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 10 August]

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Founding UL president ‘inundated’ with support over Cowen doctorate protest

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

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick said he has been ‘inundated’ with letters of support since he announced his intention to hand back his honorary doctorate in protest over former Taoiseach Brian Cowen receiving the same honour. Dr Edward Walsh said that the honorary doctorate bestowed upon Mr Cowen, which has attracted widespread public criticism, was a ‘monumental faux pas’ …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 1 August]

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‘No protocol’ for UL President’s protest against honourary doctorate for Brian Cowen

Posted in Governance and administration on August 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick Professor Edward Walsh is handing back the honorary doctorate awarded to him by the NUI because he objects to former Taoiseach Brian Cowen receiving the honour …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 August]

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An honorary doctorate for Brian Cowen

Posted in Governance and administration on August 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I agree it does not look good giving Brian Cowen an honorary doctorate after he was so closely associated with the national disaster of the financial crash in 2008. It would be the same as a British university honouring Tony Blair after the Iraq debacle or David Cameron after he called the EU referendum of 2016 …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 1 August]

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An honorary doctorate for Brian Cowen

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Missing from your opinion debate (Letters, July 28th and 29th) is the question of how and why NUI awards honorary doctorates in the first place. Chancellors of NUI have been political persons serving lengthy terms: the incumbent Maurice Manning, his predecessor Garret FitzGerald …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 31 July]

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NUI’s honorary doctorate for Brian Cowen

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

Ireland“Sir, – On Thursday I wrote to the chancellor of the National University of Ireland (NUI) expressing my amazement at the decision of his university to grant Brian Cowen an honorary doctorate and asking how I proceed to have the NUI honorary doctorate I received in 1998 rescinded …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 29 July]

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Ex-UL president to hand back degree in Brian Cowen protest

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

Ireland“The founding president of University of Limerick (UL) plans to hand back his honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland (NUI) in protest over its decision to honour former taoiseach Brian Cowen. The NUI has faced a wave of public criticism following its awarding of an honorary doctorate to Mr Cowen on Wednesday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 July]

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An honorary doctorate for Brian Cowen

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I realise it is prime silly season, but how sickening is your Front page picture (July 27th) of one-time taoiseach, Brian Cowen, replete with cap and gown receiving his honorary doctorate from National University of Ireland …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 28 July]

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Honorary degree ‘really weird’ – Geldof

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

Ireland“Bob Geldof said he is not good at accepting awards as he received an honorary degree from Trinity College for his humanitarian efforts. The Boomtown Rats frontman and Live Aid founder said he feels more pride when he receives accolades for his work as a musician, as it is his ‘vocation’ …” (more)

[Independent, 24 June]

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Is it time we ditched honorary degrees?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 11th, 2016 by steve

UK“The degree-awarding season is upon us again and, as usual, universities are seeking to add a bit of celebrity sparkle to their ceremonies via the award of an honorary degree or two. Or three or four …” (more)

[Malcolm Gillies, Times Higher Education, 11 August]

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Peter Higgs says Brexit ‘a disaster’ for scientific research

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Brexit vote is a ‘disaster’ for scientific research in Britain and for the free movement of academics in Europe, Nobel laureate and world-renowned physicist Prof Peter Higgs has said. Prof Higgs was among dignitaries conferred with honorary doctorates at Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Ulster University to honour Game of Thrones co-creators

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2016 by steve

UK“The co-creators of the TV series Game of Thrones are to receive honorary degrees from Ulster University in Northern Ireland. David Benioff and Daniel B Weiss will receive Doctorate of Fine Art (DFA) degrees for distinguished services to the arts in a ceremony in the autumn …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 20 April]

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Honorary Degrees: The Rush to Revoke

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2016 by steve

UK“Universities often take a long time to decide to award an honorary degree. First there is a call for proposals, then an initial sifting and consideration of a long list by a committee. Following that, there is often a further approval stage, perhaps by Senate, before contact is made and the offer of an Honorary delivered …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 5 January]

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University reconsiders Donald Trump’s honorary degree over ‘Muslim ban’ proposal

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“A Scottish university is ‘considering the position’ of the honorary degree it bestowed on American presidential candidate Donald Trump, after the businessman called for Muslims to be barred from entering the US …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 9 December]

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Educators to receive honorary doctorates from UCC today

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The CEO of a non-profit company aiming to educate a billion people around the world for free is among those set to be awarded honorary doctorates by University College Cork (UCC) today …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 2 November]

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