Terminally ill cancer patient to get UCC honorary degree

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A terminally ill Irish woman who won the biggest financial settlement for medical negligence ever in the Netherlands after a hospital lost her test results leaving her with incurable cancer is to be conferred with an honorary degree at UCC next Monday …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Examiner, 7 December]

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Hillary Clinton warns NI peace is ‘fragile’ as she accepts honorary doctorate in Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

“Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) at Queen’s University Belfast for her exceptional public service in the US and globally, and for her contribution to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 10 October]

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Protest at Queen’s University over degree honour for Hillary Clinton

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

“A protest is planned against Hillary Clinton’s visit to Belfast next week. The former US Secretary of State will be presented with an honorary degree from Queen’s University on Wednesday. She will be recognised for her ‘exceptional public service in the USA and globally’, and her ‘outstanding’ contribution to peace and reconciliation here …” (more)

[Adrian Rutherford, Belfast Telegraph, 4 October]

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Hillary Clinton to get Honorary Degree from Queen’s

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

“Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to be awarded an Honorary Degree from Queen’s University of Belfast. She will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) for her ‘exceptional public service in the USA and globally’, and for her ‘outstanding’ contribution to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 27 September]

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Protecting our honour

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I’m about to make up a number here, but just work with me. Across the world in 2017, some 200,000 people were awarded honorary doctorates. A significant proportion these awards were handed to eminent academics, often at or near retirement, whose work was of real intellectual significance and produced wider benefits. Some were awarded to prominent people who showed their support for higher education activities and values. Some … – well some, you just don’t know why they got them …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 10 September]

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It’s Time for Trinity to Reconsider Aung San Suu Kyi’s Honorary Degree

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2018 by steve

“On Monday, a strange tweet, remembering the awarding of an honorary degree to the widely criticised Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was posted from Trinity’s Twitter account. Predictably, the ensuing confusion and criticism forced Trinity to swiftly delete the tweet. The tweet, which lauded her as ‘one of the most renowned women democrats in the world’, was part of the College’s #OnThisDay series on social media. Yet it only served to highlight something that students and staff may have otherwise wanted to forget …” (more)

[University Times, 24 June]

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‘The fight is far from over’ – Hillary Clinton gives impassioned speech in Dublin

Posted in Life on June 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered an impassioned speech about the merits of democracy during a special visit to Dublin. She was being recognised with an Honorary Doctorate at Trinity College Dublin and spoke to a crowd at the university’s Edmund Burke Theatre …” (more)

[Caitlin McBride, Independent, 22 June]

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Student groups will protest Hillary Clinton’s visit to Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2018 by steve

“Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Workers’ Party TCD are organising protests against Hillary Clinton’s visit to Trinity next Friday. Both groups oppose Clinton’s visit, during which Trinity will award her an honorary degree …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 15 June]

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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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