Legislative Measures – Technological Universities Bill

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

IrelandMary Butler (Waterford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the proposed timeframe for the Technological Universities Bill; when it will be before Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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Senators to Introduce New Bill After Trinity Lecturer’s Discrimination Case Fails

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Following the rejection of former lecturer David Parris’s claim of discrimination at the European Court of Justice last year, Trinity senator Ivana Bacik has submitted a bill to the Seanad that would amend College’s current pension regulations …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 6 February]

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‘Concerns of academic staff over Institute of Technology mergers must be addressed’

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

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) today warned that progress cannot be made on the development of technological universities unless the serious concerns of its members in the Institute of Technology sector are addressed. Members are meeting today in Athlone to discuss the Technological Universities Bill …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 1 February]

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University College Galway (Amendment) Bill 2017

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Bill Number 6 of 2017. Sponsored by Deputy Eamon Ó Cuív. Source: Private Member. Method: Introduced. Status: New Bill. ‘Bill entitled an Act to rescind the University College Galway (Amendment) Act 2006 and amend the University College Galway Act 1929 …'” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 1 February]

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Step forward for legislation to maintain Irish language requirement for NUI Galway president

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A bill which aims to legally enshrine the requirement for the president of NUI Galway to be an Irish speaker has made it through the first stage in the Dáil. Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv is pushing for new legislation to ensure the incoming NUI Galway president is capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 26 January]

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University College Galway (Amendment) Bill 2017: First Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): … The aim of this Bill is to ensure that the president of the National University of Ireland, Galway, NUIG – the college formerly known as University College Galway, UCG – will be capable of doing his or her business in the Irish and English language as has been the situation since 1929. We must remember that in 1929, under Cumann na nGaedhael, the college was given a special statutory responsibility in regard to the Irish language …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 26 January]

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Dáil to discuss Irish language bill for NUIG president

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

Ireland“A Galway West TD is push for new legislation to ensure the incoming NUI Galway president speaks Irish. Eamon O Cuiv is seeking leave to bring a bill before the Dáil tomorrow which would ensure the new president is capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 25 January]

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Technological Universities

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

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Technological Universities Bill; when it is to return to Dáil Éireann; the necessary changes he proposes to make to the draft legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills what is the status of the Technological Universities Bill 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 January]

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University Status Review – Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is not allowed to describe itself as a university here for marketing and labelling purposes but may do so outside the State; and his Department’s reasoning for maintaining this restriction on the RCSI in the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 October]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2016 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Technological Universities Bill 2015; when it will return to Dáil Éireann; the amendments he proposes to make to the draft legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 October]

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Legislation Programme, Autumn Session 2016: Third Level

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 27th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThe new programme is now out. Nothing directly relevant to 3rd level appears under ‘Priority Legislation for Publication This session’ or ‘Bills that are expected to undergo Pre-Legislative Scrutiny This Session’. Under ‘Other’ appear:

  • Higher Education (Reform) Bill – To modernise the legislative framework underpinning the governance and functions of the Higher Education Authority and the governance structures of the universities – Heads are currently being drafted
  • Qualifications and Quality Assurance Amendment) Bill – To amend the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 to address some issues that have arisen regarding the scope of QQI’s responsibilities in relation to recognition of awards and regulation of private and voluntary providers, to ensure adequate protection of enrolled learners where providers discontinue a programme, and to give greater authority to Institutes of Technology to award Level 9 qualifications – Heads expected end 2016
  • Universities (Amendment) Bill – To ensure compliance with government guidelines on remuneration, allowances, pensions and staffing numbers in the University sector – Heads approved in October 2012 – Drafting underway

The last of these seems to be taking a suspiciously long time to draft, especially for such a short bill! Far be it from me to suggest that the government has absolutely no intention of progressing it (preferring to leave it as a sort of scarecrow to frighten university presidents), but other explanations seem thin on the ground.

Finally, ‘Bills on Dáil Order Paper’ notes that the Technological Universities Bill 2015 is ‘Awaiting Committee’. It is also perhaps awaiting some sort of unexpected political consensus, as there is concerted opposition to some of the mergers it contemplates, opposition which the government does not have the majority to simply override.

The Blogmeister

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Legislative Programme – Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Technological Universities Bill 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Given Lack of Funding Support, Proposed Government Control of Universities is an Affront

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The government’s legislative programme for the approaching weeks and months, in including a number of bills which have been on the Dáil’s agenda since before the general election, carries with it considerable reforms to the structure and organisation of Irish third-level institutions, a number of which should be regarded as having the potential to aggravate the already fragile and beleaguered state of the sector and its funding situation …” (more)

[University Times, 12 June]

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Some third level legislation mentioned in the Government’s new legislative programme

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Last week, under the title Some third level legislation envisaged in the Brief to the incoming Minister for Education, I wrote about the legislative priorities of the Department of Education and Skills, as set out in the Brief to that department’s incoming Minister. This post is by way of a short update …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 9 June]

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Higher Education: Legislation Programme for the Current Session

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 8th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThe Government has now published its Legislation Programme: Current Session (here), with very few surprises after the Organisation and Current Issues document of barely a month ago (here), as discussed in Eoin O’Dell’s blog. As was already public, the Technological Universities Bill (debated before the election) has now been restored to the order paper; presumably the plan is to push on with it much as before, though the need to placate some independent TDs (notably John Halligan of Waterford) may lead to a re-think of its most controversial aspect – that ITs can only upgrade to Technological Universities if they have first undergone a merger. In practical terms this means that the TU4Dublin (Dublin IT, IT Blanchardstown, IT Tallaght) will very probably appear quite soon, though all else is still to be fought over.

That aside, there is no 3rd-level-specific legislation on the ‘urgent’ list; none has been labelled ‘Priority Legislation for Publication This Session’.  Other proposals are mentioned but are still bubbling under, and are evidently not regarded as compelling for now:

  • Higher Education (Reform) Bill: To modernise the legislative framework underpinning the governance and functions of the Higher Education Authority and the governance structures of the universities. Status: ‘Heads are currently being drafted’.
  • Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Amendment) Bill: To amend the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 to address some issues that have arisen regarding the scope of QQI’s responsibilities in relation to recognition of awards and regulation of private and voluntary providers, to ensure adequate protection of enrolled learners where providers discontinue a programme, and to give greater authority to Institutes of Technology to award Level 9 qualifications. Status: ‘Work is underway in Department’.
  • Universities (Amendment) Bill: To ensure compliance with government guidelines on remuneration, allowances, pensions and staffing numbers in the University sector. ‘Heads approved in October 2012. Drafting underway’. (This last has been hanging around for some years now without being progressed; I remain of the view that its only function is as a scarecrow for universities tempted to breach financial guidelines, and that there is no serious plan to enact it.)

Onwards and upwards …

The Blogmeister

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Legislative Programme – Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2016 by steve

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his intentions on progressing the Technological Universities Bill; if he will change the requirement for the merger of institutions in order to achieve technological university status; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 May]

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Some third level legislation envisaged in the Brief to the incoming Minister for Education

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A brief prepared by the Department of Education and Skills for the incoming Minister has making some waves this morning. What it has to say about third level funding is dispiriting, but I won’t bellyache about that here. Instead, I want to look at some of the legislation affecting third level that is envisaged in the Brief …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 19 May]

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TUI members vote overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action over grave Institute of Technology merger concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) today announced that its members in Institutes of Technology have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, up to and including strike action, over grave concerns around significant aspects of the Technological Universities Bill. Members voted by a margin of 85% to take industrial action …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 19 February]

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Two key Bills will be timed out by election announcement

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Two key pieces of legislation now look certain not to have completed their passage through the Oireachtas before Taoiseach Enda Kenny dissolves the 31st Dáil. The Government has tried to expedite the passage of the Technological Universities Bill 2015 and the Criminal Justice (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015 through the Oireachtas before the election was called …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 2 February]

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