RCSI urges Government to grant college university status

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) has urged the Government to grant it university status to help boost its chances of attracting top international researchers and students. While the college is allowed to describe itself abroad as a ‘university of medicine and health science’, it is prohibited from doing so within the State …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 November]

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‘UL clause’ will give ministerial powers to appoint investigator

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A change in the law which would give the Minister for Education and Skills the power to appoint an investigator to any publicly-funded third level institution is progressing through the Oireachtas in the wake of the Thorn report into controversies at University of Limerick …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 18 November]

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Education Committee to discuss Technological Universities Bill 2015

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

Ireland“The Select Committee on Education and Skills will carry out committee stage examination of the Technological Universities Bill 2015 at its meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 14 November]

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Regional Technical Colleges (Amendment) Bill 2017 [Seanad]

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

Ireland“Bill entitled an Act to provide for the representation on governing bodies for regions served by a college outside of the functional areas of an education and training board in which the college is situated; for that purpose to amend section 6 of the Regional Technical Colleges Act 1992; and to provide for related matters. Bill Number 128 of 2017, sponsored by Senator Paddy Burke and Senator Michelle Mulherin and Senator John O’Mahaony …(more)

[Tithe an Oireachtais, 9 November]

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Technological Universities One Step Closer, After Cabinet Approval

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is now one step closer to having a legal foundation for the ambitious technological universities project, after cabinet today approved the progression of the Technological Universities Bill. Cabinet-level approval for the bill means a proposed increase in investigatory powers for the Higher Education Authority (HEA) – which has already triggered some concerns from Irish universities over an erosion of autonomy – is one step closer to being implemented …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 7 November]

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New powers to investigate universities spark fears over autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Universities accused of wrongdoing face the prospect of being investigated by Government-appointed inspectors with the power to enter their premises and access sensitive internal records. The move has sparked concern among university presidents over the scope of these powers and whether it will undermine their autonomy …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 November]

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Universities Shouldn’t Fear Investigatory Powers, Says HEA Head

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Powers to investigate Irish universities, mooted by the Minister for Education Richard Bruton in July, would be used in a ‘sophisticated’ manner, the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has told The University Times. The powers, which Bruton hopes to introduce in amendments to the 2015 Technological Universities Bill, caused significant unease in the higher education sector when announced …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 21 September]

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Legislative Process: Progress of Bills

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding his department’s work on the General Scheme of Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Amendment) Bill 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter …
Joan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Technological Universities Bill 2015; the timeframe for it to return to Dáil Éireann; his planned changes to the draft legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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Blow for AIT as merger requirement retained in Bill

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

Ireland“On Monday, Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, announced amendments to the Technological Universities Bill, which do not include the possibility of an institute of technology gaining university status without merging with another educational institution. It is now intended that the revised Bill will be re-introduced at Committee stage early in the next Dáil session …” (more)

[Robert Grace, Athlone Advertiser, 20 July]

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Third-level sector risks penalties for audit and salary breaches

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Colleges and universities will face significantly increased financial penalties from this autumn if they fail to produce audited accounts, ignore salary rules, or breach strict spin-off company laws. Education Minister Richard Bruton also announced greater inspection powers just a week after the Public Accounts Committee report revealed serious concerns over how the facilities are spending €1.5bn in taxpayers’ money every year …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 18 July]

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Minister Bruton and Minister Mitchell O’Connor Secure Government Approval to Progress Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 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 (Monday 17th July) announced their intention to prioritise the passing of the Technological Universities Bill following Government approval to the drafting of insertions and amendments to the 2015 Bill …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 July]

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Richard Bruton to increase powers to investigate universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton is seeking powers to appoint investigators to examine ‘issues of concern’ in higher education institutions. The proposal comes as universities face increasing pressure over their spending of public funds from the Higher Education Authority and the Dáil Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Education minister to have power to probe colleges

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Legal powers to investigate misuse of funding and governance failures in third-level colleges are to be introduced by Education Minister Richard Bruton. His plans to remove the need for High Court approvals before appointing an investigator come after damning criticism of a number of colleges from the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 July]

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New legislation required for Minister Mitchell O’Connor to receive extra €16k allowance

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

Ireland“New legislation will be required to allow Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor hold the role of super junior minister in Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s cabinet. Minister for Finance Pachal Donohoe confirmed that the legislation would be required …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 16 June]

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Lecturers’ vote clears way for laws to create technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at institutes of technology have voted for a deal with colleges and the Department of Education that should clear the way for new laws allowing the creation of technological universities. Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) opposition to various aspects of the bill published 18 months ago to underpin a TU sector had led to an impasse that meant the legislation had stalled …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 June]

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Education Minister Criticised Over ‘failure’ To Progress Important Universities Bill

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

Ireland“Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton is being slammed for his Department of Education’s ‘failure’ to progress the Technological Universities Bill. Describing the lack of progress so far as ‘deeply disappointing’ Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD tells Hot Press …” (more)

[Hot Press, 2 June]

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Students and lecturers react to Bruton’s plan to ban essay mills

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Education Minister is looking to clamp down on ‘essay mills’ that are selling work to third-level students. It will be made an offence under new draft laws aimed at cutting down on cheating in higher education …” (more)

[Fionnuala Jones, Newtalk, 15 May]

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10 things more important than essay mills

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish government, via Minister Bruton, is to ‘clamp down’ on essay mills. That trying, in effect, to outlaw d’internet is doomed to failure is indicative of how little sensible focus is exerted on real challenges facing the higher education sector. Here are ten things that are more deserving than essay mills of ministerial press releases, actions, legislation, appearances on morning radio …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 15 May]

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Bruton Announces New Powers for the Higher and Further Education Regulator

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“New Bill to Tackle Academic Cheating, Establish an International Education Mark. Institutes of Technology to Have Greater Autonomy in Awarding Bachelors and Masters Degrees. The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, has today (Monday) announced that the Government have approved the draft outline of a law which will provide new powers to the Higher and Further Education Regulator, QQI, to improve the quality of our education system …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 May]

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New law to crack down on ‘essays for sale’

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Firms that provide written-to-order essays and dissertations for third-level students face prosecution under new laws. The move is a response to rising concern over the influence of ‘essay mill’ websites which allow students to bypass plagiarism-detection systems …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 May]

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