RCSI appeals for university status within Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Officials from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) have been urging members of the Oireachtas to amend legislation, allowing the institute to describe itself as a university in Ireland and overseas. Under current legislation, RCSI may describe itself as a University of Medicine and Health Sciences overseas but may not do so in Ireland …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 22 January]

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Legislation Programme – Spring 2019 – Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBills currently before the Dáil and Seanad: Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 [Seanad] – at Seanad Committee Stage. Priority Legislation for Publication: Miscellaneous Provisions (Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 29 March 2019) Bill – Part 5 Education and Skills – Student Support. All Other Legislation: 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 in preparation. Universities (Amendment) Bill – To ensure compliance with government guidelines on remuneration, allowances, pensions and staffing numbers in the University sector – Work is underway.

(The complete programme is here.)

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Public servants now allowed work until they are 70

Posted in Governance and administration on December 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Legislation that will allow public servants stay at work up to the age of 70 if they so choose has been signed into law by President Michael D Higgins. Previously, public servants had to retire by 65 at the latest, despite the fact that the age for qualifying for the State pension is 66 …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 26 December]

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New legislation to increase retirement age for public sector workers passed in Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There was some good news for public servants wishing to work longer as President Michael D Higgins is to sign a new law that will allow public sector workers work until the age of 70 …” (more)

[Christopher O’Brien, TheLiberal.ie, 20 December]

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Ministers welcome plans to bring forward legislation to provide certainty to families on student accommodation costs

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Tuesday, 11 December) welcomed the publication of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 by Minister for Housing, planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD. The Ministers confirmed the intention to outline amendments to the legislation to include rent predictability measures for students living in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) under licence agreements, and in PBSA let by a public authority, for the first time …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 December]

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Staff unpaid as fears rise over college’s fate

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Up to 28 staff at a language school have not been paid amid fears it has closed down. The union representing some of the teachers at Grafton College in Portobello, Dublin appealed to the Department of Education to step in and ‘not to wash its hands of this’ just weeks before Christmas …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 3 December]

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Public servants ‘in limbo’ as law to change retirement age faces ‘tight’ Christmas deadline

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Public servants who are set to receive a way out of compulsory retirement could be forced to retire anyway with legislation to extend the age to 70 facing a ‘tight’ deadline to get passed through the Dáil before Christmas. The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Bill would increase the retirement age to 70 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 30 November]

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Higher Education Authority seeks new laws to clarify its independence

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The State regulatory body for higher education is seeking new laws which would clarify its independence from the Department of Education. There was controversy earlier this year when the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) chief executive Dr Graham Love resigned amid frustration over what sources described as ‘micro-managing’ by the department …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 November]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor opens the consultation forum on the legislative reform of the Higher Education Authority Act

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today (23rd of November), opened the consultation forum on the new Higher Education Authority Act. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is the statutory funding authority for the universities, institutes of technology and a number of other designated institutions, and is the advisory body to the Minister for Education and Skills in relation to the higher education sector …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 23 November]

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Bill to protect rights of college renters as Dáil hears some students sleep in cars

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin has introduced a Bill to protect the rights of students who are renting. The Residential Tenancies (Student Rents, Rights and Protections) Bill 2018 is aimed at giving clarity on licence agreements for student accommodation …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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‘Essay mills’ offering bespoke assignments to students to be made illegal

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Websites offering bespoke essays to those in third level education are to be made illegal. New laws are being introduced to make cheating more difficult for students who are ‘gaming the system’. It will also be an offence if a person or company advertises the provision of these essay mill services …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 29 October]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor welcomes Oireachtas approval of the draft order to establish Ireland’s first Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Following the granting on 17 July 2018 by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, of the application for technological university status made under the Technological Universities Act 2018 by Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght, the Dáil on 16 October 2018 approved a draft order by the Minister, appointing 1 January 2019 as the date on which these three Institutes of Technology shall be dissolved …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 October]

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Technological University Dublin – Establishment

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

IrelandJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the Technological Universities Act 2018 will commence in practical terms; the implications for IT Tallaght; and if it will retain its Tallaght identity in its name …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 October]

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Public Sector Pay – Compulsory Retirement Age

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 11th, 2018 by steve

IrelandMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if public sector employees that are to be allowed to work beyond 65 years of age in certain circumstances will continue to be paid at the point on the increment scale they were at when they reached 65 years of age; the position in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 October]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 completes second stage in Seanad Éireann

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

Ireland“Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomed the completion of second stage of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 in Seanad Éireann. This Bill will amend the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 which established Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the national agency with responsibility for external quality assurance and qualifications across the further and higher education sectors …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces the publication of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 22nd, 2018 by steve

“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today announced that the Government has approved publication of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training)(Amendment) Bill. Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomed the Government decision noting that ‘This is a key piece of legislation that will further empower QQI as a regulator of quality and will strengthen the agency’s role in ensuring high standards across Ireland’s Higher and Further Education sectors’ …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 July]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor invites views on updating the Higher Education Authority Act 1971

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 19th, 2018 by steve

“Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today, the 19th of July, launched a public consultation seeking views on updating the Higher Education Authority Act 1971. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is the statutory funding authority for the universities, institutes of technology and a number of other designated institutions …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 19 July]

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USI Pitches Accommodation Regulation to Oireachtas Committee

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 14th, 2018 by steve

“Student accommodation needs investment and regulation, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has told an Oireachtas committee debating new housing legislation. USI President Michael Kerrigan and Vice-President for Campaigns Amy Kelly were presenting at the Oireachtas Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Committee this morning as it debated the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Bill …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 14 June]

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The Student Accommodation Bill is More Evidence That Direct Action Works

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2018 by steve

“This past year has been a busy one for Ireland’s student leaders. They’ve fought for abortion rights for women at a national level, revolted against extortionate fees and clamoured to keep higher education funding on the agenda. We’ve had emotionally charged marches and new forms of direct action. But one thing is clear: students have had enough …” (more)

[Univeristy Times, 4 June]

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USI supporting bill to impose rent caps on student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland is supporting a Sinn Féin bill that includes student accommodation in rent pressure zones. It comes after students in DCU and NUI Galway protested against rent increases of almost 30% in recent months …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 May]

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