Dáil votes to accept bill requiring future NUIG presidents to be fluent in Irish

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

Ireland“The Dáil has voted to accept a bill which requires all future presidents of NUI Galway to be fluent in Irish. The bill was introduced by Galway West Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv to guarantee all future presidents are capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 December]

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Galway TD clashes with Education Minister in Dáil over NUIG Irish language requirement

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway TD has challenged the Education Minister in the Dáil over legislation to ensure all future presidents of NUI Galway are fluent in Irish. It’s after management at the university recently decided to change recruitment criteria …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 7 December]

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Technological Universities Bill: Committee Stage

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

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): It is proposed that we group a number of the amendments together. Amendments Nos 1, 14, 24, 63, 145, 180 and 199 are related and will be discussed together …” (more)

[Select Committee on Education and Skills, 15 November]

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Former CIT president signed off on his own retirement function

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

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology is being asked for a full explanation of how its ex-president Brendan Murphy personally signed off on more than half the €13,000 costs of two functions to mark his own retirement. The ability of any college to do so was sharply criticised at the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 November]

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‘Dolphin ice sculpture’ part of €13,000 spend on Cork IT chief’s departure

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

Ireland“The Department of Education was not aware that €13,000 of public money was spent on classical musicians, drapes and an ice sculpture of a dolphin to mark the retirement of the ex-president of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 16 November]

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€13,000 spent on retirement party for former CIT president, committee told

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has been asked to clamp down on the use of taxpayers’ money for retirement functions after it emerged that €13,000 was spent on a lavish retirement party for the former president of Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 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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Third Level Funding: Expert Group recommendation

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

IrelandMichael Collins (Cork South West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a deadline will be set for the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills to make a recommendation on the future funding of higher education …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 is published

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The pay of TDs and most other public servants will return to pre-austerity levels by July 2021 under new legislation which has been published. The Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 underpins the restoration of financial emergency (FEMPI) pay cuts imposed during the economic crisis …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 9 November]

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Cabinet approves progression of the Technological Universities Bill

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

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (7th November 2017) welcomed the approval by the Government of insertions and amendments to the Technological Universities Bill. Minister Mitchell O’Connor said, ‘I am delighted that we can now proceed to progress the revised Technological Universities Bill through the Houses of the Oireachtas …'” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 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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IFUT calls for immediate publication of Oireachtas Report on Third-Level Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for immediate publication of the Oireachtas Committee Report on Third-Level Funding and an end to Government dithering on increased resources, following publication of new EU data which effectively removes hiking student fees as a source of extra income for the sector …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 2 November]

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Hopes for Funding Report Report by Christmas, Says Higher Education Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the Minister of State for Higher Education, said she hopes to have a report on funding from the Oireachtas committee considering the sector’s future before Christmas. Speaking on RTÉ Radio One this morning, Mitchell O’Connor said she was waiting on the much-anticipated report from the Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 19 October]

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Don’t Expect Funding Agreement from Education Committee, Says Fianna Fáil

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil’s Education Spokesperson, has cast doubt on the idea that a consensus can ever be reached on a new funding model for higher education. Responding to a question from The University Times at a post-budget analysis event by the Dublin University Business Society (DUBES), Byrne said it was highly unlikely any agreement could be reached …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 18 October]

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Report on the eligibility of maintenance grants to students (Wake-up SUSI)

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandRecommendations: ‘… The Committee further recommends that, subject to the course and college being QQI approved, eligibility for a maintenance grant should be based on the means of the student rather than on the choice of college. This approach could result in an increase in competition among colleges and may reduce costs. The Committee further recommends that students enrolled at private colleges should, if eligible under the relevant SUSI criteria, be entitled to the same value of SUSI funding for payment of annual degree course fees that they would receive at an equivalent course in a state funded higher education institution. The Committee further recommends that students enrolled in private colleges should be entitled to access the Student Assistance Fund.’

Houses of the Oireachtas, Joint Committee on Education and Skills, Report on the eligibility of maintenance grants to students (Wake-up SUSI), September 2017.
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Students to hold national demonstration for third-level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has announced they will hold a national demonstration on October 4th calling on the Government to invest in publicly-funded third-level education. The demonstration, which is expected to draw over 5,000 students from across Ireland, will call on government officials and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills to invest in the publicly-funded third level education model as outlined in the Cassells report published last year …” (more)

[Seán Dunne, Irish Times, 25 September]

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Pipers, Tunes and Payment in the Higher Education Sector

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Recent discussion on university funding has been on the basis of the Public Accounts Committee report. This, along with the RTÉ Prime-time Investigates program, has led to a perception of a state funded sector out of financial control. Both of these are wrong …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 24 July]

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Colleges to face fines if accounts not shown

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Managers of colleges which fail to give up-to-date accounts or explain how much money they have in private trusts and foundations by the next budget should be hit with significant financial penalties and fines. The Dáil Public Accounts Committee made the recommendation at the launch of its damning report into the sector’s secret finances yesterday, saying options could include cuts or blocking of board of governor salaries …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 12 July]

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Third level colleges accused of ‘wild west’ approach to use of taxpayers’ money

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Senior staff in some third-level colleges have been accused of taking a ‘wild west’ approach to the use of taxpayers’ money. The claims were made by members of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee following the publication of its report into the financial accounts of a sample of seven third-level institutions …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 July]
[The report is here]

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Greater transparency in management of third-level accounts called for – PAC report

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

Ireland“The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has called for greater transparency in the management of the financial accounts of third-level colleges. It comes in a hard-hitting PAC report that is critical of how colleges spend public funds and run aspects of their affairs …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 July]

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