Concerns university misled Public Accounts Committee

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Evidence has emerged that the University of Limerick misled the Department of Education and the Comptroller and Auditor General during an inquiry into its payments of unauthorised and excessive severance packages to senior managers …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 25 May]

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University of Limerick kept paying retired staffer

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

Ireland“University of Limerick continued to make consultancy payments to a retired financial controller after he turned 60 and was also receiving a pension, the Dáil Public Accounts Committee has been told …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 May]

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Pay equality for teachers will have ‘significant cost’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Restoring pay equality for teachers would have ‘significant cost implications for the education and training sector’, the secretary general of the Department of Education warned at the start of the current exercise on public service pay …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 12 May]

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UL inquiry examines €150,000 payment to lecturer over ‘inappropriate touching’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An independent inquiry into misconduct allegations at University of Limerick (UL) is likely to include the circumstances surrounding the payment of €150,000 to a former lecturer alleged to have inappropriately touched students. The former staff member was the subject of three formal complaints from students, who referred to ‘inappropriate sexual references’ in class and ‘inappropriate touching’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 May]

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Higher Education Funding: Discussion

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 5th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): … I wish to welcome the following witnesses to the meeting: Dr Charles Larkin, Dr Shaen Corbet and Dr Aedín Doris from NUI Maynooth, in addition to Dr Darragh Flannery from the University of Limerick. They are here to make presentations on the future funding of higher education, and I thank them for sending on their opening statements concerning the Cassells Report …” (more)

[Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, 2 May]

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Student loan scheme would ‘not hinder access’ to college among poorer students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A student loan scheme linked to graduates’ income would not hinder access to higher education by poorer students, an Oireachtas committee has heard. The possibility of such a loan scheme is being examined by the Oireachtas committee on education as part of a series of hearings over the future funding of higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 May]

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Student Loan Proposals ‘as clear as mud’ – Nolan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Speaking today at the meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan said that there is huge uncertainty about the potential costs and operation of a student loan scheme …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 2 May]

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‘Higher tax alternative to student loans’ says academic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Higher taxes are the alternative to a student loan system, the Oireachtas education committee was told yesterday. Dr Aedín Doris, of Maynooth University, who has written a paper on student loans, said if there was an acceptance that higher education needed more money, there was ‘no way to do it cheaply’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 May]

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Student loan scheme ‘would spur an increase in emigration’ to avoid debts

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students have warned a proposed loan scheme for college and university courses would spark a new emigration brain drain. The ‘study now pay later’ idea could see graduates pay back about €150 a month until they turn 33 in what researchers have claimed is the cheapest way to fund a major expansion of third level education …” (more)

[Independent, 2 May]

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Students warn proposed loan scheme will start new ‘brain drain’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has rejected claims student loans are an effective way to fund Irish third level education. A technical group is preparing to brief the Oireachtas on how a loan scheme would work in Ireland. But student leaders say such a scheme would be expensive to set up …” (more)

[Jack Quann, Newstalk, 2 May]

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NUIG confirms ‘unusual’ payment of €175,000 to consultants

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUIG President Dr James Browne has agreed it was ‘unusual’ that the School of Law paid €143,000 plus VAT for one consultancy firm for 22 months’ work. Dr Browne was responding to queries by Galway West TD Catherine Connolly at the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday, in relation to monies paid for professional services from consultancy, Results Through People Limited …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 24 April]

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Oireachtas committee challenges NUI Galway on president Irish fluency requirement

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

Ireland“An Oireachtas committee on Irish Language is challenging NUI Galway on its decision to drop the Irish language fluency requirement for its new President. The ad for the role was published on Holy Thursday, and does not refer to the Irish language as a requirement or a desired skill …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 19 April]

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PAC tell John Halligan to clarify criticism of group for examining WIT financial issues

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee has told junior minister for skills John Halligan to clarify why he criticised the group for examining financial issues at Waterford IT, amid claims of an attempt to block any investigation that may damage his constituency …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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‘We can’t have every minister firing out statements willy-nilly’: John Halligan asked to clarify criticism of PAC

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

Ireland“The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is to write to Junior Minister for Skills and Training, John Halligan to ask him to clarify a statement he made regarding the questioning of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). Officials from the college appeared before the PAC last week …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 13 April]

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Dublin Institute of Technology: Financial Statement 2013-2014

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

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): We are now back in public session. We will continue our discussion with Dublin Institute of Technology and the Grangegorman Development Agency. I apologise for the late start. An issue arose regarding the late submission of financial statements. This applied, to some extent, to the organisations before us …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 6 April]

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Waterford Institute of Technology: Financial Statements 2013-2014

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

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): … We will begin with Waterford Institute of Technology’s 2013-14 financial statements. From Waterford Institute of Technology we are joined by Professor Willie Donnelly, President, Ms Elaine Sheridan, Vice President, Dr Derek O’Byrne, Vice President and Ms Kathryn Kiely, Industry Services Manager. From the Department of Education and Skills we are joined by Mr Christy Mannion and from the Higher Education Authority by Dr Graham Love and Mr Andrew Brownlee …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 6 April]

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National University of Ireland Galway: Financial Statement 2013-2014

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

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): … In this session, we will deal with the financial statements of the National University of Ireland Galway. From there, we are joined by Dr James Browne, president, Mr Gearóid Ó Conluain, an runaí, Ms Mary Dooley, bursar, and Mr Keith Warnock, capital projects adviser. From the Department of Education and Skills we are joined by Mr. Christy Mannion and from the Higher Education Authority by Dr Graham Love, Mr Damien Kilgannon and Ms Jennifer Gygax …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 6 April]

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PAC continues hearings on Third Level Education Financial Statements

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Public Accounts Committee will continue its hearings on the financial statements of third level bodies tomorrow, Thursday, 6 April 2017 when it meets with representatives from Waterford Institute of Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology and the National University of Ireland Galway. The Financial Statements of the Grangegorman Development Agency will also be looked at because of its particular relevance to the provision of DIT’s new campus …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 5 April]

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Student loan scheme deemed impractical by researchers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The feasibility of a student loan scheme where funds would be repaid by graduates after they reach a certain income level has been dismissed in research commissioned by the State’s institutes of technology. The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education is examining new proposals to fund the higher education system, which is in crisis following years of funding cuts and rising student numbers …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 3 April]

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WIT to review arrangements relating to spin-off research firms

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A review is being undertaken by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) into arrangements relating to spin-off research companies based there. The situation was outlined at the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, which heard that the Department of Education expects to hear shortly about the findings …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 March]

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