Student Grant Scheme Payments – Overpayment of Maintenance Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Charlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there have been a number of write-offs with regard to recouping paid funds in each of the years since SUSI was formed in relation to discovered overpayment of maintenance grants by SUSI; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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University heads should get their own houses in order first – Maloney

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2014 by steve

“Labour TD, Eamon Maloney, has said that university heads should ‘get their own houses in order’ before speculating about third-level college fees in 2016 …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 10 February]

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Students to benefit from €7m university penalties

Posted in Legal issues on December 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Students are getting extra supports and improved facilities, as universities pay the price for previous unauthorised top-ups of more than €7m to senior staff. Half the value of overpayments to more than 200 managers, researchers, and academics between 2005 and 2011, has been held back from the colleges by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) since earlier this year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 23 December]

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Irish universities and salary top-ups

Posted in Legal issues on December 18th, 2013 by steve

“Topping up the salaries of senior executives is not in vogue right now, as is well known. In the Celtic Tiger years in Ireland, however, it was not unusual, and universities were not particularly exceptions …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 18 December]

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Universities lose €3.6m in funding as punishment for staff top-ups

Posted in Legal issues on December 17th, 2013 by steve

“Universities are to lose out on €3.6m in funding as punishment for making unauthorised top-ups to staff – but the pain is to be spread across five years …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 17 December]

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Academics have a case, but little public support

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 30th, 2012 by steve

“It may seem cheeky for universities to be challenging the Government’s right to give itself full authority over pay and staffing numbers. After all, the State exercises such control over other parts of the public service, including institutes of technology – why should the universities be any different? …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 October]

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Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2012 by steve

“… Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn’s amendment to the Universities Act, which requires colleges to comply with Government pay rules, is causing consternation across higher education. Mike Jennings, the astute head of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, sees it as the ‘biggest threat to university autonomy in decades’ …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 30 October]

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‘Dons’ deserve pension top-up

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2012 by steve

“Madam – In his article entitled ‘Hundreds of varsity dons get pension top-ups’, Daniel McConnell seems to wilfully misunderstand the reason for the years added to the pensions of university academics …” (more)

[Kurt Tidmore, Independent, 14 October]

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Third Level Staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 10th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will carry out an investigation into the unauthorised payment of €7.5 million in allowances to academics working in Irish third level institutions from 2005–2011; and if he will provide a list of the persons who received unauthorised allowances during that period. [43097/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): At the request of my Department the Higher Education Authority (HEA) carried out an investigation, in conjunction with the Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG), to determine definitively the quantum of monies in respect of unauthorised payments to senior staff in each of the universities between 2005 and 2011. The investigation identified total excess payments of €7.5 million to senior staff in the universities during that period.

“Having regard to the requirements of data protection regulations it is not appropriate for me to provide a list of the persons who received unauthorised allowances, save to say the recipients were either at the level of President, Professor and equivalent grades, academic medical consultants or senior management positions.”

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 9 October]

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Academics relish scoffing their big slice of pizza pie

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2012 by steve

“Private-sector workers are tired of being lectured by overpaid college dons, writes Marc Coleman. It was GK Chesterton who once wrote: ‘We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders’. The joy of life is the wonder in the most ordinary of things. Consider, for example, the pizza …” (more)

[Independent, 7 October]

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WIT admits paying for more secret flights

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 5th, 2012 by steve

“A college has admitted it chartered two more previously secret private jet trips for an expert assessing its bid to become a university. The revelation emerged just a week after Waterford Institute of Technology caused outrage by confirming it organised another private plane from Waterford to Dublin for the same high-ranking official …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 5 October]

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College chartered two controversial flights

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 5th, 2012 by steve

“The controversial €4,200 flight chartered by Waterford Institute of Technology for official business was not the only occasion on which the college paid for private aircraft …” (more)

[Kieran O’Donnell, Independent, 5 October]

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Further overspending by former WIT president revealed

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 5th, 2012 by steve

“Revelations of further overspending by the former president of Waterford Institute of Technology and a ‘mix-up’ of receipts for the hire of private jets by him were made at the Oireachtas Committee of Public Accounts yesterday …” (more)

[Kitty Holland, Irish Times, 5 October]

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Heads of new Universities Bill now available

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 3rd, 2012 by steve

“GENERAL SCHEME OF A UNIVERSITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 2012: UNIVERSITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 2012. Draft of a bill entitled An Act to Provide for the Amendment of The Universities Act 1997 and to Provide for Related Matters …” (more)

[DES, 3 October]

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Former WIT chair says he organised €4,200 flight

Posted in Legal issues on October 3rd, 2012 by steve

“The former chairman of the Waterford Institute of Technology governing body said he organised and sanctioned a controversial €4,200 flight to Dublin for a visiting academic …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 October]

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Quinn plans new university pay law

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 3rd, 2012 by steve

“Universities have reacted angrily to Government plans that will make sure they never again give un-authorised bonuses to staff …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 October]

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Minister Quinn to introduce new legislation which will oblige universities to comply with government pay policy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 2nd, 2012 by steve

“The Minister for Education and Skills has secured government agreement for the drafting of an amendment to the Universities Act 1997. This amendment will give the Minister the power to require universities to comply with government guidelines on remuneration, allowances, pensions and staffing numbers in the University sector …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 2 October]

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Quinn to bring in new university pay laws

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 2nd, 2012 by steve

“The Education Minister Ruairi Quinn is to bring in new laws compelling universities to comply with government pay policy …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 2 October]

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Millions paid in unauthorised allowances to academics a scandal – O’Brien

Posted in Legal issues on October 1st, 2012 by steve

“Sinn Féin education spokesperson, Jonathan O’Brien has called for an investigation into the payment of millions of euro in unauthorised allowances to senior academics …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 1 October]

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Third-level extravagance

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 29th, 2012 by steve

“The payment of unauthorised allowances of €7.5m to senior academics, the details of which we disclose in today’s paper, raises serious questions about the manner in which our universities and other third-level institutions are run …” (more)

[Independent, 29 September]

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