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 under spotlight of Prime Time investigation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Financial affairs at the University of Limerick – which are subject to a new independent review – will feature prominently in a major RTE investigation this Tuesday night. RTE’s investigations unit has been working for several months on uncovering how taxpayers’ money is spent in a number of third level institutions …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 23 May]

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UCD students organise RTÉ ‘Repeal protest’

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

Ireland“Around 80 people took part in demonstration on Monday outside RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, protesting the broadcaster’s coverage of the Strike for Repeal march last Wednesday. The event was organised by UCD students …” (more)

[Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, Irish Times, 13 March]

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UCD Students Lead RTÉ Repeal Protest

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

Ireland“Students are being invited to attend a demonstration today outside RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, protesting the coverage of the Strike for Repeal march last Wednesday. The event is being organised by a number of UCD students …” (more)

[Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, University Observer, 13 March]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“With students counting their Leaving Cert Points ahead of the first round of the CAO college offers on Monday, the race is already on to find accommodation that’s in short supply. Drivetime Reporter John Cooke has been meeting students and the services helping them to find a bed for the college year.” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 19 August]

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Fianna Fáil needs to rule out supporting the introduction of student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Labour Youth National Chairperson Grace Williams has called on Fianna Fáil to rule out supporting the introduction of student loans. Williams commented: ‘Fianna Fáil Education and Skills Spokesperson Thomas Byrne said on Morning Ireland his party are open to the idea of introducing student loans. This is a deeply regressive and ill thought out position …” (more)

[Labour Party, 12 July]

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WIT withdraws memo regarding redundancy scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology has withdrawn a letter sent to unions stating that the Department of Education and Skills had informed them of the possibility of a voluntary redundancy scheme for public servants employed in the education and training sector. The memo seen by RTÉ News was sent to representatives of the Teachers Union of Ireland, IMPACT, Unite and SIPTU last night by a senior manager at WIT …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 25 February]

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Revenge Porn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Marian is joined by technology writer Roisin Kiberd, Jack Power of the UCD College Tribune and Fergal Crehen of the HIT Team to discuss circulating inappropriate photos of women, more commonly known as ‘revenge porn’.” (mp3)

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[RTÉ – Marian Finucane, 13 February]

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College Drop Outs

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“There’s concern over the high rate of drop-outs in the first year of many third level courses. Tom Boland is the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority, and he joined us in studio.” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 11 January]

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Promoting Women in University

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Professor Ita Richardson from the University of Limerick joins Marian in studio.” (mp3)

[Marian Finucane, RTÉ, 9 January]

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Micheline on RTE One’s Today: The fight for NUI Galway 5’s rights ‘has to go on’!

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In an interview on RTE One’s Today programme, Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington said she will continue to call for the promotion of five female lecturers at NUI Galway who were unfairly denied promotion in 2009, continuing a women’s right effort begun 100 years ago by her grandmother, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 16 October]

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University of Limerick – Alleged Financial Mismanagement

Posted in Legal issues on September 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Two employees of the University have been offered nearly €60,000 each to leave their jobs after they highlighted serious concerns to alleged financial mismanagement. We spoke to Limerick Leader editor, Alan English …” (mp3)

[RTÉ Drivetime, 11 September]

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Are third level colleges manipulating the admissions system?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Tom Boland Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority discusses the manipulation of the admissions system into third level by colleges.” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Morning Ireland, 17 August]

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Direct provision student who received 575 points told to accept college offer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A leaving cert student living in direct provision has been told to accept a CAO offer of a college place on Monday, although doubts remain over how exactly she will be able to attend university …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 14 August]

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Dobbo takes first lecture at UL

Posted in Teaching on February 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“RTÉ Six One News anchor Bryan Dobson yesterday gave his inaugural lecture as Adjunct Professor of Public Service Broadcast Journalism at the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Tomás Heneghan, Campus.ie, 12 February]

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RTÉ’s Mary Kennedy won’t follow Dobbo into the classroom

Posted in Teaching on June 29th, 2014 by steve

“Presenter Mary Kennedy is thrilled that colleague Bryan Dobson has nabbed a top university job – but she said she won’t ever be going back to school …” (more)

[Lynne Kelleher, Independent, 28 June]

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Professor Dobbo: RTE news anchor gets three-year top job at University of Limerick

Posted in Teaching on June 25th, 2014 by steve

“RTÉ News anchor Bryan Dobson is off to college. Mr Dobson (53) has been appointed as Adjunct Professor of Public Service Broadcast Journalism at the University of Limerick (UL). He will take up his appointment on September 1 for a three-year period …” (more)

[Independent, 25 June]

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University isn’t a finishing school, you know

Posted in Teaching on June 5th, 2014 by steve

“There has been some discussion lately about Jackie Lavin’s contribution to Prime Time on Tuesday 3 June when the subject under discussion was third level education. Amongst her assertions were that some graduates didn’t have a clue and you could cut a year at least off most university degrees …” (more)

[IT and Data Musings …, 5 June]

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Jackie Lavin – A Meme Girl for Irish Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2014 by steve

“Education is a complex matter while reducing it to simple soundbites is easy. Ignorance, in the pure sense of not knowing, abounds when it comes to higher education. Alas, ignorance creates memes that are powerful …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 4 June]

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Mary Gallagher on RTÉ’s Dialogue

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2013 by steve

“Mary Gallagher, author of Academic Armageddon – An Irish Requiem for Higher Education, who spoke recently at DCU as part of the Defend the University campaign, talks to RTÉ’s Andy O’Mahony …” (more, audio)

[DCU union, 13 December]

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