PAC criticises lack of oversight in third level education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have criticised the lack of authority that public bodies have over third level education institutions. Fianna Fáil TD Marc McSharry told the PAC that major deficits exist ‘in the overall oversight of education, in particular at third level’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 25 January]

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Public Accounts Committee: Special Report No 103 of the Comptroller and Auditor General: Remuneration of certain senior staff in the University of Limerick and Institute of Technology Sligo

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2019 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): In this session we will examine the Comptroller and Auditor General’s special report No 103 on the handling of remuneration for certain senior staff in the University of Limerick and Institute of Technology Sligo. We have also requested an update on the implementation of Dr Thorn’s Independent Review of Certain Matters and Allegations Relating to the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 January]

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Government to look at recouping from colleges for ‘governance breaches’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government is considering recouping monies from institutes of higher education where governance breaches have been found, it has emerged. The Secretary General of the Department of Education Seán Ó Foghlú is due to appear before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday to discuss the remuneration of senior staff at the University of Limerick and the Institute of Technology Sligo …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Public Accounts Committee to consider universities’ handling of staff pensions and severance

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, Jan 24, the Public Accounts Committee will consider how certain third-level educational institutions have managed remuneration of senior staff and overseen the sale of a campus technology spinoff …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 23 January]

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Legislation needed for HEA to regulate ‘as expected’ in relation to matters at UL

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority does not have ‘the powers to do what is expected of a regulatory body’ in relation to some of the matters raised at the University of Limerick, the Public Accounts Committee has heard …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 27 October]

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HEA Financial Statements 2017

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

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): We are joined again by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr Seamus McCarthy, who is a permanent witness to the committee and Ms Colette Drinan, deputy director of audit at the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General. We are meeting representatives from the Department of Education and Skills and the Higher Education Authority, HEA, to discuss the Higher Education Authority’s financial statements for 2017 …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 18 October]

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Higher Education Authority’s review powers in spotlight

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A legal review of the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) powers to undertake investigations and reviews in third-level colleges has held up a report on spinout companies at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) that was due out a year ago …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 October]

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Outgoing Chief Executive of HEA outlines reasons for resignation

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

Ireland“The outgoing CEO of the Higher Education Authority, Dr Graham Love has outlined some of the reasons for his unexpected resignation from the body in August after 18 months in the role. He was speaking as both the Department of Education and the Higher Education Authority appeared before the Public Accounts Committee this afternoon …” (more)

[Edel McAllister, RTÉ News, 18 October]

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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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Department of Education warns teachers about rejecting extra hours

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of secondary schools will close and teachers face losing thousands of euro in pay if the biggest teachers’ union votes to cease working agreed hours, the secretary general of the Department of Education has warned …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 April]

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WIT and CIT: Financial Statements 2013

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

IrelandMr Seán Ó Foghlú (Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills) called and examined; Mr Tom Boland (Chief Executive Officer, Higher Education Authority) called and examined; Professor Willie Donnelly (President, Waterford Institute of Technology) called and examined; …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 10 December]

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WIT seeks repayment of over €100,000 incurred by ex-president

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology has sought repayment of more than €100,000 in spending on travel and hospitality and other items incurred by a former president.The costs include chartering private aircraft, taxis between the institute and the capital, and spending on hospitality …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

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Plan to write off €4.1m overpaid in student grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on June 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The body which operates student support body SUSI has sought approval to write off grant overpayments totalling €4.1m, it emerged yesterday …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 12 June]

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Taxpayers could end up footing €4.1m bill for student grant overpayment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has said it has made a number of changes to how the student grants system is run after a €4.1 million overspend in the 2012-2013 academic year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 June]

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SUSI problems addressed, PAC told

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Comptroller and Auditor General has told the Public Accounts Committee that he is happy to report that the initial problems at the SUSI grant system had been addressed and the performance had been significantly improved …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 11 June]

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Over €3 million spent on technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Over €3 million has been spent so far on developing Technological Universities in Dublin, Munster and the south-east, with most of the money going on pay and professional fees. A breakdown of spending on the Technological University designation process has been supplied to the Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 May]

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PAC probes UCC salaries

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“UCC’s president said that he does not know what staff payments the Department of Education believes breach pay rules. He was responding to the department’s claim to the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that it has found unauthorised payments not previously notified …” (more)

[Niall Murray and Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner, 15 May]

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UCC ordered to end top-up pay to staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has been ordered to ‘cease with immediate effect’ unsanctioned top-ups to staff members which it had not disclosed. It is understood that some of these undisclosed payments go back several years and some are more recent …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 14 May]

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SUSI wants to write off €4m overpayment of grants to students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The grant awarding agency, SUSI, is seeking a write off of €4m paid in error to third-level students in its first year of operation …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 April]

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GMIT plagiarism probe costs under Dáil review

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The excessive cost of the independent investigation into plagiarism at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) was raised at the latest sitting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Dáil Éireann …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 3 March]

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