UL president emails staff over concerns: ‘We want to stop discrimination’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of University of Limerick has this week issued an email to all staff, stating that UL will challenge ‘any discriminatory incidents on campus by UL staff or by UL students’ …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 15 December]

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Government ‘drops’ plans for powers to investigate universities

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

Ireland“The Government has dropped controversial plans to amend legislation before Christmas to allow for investigators to be appointed to examine wrongdoing by universities, according to well-placed sources. Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced plans earlier this year to allow for Government-appointed inspectors to investigate issues of concern in legislation due be passed before Christmas …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 December]

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University of Limerick Students’ Union’s war of words with editor over paper’s future

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

Ireland“A bitter war of words has erupted between the University of Limerick Students’ Union and the campus newspaper, after a decision was made to change An Focal to a monthly publication. A spokesperson for ULSU said that the decision was made in response to ‘the particular experience’ it had with its outgoing editor Seamus Toomey, who held the position since August …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh and Aisling O’Connor, Limerick Leader, 9 December]

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University of Limerick lecturer issues apology after sending out ‘misogynistic’ email

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

Ireland“A member of University of Limerick’s governing authority has issued an apology to campus staff after he wrote an e-mail that was labelled as ‘misogynistic’ and ‘laden with thinly veiled sexual innuendo’ …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 8 December]

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University of Limerick student centre moves a step closer

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Planning for a new student centre building at the University of Limerick has passed a significant milestone with the Governing Authority approving the design of the building. The centre will comprise of a three story, 3,529 square metre building and will be in a prime location adjacent to the Stables Complex and the Library …” (more)

[Limerick Post, 6 December]

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‘Person E’: Lecturer gets legal advice following University of Limerick report

Posted in Legal issues on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One of the people named in the recent Higher Education Authority report into controversies at the University of Limerick is ‘awaiting legal advice’ following the report’s release this November 8. Person E is receiving legal counsel, after the former lecturer’s case was raised and UL’s HR conduct heavily criticised by Dr Richard Thorn in the report …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 2 December]

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Former student health director at University of Limerick ‘seeking justice and fair process’

Posted in Legal issues on November 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A medical doctor who was accused of bullying a colleague at the University of Limerick has issued High Court proceedings against UL for defamation and personal damages …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 25 November]

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University of Limerick president lifts suspension on whistleblowers and offers widespread apologies

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick has lifted its suspension of two whistleblowers who had been suspended with pay for almost two and a half years. The move follows a fortnight on from the publication of the HEA’s Thorn report, a wide-ranging document on the controversies into the governance and HR of the university …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 23 November]

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UL lifts suspension of whistleblowers whose claims sparked inquiry

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

Ireland“University of Limerick (UL) is to lift the suspension of two whistleblowers whose allegations helped spark an independent investigation into malpractice claims at the college. The two women, who worked in the university’s finance section, have been suspended on full pay for the past two-and-a-half years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 November]

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UL lifts suspensions on two whistleblowers

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick has lifted the suspensions imposed on two whistleblowers who raised issues about irregular practices at the university. The suspensions have been lifted on staff known only as B and C by UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 November]

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Truth and transparency benefit us all: Academics should have stood up in face of UL issues

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Thorn report into management failures at the University of Limerick makes for sobering reading. A catalogue of management and governance issues was identified over a period of years that led to a corrosive culture at the heart of the institution. …” (more)

[Tom Felle, Limerick Leader, 19 November]

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‘UL clause’ will give ministerial powers to appoint investigator

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A change in the law which would give the Minister for Education and Skills the power to appoint an investigator to any publicly-funded third level institution is progressing through the Oireachtas in the wake of the Thorn report into controversies at University of Limerick …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 18 November]

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Whistleblower seeks justice with letter to University of Limerick president and minister

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

Ireland“A former UL employee who raised concerns about irregularities in expenses and subsequently felt ‘managed out’ of her job has written to the university president and the Minister for Education – seeking ‘fairness, transparency and accountability for decision-making’ … (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 17 November]

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University of Limerick president promises changes for ‘unresolved issues’

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

Ireland“The president of University of Limerick has moved to assure the college community that he plans to act immediately on the findings of a HEA report into UL’s controversies. The report, by former Sligo IT president Dr Richard Thorn, delves into issues surrounding finance, HR and governance at UL, and is strongly critical …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 14 November]

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Suspended whistleblowers taking High Court case against University of Limerick

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The two whistleblowers who were suspended from the University of Limerick’s finance department following controversies around payment of expenses have initiated High Court action against the university …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 13 November]

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The self-inflicted wounds that led to the biggest crisis in UL’s history

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Weak leadership, hubris and poor oversight lie at the heart of the serious findings made against the University of Limerick this week. In time, with the correct approach, UL will recover from these self-inflicted wounds. All of us in the Mid-West who have cherished its contribution to local life since 1972 must hope that the recovery is as swift as possible …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 10 November]

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University of Limerick criticised over €1.7m severance deal for staff

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

Ireland“University of Limerick (UL) spent more than €1.7 million on severance packages for eight former employees between 2008 and 2015, according to a report published on Wednesday. In addition, education authorities were kept in the dark over the payments which breached pay policy guidelines …” (more)

[Sarah Burns and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 November]

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Report on controversies ‘shows university failed in how it treated its staff’

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

Ireland“The recently appointed president of the University of Limerick (UL) has expressed concern about the way the university ‘treated some of its people in the past’. Dr Des Fitzgerald said a new report into a string of controversies at the college cast light on occasions in the past where UL fell short in its duty of care as an employer …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 November]

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UL faces sanctions over €1.7m deals for former staff

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick faces possible sanctions for misleading the Department of Education and others over severance payments to former staff who were then rehired. A damning report showed two of the payments totalling around €650,000 were among eight severance or compromise deals totalling €1.7m …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 November]

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UL whistleblower: ‘I lost my job for doing the right thing’

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

Ireland“Within weeks of being placed in charge of verifying expense claims at University of Limerick’s finance department, Leona O’Callaghan noticed a troubling trend. In mileage claims, some senior staff seemed to receive payment for journeys between their home and the university, whereas others did not …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 November]

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