Joint Mary I-University of Limerick degree axed over funding

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A college degree which allowed students to study at both Mary Immaculate College and the University of Limerick has been scrapped after just two years. The two colleges have this week confirmed the axing of the joint BA liberal arts degree, blaming cost, a lack of funding and ‘complex logistics in terms of mobility and scheduling’ …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 15 March]

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University of Limerick to lead new €21m data science research training centre

Posted in Research on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is to lead a new €21 million research training centre for data science, it has been announced. In partnership with University College Dublin and Maynooth University, UL is to lead a new €21 million SFI Centre for Research Training in Foundations of Data Science, with industry partners coordinated by Skillnet Ireland …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 6 March]

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Limerick landlords considering CCTV over student house parties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Landlords are considering installing CCTV at their properties in Limerick due to a series of ‘destructive house parties’ that took place during Charity Week. Several properties in Castletroy have been left ‘destroyed’, with almost 150 people ‘herded’ out of one house party in College Court during the early hours of last Tuesday morning, it is understood …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 4 March]

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Influential University of Limerick academic and former Senator Noel Mulcahy passes away

Posted in Life on March 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A founding academic of University of Limerick, who acted as an advisory to the Government to introduce free education, has passed away. Prof Noel William Mulcahy served as vice-president of the former National Institute of Higher Education (NIHE) in Limerick – now University of Limerick – as well as serving as the institute’s dean of Engineering and Science in the 1980s …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 28 February]

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UL president in stark warning over bus service as ‘major impediment’ to city campus

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UL president Des Fitzgerald has warned the quality of the bus service between Limerick and the college is a ‘major impediment’ to a new city centre campus. As revealed by the Leader, University of Limerick (UL) is finalising plans to open a new campus in the heart of the city, with sources suggesting it will be in the heart of the Project Opera site …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 22 February]

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Tutors at University of Limerick withdraw their services in pay dispute

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A large group of teaching practice supervisors have withdrawn their services from the University of Limerick in a standoff over pay, amongst other issues, ahead of student teachers’ school placement next week …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 16 February]

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Call for bus lane on UL campus

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Metropolitan Mayor Daniel Butler has called on the University of Limerick to introduce a bus lane on its campus. This is following continued frustration with the local bus service especially the 304 bus services and a recent meeting the Raheen-based councillor had with Bus Éireann …” (more)

[Alan Jacques, Limerick Post, 7 February]

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Held to account: Second University of Limerick president given a torrid time at PAC

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A few hours after the day’s business got under way at the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) in Leinster House last week, there was a controlled explosion in Committee Room 3 …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 3 February]

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UL whistleblowers ‘thrown under the bus’ while those involved were ‘rewarded’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A number of issues were put to the University of Limerick president in private last week in relation to two UL whistleblowers, who raised issues about financial practices at the university more than three years ago. The two staff members, known as Persons B and C, have yet to return to work despite their suspension from the university being lifted in November 2017 …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 3 February]

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University of Limerick records may need to be independently examined

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Teaching on February 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fears that thousands of students at the University of Limerick possibly received ‘understated’ degrees may need to be independently examined, members of the Dáil Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) believe …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 2 February]

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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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Review of University of Limerick student records system to cost up to €20 million

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

Ireland“A full review of University of Limerick student records system could cost up to €20 million, TDs were told at the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) this Thursday. The Limerick Leader revealed earlier today that concerns have been raised over whether potentially thousands of students were given incorrect exam records over many years …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 24 January]

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Subsidiary responsible for €1.2m pension costs – UL

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) says a subsidiary company will be responsible for the refund of costs arising from pension benefits worth a total of €1.2m for two of its staff, who were added to UL’s State-funded pension scheme even though they were not employed by the university …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 January]

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UL students may have got wrong exam results, PAC hears

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

Ireland“The president of University of Limerick (UL) has played down concerns that hundreds of students may have received incorrect exam results over a period of many years. The Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Thursday heard of serious concerns over the reliability of UL’s student records system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

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

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the capital investment allocated to each institute of technology and university for the years 2019 to 2021, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 January]

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UL exam results and severance pay issues require further investigation – David Cullinane TD

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee David Cullinane TD, said today that the University of Limerick must engage with the outstanding issues affecting its reputation, adding that the PAC will not be moving on. Deputy Cullinane said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 24 January]

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Dept of Education examining recoupment of money from institutions

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

Ireland“Secretary General of the Department of Education has told the Public Accounts Committee that it is examining ways to recoup money from higher education institutions where breaches of governance have been identified. Seán Ó Foghlú was appearing before the committee following a special report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) published last November …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 January]

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University of Limerick president faces questions on accuracy of results at PAC

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

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick, Dr Des Fitzgerald, is expected to face questions from TDs this Thursday about concerns over whether potentially thousands of students were given incorrect exam records over many years …” (more)

[Alan English and Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 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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