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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UL headquartered centre contributes over half a billion euro to economy

Posted in Research on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Every €1 invested into Lero, a national research centre headquartered at the University of Limerick, has generated five times its value to the Irish economy, a new report has found. A study by the UL Kemmy Business School has found that over the last 13 years, every €1 invested into Lero contributed €5.25 to the economy on average …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 17 January]

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University of Limerick to open new campus in heart of city with 2,000 students

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has confirmed that it plans to open a city centre campus by 2022 – a move which will bring 2,000 students and 100 staff. The Limerick Leader can exclusively reveal the college’s governing authority has formally sanctioned plans to develop what they describe as a ‘UL city campus’ …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 20 December]

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‘Europe’s first university town’: Reaction to expansion plan for UL campus to Clare

Posted in Legal issues on December 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Concrete details are now needed regarding plans to build ‘Europe’s first 21st century university town’ on the Clare-side of the University of Limerick campus. With work expected to start in 2021, the €2 billion project has the potential to create 3,500 jobs in County Clare, according to Clare County Council (CCC) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 19 December]

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No public funds for University of Limerick pension debacle

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Taxpayers’ money will not pay for the more than €1 million that was added to the University of Limerick pensions bill referred to in last month’s Comptroller and Auditor General’s (C&AG) report …” (more)

[Andrew Carey, Limerick Post, 14 December]

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UL pledges to pay executives’ €1.2m pensions from private funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has insisted taxpayers’ money will not be used to fund moving two executives from a subsidiary company to its own State-funded pension scheme at a cost of more than €1 million …” (more)

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

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University of Limerick criticised for ‘misleading’ PAC over pension top-ups

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) has been severely criticised by members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for misleading it over pension top-ups to former staff. The university was the subject of a damning report earlier this week by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) about top-up pension payments totalling €1.2 million to two senior staff, during the tenure of former President Don Barry who left his post in 2017 …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 29 November]

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UL Students Boycott Restaurants Over Direct Provision Link

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at the University of Limerick are boycotting restaurants on campus over their links to direct provision centres …” (more)

[Clare FM, 28 November]

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University of Limerick failed to tell the truth about severance deals

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick president, Dr Des Fitzgerald has acknowledged that there were ‘serious failures’ when the university ‘misrepresented’ information given to State bodies about severance packages given to two employees …” (more)

[Andrew Carey, Limerick Post, 28 November]

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University of Limerick added executives to pension scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Two executives at a University of Limerick subsidiary company were added to the university’s State-funded pension scheme at a cost of more than €1.2 million even though they were not university employees. The finding is contained in a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General into the handling of remuneration for certain senior staff at UL and Institute of Technology Sligo …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 November]

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University of Limerick students to boycott restaurants over direct provision link

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at the University of Limerick are to stage a boycott this Wednesday against several on-campus restaurants and cafes, due to the operator’s affiliation with the direct provision system …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 26 November]

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Tributes paid to ‘hugely respected’ member of University of Limerick Governing Authority

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Tributes have been paid to a ‘hugely respected’ member of the University of Limerick Governing Authority who has passed away. Tom Considine, the former Secretary General of the Department of Finance, joined the UL Governing Authority as nominee of the UL Foundation in 2017. He was later appointed the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, which plays a critical role in the university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 26 November]

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Public Accounts Committee requests ‘full details’ on UL employees that raised concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government’s spending watchdog has called on the University of Limerick to clarify the current employment status of staff members who first raised concerns about financial practices at the University …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 23 November]

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University of Limerick student claims ‘drunk’ men ‘exposed themselves’ to her

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is investigating claims that a female student was ‘assaulted by a group of drunk young men’ who cornered her and made her watch as ‘they exposed themselves’. The incident, details of which were first published in a letter to UL’s student newspaper, is alleged to have taken place on campus during Freshers Week …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 17 November]

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University of Limerick students ‘undeterred’ in direct provision campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick students are ‘undeterred’ from their campaign to end the university’s connection with a direct provision service provider after it distributed leaflets on campus defending its services …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 12 November]

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In UL, Aramark Defends Direct Provision Links

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After the launch of a ‘Students Against Direct Provision’ campaign in the University of Limerick (UL), Aramark has distributed leaflets to students in UL defending its involvement in Direct Provision …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 9 November]

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University of Limerick named Irish University of the Year

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has been named Irish University of the Year for 2019. The Sunday Times Good University Guide has ranked UL as the country’s best university for the second time in five years. Factors such as UL’s graduate employability and internship programme were highlighted by the judges, as well as the university’s new €31m Glucksman Library …” (more)

[Stephen McNeice, Newstalk, 2 November]

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UL president hopes that ‘very grave matters are dealt with fully and finally’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has ‘a sharp focus’ on ensuring ‘very grave matters are dealt with fully and finally’ at the university, the UL president has told staff. In a letter to staff this Tuesday morning, Dr Des Fitzgerald updated his UL colleagues on changes made at the university, ahead of the publication of a special report carried out by the Comptroller and Auditor General …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 30 October]

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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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University of Limerick students call for end to direct provision system

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at the University of Limerick are to call on the university to reconsider its contract with a campus food service provider due to its ties to the direct provision system. Aramark Ireland, which provides services to three direct provision centres in Ireland, runs seven restaurants and cafes on the UL campus …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 22 October]

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