Ex dental prof Philip Lamey challenges Queen’s University

Posted in Legal issues on August 12th, 2014 by steve

“A former professor of dentistry is accusing Queen’s University of unfair dismissal and breach of contract. Prof Philip Lamey, a specialist in oral medicine, was employed by both the Belfast Health Trust and the city’s university …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 August]

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Dismissed lecturer shown no humanity, tribunal told

Posted in Legal issues on October 11th, 2013 by steve

“The Dublin Institute of Technology failed to ‘show humanity’ after it gave a science lecturer with five years’ service just two weeks’ notice that she was to lose her job, a tribunal heard …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 11 October]

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Former DCU lecturer awarded €45,000 for unfair dismissal

Posted in Legal issues on November 4th, 2010 by steve

“Former lecturer at Dublin City University Dr Seán O’Nuallain has been awarded €45,000 for his unfair dismissal, by the Employment Appeals Tribunal. The case was an appeal by the university against the recommendation of a Rights Commissioner in the case …” (more)

[Alison Healy, Irish Times, 4 November]

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Professor’s dismissal from DCU did not observe fair procedures

Posted in Legal issues on January 18th, 2010 by steve

Cahill -v- DCU, Supreme Court. Judgment was delivered by Mr Justice Hugh Geoghegan on December 9th, 2009, with Mrs Justice Susan Denham and Ms Justice Fidelma Macken concurring …” (more)

[Irish Times, 18 January]

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Quite An Education

Posted in Legal issues on December 12th, 2009 by steve

“Even by academic standards, it is a distinguished CV. A visiting scholar at Stanford University, where he directs an independent non-profit research centre, and the author of two major books on cognitive science, Dr Sean O’Nuallain holds an MSc in psychology and a PhD in computer science from Trinity …” (more)

[Watchdog on Higher Education in Ireland, 12 December]

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€1.2m bill for taxpayers as DCU loses dismissal case

Posted in Legal issues on December 11th, 2009 by steve

“Taxpayers face a legal bill of €1.2m after Dublin City University lost a three-year court battle to dismiss an associate professor. And taxpayers could also be saddled with a compensation bill for the academic over the damage done to his reputation …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 11 December]

(The Supreme Court opinion is available here.)

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Ex-lecturer apologises for ‘excessive language’ in internet blog

Posted in Legal issues on December 10th, 2009 by steve

“A college lecturer who called on the DCU president to reveal whether his father was a Nazi apologised for his controversial web blog yesterday. Dr Sean O’Nuallain admitted language used on his internet blog was ‘over the top’ and ‘excessive’ …” (more)

[Shane Hickey, Independent, 10 December]

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Gormley contacted DCU over row with lecturer

Posted in Legal issues on December 9th, 2009 by steve

“Environment Minister John Gormley intervened in a row between a college lecturer and his university boss which remains unresolved seven years later. The involvement of the then Dail Deputy in the dispute between Dr Sean O’Nuallain and Dublin City University (DCU) president Ferdinand Von Prondzynski in May 2002 was outlined at a hearing of an Employment Appeals Tribunal yesterday …” (more)

[Grainne Cunningham, Independent, 9 December]

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Tribunal adjourns after ‘thug’ remark

Posted in Legal issues on December 9th, 2009 by steve

“A barrister asked for an Employment Appeals Tribunal to be adjourned for a short period yesterday after a witness referred to him as a ‘thug’. Tom Mallon made the request after Dr Seán O’Nuallain, a former lecturer at Dublin City University (DCU), said he stood by the comment he made on a blog after an earlier sitting of the case …” (more)

[Steven Carroll, Irish Times, 8 December]

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DCU boss forced to deny ‘Nazi father’ slur

Posted in Legal issues on August 2nd, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has spent €880,000 in legal fees in the past two years, much of it on two of the most contentious staff disputes in the history of the college, the Sunday Independent can reveal. Last week, DCU president Ferdinand Von Prondzynski was forced to take the stand at the Employment Appeals Tribunal to deny that his father was a member of the Nazi party, in a row over whether a college lecturer was dismissed from his post back in 2002 …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 2 August]

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Tribunal told of DCU lecturer’s blog

Posted in Legal issues on July 31st, 2009 by steve

Ireland“A university lecturer who is in dispute with DCU called the president of the university ‘a person without honour’ and referred separately to three university colleagues as ‘criminal’, ‘traitor’ and ‘idiot’ in his blog, the Employment Appeals Tribunal heard yesterday. Dr Sean O’Nuallain was a lecturer in computing at the university from 1987 until the dispute arose in 2002. He subsequently set up the University Blog on Academic Tenure in Ireland …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 31 July]

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College president denies attempt to ‘gag’ lecturer

Posted in Legal issues on July 31st, 2009 by steve

Ireland“A university head yesterday denied he had tried to ‘gag’ one of his lecturers and told how he received a ‘lashing’ from a government minister over controversial comments the lecturer had made. DCU president Ferdinand von Prondzynski claimed that lecturer Sean O’Nuallain had ‘repudiated’ his contract of employment by being absent from his duties for prolonged periods, failing to turn up for meetings and for not being there for students …” (more)

[Fergus Black, Independent, 31 July]

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Simmering university dispute boils over with ‘Nazi’ blog posts

Posted in Legal issues on July 31st, 2009 by steve

Ireland“A row between a college lecturer and his university boss boiled over onto the internet when a web blog called on the president to reveal whether his father was a member of the Nazi party. The blog was one of a number of exchanges in a dispute that has dragged on for more than six years and centres on whether a college lecturer was dismissed or resigned from his post as a computer applications lecturer at Dublin City University in 2003 …” (more)

[Fergus Black, Independent, 31 July]

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Professor was constructively dismissed, tribunal finds

Posted in Legal issues on July 23rd, 2009 by steve

UK“Imperial ordered to pay £63K to academic who made fraud accusations. A clash between senior academics that led to the resignation of a professor has resulted in Imperial College London being forced to make a £63,500 payout. An employment tribunal found that Manuel Graeber was constructively dismissed from his job as a professor of neuropathology after he complained about changes to research costing and authorisation forms that were made without his knowledge …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 23 July]

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Claim for unfair dismissal fails

Posted in Legal issues on May 21st, 2009 by steve

UK“A professor who resigned after managers overruled his marking was not unfairly dismissed, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled. Paul Buckland, professor of archaeology at the University of Bournemouth, failed 14 out of 16 candidates who resat an examination in 2006. His marks were approved by Bournemouth’s examination board, but the papers were later revisited and the number of failures reduced. Brian Astin, the chair of the board of examiners, approved the higher marks without consulting Professor Buckland …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 21 May]

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SIPTU’s support of summary dismissal

Posted in Legal issues on October 13th, 2008 by steve

“Both Connell Fanning and Paul Cahill won victories at the High Court as private citizens, which have temporarily protected tenure, and both these verdicts have been appealed by state bodies using taxpayers’ money to the Supreme Court. Should either lose, there will be attenuation of tenure; should both lose, summary dismissals will be legal for all staff at universities …” (more)

[University Blog on Academic Tenure in Ireland, 12 October]

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Labour Court tells Department of Education to pay compensation to ex-employees of St Catherine’s College of Education

Posted in Legal issues on August 28th, 2008 by steve

“The Labour Court has recommended that the Department of Education should pay €60,000.00 to four members of the Irish Federation of University Teachers who were given early retirement when St Catherine’s College of Education for Home Economics, Dublin closed in August 2007 …” (more)

[IFUT, 28 August]

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Tribunal backs professor’s stand

Posted in Legal issues on August 25th, 2008 by steve

“A professor who resigned in protest after his university overruled his decision to fail more than a dozen of his students has won an Employment Tribunal case for unfair dismissal. Times Higher Education reported exclusively in March 2007 that Paul Buckland, professor of archaeology at Bournemouth University, had judged that 14 BSc students should fail a resit exam …” (more)

[Phil Baty, Times Higher Education, 21 August]

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