Higher Education Authority’s review powers in spotlight

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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One Response to “Higher Education Authority’s review powers in spotlight”

  1. Niall Cahill Says:

    I watched with interest the entire proceedings of yesterday’s debate at the PAC on matters in the Third Level Sector.
    I have had occasion to speak to and correspond with Dr.Graham Love at length over the period of his tenure as CEO of the HEA on matters of governance at the University of Limerick.
    What is perfectly clear from his remarks to PAC yesterday is that his view is that the HEA has been obstructed in its efforts to scrutinise governance and whistleblower issues at the University of Limerick and for the first time ever in all of this controversy we hear mention of the severe limitations imposed on the HEA by the Department of Education and the lack of powers devolved to the HEA to appoint an Investigator to the University of Limerick.
    In fact at the debate yesterday there was reference to the failure of the HEA to appoint a VISITOR to the University of Limerick as is set out in the Universities Act of 1997.
    I believe that Dr. Love is a man of the highest integrity and will be a great loss to the HEA and to the quest for proper accountability and governance in the University Sector . I further believe that there is a huge groundswell of support for the appointment of a VISITOR to the University of Limerick where staff morale is extremely low, there is a culture of fear and suspicion and extremely serious matters of governance remain unresolved.

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