Simon Harris condemns ‘downright stupid’ comments about student PUP payments

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“He also said the Government will be outlining a roadmap to begin removing emergency payments at the end of the month. Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has condemned comments made by an unnamed Minister last week regarding students in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) …” (more)

[Clara Kelly, Joe.ie, 6 May]

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Minister Harris publishes new legislation aimed at reforming and modernising governance of the Higher Education sector

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today (6th May) published legislation to reform and modernise the Higher Education sector. The Higher Education Authority Act, 2021 will advance equality, diversity and inclusion at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), while ensuring they provide accountability and transparency, as well as value-for-money for public funding …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 6 May]

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A Career for EU: Minister Byrne launches Ireland’s new EU careers strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday 6 May, Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne TD launches ‘A Career for EU’, Ireland’s Strategy to increase Irish representation in the European Union’s Institutions and Agencies. The new strategy aims to significantly increase the numbers of Irish officials in both permanent and temporary positions within the EU Institutions, to increase the number of Irish people applying for jobs in the EU institutions, while improving awareness of EU careers in Ireland across all sectors …” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 6 May]

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The Narrative Surrounding Students During The Pandemic Is Lazy and Shameful

Posted in Life on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“On Monday May 3rd, students woke up to yet another slanderous headline. A national newspaper insinuated that students are exposing a ‘loophole’ in the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) scheme …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 5 May]

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TUSE and MTU Hired Consultants Without Following Procurement Process

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Following on from recent revelations that Waterford Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Carlow hired two consultants to drive on the TUSE application – at €1,000 per day – without advertising the tender as per European procurement rules, the Waterford News & Star can reveal that the two colleges involved in the Munster Technological University’s application did the same thing …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 5 May]

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Ten-storey student apartment block planned for Cork’s Victoria Cross

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Planning sought for €31m development of 40 student apartments, ranging in size from single-bed studio apartments to eight-bed apartments, comprising 243 bed spaces …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 6 May]

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LIT President Warns New Financial Model Needed To Ensure Technological University Is Sustainable

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The President of LIT is warning that a new financial model for higher education will have to be developed to ensure its transition into a technological university is sustainable. It comes as the institution has confirmed a new entity in conjunction with Athlone IT will be formed by the autumn, which will see a technological university in the Midlands and the Midwest …” (more)

[Clare FM, 5 May]

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College must act to implement a specific sexual misconduct and assault policy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The topic of consent has been brought to the fore in recent years, particularly in the wake of the Me Too movement which sparked discussions about the prevalence of sexual misconduct in all echelons of society. College campuses are in no ways exempt from a culture of misogyny, sexual assault, or victim blaming. While a broad cultural shift is needed to take on such ingrained societal attitudes, the least universities can do with regards to sexual assault is to have a robust policy in place that enables victims to report assault in a way in which they feel comfortable, and can be assured that due process will be guaranteed …” (more)

[Grace Gageby, Trinity News, 5 May]

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