UL president admits ‘best practice’ was not followed during purchase of former Dunnes Stores site

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick has accepted that ‘best practice’ wasn’t adhered to regarding the purchase of the former Dunnes Stores building in Limerick city centre. UL has asked consultants KPMG to investigate its purchase of the former store at Sarsfield Street for around €8m in 2019 …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 17 June]

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Government welcomes financing from Council of Europe Bank for Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe TD; the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD; and the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD have today (Thursday) announced that €75 million of financing has been successfully sourced from the Council of Europe Bank (COEB) for purpose-built Student Accommodation. This is an important plank in the supply expansion being targeted by Government as part of the Rebuilding Ireland initiative and of the National Student Accommodation Strategy …” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 17 June]

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University of Limerick asks consultants to investigate €8m city land purchase

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has asked consultants KPMG to investigate the purchase by the university of land in Limerick city centre known as the Dunnes Stores site, the Public Accounts Committee has been told …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 17 June]

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Opening of colleges not contingent on antigen testing scheme success – Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher and Further Education Simon Harris has said the opening of colleges is not contingent on the success of the UniCov scheme, which is a pilot antigen testing programme. Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Harris said the trial scheme will involve 8,000 staff and students taking part in rapid testing over the summer months …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 June]

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LYIT President says students will not be denied entry based on vaccination

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Teaching on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“LYIT President Paul Hannigan says that the IT cannot refuse entry to any of their courses based on a student’s vaccination status. Speaking to Greg Hughes on this morning’s Nine Til Noon Show, Hannigan said that while the college has no definite plan in place at the moment, it has received legal advice …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 17 June]

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Trinity to Provide Occasional Staff With Terms of Employment Under New Policy

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity must provide occasional staff with the terms and conditions of their employment within five days of their work beginning, according to a new policy passed at College Board today. As part of the terms and conditions, occasional staff will be considered employees of the university …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 June]

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Trinity Spent Over €42m on Building Acquisitions Since 2015

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity spent a total of €42 million on acquiring new buildings since 2015, including the €21 million purchase of the Connaughton’s Building in the Grand Canal Quay, the Business Post reported today. Aside from the Connaughton’s Building, Trinity also spent €16 million on Stack B last year and nearly €2 million on the Iveagh Grounds in 2017. It also bought properties on Fenian St and Clare St …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 June]

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Ireland’s top two universities bought almost €50m of property in five years

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s top two universities have spent almost €50 million buying property in the past five years, new figures show. Between them, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and University College Dublin (UCD) have purchased 11 properties in the capital with a total value of €49.1 million …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, Business Post, 16 June]

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NUIG student accommodation firm records loss

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The property company which operates student accommodation on behalf of NUI Galway recorded a €3.4 million increase in turnover in 2019. However, Atalia Student Residences DAC (Designated Activity Company), which is owned by the university, recorded a loss for the year of €6,300 …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 14 June]

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Mayo senator calls on minister to intervene as university plans to increase students’ rent

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Mayo Fianna Fáil Senator Lisa Chambers has called on the Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris to intervene and stop University College Dublin charging €8,059 rent for student accommodation for the coming academic year …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 16 June]

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Leaving Cert – Timeframe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 17th, 2021 by steve

IrelandMarc Ó Cathasaigh (Waterford, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if her attention has been drawn to the possible challenges facing leaving certificate students in accessing entry to universities outside of Ireland and the UK arising from the later than the usual date of issuing of leaving certificate results; the plans she has in place to ensure that concerned students will not be affected by the late issuing of their results; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 June]

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