TCD to lodge new plans for student accommodation scheme for Dartry

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 18th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has given notice that it intends to lodge fresh plans for an eight storey 358 unit student accommodation scheme for Dartry in Dublin 6. An Bord Pleanala previously granted TCD the go-ahead for the student accommodation scheme at Trinity Hall in August 2020 despite local residents’ complaints over alleged late night, drunken rowdy behaviour by students …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 18 January]

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Trees can be cleared for accommodation near UCD pending planning approval

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 15th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“A developer can carry out certain clearance works on a site for a €160 million student accommodation project near University College Dublin pending the hearing of a challenge to its planning permission, the High Court ruled …” (more)

[Irish Times, 14 January]

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TCD secures exemptions from sweeping Government reforms on accountability

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 14th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has secured key exemptions from sweeping Government reforms aimed at strengthening the accountability of higher education institutions due to its ‘distinct legal basis’. The Higher Education Authority Bill 2022 – the biggest shake-up of third-level governance in 50 years – aims to cut the size of university governing bodies, empower the Minister to appoint a majority of external members and provide a legal footing for reviews of individual colleges …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 January]

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On Governance Bill, Trinity Asks: What Problem is Really Being Addressed?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 14th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Rumblings about increased government involvement in university governance have been around for some time, but in the past year, the knowledge that legislation is the pipeline has further heightened fears. The full bill was published last week, and it’s now clear that the Department of Higher Education is seeking to radically change the relationship between colleges and the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 January]

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TCDSU, GSU to Lobby to Retain Four Student Representatives on Board

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 12th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) and the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) have both said they will lobby for the retention of four student representatives on College Board, after the publication of a bill which will limit the number of students on university governing bodies to two …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 12 January]

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Harris and Ruane Must Work With Colleges to Address the Root Causes of NDAs

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities got an embarrassing slap on the wrist this week when Higher Education Minister Simon Harris disputed their claims that they have never used non-disclosure agreements in cases of bullying or harassment. Harris pointed to statistics compiled by Trinity Senator Lynn Ruane which indicated that 30% of complainants in such incidents had to sign NDAs …” (more)

[University Times, 9 January]

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University governance

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 10th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof Neil Robinson of the University of Limerick (Letters, January 4th) refers to university legislation containing ‘Trinity-specific provisions’. He asks, ‘why is the legislation not requiring all universities to adopt Trinity’s governance structures if they are so above reproach?’ …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 10 January]

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With the HEA Bill, Many Colleges’ Fears Are Realised. Pragmatism is the Way Forward

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 10th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“After years of worries about government encroachment into Irish universities, the Department of Higher Education has finally laid out its vision for the future relationship between the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and universities. For colleges, it’s not a pretty one …” (more)

[University Times, 9 January]

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Governance Bill Details New ‘Conditions’ Attached to State Funding

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 8th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Universities could be asked to refund state money they have been granted if the Higher Education Authority (HEA) feels the institution is not meeting the conditions attached to state funding …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 January]

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University hospitals

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I note with curiosity the recent rebranding of almost all hospitals in the country as university hospitals. Doubtless due to copying an international trend, presumably it is merited on the basis of a formal connection to a university and that university-level teaching, learning and research occur there …” (more)

[Conor Mooney, Irish Times, 7 January]

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‘I Know They Exist’: Colleges’ Claims on NDAs Inconsistent With Report

Posted in Legal issues on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Senator Lynn Ruane has said that colleges are ‘overconfident’ in their assertions that they do not use non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in cases of bullying or harassment …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 6 January]

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Minister Harris confirms government approval for legislation to reform higher education sector and modernise the role of the Higher Education Authority

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 5th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today confirmed government approval to publish the Higher Education Authority Bill to reform the oversight and regulation of the Higher Education Institutions and modernise the regulatory role of the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 4 January]

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University governance

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 4th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Once again it is reported that ‘Trinity-specific provisions in the legislation’ on university governance are to be made (‘Universities face sweeping changes in oversight and governance under new Bill’, News, January 3rd) …” (more)

[Neil Robinson, Irish Times, 4 January]

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TU Dublin had 445 cases of alleged cheating in online exams during pandemic

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on January 4th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Technological University Dublin has said the move to online learning is likely a factor in a large number of cases of alleged cheating in the past two years, with more than 400 individual cases since the start of 2020 …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 3 January]

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New law will make third-level colleges more accountable for State funding they receive

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 3rd, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges will be more accountable for the State funding they receive under new legislation, due soon. It is part of a major overhaul of the relationship between Government and higher education, which has been under discussion since 2018 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 January]

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Universities face sweeping changes in oversight and governance under new Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 3rd, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges face penalties for misconduct including having funding withheld under the biggest shake-up to regulation of higher education in almost 50 years. The changes will also cut the size of university governing bodies, empower the Minister to appoint a majority of external members and provide a legal footing for carrying out reviews on how colleges are performing …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 January]

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Colleges tell Simon Harris they don’t use controversial NDAs

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 2nd, 2022 by steve

Ireland“All colleges have told Higher Education Minister Simon Harris they do not use controversial non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to deal with sexual harassment and bullying complaints, despite concerns the practice is prevalent in the third-level sector …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 2 January]

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UL funding withheld over financial governance concerns

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has had more than two thirds of its capital funding held back pending a probe into financial issues, including the price paid for the former Dunnes Stores site in the city …” (more)

[Bernie English, Limerick Post, 27 December]

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UCD academic ‘heartened, in a strange way’ by further sexual harassment complaints at college

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Academic Aoibhinn Ní’Shúilleabháin has said she is ‘heartened, in a strange way’ by new figures showing seven allegations of sexual harassment were received by authorities at University College Dublin since the start of the pandemic, as it indicates more people are coming forward …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 23 December]

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Third Level Staff – Disabilities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 19th, 2021 by steve

IrelandHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the low levels of persons with disabilities employed in third-level education institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 December]

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