UCD Auditors Clarify Ennis’ Position in Sodexo; Refuse to back down on Sodexo claims

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Correction: A previous version of this article was entitled ‘UCD Auditors refusing to back down on misleading Ennis claims’ which in and of itself was misleading, as the article expressed that some clarifications were made, while the sentiment of the original claims remained …” (more)

[Lucy Mackarel, College Tribune, 24 February]


Founder of UCD Rugby Academy Sentenced to 8 Year Imprisonment For Sexual Abuse

Posted in Legal issues on February 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The founder of the UCD Rugby Academy and former Director of Rugby for University College Dublin (UCD), John McClean has been sentenced to eight years in prison for the sexual abuse of 23 schoolboys at Terenure College …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 22 February]


Minister Harris launches stakeholder consultation on reform of Higher Education Authority legislation

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD has today (19 February, 2021) launched a stakeholder consultation on the reform of the Higher Education Authority legislation. A report to update stakeholders on the recent developments in the reform of the legislation has also been published …” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 19 February]

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‘Step up to the plate and do the right thing’: Bill on student nurses’ pay due before Seanad

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

Ireland“A bill which would see student nurses and midwives paid the same rate as health care assistants is due to be debated in the Seanad this afternoon. However, Cabinet decided during the week that it’s not going to oppose the opposition bill in the hope of sending it ‘into the ether’ …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 February]

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Online abuse ‘getting worse’ says academic who was told to ‘go home to his shanty town in India’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Cork academic has said the level of online racist and Islamophobic abuse he is experiencing is ‘getting worse’. Amanullah De Sondy suffered the latest attack after he spoke online at an integration conference on Monday – where a right-wing activist uploaded a video of part of his address and told him to ‘go home to his shanty town in India’ and that Ireland was a ‘white Christian nation’ …” (more)

[Cormac O’Keeffe, Irish Examiner, 18 February]

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Lobbying for Leaving Cert grades will break new law

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on February 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Anyone who tries to lobby a teacher in the hope of achieving favourable grades for a Leaving Cert student this year will be breaking the law. It is one of the measures to be included in legislation being introduced to support the twin-track approach to assessing 63,000 school-leavers in 2021. Lobbying by parents and students was actively discouraged last year and principals were advised to report any such incidents to the education authorities …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 February]

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Judgment on Leaving Cert calculated grades case due within weeks

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge will give judgment within the coming weeks on the lead challenge over the calculated grades process adopted for the Leaving Certificate 2020 exam in response to the Covid pandemic. On Wednesday, Mr Justice Charles Meenan, when case managing some 60 other actions brought over the calculated grades, said he was adjourning those for further mention to March 10th …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 17 February]

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Former University of Limerick HR director fails to get injunction halting probe into alleged misuse of funds

Posted in Legal issues on February 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The High Court has dismissed a bid by a former Human Resources Director with the University of Limerick’s to halt an investigation into his alleged role in the suspected misuse of funds regarding the college’s pension scheme …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Limerick Leader, 11 February]
[The ruling is here.]

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Former rugby coach took up coaching position in UCD after admitting sexual assault in 1996, court hears

Posted in Legal issues on February 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A former rugby coach and teacher at a Dublin private school who abused 23 students admitted to one of the allegations in 1996, a court has heard …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 February]

DPC fines UCD €70,000 for GDPR breach

Posted in Legal issues on February 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has imposed a €70,000 fine on University College Dublin (UCD) for failure to implement appropriate security measures; storing data longer than necessary, and delaying in notifying the DPC of a data breach. This is the sixth GDPR fine imposed by the DPC …” (more)

[Davinia Brennan, Ireland IP & Technology Law Blog, 10 February]

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UCD fined €70k by data watchdog after email accounts’ log-in details posted online

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“One of the country’s leading universities has been fined €70,000 by the Data Protection Commission (DPC) after log-in details for some of its email accounts were posted online. University College Dublin has been officially reprimanded and ordered to bring its processes up to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) standard, together with the fine, for seven separate personal data breaches dating between August 2018 and January 2019 …” (more)

[Cianan Brennan, Irish Examiner, 8 February]

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‘You’re Fired!’ – Government Could Fire UCD Management under Proposed Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government is set to consider passing a sweeping new Bill which will enable the Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Research to suspend and replace the governing bodies of state-funded universities if there are serious concerns around their operation. Alongside suspensory powers, imposing financial and non-financial penalties against universities are also part of the proposed bill …” (more)

[Rowan Kelleher, College Tribune, 4 February]

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Govt to Consider Granting Itself Power to Replace University Leadership

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The government will this year consider passing a bill that would give the Minister for Higher Education the power to suspend and replace the governing body of state-funded universities, if there are very serious concerns about how the institution is operating …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 28 January]

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Student Accommodation – Strategy and Rights

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on working with the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to develop a publicly financed student accommodation building strategy and charter for student tenant rights; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 January]

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Visitors Uphold Controversial Schols Quota System

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Visitors have upheld a contentious proposal to limit the number of Scholars elected this year, amid fears of a spike in the number of students winning the scholarship. In their ruling – seen by The University Times – the Visitors determined that it was up to College Board members to decide on the quota system …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 19 January]

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Trinity Researcher Led Unethical Vaccine Trial in Mother and Baby Home

Posted in Legal issues, Research on January 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A former Trinity lecturer – Dr Victoria Coffey – facilitated and took part in unethical vaccine trials in mother and baby homes during the 1960s. Mother and baby homes were institutions set up in housing women pregnant outside of marriage – something deemed shameful in Ireland, particularly by the Catholic Church, during the 20th century …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Cormac Watson, University Times, 18 January]


UCD Doctors Unethically Vaccinated Children in Mother and Baby Homes

Posted in Legal issues, Research on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Medical researchers from University College Dublin (UCD) conducted unethical vaccine trials on children in Ireland’s mother-and-baby homes, according to the findings of a government investigation. Seven vaccine trials took place in the mother-and-baby homes from 1934-73, according to the Commission’s report. Researchers from UCD conducted five vaccine trials on children in mother-and-baby homes from 1960-73, all of which breached medical standards at the time …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 18 January]

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Investigation: UCD Breaching Law With Staff Hiring Process

Posted in Legal issues on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Hiring practices at University College Dublin (UCD) could be in breach of Irish and EU law, experts have warned. A scoring system used to hire more diverse academics has been subject to serious objections from staff, with some fearing legal action by participating in the process …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 14 January]


Amazon removes Durham University students’ theses being sold online

Posted in Legal issues on January 14th, 2021 by steve

“Amazon has removed hundreds of Durham University students’ theses after they were listed for sale without the authors’ knowledge. A third-party seller put them on the platform’s website to download as e-books despite being free to access …” (more)

[BBC News, 14 January]

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Excluding home-schooled students from Leaving Cert calculated grades ‘justifiable’, court hears

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on January 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The exclusion of home-schooled students from the Leaving Certificate calculated grades process was rational and justifiable and the High Court erred in deciding otherwise, lawyers for the Minister for Education have argued before the Court of Appeal (COA). In upholding separate challenges by two home-schooled students over their exclusion from the process, the High Court intruded on policy considerations and effectively created an ‘alternative’ process, it was argued …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 12 January]

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