DPC Receives Late Breach Notification from UCD

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Data Protection Commission (DPC) has received a formal Breach Notification from University College Dublin (UCD). This comes after the College Tribune discovered highly sensitive employee and student documents unattended and open to student access in a UCD Student Centre storage room …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 15 November]

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Crackdown on third level essay writing services begins in wake of anti-cheating laws

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on November 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A legal crackdown on the growing number of services writing essays or other assignments for third-level students is under way. New anti-cheating laws came into effect last week making it an offence either to provide or advertise cheating services or to publish adverts promoting such services …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 November]

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Concern over student revellers at Eyre Street Christmas party celebration

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Concerns have been raised over the behaviour of student revellers as a large group has gathered at Eyre Street awaiting admission to a nearby establishment. The students have gathered for a student Christmas party being hosted by the Hole in the Wall …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 14 November]

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Academic cheating using paid-for essays ‘poses threat to integrity of third level’

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on November 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Academic cheating using online ‘essay mills’ is posing a significant threat to the integrity of higher education, the State body responsible for policing standards in third level has warned. International research indicates there has been a sharp rise in written-to-order essays and dissertations, with as many as one in seven graduates admitting to paying someone to undertake an assignment for them …” (more)

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

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Belfield Papers: DPO Investigates Potential Data Breach

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Data Protection Office (DPO) is internally investigating into highly sensitive documents recently discovered to be open to student access. The DPO has said they are ‘following the standard university incident management procedure’, in response to the allegations. The College Tribune has contacted the Data Protection Commission (DPC) regarding the incident …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 13 November]

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Sensitive Documents Kept in UCD Student Centre Open to Student Access

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A storage room in University College Dublin’s (UCD) student centre, which houses files containing sensitive information on staff and students, has been found to be open to student access in a potentially major data protection breach, the College Tribune has reported …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 11 November]

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IFUT Submission on Proposed Legislative Reform of the Higher Education Authority Act 1971

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Commission consultation is a missed opportunity to address all key issues in the sector. The current Government process and consultation aims to update the Higher Education Authority Act, 1971, which sets out the functions of the HEA and provided for its governance. The Act provides for the funding and overall financial monitoring of designated institutions of higher education by the HEA …” (more)

[IFUT, 7 November]

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Trinity disputes Dublin City Council planning contribution charge for €60m development

Posted in Legal issues on November 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is claiming that Dublin City Council has overcharged it over €300,000 in planning contributions for its new €60m E3 Foundry. The proposal for the city centre campus involves new schools for engineering, computer science and natural science …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 7 November]

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Trinity Asks Government for Exemption to Higher Education Reforms

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has appealed for an exemption to controversial government proposals for higher education, asking for time to implement ‘similar reforms’ itself rather than allow the state to make sweeping changes to its governance structures, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 November]

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40 students left waiting for return of €20,000 worth of deposits from accommodation complex

Posted in Legal issues on October 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Forty students have been left waiting since September for their deposits – worth a total of €20,000 – to be returned to them from a private student accommodation complex in North Dublin. Students have been waiting for the return of their €500 deposits since they moved out of Block A apartments in Hazelwood at the beginning of September …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite and Ian Begley, Independent, 31 October]

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DCU student issued with deportation order

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Mehwish Saquib, a student at Dublin City University (DCU) has stated on Twitter that she has this morning received a deportation order from the Department of Justice. Saquib described the news as ‘devastating – for me and my family’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 30 October]

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Student apartment owner cannot engage in short-term letting

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The owner of student accommodation on the Western Road will not be allowed to carry on letting apartments on a short-term basis outside of the third-level academic year after An Bord Pleanála overruled its own inspector …” (more)

[Robert McNamara, EchoLive, 25 October]

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No female students insulted on students’ WhatsApp group, says Law Society

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A review of a law students’ WhatsApp group called ‘Tits and Filth’ has uncovered no evidence of disparaging references to female trainee solicitors, the Law Society has said. The body, which trains and represents solicitors, launched an investigation into the group after receiving complaints from several members …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 14 October]

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Law Society say no reference made to female students in WhatsApp group

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Law Society of Ireland has said there were no references to female trainees in a messaging group that is being investigated by the solicitors’ training body. It comes after a number of messaging apps were blocked as it was reported that inappropriate content was posted onto a WhatsApp group entitled ‘tits and filth’ …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Belfast Telegraph, 14 October]

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‘We’re not 15’ – Female trainee solicitor hits out at ‘highly offensive’ Whatsapp messages among law trainees

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A trainee solicitor has said she feels disgusted that female students are being objectified by their male counterparts. The Law Society has launched an investigation after ‘highly offensive’ messages were found to be circulating in a Whatsapp group among some first-year law trainees at Dublin’s Blackhall Place …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 12 October]

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Law students investigated over ‘highly offensive’ texts about their female colleagues

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Law students are being investigated for a ‘highly offensive’ text messaging group about female trainee solicitors. An internal investigation is now under way into the group called ‘T*ts and Filth’ that was circulated among trainee solicitors in the Law Society of Ireland …” (more)

[Niamh Horan and Chloe Brennan, Independent, 11 October]

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Public Accounts Committee: Maynooth University

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“… No 2354B is from Professor Phillip Nolan, President, Maynooth University, dated 29 July 2019, responding to a request from the committee for details on an investment by the university in a subsidiary which will not be recovered, as well as information regarding employment contracts for employees in the organisation. Professor Nolan confirms the loss and states the investment was appropriate based on the information and advice available at the time …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 3 October]

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WIT ordered to review rules on sex harassment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has been ordered to review the way it responds to staff who complain about sexual harassment. The Labour Court issued the instruction when it awarded €10,000 compensation to a lecturer who was subjected to sexual harassment by male agricultural science students …” (more)

[Waterford Today, 3 October]

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Academic awarded €7,000 over unfair dismissal

Posted in Legal issues on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A college academic who was made redundant from his post months after 23 colleagues signed a petition alleging repeated errors in tests he prepared has been awarded €7,748 for his unfair dismissal. Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) adjudication officer Davnet O’Driscoll has ruled that the college compensation payment to the course director is in addition to the redundancy sum the man has already received …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 3 October]

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DCU students create petition to stop deportation of fellow student

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University (DCU) are urging the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to stop the deportation of a fellow student. An online petition has been launched today by its Students Union to prevent Mehwish Saqib from being deported …” (more)

[Michelle McGlynn, BreakingNews.ie, 2 October]

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