Universities ‘reaching for the cheque books’ in HR cases

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In recent years, Irish universities have been increasing the money spent on human resources (HR) disputes between staff and management. Some of the largest universities in the countries, such as UCD and Maynooth, among others, have made headlines in recent years with high profile HR cases involving bullying and hiring …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey, University Observer, 20 September]

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University of Limerick review sharply critical of HR practices

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Shortcomings in human resources and management practices at the University of Limerick are sharply criticised in a soon-to-be-published review into alleged misconduct at the institution, it is understood. The investigation was triggered after concerns were raised over the way the university handled a series of disciplinary proceedings against staff and severance packages as well as its use of confidentiality agreements …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 October]

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Trinity Loses Third HR Director in Three Years, With Aer Rianta Director Named as Replacement

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has lost its third HR director in nearly as many years. The departure of Kate Malone, one of the College’s most senior officers, comes as Trinity navigates an industrial dispute and threats of strike action. Malone, who took on the role in October 2015, leaves Trinity in the midst of an ongoing dispute with the College’s three trade unions …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 23 September]

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University of Limerick review based on at least a dozen allegations

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At least a dozen protected disclosures or allegations are likely to form the basis of an independent review into allegations of misconduct at University of Limerick. The Department of Education has outlined the terms of reference for the reviews which will focus on governance, human resources and financial practices at the college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 May]

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Fear and loathing on campus: bullying at Irish universities

Posted in Legal issues on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Is bullying and harassment rife at Irish universities? These institutions are spending millions of euro on legal fees to deal with allegations by staff of bullying, harassment and discrimination, particularly on gender grounds …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Universities are mismanaging performance

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2015 by steve

UK“The misapplication of private sector HR techniques harms individuals without raising performance, says Rob Briner. Are universities the same as businesses? At one extreme is the view that yes, they are pretty much identical. They exist to generate income, expand, turn a profit and reward senior managers who make all that happen …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 7 May]

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Six Irish research institutions receive EU ‘HR Excellence in Research Award’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Today, the first two hundred Deans and Rectors from universities and research institutes to have implemented the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers will receive the ‘HR Excellence in Research Award’ for their efforts to create attractive working conditions for researchers in Europe …” (more)

[European Commission, 4 March]

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HSE’s top HR chief set to take up role at UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A top HSE official, head of human resources Barry O’Brien, is to leave the organisation in the coming months, it was confirmed last night. Mr O’Brien, a regular attendee at the Oireachtas health committee and a key negotiator in the Haddington Road talks, is understood to be taking up a role in the HR department of University College Cork …” (more)

[Mary Regan and Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 16 October]

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Power of unions has crumbled with rise of HR

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2013 by steve

“It’s not that long ago that people used to ‘down tools’ routinely over changes in the workplace: the shop steward would be called in for talks with management before any work could resume …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 17 January]

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When it comes to workplace bullying there are distinct stances adopted by HR Departments

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2008 by steve

“When it comes to workplace bullying and its attendant issues – because it never arrives in the workplace alone – there are distinct stances adopted by HR Departments …” (more)

[Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Bullying of Academics in Higher Education Blog, 10 August]

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