NUIG body reforms expenses regime

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has updated its policies after an investigation found a charity set up to raise funds for the university shelled out money for luxury hotels and travel for directors’ spouses. Last month, an investigation by the Charities Regulator found that the Galway University Foundation spent close to €50,000 on business class flights …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 9 January]

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‘Well run’ University Foundation to provide updates on value for money after regulator report

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Galway University Foundation said last evening that it will work to provide updates on all of the spending matters raised in an investigation by the Charities Regulator …” (more)

[Declan Varley, Galway Advertiser, 19 December]

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NUIG charity criticised over premium flights and 5-star hotel spending

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An investigation by the Charities Regulator into the National University of Ireland Galway’s (NUIG) fundraising charity found spending on luxury 5-star hotels, business class flights and taxi trips from Galway to Dublin were ‘inconsistent’ with value for money policies. The charities watchdog launched an investigation into spending following concerns raised back in June 2017 over hospitality and travel expenses …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 16 December]

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The campaign’s task is done

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With the settlement of the four women’s High Court cases, the aims of this campaign are achieved. The campaign started when previous University President Jim Browne claimed to RTÉ education reporter Emma O’Kelly that Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, who had recently won her high-profile case, was on his new Gender Equality Task Force …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 2 August]

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Next good act by new President to be announcing end of High Court cases?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 23rd, 2018 by steve

“NUI Galway’s new President, Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, is proving a refreshing and enlightened improvement on the previous regime headed by Jim Browne. Micheline tweeted her delight today at the change to the university boardroom. The glowering rows of portraits of previous President’s, all of them male and many of them clerics, have been banished …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 23 July]

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New era at NUI Galway: Let’s hope it bodes well for women’s promotions

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new era has begun at NUI Galway. We hope it becomes the era of gender equality where the women who have filed discrimination suits against the university are – after what is now a nine-year wait – finally promoted. Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, a Galway native, took over as president of the university this month, ending the 10-year reign of Dr Jim Browne. Dr Browne gave a stunning parting interview to Cois Coiribe, NUI Galway’s annual magazine for alumni, that at best could be described as hypocritical …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 24 January]

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Divert ‘Apple tax’ to fund third-level education, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Last week in the Sunday Independent, outgoing President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne, proposed to double student fees and introduce student loans to resolve the university funding crisis. Fee hikes of this magnitude would inevitably impact on access to third-level education for many students and families. It would also force many students into significant debt and make the dream of acquiring a family home even more remote for tens of thousands of our young people …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 9 January]

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A Reminder That Increased Fees Aren’t The Only Solution to The Crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It was perhaps unsurprising that the President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne, came out in favour of doubling tuition fees just as he is preparing to bid farewell to the institution he served for 10 years. Browne is of course not the only one arguing that universities need the government to increase fees and introduce a loan scheme to alleviate the financial drought that universities are currently experiencing …” (more)

[University Times, 7 January]

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University chief calls for college fees to be doubled

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly 100,000 students at Irish universities should pay tuition fees of up to €6,000 a year – twice the current charge – according to retiring NUI Galway president Dr Jim Browne who says the idea of free fees is simply ‘naive’. Higher fees should be accompanied by a new scheme of loans which students would start repaying once they reach a certain income threshold after graduation …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 31 December]

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Decision to accord retiring NUIG President a civic reception questioned

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A city councillor has questioned the council’s decision to accord the retiring NUI Galway President Dr Jim Browne a civic reception. Sinn Fein’s Mark Lohan says he feels this act is not appropriate given the inequality issues which arose at the university during Dr Browne’s ten year term of office …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 18 December]

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NUIG urged to resolve issue of four women seeking promotion

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The chair of NUI Galway women’s staff network has called on the outgoing university president to resolve the situation of four academics taking legal action over lack of promotion. Dr Rachel Hilliard said NUIG president Dr Jim Browne ‘still has time’ to address the issue before he leaves his post at the end of this year …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 7 December]

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NUI Galway appoints Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh as 13th president

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh has been appointed as the 13th president of NUI Galway and will take over the helm next January following the ending of Dr Jim Browne’s 10-year term of office. However, the incoming president has faced immediate calls to meet with Siptu, which has said that it wants talks on how ‘he intends to resolve the systemic discrimination against women staff across all grades’ in the university …” (more)

[Irish Times, 4 September]

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City native is new President of NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“City native Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh is the new President of NUI GalwayThe Newcastle native and NUIG graduate will succeed Dr Jim Browne in January at the conclusion of his ten year term …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 4 September]

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NUIG recruiters told to ‘reach out to women’ for president

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Recruiters headhunting the new president of NUI Galway were specifically asked to ‘reach out’ to women academics in Ireland and abroad. Members of the Governing Body of NUIG, ‘expressed a worry’ that the competition to replace Dr James Browne, the incumbent ‘might not attract significant female interest’ …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 24 July]

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NUIG confirms ‘unusual’ payment of €175,000 to consultants

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUIG President Dr James Browne has agreed it was ‘unusual’ that the School of Law paid €143,000 plus VAT for one consultancy firm for 22 months’ work. Dr Browne was responding to queries by Galway West TD Catherine Connolly at the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday, in relation to monies paid for professional services from consultancy, Results Through People Limited …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 24 April]

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Why was the 2008/9 Promotion Round to Senior Lecturer at NUI Galway so much worse for the promotion of women than any other, before or since?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“President Jim Browne made a point during his questioning by the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee ten days ago, that the 2008/9 round of promotion, which was so bad for women, was worse than those which had preceded it. This is true, as you can see from the table …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 17 April]

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NUI Galway seeks new ‘leader with a compelling vision’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has advertised the position of president as current incumbent Dr Jim Browne ends his term of office next year. The university is being assisted in finding a successor by recruitment specialists Perrett Laver …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 14 April]

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National University of Ireland Galway: Financial Statement 2013-2014

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): … In this session, we will deal with the financial statements of the National University of Ireland Galway. From there, we are joined by Dr James Browne, president, Mr Gearóid Ó Conluain, an runaí, Ms Mary Dooley, bursar, and Mr Keith Warnock, capital projects adviser. From the Department of Education and Skills we are joined by Mr. Christy Mannion and from the Higher Education Authority by Dr Graham Love, Mr Damien Kilgannon and Ms Jennifer Gygax …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 6 April]

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NUI Galway management = Hypocrisy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hypocrisy seems to be de riguer at NUI Galway. On Wednesday, NUI Galway President Jim Browne revealed at his biannual speech the university’s hypocritical stance regarding the treatment of female staff, particularly the women who have sued the university in the High Court for gender discrimination, and then on Friday, Micheline further exposed the university’s hypocritical attitude towards the women in a Letter to the Editor in the Galway City Tribune …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 27 March]

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Why has the Irish language been removed as a requirement for NUIG’s President?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) are protesting against a decision to remove fluency in the Irish language as a requirement for the position of President. The current President of NUIG Dr Jim Browne is due to resign in January 2018 …” (more)

[, 16 January]

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