WIT and CIT: Financial Statements 2013

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2015 by steve

IrelandMr Seán Ó Foghlú (Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills) called and examined; Mr Tom Boland (Chief Executive Officer, Higher Education Authority) called and examined; Professor Willie Donnelly (President, Waterford Institute of Technology) called and examined; …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 10 December]

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HEA boss denies ‘looking for head’ of ex-Waterford Institute of Technology president

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) strongly rejected suggestions that he ‘went looking for the head’ of the former president of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 11 December]

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PAC to examine ITs’ financial statements

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Officials from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) will appear before the PAC tomorrow. The Committee will consider WIT’s Financial Statements 2013 and CIT’s Financial Statements 2014 …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 9 December]

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GMIT probe ‘raised more questions than answers’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has agreed to probe further the expenditure of €436,000 by Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) on a plagiarism investigation. Fianna Fáil TD, John McGuinness said it was ‘incredible’ …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 29 June]

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Regional Clusters

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2013 by steve

Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he is satisfied with the recent proposals from the university presidents recommending five regional clusters; if he has sought further information from the universities detailing the way they intend to work together to improve and develop the range of educational courses available to students within each cluster; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 22 January]

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Student Grant Scheme Application Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 9th, 2012 by steve

Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Education and Skills if applications for student grants to Student Universal Support Ireland will be granted without delay in view of the fact that students need to sit exams and cannot do so until they have received their grant and paid their fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 6 December]

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Croke Park savings methodology ‘came from Finance’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2012 by steve

“Consultants Grant Thornton have confirmed that controversial methods that led to claimed savings achieved under the Croke Park deal being ‘inflated’, were included in documentation they received from the Government …” (more)

[Daniel McConnnell, Independent, 4 November]

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Hundreds of varsity dons get pension top-ups

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2012 by steve

“Lavish pension top-ups to 260 ‘out of touch’ and highly paid retiring academics in Ireland’s universities have been awarded since 2010 despite falling standards, the Sunday Independent can reveal …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 7 October]

[The Blogmeister comments: If standards are indeed falling (for which the evidence is weak), I would guess it’s probably got more to do with what the people at the bottom are being paid, and indeed how many of them have been allowed to keep their jobs at all.]

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WIT admits paying for more secret flights

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 5th, 2012 by steve

“A college has admitted it chartered two more previously secret private jet trips for an expert assessing its bid to become a university. The revelation emerged just a week after Waterford Institute of Technology caused outrage by confirming it organised another private plane from Waterford to Dublin for the same high-ranking official …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 5 October]

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University Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2012 by steve

Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on Universitas 21 findings in relation to rankings for Irish universities; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 27 June]

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