University governing bodies to be slimmed down under new reforms

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University governing bodies will be smaller and feature more external members under new legislation to be published next year, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said. He said current legislation on higher education governance is ‘not fit for purpose and does not reflect the world in which we live’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Harris Pledges to Overhaul ‘Archaic’ College Governance Structures this Year

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris pledged to bring forward legislation overhauling current governance structures in higher education institutions, and called some current governance structures ‘archaic’ …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 2 September]

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College party crackdown by Coalition

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is examining new measures to crack down on large gatherings, such as college parties, after Health Minister Stephen Donnelly’s plans to make it a criminal offence to have more than six people in a person’s home were blocked by the Cabinet …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 30 August]

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Students and SU Believe New Legislation ‘Not Enough’ to Protect Students’ Rental Rights

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins signed the Residential Tenancies and Valuation Act 2020 into law on August 1st, ensuring tenants who are struggling to pay rent as a result of the pandemic remain protected. This legislation has been met with mixed opinions with Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin, one of many opponents to the act describing the measure as an ‘attack on renters’ …” (more)

[Oisín Magfhogartaigh, College Tribune, 18 August]

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Ministers and Secretaries and Ministerial, Parliamentary, Judicial and Court Offices (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 25th, 2020 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I move: ‘That the Bill be now read a Second Time’. It is a great pleasure to present to the House the Ministers and Secretaries and Ministerial, Parliamentary, Judicial and Court Offices (Amendment) Bill 2020, which passed all Stages in the Seanad yesterday. This Bill establishes, for the first time in the history of the State, a Department focused on further and higher education, research, innovation and science. We will now have a Department whose chief remit will be the further and higher education needs of our economy and our people …” (debate, resumed debate)

[Dáil debates, 24 July]

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Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 25th, 2020 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): … I thank the Cathaoirleach for the opportunity to present the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2020 to the House. The primary purpose of the Bill is to establish the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. The establishment of the Department is a major initiative of the new Government. It underscores our strong belief that the interface of knowledge, skills, innovation and access to educational opportunity at further and higher level is critical to our future prosperity and fairness as a society …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 23 July]

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Seanad Electoral (University Members) (Amendment) Bill 2020: First Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMalcolm Byrne (Fianna Fail): I move: That leave be granted to introduce Bill entitled an Act to provide for the amendment of the Seanad Electoral (University Members) Acts 1937 to 2006, to provide for the provisions of the seventh amendment of Bunreacht na hÉireann and to extend the franchise of the university panel of Seanad Éireann to all people who are over eighteen and are holders of an appropriate third level qualification from an Irish Institute of Higher Education and to provide for related matters …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 16 July]

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Legislation Agreed by Cabinet for ‘Economically Focussed’ Department of Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On the 13th of July, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD, welcomed government approval to publish legislation to establish his department as a major ministry. According to Minister Harris, the Cabinet has approved the new Department which will now be proposed to Dáil and Seanad Éireann …” (more)

[Ahmed Jouda, College Tribune, 14 July]

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Referendum result on extending Seanad vote may be put into effect after 41 years

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 40 years after a referendum was passed to extend Seanad voting rights to graduates of all third level institutions, legislation to finally give effect to the result could be among the first Bills debated if a new government is formed …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Cork residents urge gardaí to use 1947 Act to stop house parties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Residents living near University College Cork have called on the HSE and gardaí to use powers available under health legislation to stop students and others having house parties. Magazine Road and Surrounding Areas Residents Association spokeswoman Catherine Clancy said the gardaí and the HSE should use the 1947 Health Act to stop parties in the area in the interest of public health …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 8 June]

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Graduates without a vote

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir – Changes to the Constitution which governments initiate seem costly exercises in throwing shapes; they’re often not implemented. But now that the Senate elections are nearly upon us, there’s an opportunity to make them take remedial action. In 1979, we passed (92% for) a referendum …” (more)

[John Colgan, Independent, 23 February]

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Seanad elections and graduates

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Constitution originally permitted only TCD graduates and graduates of the three NUI colleges to take part in the Seanad ‘university panel’ election. Since 1979, after a referendum to amend the Constitution, this is no longer the case. However, in practice, for over 30 years Senators and TDs have refused to draft the required legislation …” (more)

[John Hughes, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomes introduction of self-awarding powers for institutes of technology

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (1 January 2020) announced the granting of award making powers, with exception of doctoral awards, to all institutes of technology. In welcoming this announcement, the Minister said: ‘This is a significant step for the sector. The measures introduced today establishes all institutes of technology as autonomous awarding bodies, placing them on an equal footing with other designated awarding bodies such as the universities and the RCSI …'” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 January]

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Institutes of Technology Gain New Award-Giving Powers in Win for Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government today granted institutes of technology award-giving powers, in what amounts to a win for the autonomy of regional colleges. Institutes of technology will now be able to independently grant their students degrees, giving them equal rights to universities. The institutes won’t, however, be able to grant doctoral awards …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 1 January]

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2019 Report from Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor

Posted in Governance and administration on January 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“We have had a very productive year in the Dept of Education and I worked hard with my senior officials and education stakeholders including the most important stakeholders of all: students, in 2019. The ‘student’ is at the epicentre of my agenda …” (more)

[Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, 31 December]

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USI lobby for lower health insurance costs for international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on December 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) are encouraging their members to lobby Senators to make amendments to the Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2019 that would prevent international students from facing significant rises in the cost of health insurance during their time in Ireland …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 17 December]

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Royal College of Surgeons becomes State’s ninth university

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) has been formally authorised to use the title of ‘university’ for the first time in 235 years. The institution is to describe itself as ‘RCSI university of medicine and health sciences’ in future …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) granted ‘university’ title

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (10 December 2019) announced that the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) has been authorised to use the title of university in Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 December]

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Exam Mills

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on November 18th, 2019 by steve

IrelandDrivetime‘s John Cooke talks to students in UL about exam mills, and Deirdre Stritch, programme manager with QQI, talks to Mary about the new rules that have been introduced to clamp down on academic cheating …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 18 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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