Government urged to reverse cuts in third level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have warned an Oireachtas committee that financial problems facing the third level sector will get ‘considerably worse’ unless there is a significant step-up in investment to support growing student numbers. Jim Miley, director-general of the Irish Universities Association, told the Oireachtas Committee on Budgetary Oversight that student numbers are set to grow by 40,000 over the coming decade …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 September]

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USI Demands SUSI Exemption for Students in Direct Provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today called for an exemption to SUSI residency rules for asylum seekers living in direct provision, in an address to the Oireachtas Committee for Education and Skills …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 12 September]

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Student grant fails to cover half of rental costs in Ireland’s cities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The grant provided by the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) does not cover even half of the cost of accommodation in Ireland’s major cities, a committee has heard. The SUSI grant, which provides funding to third-level students for fees and maintenance, also fails to reflect the cost of living, particularly for housing …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Belfast Telegraph, 12 September]

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Student grants and rising school costs top agenda for Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee meeting

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The third level SUSI grant and back to school costs will be examined at a special Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills meeting in advance of the commencement of the Autumn Parliamentary Session …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 6 September]

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Education Minister: Composition of Government makes it difficult to make fundamental changes to third level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Joe McHugh has defended the government’s delay in implementing the Cassells report saying that it is ‘very difficult to get business through parliament because of the weakness of this government’. ‘I think it will take a new composition government to bring a big fundamental change around this’, he told RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland …” (more)

[Breakingnews.ie, 13 August]

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Minister for Education Confirms Dundalk IT has not Pursued Technological University Status

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills has confirmed that Dundalk IT has given no indication to him that they plan to pursue technological university status. The Donegal-based TD was replying to a parliamentary question from Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan in the Dáil on Tuesday …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 27 June]

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Third level institutions to be questioned over links to spin-off companies

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“All colleges and universities are to be questioned over their links to spin-off companies involving members of staff amid concerns over financial issues surrounding some firms. The Dáil’s public accounts committee has agreed to take the step after discussions between it, Cork Institute of Technology, the University of Limerick and Waterford Institute of Technology …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 30 May]

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USI condemns delay to tenancies legislation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Wednesday 20 February, the Union of Students in Ireland Vice President Michelle Byrne and NUI Galway’s Students’ Union President Megan Reilly spoke in the Oireachtas about the Residential Tenancies (Greater Security of Tenure & Rent Certainty) Bill 2018 …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, Irish Times, 22 February]

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Hard Brexit could put major pressure on ‘creaking’ third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A crash-out Brexit could place significant pressure on the third-level education system as thousands of Irish students might have to study at home rather than in the UK, the Oireachtas education committee has heard. Up to 12,000 students from the Republic study in the UK, while about 2,000 attend third-level institutions in the North …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Minister to be quizzed over impact of no deal on education and skills

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Joe McHugh will discuss the impact of Brexit on his sector at an Oireachtas hearing today. The Education Committee will focus particularly on what would happen in the event of a no-deal scenario when the UK exits the European Union on March 29 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 February]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018: Committee Stage (Resumed)

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

IrelandMary Mitchell O’Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): I wish to address the matter of stakeholder engagement, which has been of great concern to Senators. I also want to remedy and remediate the indiscretion in that regard. I wanted to ensure that it would be procedurally possible for the Joint Committee on Education and Skills to continue with its proposed stakeholder engagement once the Bill had been introduced in this House …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 7 February]

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Held to account: Second University of Limerick president given a torrid time at PAC

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

Ireland“A few hours after the day’s business got under way at the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) in Leinster House last week, there was a controlled explosion in Committee Room 3 …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 3 February]

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UL whistleblowers ‘thrown under the bus’ while those involved were ‘rewarded’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A number of issues were put to the University of Limerick president in private last week in relation to two UL whistleblowers, who raised issues about financial practices at the university more than three years ago. The two staff members, known as Persons B and C, have yet to return to work despite their suspension from the university being lifted in November 2017 …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 3 February]

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Focus on securing TU HQ ‘undisputed’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The focus on creating a ‘university of international standing’ in this region remains high on the agenda of Waterford TD and Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member David Cullinane (SF). Speaking to The Munster Express in the wake of the PAC’s examining a special report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) into the sale of Feed Henry, a spin out company of TSSG, to Red Hat for €63.5m, Deputy Cullinane said his eyes remained fixed on the establishment of a Technological University …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 31 January]

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UL president asked to write to Garda Commissioner over report findings

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has been formally asked to write to the Garda Commissioner to ask if the findings of a report that was highly critical of the university should be investigated for fraud. Last Thursday, Dr Des Fitzgerald, appeared before the Dáil Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) over a number of long-running controversies related to the HR and finance departments at the university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 28 January]

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PAC criticises lack of oversight in third level education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have criticised the lack of authority that public bodies have over third level education institutions. Fianna Fáil TD Marc McSharry told the PAC that major deficits exist ‘in the overall oversight of education, in particular at third level’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 25 January]

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Public Accounts Committee: Special Report No 104 of the Comptroller and Auditor General: Waterford Institute of Technology – Development and Disposal of Intellectual Property in FeedHenry

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2019 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): We will now deal with item No 8 on today’s agenda, which is the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Special Report 104, which deals with Waterford Institute of Technology in respect of the development and disposal of intellectual property in FeedHenry. The Comptroller and Auditor General is joined by Shane Carton, deputy director of audit …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 January]

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Public Accounts Committee: Special Report No 103 of the Comptroller and Auditor General: Remuneration of certain senior staff in the University of Limerick and Institute of Technology Sligo

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2019 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): In this session we will examine the Comptroller and Auditor General’s special report No 103 on the handling of remuneration for certain senior staff in the University of Limerick and Institute of Technology Sligo. We have also requested an update on the implementation of Dr Thorn’s Independent Review of Certain Matters and Allegations Relating to the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 January]

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Review of University of Limerick student records system to cost up to €20 million

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A full review of University of Limerick student records system could cost up to €20 million, TDs were told at the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) this Thursday. The Limerick Leader revealed earlier today that concerns have been raised over whether potentially thousands of students were given incorrect exam records over many years …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 24 January]

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Subsidiary responsible for €1.2m pension costs – UL

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) says a subsidiary company will be responsible for the refund of costs arising from pension benefits worth a total of €1.2m for two of its staff, who were added to UL’s State-funded pension scheme even though they were not employed by the university …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 January]

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