Medical student recruitment company sues College of Surgeons

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on November 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A company which recruited students from Saudi Arabia for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is suing the college in the High Court over the level of fees paid by the students. The Nahj Company for Services is in dispute with the college over whether the €16,000 fee for participation in the medical commencement programme was inclusive or exclusive of a €5,000 commission said to be payable to the recruiting company …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 13 November]

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Fresh public sector recruitment ban may be needed, minister told

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

Ireland“The Government may have to consider introducing a fresh staff recruitment ban and freezing promotions in the public sector because of the recession caused by Covid-19, it can be revealed. In briefing documents prepared for new Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath, obtained by the Irish Examiner, it is made clear some of the stark choices facing him as he grapples with the €30bn deficit …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 2 August]

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Recruitment Freeze Could Continue, in Plan to Save €30m on Day-to-Day Costs

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s staff recruitment freeze – implemented as a result of the pandemic – looks likely to continue for the foreseeable future, among a series of biting cutbacks that will see College attempt to save €30 million in day-to-day costs over the next 18 months …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 5 June]

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IUA calls for €20m ad campaign to attract international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 17th, 2020 by steve

“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) have called for funding for a €20 million advertising campaign to attract international students to Irish universities to be included in the next programme for government. Jim Miley, director general of the IUA, stated: ‘Covid-19 has led to a collapse in the international student market’ …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 17 May]

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Opportunity knocks for UCD (1)

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2020 by steve

“What if it isn’t a tragedy after all that Round 2 of UCD’s big hiring fiesta cannot now be repeated, as planned, next year? I know, I know. I would say that. Pure sour grapes because our unit lost out ignominiously, yet again, in ‘Reach for the Stars’? No, actually. It’s not just that the Ad Astra bonanza was weaponised to punish Languages yet again …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 8 May]

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Financially hit universities consider recruitment freeze

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Recruitment freezes are on the cards at universities as the sector braces for the financial impact of Covid-19 on higher education. With the pandemic expected to have a major financial impact on the sector, universities are working through the many implications of the shutdown for all aspects of their operations …” (more)

[Jess Casey and Áine Kenny, Irish Examiner, 28 April]

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‘Too Early to Say’ if €29m Recruitment Drive Will Proceed, Says Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The fate of a major College strategy to reduce its staff–student ratio – designed to arrest a series of falls in world university rankings – could be in doubt following Trinity’s decision to freeze all recruitment amid the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 21 April]

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Trinity freezes recruitment as financial fallout from coronavirus hits

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 18th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin is freezing recruitment as the financial fallout from the Covid-19 crisis hits. While there will be some exceptions, hiring will be allowed only on a ‘case by case basis’ and where a ‘strong business case can be made’. Trinity’s HR Director Antoinette Quinn sent an email to heads of departments yesterday advising of the decision taken by senior management earlier this week …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 April]

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Trinity Freezes Staff Recruitment Due to Coronavirus Financial Concerns

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

“Trinity has frozen all staff recruitment due to the ‘significant financial consequences’ of the coronavirus, according to an email sent to staff this afternoon. The email, sent by HR Director Antoinette Quinn and seen by The University Times, told staff that the College’s ‘Executive Officers Group decided this week on a freeze on all further recruitment within the college’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee and Emer Moreau, University Times, 16 April]

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TCD to spend €200,000 on Chinese student recruitment drive

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 10th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is set to spend an estimated €200,000 on a recruitment drive in China to increase the number of Chinese students attending the college. The university is seeking tenders from interested parties to put in place ‘student recruitment support services’ in China …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, University Times, 9 April]

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UCD President Warns of ‘Very Severe’ Financial Impact for University Over COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 24th, 2020 by steve

“UCD President Andrew Deeks has said that the potential long-term impacts of COVID-19 for UCD could be ‘very serious’ and have a severe impact on the university’s commercial activities. The President has appealed to recruitment staff to ensure international students, who make up over 20% of UCD’s annual income, attend the university next year …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 24 March]

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€1.1 million spent on international student recruitment by College

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College spent over €1.1m on recruitment of non-EU undergraduate and postgraduate students during the 2017/18 financial year, starting October 1 2017 to July 31 of this year. The figures were obtained after a request under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 15 October]

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Deadlines for colleges on gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Colleges are to be given deadlines to improve recruitment and promotion practices that do not support gender equality. The areas in need of improvement are to be identified in a review of policies and procedures to be undertaken by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 November]

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The mysteries of academic recruitment

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2017 by steve

“I have no idea on how many occasions I have set on university selection panels to fill academic or other vacancies, both in the various universities in which I have worked and in other institutions. Nor, to be honest, am I sure how often I personally got the decision right or wrong. And yet, these decisions change people’s lives and the destiny of institutions …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 September]

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Failure to Recruit Top Academics Sees Trinity Develop a New Method for Strategic Hires

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

Ireland“Trinity’s University Council approved a proposed new method for strategic hires, following the College’s disappointing recruitment of only one of five targeted professors under the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Targeted Professors initiative …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 25 February]

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Queen’s Publishes EU Referendum Paper

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

“Queen’s have published an EU Exit Institutional Position Paper which sets out the key issues arising from the referendum result which will impact the University. There are four key issues, as set out below: Access to EU Research Funding; Status of Current and Future EU Staff; Student Recruitment and Mobility; Relationship with the Republic of Ireland …” (more, download)

[QUB, 16 January]

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Civil Service boss defends entry-grade pay rates

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The levels of pay on offer to people entering the public service is not hampering the State’s ability to recruit high-calibre staff, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has said …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 6 April]

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Public sector in ongoing search for staff

Posted in Governance and administration on December 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“As in the private sector, employers in the public sector are also increasingly on the hunt for staff. With the recruitment moratorium now ended, many organisations are ramping up campaigns to target members of the diaspora …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 27 December]

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EU hiring rules could catch out universities, warns Brussels

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2015 by steve

EU“Universities could lose up to a quarter of European Union research funding if they fail to comply with new rules designed to promote fair recruitment, a Brussels official has warned. Under the six-year €80 billion (£58.5 billion) Horizon 2020 settlement agreed in May, UK universities are expected to receive roughly £2 billion in EU funding over the next two years …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 14 September]

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Unofficial university promos

Posted in Life on February 9th, 2010 by steve

“Contrasting unofficial university promo videos. Certainly at least one of these is not endorsed by its University …” (more)

[Registrarism, 9 February]

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