Worries over €6.7m cost of merging Cork and Tralee ITs

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An expert panel assessing the bid for a technological university in Munster has criticised plans by the merging institutions to retain parallel management structures at added cost …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 26 January]

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Provision of €104 million to NCAD described as ‘scandalous’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Public Accounts Committee have described as ‘scandalous’ the provision of €100 million to the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) at a time when its accounting practices were found to be unfit for purpose …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 22 January]

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College spent €20,000 on portraits

Posted in Legal issues on May 16th, 2014 by steve

“A third-level college spent €20,000 on portraits of two officials, the Dail’s spending watchdog heard. Cork Institute of Technology commissioned portraits of its president Dr Brendan Murphy and then governing body chairman Dr Paddy Caffrey in 2008 …” (more)

[Independent, 16 May]

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Speech by Seán Ó Foghlú, Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills at the 2014 Higher Education Colleges Association Conference

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2014 by steve

“Good morning. It is a pleasure for me to be invited to address you today.In my address I would like to refer to developments in a number of areas as follows: The higher education reform programme and the role of private higher education; Internationalisation; Qualifications issues; Teacher supply …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 April]

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Department chief warned cuts could reduce participation in education system

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Budget cut spending by €33 million in 2014, including reductions for people in further education programmes …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 January]

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Some 10,000 students awaiting completion of grant applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 1st, 2013 by steve

“Almost 10,000 students are still awaiting completion of their grant applications, the secretary general of the Department of Education said yesterday …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 March]

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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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Further overspending by former WIT president revealed

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

“Revelations of further overspending by the former president of Waterford Institute of Technology and a ‘mix-up’ of receipts for the hire of private jets by him were made at the Oireachtas Committee of Public Accounts yesterday …” (more)

[Kitty Holland, Irish Times, 5 October]

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Towards a New Admission System

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 15th, 2012 by steve

“The recent major international conference on admissions, held in the Trinity Long Room Hub on May 18th last, can now be viewed online at http://www.tcd.ie/undergraduate-studies/. The conference, Undergraduate Admissions for the 21st Century, was opened by the new Secretary-General of the Department of Education and Skills, Seán Ó Fóghlú …” (more, videos)

[Trinity College Communications Office, 15 June]

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Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2012 by steve

“Is new General Secretary ready for fire fighting? The appointment of Seán Ó Foghlú, pictured, as the new Secretary General in the Department of Education was not unexpected …” (more)

[Irish Times, 14 February]

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New Department of Education head

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2012 by steve

“Seán Ó Foghlú has been appointed the new secretary general of the Department of Education and Skills. Mr Ó Foghlú has been an assistant secretary general in the department with responsibility for the planning and building unit in Tullamore …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 8 February]

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Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“Five candidates remain in the hunt for the secretary general post in the Department of Education. But curiously there is no real front runner …” (more)

[Irish Times, 31 January]

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