Key documents

Important recent documents, official or semi-official, relating to Irish universities are as follows:

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Employment Control Framework for the Higher Education Sector 2011-2014 (the “ECF”), March 2011, as put into effect just as Fianna Fail were leaving office, linked from here.
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Programme for Government 2011-2016, March 2011, as agreed by Fine Gael and Labour as their joint plan for coalition government, linked from here.
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National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 (“The Hunt Report”), January 2011, Strategy Group and DES, linked from here.
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Playing to Our Strengths – The Role of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Implications for Public Policy, September 2010, IRCHSS and HEA, linked from here.
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Investing in Global Relationships – Ireland’s International Education Strategy 2010-15, September 2010, Report of the High-Level Group on International Education to the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, linked from here.
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Irish Universities – Resource Management and Performance, September 2010, Comptroller and Auditor General, linked from here. The section on overpayments to particular university officers grabbed the headlines, but it also covers a wide variety of matters on pay, pension, management, and teaching quality.
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Public Service Agreement (“The Croke Park agreement”),  March 2010, linked from here. The agreement has wide implications across the public service, though there are some provisions of particular relevance to universities and ITs.
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Report of the Innovation Taskforce, March 2010, linked from here.
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NUI Galway – University of Limerick Strategic Alliance, February 2010, linked from here.
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Cahill v. DCU, Supreme Court, December 2009, linked from here. The earlier judgment (here) is also of interest.
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Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes (“An Bord Snip”), July 2009, part 1 and part 2.
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Financial Measures (Miscellaneous Provisions) 2009, June 2009, linked from here – this statute authorises the merger of university pensions schemes into the general public service scheme.
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UCD/Trinity Innovation Alliance, March 2009 – the alliance’s website is here.
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Fanning v. UCC, Supreme Court, October 2008 – the opinion is here. An earlier judgment is also of interest.
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Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector, Report No. 42 to the Minister for Finance, September 2007, linked from here.
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Application by WIT for designation as a university: Advice to the Minister (“the Port Report”), July 2007, linked from here.
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OECD Report: Higher Education in Ireland (“the Skilbeck Report”), November 2006, summarised here.
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OECD Review of Higher Education in Ireland 2004, here.
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