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Watchdog contradicts O’Keeffe’s audit claim

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 26 March 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The State spending watchdog has contradicted a claim by Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe that a major value-for-money review of higher education is nearly completed. Mr O’Keeffe yesterday told the Dail the audit was nearing completion. He said he had received the information from members of the Committee of Public Accounts. However, a letter sent by the Comptroller and Auditor General, John Buckley – seen by the Irish Independent – clearly states that the review will take up to 18 months before it is concluded. In the letter, dated March 19, 2009, Mr Buckley said only preliminary work scoping out a study had been done, and that the substantive work will not start until the autumn …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 26 March]

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University’s ‘future in doubt’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 31 January 2009 by Steve

“MPs have warned that the future of a university is in doubt as it faces the repayment of over £50m, after an audit found ‘incorrect data’ on students. London Metropolitan University has admitted that this puts more than 300 jobs at risk – and unions are planning a campus protest on Wednesday. The funding council says the deduction of income follows an audit showing inaccurate reporting of drop-out rates. A university leader says there could be further cases of such ‘gotcha audits’ …” (more)

[BBC News, 28 January]

University sector needs an audit

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 3 September 2008 by Steve

“The crisis in our universities is not about to be solved by a freeze on recruitment alone. The core of the problem appears to lie somewhere among the existing jobs rather than new ones. Two universities have announced a moratorium on new appointments and others are considering similar moves. This comes at a time when the Government is planning to investigate work practices in universities, with particular reference to the rapid growth in the number of senior, well-paid administrative posts …” (more)

[Independent, 3 September]