Archive for Hugh Brady

Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 8 February 2011 by Steve

“That bitter dispute between UCD president, Hugh Brady and Tom Boland, chief executive of the Higher Education Authority over unauthorised allowances to senior Belfield staff continues to rage. But behind the scenes, both parties are being encouraged to stop digging …” (more)

[Irish Times, 8 February]

Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , , , on 25 January 2011 by Steve

“That increasingly bitter clash between two education heavyweights is the talk of the sector. In the one corner, UCD president, Hugh Brady (pictured). In the other, the chief executive of the Higher Education Authority, Tom Boland …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 January]

UCD staff buy pensions at 1% rate

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 19 October 2010 by Steve

“Staff retiring from University College Dublin are buying back just over three-and-a-half years of their pension before retirement. The news was confirmed by UCD President Hugh Brady in a letter sent to the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 19 October]

Uncomfortable time for universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 24 September 2010 by Steve

“Yesterday’s Dáil finance committee meeting was little short of a PR disaster for universities. At the close of yesterday’s bruising meeting of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 24 September]

College fees and equality

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 26 July 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – I find it amusing to read that UCD president Dr Hugh Brady justifies the introduction of college fees on the basis of social equality …” (more)

[Jonathan Arlow, Irish Times, 26 July]

UCD president warns of ‘Inconvienient truth’ of R&D funding

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 23 July 2010 by Steve

“Speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal, the president of UCD, Dr Hugh Brady, argued that while Irish universities are currently among the best in the world, this competitive advantage could be lost if adequate support and funding was not provided for R&D at third-level institutions …” (more)

[Deirdre Nolan, Silicon Republic, 23 July]

MacGill papers

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 23 July 2010 by Steve

“This page will host papers given at the MacGill Summer School 2010 on political reform and other papers of interest: Hugh Brady, address delivered at MacGill; …” (more)

[Political Reform .ie, 23 July]

UCD head wants fees restored ‘for those who can afford them’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 23 July 2010 by Steve

“The head of Ireland’s biggest university yesterday called for the restoration of college fees for those who can afford to pay them. University College Dublin (UCD) president Dr Hugh Brady said he was a father of three teenagers for whom he would afford to pay €6,000 each to a private secondary school …” (more)

[Anita Guidera, Independent, 23 July]

Irish Universities a Model of Reform for Public Service

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 23 July 2010 by Steve

“In his President’s address to the MacGill Summer School delivered on 22 July 2010, Dr Hugh Brady stated that Irish universities are a model for reform of public services. But a new funding settlement is essential if they are to continue their role in delivering smart jobs in the smart economy …” (more)

[Frank Parker, Suite 101, 22 July]

Lower earners funding college education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 23 July 2010 by Steve

“Tax paid by less well-off parents is subsidising university education for the better off, UCD president Hugh Brady has said. Speaking at the MacGill Summer School yesterday, Dr Brady also said Irish universities, up until this year, had increased student numbers and maintained quality by reducing costs …” (more)

[Deaglán de Bréadún, Irish Times, 23 July]

Grade expectations

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 March 2010 by Steve

“University College Dublin president Hugh Brady has little time for the debate about grade inflation in Irish universities. He said the question raised about universities giving out too many higher grades was ‘irrelevant’ because of the way it had been framed …” (more)

[Richard Curran, Sunday Business Post, 7 March]

UCD chief racks up a huge travel bill of €100,000

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 March 2010 by Steve

“Five-star accommodation, lavish dinners in exclusive restaurants, golf at the K Club, business class flights around the world – all part and parcel of the working life of the president of Ireland’s largest university, University College Dublin (UCD), and all paid for by the Irish taxpayer …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 7 March ]

Is Hugh Brady the Michael O’Leary of education?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 November 2009 by Steve

“UCD president Dr Hugh Brady is one of the most powerful figures in Irish education. Interviewed this week, he talks about his constant (and controversial) quest for excellence. Q. There is a common depiction of you as the Michael O’Leary of education, a tough, demanding figure who will brook no compromise. How do you respond? …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 17 November]

Top academics under pressure over salary scales

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , , , on 20 March 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The elite group of top academics who share some €50 million in salaries and perks are under intense pressure to take a voluntary pay cut. Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe has called on the group – which includes university presidents – to take the cut after the release of the new salary figures to the Irish Federation of University Teachers under the Freedom of Information Act. The Higher Education Authority is investigating the exceptional payments made to several senior academics. The figures, published in the Irish Independent, reveal that UCD vice-president for research, Professor Des Fitzgerald receives a package of over €400,000 per year. Prof Tom Begley, the dean of UCD’s business school, receives a basic salary of €250,000. …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 20 March]

Super-sized salaries due to lure of private sector

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , , on 19 March 2009 by Steve

Ireland“It’s hard to take pleas for more funding for higher education seriously when 50 senior university staff are earning around €10m a year between them. Take the UCC and UCD presidents Drs Michael Murphy and Hugh Brady, for instance, both earning more than a quarter of a million each in pay and expenses. And what about the UCD vice president for research Des Fitzgerald, the country’s top academic earner pulls in over €400,000 in pay, expenses and pension contributions. UCD wisely decided not to pay performance-related bonuses last year. If it had, Prof Fitzgerald would have earned an extra €86,000 – his bonus alone would have been more than most Irish people earn in a year. Had it been paid, it would have caused uproar once the figure was disclosed. Senior Irish academics, in general, earn more than their counterparts in many European universities …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 19 March]

UCD and TCD Innovation Alliance is about nurturing nation’s talent

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 14 March 2009 by Steve

“This week’s announcement by Trinity College Dublin and UCD of a groundbreaking Innovation Alliance sets out a vision to establish Ireland as an international hub for innovation. Our decision to create the Innovation Alliance has to be seen in the context of an urgent national need to turn talent into jobs. It is accepted that the country is in crisis. What is taking a little longer to sink in is that recovery is not going to be about business as usual. Instead, when recovery comes, every institution of the State, public and private, will emerge in a different form. As a nation we can wait to see what emerges, but this would be folly, as ours is not the only economy in a stressed state. Other nations, similarly afflicted, are likewise assessing the bases for success in their economies. Some have the luxury of other resources – Ireland does not …” (more)

[John Hegarty and Hugh Brady, Irish Times, 14 March]

Debt-hit UCD to use land profit to buy pool

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 8 February 2009 by Steve

“Cash-strapped University College, Dublin, has made a €15m profit on a land swap deal, but is not using the money to pay down its debt but to fund a new Olympic-sized swimming pool. Ireland’s largest university, currently burdened with a mounting funding shortfall of almost €16m, did the deal with a developer for a piece of land adjacent to the luxurious campus house of UCD President Dr Hugh Brady. Criticism from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) described the college’s debt levels as ‘totally unacceptable’. Amid unrest among the college’s faculty and student representatives over reduced budgets and unfilled positions, college sources have also confirmed that other large-scale capital developments projects are in jeopardy. The land swap represents a new wave of thinking in terms of income generation at a time when operating budgets are under severe pressure …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 8 February]

UCD head to meet staff amid concerns over debt

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , , , on 28 January 2009 by Steve

“The president of University College Dublin (UCD), Dr Hugh Brady, has called staff to a special meeting tomorrow amid growing concerns about the college’s rising debt levels. But college sources stress there is no question of job losses among the 3,500 staff. Last year, UCD posted a record debt of more than €13 million. In an e-mail to staff yesterday, Dr Brady refers to the ‘unsustainable position’ in which the college now finds itself …” (more)

[Séan Flynn, Irish Times, 28 January]

Colleges braced for harsh cutbacks

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , , , on 28 January 2009 by Steve

“Staff at two universities have been called to urgent meetings to be told of severe cuts. They include pay restraint, a freeze on filling most vacancies, restrictions on travel to conferences abroad, reductions in funding for schools and departments, and higher charges. In Cork, UCC president Dr Michael Murphy addressed staff yesterday. It will be UCD’s turn tomorrow …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 28 January]