Universities face sweeping governance changes under new Bill

Third-level colleges face penalties for misconduct, including having funding withheld, under the biggest shake-up to regulation of higher education in almost 50 years, writes Carl O’Brien for The Irish Times.

The changes will also cut the size of university governing bodies, empower the minister to appoint a majority of external members and provide a legal footing for carrying out reviews on how colleges are performing.

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris confirmed that the government had approved new legislation to reform the higher education sector and modernise the role of the Higher Education Authority. The Higher Education Authority Bill is due to be published soon and will reform the oversight and regulation of third-level colleges, including a “performance and accountability framework” aimed at safeguarding public investment in the sector.
Full report on The Irish Times site

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