University of Limerick to begin major review into management structures

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

UL President Des Fitzgerald confirmed the review in a circular to his colleagues

UL President Des Fitzgerald confirmed the review in a circular to his colleagues

THE UNIVERSITY of Limerick is to begin a major review into management structures at the university, as recommended by a series of reports into controversies around finance, HR and governance which were first revealed by the Limerick Leader.

The review of the university’s management structures, which will focus on HR policies and procedures, is to begin at the university next week, new UL President Des Fitzgerald has confirmed in a circular to his colleagues. 

The review is expected to focus on the current structure of the HR department and how it interacts with its staff and the staff of the University, the financial support provided to each dean and vice president and the structure of the office of the President. 

The Deloitte review found that UL spent €91,047 on two senior staff members in the HR department obtaining three-year online doctorates at Walden University in the United States, an institution ranked academically inferior to UL.

The audit also identified 16 areas of “extreme” priority relating to severance packages worth more than €1.2m, and raised concerns in relation to termination payments, further study, procurement and correspondence exchanged between UL and key stakeholders. 

The Thorn Report recommended that a further review of management structures adopted for the implementation of HR policies and procedures be carried out as well as a review into the management of specific policies and procedures. 

The review will be conducted by Athru Consultancy Limited and overseen by Deputy President Gerry O’Brien. 

“Over the past year a number of issues have come to light which necessitate a review the management structures and systems adopted for the implementation of HR policies and procedures,” Deputy president O’Brien said in the circular. 

“All recommendations of these reviews have been accepted by the University and implementation of the recommendations are in progress.”