Thursday 27 June 2019

HEA boss quit over his 'serious concerns' on funding issues

Dr Graham Love resigned back in August after 18 months. Picture: Frank McGrath
Dr Graham Love resigned back in August after 18 months. Picture: Frank McGrath
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

The outgoing boss of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) quit amid "serious concerns", including a claim there has been a failure to resolve funding issues in the sector.

HEA chief executive Dr Graham Love announced his shock decision to resign in August after less than 18 months in the job.

His reasons are detailed in the resignation email he sent which has been forwarded to the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) ahead of Mr Love's appearance there today.

In the email, seen by the Irish Independent, Dr Love expresses his regret at his decision but said he gave it much consideration.

"I have formed a view that the role has not matched my expectations and the actual nature of the job militates against any realistic opportunity to deliver much-needed strategic development in the sector," he wrote.

Dr Love added that "a number of serious concerns have led me to this conclusion".

These include "a lack of role clarity between the HEA and the [Department] of Education and Skills".

Another is "the level of risk posed to the higher education system by the failure to resolve the overall funding issue".

He said he would work out his notice period and facilitate "as smooth an exit as possible". Dr Love is to leave the post this month.

He will appear at the PAC today where TDs are to examine the HEA's 2017 financial statements and issues around governance arrangements in the department and HEA.

Irish Independent

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