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UNIVERSITIES ACT, 1997
National University of Ireland
Amendment of Charter of National University of Ireland.
45. —(1) Clause VI of the Charter of the National University of Ireland is hereby amended by the deletion of “the General Board of Studies,”.
(2) Clause X of the Charter of the National University of Ireland is hereby amended by—
(a) the repeal of sub-clauses (2), (3) and (4), and
(b) the substitution of the following for sub-clause (5):
“(5)(i) The Senate shall be constituted by—
(a) the Chancellor and the Registrar of the University and the chief officers of the constituent universities,
(b) four persons nominated by the Government, two of whom shall be women and two men,
(c) four persons elected by each of—
(i) the National University of Ireland, Dublin,
(ii) the National University of Ireland, Cork,
(iii) the National University of Ireland, Galway, and
(iv) the National University of Ireland, Maynooth,
(d) eight members of Convocation elected by Convocation of the University, four of whom shall be women and four men,
(e) not more than four persons co-opted to be members of the Senate by the Senate as constituted by the members appointed as referred to in paragraphs (a), (b), (c) and (d).
(ii) The governing authorities of the constituent universities shall determine the procedures for electing persons to the Senate, as provided for in paragraph (i), and those procedures shall ensure an appropriate gender balance, as determined or approved from time to time by the Minister, among the persons so elected and shall be set out in a statute of each university.
(iii) The members, other than ex officio members, shall hold office for a period not exceeding five years for which they are elected or nominated and a member whose term of office expires by effluxion of time shall be eligible to again be a member.
(iv) The Statutes shall prescribe, so far as may be necessary, the time at which and the manner in which a person may become a member of the Senate.”.
(3) The Charter of the National University of Ireland is hereby amended by the deletion of subclauses (1) and (4) of Clause XIV.
(4) Clause XIX of the Charter of the National University of Ireland is hereby amended by the deletion of “the General Board of Studies,”.
Amendment of Irish Universities Act, 1908.
46. —The Irish Universities Act, 1908, is hereby amended—
(a) in section 1(2), by the deletion of “, and after the expiration of that time be constituted in manner provided by the First Schedule to this Act”,
(b) by the deletion of section 3(2) and (3),
(c) in section 4(3), by the deletion of “or college”, wherever occurring,
(d) in section 7(4), by the deletion of all words after “religious worship or observance”,
(e) in section 7(6), by the deletion of “and the governing bodies of the constituent colleges of the new university having its seat at Dublin respectively”, and
(f) by the deletion of the First Schedule thereto.
Relationship of constituent universities to National University of Ireland.
47. —(1) The Senate of the National University of Ireland shall determine the basic matriculation requirements for the constituent universities but each university may prescribe additional requirements generally or in respect of particular faculties of the university.
(2) Each constituent university shall inform the Senate of the courses established from time to time by that university and the Senate may establish a committee for the purpose of reviewing the content and teaching of the courses and may appoint external examiners to assist in any review.
(3) The results of a review conducted by a committee shall be communicated by the Senate to the university concerned.
(4) The Senate shall appoint such and so many external examiners to a constituent university, including examiners appointed for the purpose of subsection (2), as that university shall from time to time recommend and the functions of those external examiners shall be determined by the Senate, with the concurrence of the university.
(5) The degrees and other qualifications awarded by a constituent university shall be degrees and qualifications of the National University of Ireland and shall be so designated.
(6) Where the President or any other employee of a constituent college was appointed by the National University of Ireland, the powers and functions of that University in respect of his or her removal from office shall, notwithstanding anything in this Act, remain in force in relation to that person.
Membership of constituent universities.
48. —(1) The members of each constituent university shall be—
(a) the members of its governing authority,
(b) the members of its academic council,
(c) its employees,
(d) its students,
(e) its graduates, and
(f) such other persons as its governing authority may appoint to be members.
(2) All students of a constituent college or the Recognised College of St. Patrick's College, Maynooth on whom a degree of the National University of Ireland was conferred as a result of their studies at the college before the commencement of Part III shall be regarded as graduates of the corresponding constituent university for the purposes of subsection (1)(e).