Super Sized Academics – We’re Lovin’ it !

Ireland“Times may be tough, but there’s been no McCrunch under the golden arches of Irish Universities. While cutbacks, job losses for fixed-term staff and pension fund levy’s rule the roost for most academic staff, it appears a select few have been enjoying ‘super sized’ portions of the tax payers budget. The recent media attention on ‘high flyer’ academics in Ireland receiving ‘super sized’ salaries has brought the debate about the future of third level education in Ireland sharply into focus. The Minister for Education and Science confirmed today that student fees are set to increase dramatically in Oct 2010. In this context, the fallout of the special remuneration practices adopted by every university in Ireland (with the apparent consent of the Higher Education Authority) will require serious explanation by the Department of Education if the credibility of Irish Universities is to be upheld …” (more)

[Watchdog on Higher Education in Ireland, 19 March]

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