Authority moves to restrict third-level recruitment

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has moved to impose a virtual blanket ban on all recruitment in the higher education sector. In a highly-unusual move, colleges have also been told that continued State funding is contingent on full co-operation with the Employment Control Framework. The new framework – set out by the HEA in a circular to colleges last week – has prompted widespread dismay across the sector which currently employs over 25,000. One senior university figure said the new directive represents ‘potentially the biggest threat to academic freedom in a generation’. Another said the framework runs counter to the 1997 Universities Act which guarantees their independence …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 7 July]

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