ASTI supports student teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2012 by steve

“ASTI representatives will meet PDE students in Trinity College and UCD next week in order to discuss the unfair treatment of new teacher entrants by government. The meetings come ahead of a protest by student teachers against government decisions to cut the pay, cap the allowances, and – most recently – freeze the allowances of new entrants to teaching …” (more)

[ASTI, 17 February]

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Equal prospects for both sexes in science

Posted in Life on February 17th, 2012 by steve

“Difficulties in hiring and retaining women scientists and engineers are worrying universities. A study published in Science has tracked several thousand science and engineering faculty members over 19 years to unpick where the barriers lie …” (more)

[Natasha Gilbert, Nature News & Comment, 17 February]

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Historic High Court ruling means higher redundancy payments for fixed-term workers in universities

Posted in Legal issues on February 17th, 2012 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warmly welcomed a High Court decision regarding redundancy payments for fixed-term workers in universities. In the High Court on 17 February, Mr Justice Kearns rejected an appeal by University College Cork (UCC) against an earlier Labour Court Determination …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 17 February]

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High Court rejects UCC appeal over lecturer’s redundancy

Posted in Legal issues on February 17th, 2012 by steve

“The High Court has rejected an appeal from University College Court over the terms of a lecturer’s redundancy package. The lecturer, who had come to the end of her fixed-term contract, has been awarded six weeks’ pay for every year of employment at the university by the Labour Court …” (more)

[Business Post, 17 February]

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Will England adopt Scotland’s university reforms?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2012 by steve

“If the Scottish government implements new recommendations on governance and pay at its universities England will be under pressure to respond …” (more)

[Kim Catcheside, Guardian Professional, 17 February]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the recent discussion paper by the Higher Education Authority on the future of higher education; and the likely timescale for decisions on the structures that are likely to emerge …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 16 February]

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UCC loses fixed-term contract case

Posted in Legal issues on February 17th, 2012 by steve

“University College Cork has lost an appeal to the High Court in a case dealing how staff on fixed-term contracts are treated. In a ruling issued this morning, the High Court upheld a Labour Court decision to direct the college to make an ex-gratia payment to a fixed-term worker who had been made redundant …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 February]

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UL and NUIG in research alliance with Silicon Valley start-up

Posted in Research on February 17th, 2012 by steve

“Silicon Valley start-up Compact Imaging has just signed a two-year research collaboration with University of Limerick (UL) and National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). The two universities will be working with Compact Imaging on the area of biophotonics and will also gain a stake in the tech start-up …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 17 February]

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CIT president remains committed to proposted multi-campus university

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2012 by steve

“President of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Dr Brendan Murphy remains committed to the planned Munster Technological University – which would see the amalgamation of CIT with Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) – despite his criticism of the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) blueprint for such an institution earlier this week …” (more)

[Brian Byrne, Studenty_Cork, 17 February]

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Tuition fees rise does not breach human rights, high court rules

Posted in Legal issues on February 17th, 2012 by steve

“Two teenagers who took the government to the high court claiming that the near-trebling of tuition fees this year breached their human rights have lost their case …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 17 February]

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What are universities for?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2012 by steve

“Poor English universities. No one knows what they’re for anymore. But it’s so obvious! So here’s my handy guide to help you figure it out …” (more)

[PhD Octopus, 17 February]

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‘Consensus statement’ on research integrity released

Posted in Research on February 17th, 2012 by steve

“The UK Research Integrity Office has welcomed calls for it to be placed at the centre of a toughened research integrity oversight regime in the UK. The call came in a ‘consensus statement’ agreed following a high-level summit on research misconduct earlier this year, organised by the British Medical Journal and the Committee on Publication Ethics …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 17 February]

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Higher education funding crisis will ‘damage’ students

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2012 by steve

“A university president has warned that any more delays in solving the funding crisis in higher education will damage thousands of students …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 February]

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Salaries linked to success in education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2012 by steve

“Education systems in the highest-performing OECD countries tend to prioritise higher salaries for teachers over smaller class sizes, according to the organisation’s monthly assessment notes …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 17 February]

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Warning of ‘mediocrity’ if higher education not funded

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2012 by steve

“‘Equivocation’ around funding for higher education ‘has done lasting damage’ to the institutions and to students, the president of NUI Maynooth has said. Prof Philip Nolan warned a failure to adequately fund higher education would result in ‘an inevitable mediocrity to the detriment of generations of students’ …” (more)

[Fiona Gartland, Irish Times, 17 February]

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Major boost for academic freedom

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 17th, 2012 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers IFUT has welcomed a new report recommending all third-level colleges in Scotland to ‘adopt and incorporate the definition of Academic Freedom which is contained in Ireland’s Universities Act, 1997′ …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 16 February]

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