Government must not oversell updated Croke Park deal – FF

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Public Expenditure Spokesperson Sean Fleming TD has warned the Government to resist its urge to oversell the proposals emerging from the talks to update the Croke Park deal …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 25 February]

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Main points of the new pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“A deal struck with trade unions to cut the public service pay bill by €1 billion includes salary cuts, increased working hours and pay rise freezes. Some of the main features of the three-year agreement which would run to June 2016 include …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 February]

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€300m for 7 ‘world class’ research centres to boost failed policy

Posted in Research on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“The Government today announced the investment of €300m in what it termed 7 ‘world class’ research centres to boost what we view as a failed policy. What George Orwell described as ‘euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness’ can be found in the common use of the term ‘world-class’ in Ireland …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 25 February]

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Landmark €300m investment in research will lead to high-end jobs in Cork

Posted in Research on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“Fine Gael Cork South West Deputy, Noel Harrington, has said the landmark investment being made by Government and private industry into seven world-class research centres, represents the largest investment of its kind in the State …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 25 February]

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If postdoctoral life is about playing by the rules, what are the rules?

Posted in Life on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“The path to academic success remains unclear to many, says Daniel Nehring. For PhD students to become credible job candidates, they need to be mentored as well as taught …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 25 February]

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Unions say deal ‘difficult’ to accept

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“The agreement reached with Government is ‘very, very difficult’ and will result in to falls in income for ‘many, many public servants’, according to the general secretary of Impact …” (more)

[Kitty Holland, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Research investment ‘game-changer’

Posted in Research on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“A €300 million investment in seven world-class research centres has been hailed as a game-changer for the industry …” (more)

[Independent, 25 February]

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Funding councils publish REF open-access proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“The UK’s higher education funding councils will not express a preference for either green or gold open access in their submission rules for future research excellence frameworks …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 25 February]

Deloitte lab launches at UCD Quinn School of Business

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“Business advisory firm Deloitte has announced the launch of the Deloitte Data Analytics Lab at the UCD Quinn School of Business …” (more)

[Bernice Barrington, Business and Leadership, 25 February]

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Deal reached in talks on public sector pay

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“A new national pay deal has been agreed at the Labour Relations Commission. RTÉ news understands that Government employees earning over €185,000 will face a pay cut of 10% under proposals for a new public service pay deal …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 25 February]

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Scientific research centres get €300m funding boost from State and industry

Posted in Research on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“In what is being described as the largest ever State-industry co-funding announcement for Ireland’s research field, €300m is set to be invested in seven new research centres over the next six years to help scientists carry out research in areas such as big data, marine energy, nanotechnology, photonics and functional foods …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 25 February]

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In praise of practice

Posted in Teaching on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“Education is a bit like parenting. In the same way that we cannot mould our children in our preferred image, educators cannot really control what people learn. We can do our best to guide them, to motivate them and to help them understand concepts and acquire skills, but we cannot make people learn …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 25 February]

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Public sector facing squeeze on pay

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“Public sector workers face being forced to accept a one billion euro savings plan after the Government warned it needed majority backing from trade unions …” (more)

[Independent, 25 February]

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State and industry pump €300m into research

Posted in Research on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“The Government will today announce the investment of €200m in seven key research projects, directly creating 800 top-level jobs. A further €100m will be put forward over the next six years by 156 leading research industry companies, in what will be the largest joint state/industry research investment in Irish history …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 25 February]

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Talks enter critical phase as Howlin joins negotiations

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has arrived at the Department of Finance to deal with final elements of a possible deal with public service unions on a renegotiated Croke Park agreement …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Seven projects to share €300m in research funds

Posted in Research on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“The Government will today announce its most substantial research awards to date with seven major projects and initiatives sharing an estimated €300 million in funding and in-kind contributions from the State and from private industry …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 February]

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Doran says demands on pay cuts unreal

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“The Irish Medical Organisation and the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation withdrew from talks on an extension to the Croke Park agreement as the process ‘is not capable of realising the aspirations we had … to maintain our members’ income and not to take further money that they hadn’t got to give’, said Liam Doran of the INMO …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Postgraduate studies will be ‘domain of the wealthy’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“Postgraduate studies risk becoming the preserve of the wealthy after a major slump in the number of students opting for the courses. Latest figures, obtained through a Parliamentary question, show an 8.5% drop in take up of the courses between 2010/11 and 2011/12 …” (more)

[Richard Garner, Independent, 25 February]

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Coalition to impose Croke Park pay cuts despite union walkout

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“The Government plans to introduce substantial pay cuts for public servants earning over €65,000 in a move that is non-negotiable, unions have been told …” (more)

[Anne Marie Walsh and Grainne Cunningham, Independent, 25 February]

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Unions walk out of Croke Park talks

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“Four unions representing thousands of workers have walked out of the Croke Park talks after branding the Government’s ‘draconian’ agenda unacceptable …” (more)

[Independent, 24 February]

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