Third Level Staff – Fixed-term Workers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 11th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if all the recommendations of the Cush report in respect of fixed-term workers in third level colleges have been accepted and implemented by him; and if not, the specific recommendations that remain outstanding …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 March]

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Third Level Data – Student Demographics

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 11th, 2017 by steve

IrelandPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount allocated and also needed for demographics, which relates to higher education funding in each of the years 2010 to 2021, in view of the recent Cassells report in which is quantified the provision needed for demographics for higher education as including an average 1.7% increase per year – c 3,000 students (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 March]

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Employers to be asked to pay extra €200m a year to fund higher and further education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government is seeking an extra €200m a year from employers to help fund higher and further education and training. Employers currently pay about €390m a year through a National Training Fund Levy, but the Government wants that to increase by almost 50% by 2020 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 March]
[The consultation paper is here]

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Fast-track degrees ‘would create two-tier academy’ in England

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 11th, 2017 by steve

“More academics will be pushed into stressful teaching-only contracts if fast-track honours degrees are rolled out across England, it has been warned. While universities have cautiously welcomed plans to allow them to charge up to £14,000 a year for ‘compressed’ two-year degrees, staff and student bodies have now raised concerns about any large-scale shift towards year-round university teaching …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 9 March]

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After Calls from Student and Trade Unions, Government Suggests Raising Employer Levy to Fund Third Level

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The government has recommended an increase in the yearly levy it applies to employers, following calls from students’ and trade unions. If introduced, according to a report published today, it could contribute as much as €200 million to higher education …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 10 March]

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Status, Trust and Emerging Technological Threats to Universities

Posted in Teaching on March 11th, 2017 by steve

“Universities appear to have successfully neutralized the existential threat that appeared to be posed by technology. Early debates about technological personalisation and ‘Personal Learning Environments’ envisaged new forms of education where flexible and personalised learning coordinated with new tools would replace traditional educational structures …” (more)

[Improvisation Blog, 11 March]

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SIPTU members in Trinity College Dublin vote for strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members working in Trinity College Dublin have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial and strike action, in a dispute concerning the failure of management to offer permanent contracts to staff, in a ballot counted in Liberty Hall …” (more)

[Anne Marie Walsh, Independent, 10 March]

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Plan for 400 student beds on track for September

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“International student accommodation company GSA is on target to deliver its latest 400-bed development in Dublin. The €41 million development is the next phase of an agreement between GSA and Chicago-based real estate private equity firm Harrison Street Real Estate Capital to invest €250 million in student accommodation in Dublin over the next five years …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 10 March]

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Public sector pay cuts and restoration

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Pascal Donohoe has told an industrial relations conference that ‘previously-agreed reform and efficiency measures such as the additional unpaid hours which staff are obliged to work remained critical to meet increased demands for frontline services’ …” (more)

[Donal McGrath, Irish Times, 11 March]

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