France’s academy: liberty, autonomy or permanent bureaucracy?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2017 by steve

“To those outside the country, the French higher education system can be rather baffling. A unique mix of elite, specialist and often opaquely named grandes écoles, much larger, non-selective universities and a complex system of research institutes, it lacks the kind of generalist powerhouses in teaching and research that achieve prominence in global rankings …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 20 April]

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Latest: Threat of school closures averted as ASTI members vote against strike action

Posted in Teaching on April 20th, 2017 by steve

IrelandUpdate 5.15pm: The threat of secondary school closures next month has been averted after teachers voted against taking more strike action. ASTI delegates spent the day considering a series of one day stoppages in protest over pay levels for new entrants – but the motion was defeated …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 20 April]

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Oireachtas committee challenges NUI Galway on president Irish fluency requirement

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An Oireachtas committee on Irish Language is challenging NUI Galway on its decision to drop the Irish language fluency requirement for its new President. The ad for the role was published on Holy Thursday, and does not refer to the Irish language as a requirement or a desired skill …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 19 April]

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€1.6bn public sector pay deal demands to wipe out tax cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Unions will seek pay rises worth in the region of €1.6bn at the upcoming talks on a new public sector pay deal. The scale of the figure put forward by general secretary of the PSEU Tom Geraghty will alarm the Government as it battles to keep a lid on soaring pay demands …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh and Ralph Riegel, Independent, 20 April]

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TUI backs ballot on strike action if pay ‘gulf’ not resolved

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government faces the threat of industrial action by Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members over four separate education rows. Education Minister Richard Bruton assured more than 300 TUI delegates at its Cork conference that ‘significant progress’ had already been made on restoring pay and allowances, with more in prospect …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 20 April]

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