University heads attack ‘flawed’ student loan paper

Ireland“University heads have sent a strongly worded letter to two senior academics attacking as ‘flawed’ a paper they have written setting out a case against a student loan scheme.The letter from the Irish Universities Association (IUA) questions the ‘methodology and approach’ of Dr Charles Larkin, Trinity College Dublin, and Dr Shaen Corbet, Dublin City University …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 May]

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One Response to “University heads attack ‘flawed’ student loan paper”

  1. SIPTU@DCU Says:

    Dear Colleagues,

    It is with considerable concern that we read the following report in
    today’s Independent stating that the IUA Council has written to a DCU
    and a TCD academic attacking the integrity of their research:

    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/university-heads-attack-flawed-student-loan-paper-35679005.html

    This would, on the face of it, appear to be a blatant infringement of freedom of
    expresssion and tantamount to bullying and harrasment.

    To set at rest the minds of staff at DCU we would ask Prof Brian Mac
    Craith to clarify:

    1. Was there indeed such a letter sent from the IUA Council, of which
    he is a member, to our colleagues?

    2. Can he reassure staff that he is committed to freedom of expression
    and that DCU staff are free to research on matters of concern without
    fear of management interference?

    3. Can we have it on the record that there will be no negative
    repercussions for the academics concerned for coming up with findings
    on income contingent loans that management disagrees with?

    In the meantime the union at DCU will continue to resist any
    managerial encroachments on the academic mission of the university and
    protect any individuals subject to illegitimate pressure from
    administrators.

    Is mise le meas

    Section Committee

    DCU Section Committee

    The Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU)
    represents over 200,000 workers from virtually every category of
    employment across almost every sector of the Irish economy. SIPTU
    provides the expertise, experience and back-up services necessary to
    assist workers in their dealings with employers, government and
    industrial relations institutions.

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