Removal of conflict studies degree course from Magee ‘makes no sense’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2017 by steve

“Fears for the future expansion of Ulster University’s Magee campus have been expressed after another key course was moved to Belfast. The loss of the Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies follows the transfer of several others including Irish History and Politics, Peace and Conflict Studies and Irish Language and Literature to other UU sites …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 9 June]

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Universities’ funds for new staff eaten by State salary rises

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than half of the money universities got this year to employ extra staff to deal with rising student numbers was absorbed by the Government decision to bring forward the €1,000 pay rise in the public service to April. The university sector received about €7m in the Budget specifically to cater for growing enrolments as part of the first additional State investment in higher education in a decade …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 June]

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€887m public sector pay deal won’t prevent tax cuts, says Varadkar

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There will still be money for tax cuts in the next Budget despite a public sector pay deal that will cost €180m next year, incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Unions will begin balloting the country’s 250,000 public sector workers in the coming weeks on the proposals, which include regular pay increases until 2020 …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Herald, 9 June]

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TUI heads say they will recommend membership reject the new public sector pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland Executive has voted unanimously to reject the new proposed public sector pay deal. In a statement this evening, the TUI said that the Executive would be recommending to its members to reject the deal …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 8 June]

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