Government plans for €250,000 a year trophy-staff will further undermine Third-Level Education, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Government plans to pay exorbitant salaries to attract a small number of ‘top researchers’ to Ireland is like lighting matches to drive away the cold and will further exacerbate the crisis in Third-Level Education, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said that …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 10 November]

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Unravelling of pensions emergency financial legislation will cost €90 million next year

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The restoration of public service pensions will cost €90 million next year with the unravelling of emergency legislation implemented during the economic crash, according to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Paschal Donohoe told the Dáil that from January 1st next year …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 10 November]

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Universities say higher salaries are vital to attracting top talent

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When Irish universities go headhunting in a bid to attract the very best in international talent, they tend to get the same reaction. ‘One academic asked us if there was a misprint in the salary we quoted’, said one third-level source. ‘We’re not at the races for when it comes to competing against the top research university systems for the best scientists or engineers’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 November]

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Universities to be allowed to hire staff on up to €250,000

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Universities are to be allowed to hire staff on salaries higher than the Taoiseach’s under new measures aimed at attracting top talent to the third-level sector. The Government recently agreed that pay restrictions should be lifted to allow colleges hire world-leading scientists and engineers on salaries of up to €250,000 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 November]

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Limited access through Front Arch this weekend as renovation works begin

Posted in Life on November 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Construction work on the pathway immediately outside Front Arch is set to begin this Saturday, as College plans to return the entrance way to the appearance it held 100 years ago. An email from Estates and Facilities stated that the entrance way will consist of smooth granite …” (more)

[Caroline Boyle, Trinity News, 9 November]

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Wonderful Article on Micheline, her Tour and the Campaign in the Daily Mail Colour Magazine

Posted in Life on November 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There is an antique writing desk in the sitting room of Micheline Sheehy Skeffington’s home near Clarinbridge in Co Galway. It’s small by today’s standards, ornate and made in a dark wood …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 9 November]

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Research and Development Funding

Posted in Research on November 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the funding spent on the programme for research in third level institutions in each of the years 2002 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Third Level Funding: Expert Group recommendation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMichael Collins (Cork South West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a deadline will be set for the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills to make a recommendation on the future funding of higher education …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Student Grant Scheme Reform

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMichael Collins (Cork South West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of restoring SUSI grant rates and thresholds to pre-2011 levels; and the number of estimated additional students that would be eligible under the scheme if grants were restored to these levels …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Institutes of Technology: IT Carlow

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address the delay affecting IT Carlow’s acquisition of a site in County Wexford for development of a new purpose built campus …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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