NUIG urged to resolve issue of four women seeking promotion

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The chair of NUI Galway women’s staff network has called on the outgoing university president to resolve the situation of four academics taking legal action over lack of promotion. Dr Rachel Hilliard said NUIG president Dr Jim Browne ‘still has time’ to address the issue before he leaves his post at the end of this year …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 7 December]

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€26m funding announced for research, development and innovation

Posted in Research on December 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government has announced €26 million in additional funding for research, development and innovation this year. €12 million will be used to meet commitments under Cycle 5 of the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions. A further €10.6 million will go to Science Foundation Ireland to support its Research Infrastructure programme activity …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 December]

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Ulster University must learn lessons from industrial tribunal findings – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 7th, 2017 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said Ulster University must learn lessons from the findings of the industrial tribunal taken by the University and College Union (UCU) on redundancies. The Party’s Further and Higher Education Spokesperson said: ‘The findings of the tribunal taken by UCU regarding redundancies in April 2016 are very concerning …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 7 December]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor turns sod on €30 million Student Accommodation Project

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mitchell O’Connor today turned the sod on Oisín House at Trinity College Dublin. The new purpose built student accommodation will comprise 250 bed spaces, disability services, retail units, a health unit, sports and recreation facilities and Estates and Facilities support space once complete …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 7 December]

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Science Research Jobs, Open Only to Women

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 7th, 2017 by steve

“Germany’s Max Planck Society of research institutes has launched a women-only program of tenure-track positions to improve its gender balance and stop rivals poaching its best female scientists. The Lise Meitner excellence program, named after the pioneering early-20th-century physicist, is one of several women-only hiring initiatives that some observers believe are becoming more common while the proportion of women in top research positions remains stubbornly low …” (more)

[David Matthews, Inside Higher Ed, 7 December]

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Technological Universities – Waterford IT and IT Carlow

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMick Wallace (Wexford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has satisfied himself with the progress on the creation of a university for the south east, if he has satisfied himself with the progress of the proposed acquisition of land for a new Institute of Technology Carlow campus in County Wexford, if either will address the third-level educational deficit faced by persons in County Wexford and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 6 December]

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University Governance – NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of moneys due to NUIG in view of the confirmation given by the Comptroller and Auditor General to the Committee of Public Accounts on 6 April 2017 that the financial statements of NUIG recognised an amount of €17.5 million due from a foundation to the university at 30 September 2014 regarding capital projects in 2011, if that sum has been paid in full or in part and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 6 December 2017]

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Employers Should Pay More to Fund Higher Education, But Not at Any Cost

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The announcement made in Budget 2018 that employers would make an additional contribution to higher education funding was a welcome one. This is to be done through three annual increases of 0.1% to the National Training Fund levy, bringing it from 0.7% to 1% …” (more)

[Joe O’Connor, University Times, 6 December]

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