‘Landmark decision’ by Labour Court on fixed-term contacts for researchers

Posted in Legal issues on December 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Court this week ordered the re-employment of a researcher made redundant by Maynooth University in April 2016. The ruling resulted from a case taken by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) under Fixed-TermWorkers legislation …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 12 December]

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The crumbling façade: my experience working for an essay mill

Posted in Life on December 12th, 2017 by steve

“According to a recent UK Government-backed review, academics are topping up their earnings by writing for ‘essay mill’ sites which help students to cheat in their assignments. SA Mills was one of those academics and recounts the experience here; offering an insight into the allure of such opportunities for those either out of work or in precarious positions, as well as the transactional nature of working for these services and with their clients …” (more)

[LSE Impact of Social Sciences, 12 December]

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Time to forge a new approach between higher education and political system

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“For all the Cabinet meetings held on university campuses, the smiling photo ops of government ministers at launches and sod turnings, the fine phrases of presidents in introducing politicians, you would be forgiven for thinking there is a strong and positive relationship between the universities, institutes and the political system. You would be wrong …” (more)

[Tom Boland and Ellen Hazelkorn, Irish Times, 12 December]

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Universities: the senior salary spotlight

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2017 by steve

“Over recent weeks, the salaries of some university leaders have been in the spotlight, and in a manner not calculated to help universities in their necessary drive for wider public support as they pursue their mission …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Diary, 12 December]

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Public Services Pay and Pensions Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It is now proposed to suspend salary increments for some public employees, but not for others, under section 21 of the Public Services Pay and Pensions Bill 2017. This provision is clearly designed to punish and coerce citizens who have taken an entirely laudable and principled stance against the continuation of discriminatory new-entrant pay-scales for their junior colleagues and refused to sign up to the the latest public sector pay deal …” (more)

[Tom Hogan, Irish Times, 12 December]

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Scientific peer review: an ineffective and unworthy institution

Posted in Research on December 12th, 2017 by steve

“Given the entirely appropriate degree of respect that science has for data, the ongoing discussion of peer review is often surprisingly data-free and underlain by the implicit assumption that peer review – although in need of improvement – is indispensable …” (more)

[Les Hatton and Gregory Warr, Times Higher Education, 9 December]

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Cabinet set to clear €180million public pay increases today

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cabinet will today sign off on public sector pay increases due to come into force from next month. Pay restoration, which will be introduced from January 1, are part of a €180m public sector deal hammered out between government and unions earlier this year. The legislation needed to begin to unwind austerity measures is expected to pass through the Seanad later this week …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin and Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 12 December]

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