Populism poses ‘major threat’ to autonomy of universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Populism poses a major threat to research and the autonomy of universities, a conference has heard. The first ever Irish Postgraduate Research Conference heard of how jurisdictions such as Hungary have stopped universities offering courses in gender studies to help end the ‘domination of leftist intellectuals’ …” (more)

[Barry O’Rourke, Irish Times, 9 November]

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In UL, Aramark Defends Direct Provision Links

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After the launch of a ‘Students Against Direct Provision’ campaign in the University of Limerick (UL), Aramark has distributed leaflets to students in UL defending its involvement in Direct Provision …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 9 November]

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Higher education is being driven slowly down a cul-de-sac

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Usually, government policy focuses on reasonably clear policy pathways. We have Programmes for Government, policy documents, Departmental revamps and ‘Ireland 2040’ visions for the future. These policies can be criticised or supported, but at least the strategy is clear. But where is the government’s strategy for higher education? …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 November]

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Underfunding means our universities will suffer not benefit from Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities lack the investment to benefit from Brexit – another fall out of gross underfunding of higher education by government, says UCC IFUT member, Rosarii Griffin. UCC Researchers recently organised a discussion on the plight of researchers on temporary contracts, a Researcher Career Framework, and the importance of research to the University life, both nationally and internationally …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 November]

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IFUT’s success with temporary contracts and occasional hours

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“IFUT has achieved significant progress related to employment contracts and terms and conditions for University Lecturers employed on temporary contracts and occasional hours …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 November]

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Technological Universities – The South-East

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made to advance a technological university of the south east; the stage at which the process is at; the next steps; the costs associated with the process; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Technological Universities – Consultancy Firms

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the consultancy firms commissioned to carry out work associated with the development of technological universities by his Department, the HEA and each institute of technology, by institute; the name of the consultancy firm; the costs associated and the work involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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