More strikes likely as ASTI ballots members over lower pay arrangements

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The next government is facing potentially more industrial unrest in schools as the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) on Tuesday said it expected its members to resoundingly back industrial action in a forthcoming ballot. About 450 second level schools as well as institutes of technology and centres of further education were closed on Tuesday as a result of a one-day stoppage by members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) over lower pay arrangements for staff recruited since 2011 …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 4 February]

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Trinity Rows Back on Teaching Pay Cuts for Casual Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has rowed back on its decision to cut the hourly teaching pay of students and staff employed on a casual basis, hours after postgraduates protested against the reduction outside a meeting of the College’s Finance Committee. The decision was made at today’s meeting of the committee, as nearly 80 postgraduate students protested against the pay cuts outside House One …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee and Cormac Watson, University Times, 4 February]

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2019 Trinity Graduates Won’t Be Able to Vote in Seanad Elections

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Graduates of Trinity’s class of 2019 will not be eligible to vote in the upcoming Seanad elections for the three University of Dublin seats. A Seanad election must be called no later than 90 days after the dissolution of the Dáil. The 32nd Dáil was dissolved last month ahead of a general election this Saturday, February 8th …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 4 February]

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IUA join 36 EU and UK higher education and research organisations in joint-declaration of cooperation post-Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Research on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has joined 36 other higher education and research organisations from across the European Union and the United Kingdom in a joint declaration of cooperation on research and student exchange. All 37 pan-European organisations have signed the statement calling on governments across Europe for their continued commitment to the Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe programmes …” (more)

[IUA, 3 February]

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Chair of Kerry TUI says members are reluctantly striking

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Chair of the Kerry branch of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland says members will be reluctantly taking to the picket line today. Over 400 members of the TUI in Kerry will strike today as part of an ongoing row with Government over what the union says is a two-tier pay system, which is discriminatory and unfair for new entrants …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 4 February]

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Northern Ireland universities to face further strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University and Ulster University face further strike action from many lecturers and support staff. University and College Union (UCU) members at both universities previously walked out for eight days in November and December 2019. The union has now said its members will strike for a further 14 days from Thursday, 20 February …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 4 February]

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‘Major disruption’ to student mobility from coronavirus feared

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 4th, 2020 by steve

International“The deadly coronavirus outbreak could have a major impact on international student mobility, sector leaders have warned, after thousands of learners were left stranded in China. Australia, New Zealand, the US and Singapore were among countries that had banned entry to foreigners travelling from China as of the start of this week, while Japan and South Korea were denying entry to travellers from Hubei province, the centre of the outbreak …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 4 February]

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Voters face stark choices when it comes to higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week, Leaving Certificate students met the CAO deadline to submit their course preferences for September. Later this week, voters will fill in their preferences for who will make up the next government. The first exercise will largely determine the individual lives of many secondary school leavers while the second exercise will help shape the future of Ireland’s economy and society …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 4 February]

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Casual Staff Could Face Teaching Pay Cuts of Almost 20%

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s casual workers – including many TAs and postgraduate students – could face pay cuts of almost 20% for their teaching duties, The University Times has learned. An internal memorandum circulated at Trinity’s Finance Committee, obtained by The University Times, shows some areas of casual pay may be cut by between 10% and 20% …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 3 February]

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Spring Semester Starts

Posted in Teaching on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s February 3rd 2020, which means that today is two days after Imbolc, a Gaelic festival marking the point halfway between the winter solstice and vernal equinox. The 1st Day of February is also the Feast day of St Brigid of Kildare …” (more)

[In the Dark, 3 February]

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TUI staff to proceed with strike action tomorrow at both Dundalk IT and O’Fiaich College

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Teaching staff at both Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) and O’Fiaich College and Institute of Further Education are set to engage in strike action tomorrow (Tuesday), after talks at the Workplace Relations Commission failed to produce any progress in a long running dispute over what the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) describe as ‘pay discrimination’ …” (more)

[Donard McCabe, Dundalk Democrat, 3 February]

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€400m Deal Struck for Five Dublin Student Accommodation Complexes

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In international student accommodation provider has acquired five student accommodation complexes in Dublin, including the Trinity-leased Kavanagh Court, in a €400 million deal …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 3 February]

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The Jerks of Academe

Posted in Life on February 4th, 2020 by steve

“This morning you probably didn’t look in the mirror and ask, ‘Am I a jerk?’ And if you did, I wouldn’t believe your answer. Jerks usually don’t know that they are jerks. Jerks mostly travel in disguise, even from themselves …” (more)

[Eric Schwitzgebel, Chronicle of Higher Education, 31 January]

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ASTI ‘make no apologies’ for TUI teachers’ strike against ‘horror’ of pay inequality

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Secondary School union the ASTI has dismissed suggestions strike action by TUI members amounts to election blackmail. Hundreds of schools are set to close tomorrow due to strike action by the Teachers Union of Ireland over pay parity for new entrants …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 3 February]

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