TUI conference to hear from IT Tralee staff seeking protection during merger

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland at IT Tralee are to debate a motion at their annual congress to protect staff in the formation of the Munster Technological University. The TUI is gathered at the INEC in Killarney until Thursday for its annual think-in …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 23 April]

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TUI warns pay inequality will not be tolerated

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Teacher’s Union of Ireland (TUI) warned the Government that while moves to increase pay for young teachers is welcome and overdue, ongoing pay inequality will not be tolerated. TUI General Secretary John MacGabhann warned delegates at their annual conference in Killarney that the Government must realise that teacher unions will not tolerate pay inequality under any circumstances …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 23 April]

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Government signals move to end ‘two-tier’ public service pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government has signalled that it will move to end the two-tier pay system in the public service as part of future negotiations with trade unions. Two initiatives have been tabled to deal with the lower-pay arrangements for staff hired after 2011, including a phased €200 million proposal announced last September to resolve the issue by 2026 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 April]

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Time to decide on third-level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Failure to fund higher education stores up problems for the future. It is close to three years since the publication of the report of the expert group on funding Ireland’s third level institutions. According to the Cassells Report, the sector required additional investment of €600m annually until 2021, rising to €1bn from 2030 …” (more)

[Declan Jordan, Irish Examiner, 22 April]

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Teachers threaten industrial action if Government fails to end two-tier pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers’ unions are threatening industrial action if the Government does not make a firm commitment over the coming days to restore pay equality for thousands of their members hired since 2011. The warning comes as teachers’ annual conferences get under way this week with pay rates for so-called ‘new entrants’ set to dominate the agenda …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 April]

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Queen’s second in UK for students officially changing their gender

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2019 by steve

“Fifteen students at Queen’s University Belfast have requested to change their gender on official records. Almost 100 students across the UK’s top third-level academic institutions have done so at a time when universities are being accused of ‘disturbing’ failures to protect trans students from abuse …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 22 April]

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Higher Education is Headed for a Quality Cliff Edge. It Must Help Itself

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Is it time we changed the conversation about higher education funding – a conversation that to date has been a dialogue of the deaf? For at least a decade the Higher Education Authority (HEA), informally and formally, has been advising the government about the risks to quality due to recession-related resource cuts and unfunded growth of student numbers …” (more)

[Tom Boland, University Times, 19 April]

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Increase in student numbers will put strain on third level institutions, union warns

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is warning that a significant projected increase in the number of students in the country’s third level institutions will greatly worsen the current crisis in the sector unless urgent action is taken. Next week, the TUI hosts its annual congress in Killarney …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 April]

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Ulster University spent £236k on ‘gagging’ staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 19th, 2019 by steve

“Ulster University spent £226k on settlements to staff that included ‘gagging clauses’ in the past two years, it has been revealed. The BBC has reported the figure was made up of six separate payments to staff, which included non-disclosure agreements (NDA) …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 18 April]

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UCC buying Cork church and Sunday’s Well development site

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The sale of a church building and an adjacent development site in Cork’s Sunday’s Well is understood to be progressing between UCC and the Vincentian order. The former St Vincent’s church, built in the 1850s, went up for sale in May of last year, along with a 1.15-acre development site above the North Mall, with a combined €1.5m price guide, or €750,000 per individual lot, via estate agents Lisney …” (more)

[Tommy Barker, Irish Examiner, 17 April]

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Students Detained at Trinity Ball on Suspicion of Drug Offences

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Some 26 students were detained and searched by undercover Gardaí on suspicion of drug possession and supplying at Trinity Ball last Friday. The Irish Sun reported that €1,400 worth of drugs were seized by officers posing as students. The drugs seized included cocaine, ketamine and MDMA …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 17 April]

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Arts students represent over half of all course leavers in UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University Observer has learned that 484 full time students studying Arts left their courses between 2015 and 2017, the highest number across all University College Dublin (UCD) programmes. The figure, which represents 55.8% of all course leavers in the university, includes students in dual honours Arts degree programmes across a wide variety of subjects …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 17 April]

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‘No rankings game’ in UCD global search for 500 staff

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A novel international recruitment drive by UCD to employ 500 more academic staff is well under way as part of an ambitious five-year development plan at Ireland’s largest university. There has been huge interest for the first 65 positions, which the university hopes to fill by September …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 April]

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DIT’s Kevin Street campus on 3.57 acres sells for €140m

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The former DIT Kevin Street campus has been acquired by global institutional investor York Capital and Dublin-based developer Westridge Real Estate for €140 million …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 17 April]

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The Student Levy: Another Slap In The Face Of Every Student

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Every year around Christmas, Dublin’s Grafton Street becomes the venue for a monster busking session by a number of high-profile Irish musicians, usually including the likes of Bono and Glen Hansard, with a view of raising much-needed money for Irish charities …” (more)

[James Brandon, College Tribune, 16 April]

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Are racist incidents on the rise in Trinity?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“From neo-Nazi marches in the US, to attacks on mosques in New Zealand, it seems that crimes centred on hate for certain races, cultures, or religions are on the rise around the world. In Trinity, this year has been somewhat of an outlier in the number of racist incidents recorded publicly …” (more)

[Temi Adeniran, Trinity News, 15 April]

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Increase in planning applications for student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There has been a sharp rise in the number of planning applications for large housing and student accommodation schemes, a conference has heard. An Bord Pleanala (ABP) chairman Dave Walsh was speaking at the annual Irish Planning Institute conference, held in Carrick-on-Shannon …” (more)

[Ian Brennan, The College View, 15 April]

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With Hazing, the Dignity and Respect Policy and the Junior Dean Are Failing

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just three weeks after The University Times exposed an evening of hazing, the Master of the Knights of the Campanile, Peter Ledbetter, released a triumphant statement declaring the exoneration of his society and its student members of any initiation practices. The public letter, addressed to ‘Fellow Knights’, not only represented an unblushing attempt to reduce serious accusations to – simply – ‘the student Knights had a party’, but offered a worrying insight into the way the College handles disciplinary investigations …” (more)

[University Times, 15 April]

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Lecturer sacked by Presbyterian college over radio remarks says he may quit Church

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 15th, 2019 by steve

“An academic who was dismissed from his teaching position at Union Theological College in Belfast last week has said he is considering leaving the Presbyterian Church. Professor Laurence Kirkpatrick said he is now on Jobseeker’s Allowance after a Church disciplinary panel found him guilty of ‘gross misconduct’ as a result of comments he made to BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme in June last year …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 15 April]

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Time for Dublin’s universities to amalgamate

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – People have welcomed the prospect of Dublin’s Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) gaining official university status (News, March 5th). Some will be surprised it did not already have it. RCSI has long been drawing multinational students into the city. Its elevation now would extend that role and enrich the college’s academic culture …” (more)

[Diarmuid Ó Gráda, Irish Times, 15 April]

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