Irish Universities Have Seen a 22% Cut in Library Staff Since Recession

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish university libraries have seen an average reduction of 22% in staffing levels since the recession, with UCD experiencing one of the largest staff cuts. While the declines began to occur in the late 2008s during the last recession, staff numbers are still slowly dropping in some institutions or just stabilising at others. The drop in staffing figures was revealed from records requested from each university library released under the Freedom of Information act …” (more)

[College Tribune, 11 April]

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DIT forced into range of cuts after it lost €718K in prepaid fees to online library

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

Ireland“DIT lost about €718,000 after a UK-based library subscription service, called SWETS, which it had prepaid, went into administration in 2014. DIT told the Irish Independent that the losses forced a range of cost-cutting measures, but that it did not impact on student services …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Chai Brady, Independent, 7 April]

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Trinity’s Academic Promotions to be Linked to College Finances, Under New Reforms

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The promotion of academic staff to senior positions in Trinity will in future be determined by what College can afford, the latest sign of the financial constraints placed on the university by the funding crisis in higher education. The number of senior academic staff in Trinity were previously pegged to staff numbers …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 25 March]

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Victory Declared As QUB Course Cuts Reversed

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2016 by steve

UK“Unlike previous years, 2016 has been a tough one for Queen’s University Belfast, as plans to cut course programmes in Sociology and Anthropology have been resisted by an alliance of staff and students. Undeterred by the decision to close the BA Sociology programme last month, the ‘Take Back Queen’s’ campaign held rallies and garnered opposition to the plans …” (more)

[The Last Round, 5 October]

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Dramatic Cutbacks for UCD Library Service See Staff Numbers Drop by 36%

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Library has witnessed dramatic cutbacks in resources in recent years, with both staff numbers and the amount spent on books and journals being sharply cut by the university. The Tribune can reveal the amount of staff in the UCD Library has declined year on year for more than five years …” (more)

[College Tribune, 27 September]

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DkIT academics may strike over underfunding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk IT’s academic staff will ballot for strike action this week in opposition to the underfunding of the Institute of Technology sector. DkIT has suffered a 36% cut in funding since 2007 while student numbers have risen by over 30% during the same period. Recruitment restrictions have also seen workloads intensify while staffing levels have dropped by 10% …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 24 September]

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Decision by Queen’s to scrap its sociology degree is a sad reflection of university’s true objectives

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2016 by steve

UK“The decision by senior managers at Queen’s University, Belfast, to close its single honours degree in sociology is an abdication of the university’s responsibility to offer students in Northern Ireland the broadest opportunity to study our society …” (more)

[Tony Trueman, Belfast Telegraph, 23 September]

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Familiar Struggles Greet The New Academic Year

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2016 by steve

UK“As many students adorn campuses across the North for the very first time, it was revealed last week that despite protests from staff and students, Queen’s was going to go ahead with the recommendations set out in its ‘Shape and Size’ review, and cut the BA Sociology programme at the university …” (more)

[The Last Round, 21 September]

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Anger as Belfast’s Queen University dumps sociology degree

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2016 by steve

UK“Queen’s academics have been left reeling after the university announced the ditching of its sociology degree. The University and College Union (UCU), which represents academics, said staff were informed of the decision on Friday …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 19 September]

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After Years of Cuts, Debate on Higher Education Funding Begins in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

UK“Northern Irish higher education has had a lot to celebrate in the last decade. The two main universities in the country are moving consistently up world rankings. Queen’s University Belfast, since 2006, has been a member of the prestigious Russell Group of UK universities, and the two institutions are quickly developing a reputation for world-class research …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 23 August]

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TUI expresses major concerns over HEA funding for Institute mergers

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has expressed major concerns about the recent decision of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to fund mergers of Institutes of Technology in advance of any decision on the matter being taken by the Oireachtas …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 21 June]

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Three-year plan for education

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – If Richard Bruton is serious about seeking views on how to ‘advance the transformation of the education system’, and his three year plan is more than a crude publicity stunt, then he could begin by reversing some of the swingeing cuts handed out by the previous two governments …” (more)

[Kevin McCarthy, Irish Times, 28 May]

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Cutbacks have left Waterford IT seriously underfunded – Cullinane

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“David Cullinane, Sinn Féin TD for Waterford, said today that successive government cutbacks have left Waterford Institute of Technology seriously underfunded, with only 15% of its budget now available for non-payroll issues …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 23 May]

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War of words over job cuts proposal at GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Governing Body of GMIT is divided over proposals to axe staff from the payroll. In an unprecedented move, a Governing Body member has publicly challenged GMIT President, Fergal Barry, over alleged ‘factually incorrect’ statements made by him regarding proposed job cuts …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 9 May]

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The Different Consequences of State Funding Cuts to Irish HEIs

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“During the Celtic Tiger years, state investment in third level institutions in Ireland saw significant growth. This upward trend was maintained even within a short period after the collapse of the property bubble. It was the financial crisis of 2008 that dramatically overturned the pattern, with the national economy sharply declining …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 9 May]

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Stop the closure of BA Sociology and Anthropology at Queen’s University – Save Our Schools!

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2016 by steve

UK“Queen’s University Belfast have passed a proposal entitled the Size & Shape Review which amounts to a huge attack on particular schools at QUB. Single Honours Sociology and Single Honours Anthropology have been scrapped, despite their academic excellence in UK Higher Education …” (more)

[, 28 April]

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The Neo-Liberal Axe Falls Heavy at QUB

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2016 by steve

UK“Senior management at Queen’s University Belfast have taken the unprecedented decision to close their BA Sociology, and BA Anthropology degree pathways. The final intake of students will arrive in September 2017, and remaining registered students will be ‘taught out’ by the current group of staff …” (more)

[Sam Price, The Last Round, 29 April]

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IFUT criticises ignoring of education in government formation talks as new Euro report highlights education cuts in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has strongly criticised the almost total ignoring of education in the various discussions on forming a government since the general election, saying a new European report suggests education funding cuts here are a local rather than European phenomenon …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 25 April]

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‘Crisis Point’ of Third-Level May Have ‘Serious and Irretrievable Implications’, says Report

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The ‘cumulative effects’ of reduced funding, reduced staffing numbers and increased teaching burdens mean that many third-level institutions are at ‘crisis point’, a national report has concluded …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 23 April]

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Third-level courses at ‘crisis point’ due to cuts, report says

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Spending cuts have pushed some third-level college courses to ‘crisis point’, with serious implications for their future sustainability, according to a new report. Quality in an Era of Diminishing Resources was commissioned by the State body responsible for quality assurance in higher education …” (more)

[The report is here]
[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 April]

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