Universities seek freedom from ‘grinding levers of State control’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities are seeking more freedom and flexibility to hire staff in order to compete with Europe’s top-performing colleges. The aims are contained in a new charter which the State’s seven universities say will underpin the future of third-level education …” (more)

[The Charter itself is here]
[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 September]

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How to strangle an export industry

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Brexit, now that is is really happening, is going to cause a major strain on this country. In that context, and accepting that we don’t want to steal their boots while the body is still warm, it behooves Ireland to take every opportunity presented to take business from the UK …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 10 April]

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Third Level Staff Recruitment – Employment Control Framework

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

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to continue or amend the employment control framework, ECF, currently in place for higher education institutions; if he will consider a phased withdrawal of the ECF to ease the restriction on staffing in higher education institutions; if he will ensure that arts humanities departments have the same capacity to recruit academic staff as science technology engineering and maths departments in any amendment of the ECF; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 November]

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Higher Education Institutions Staff: Employment Control Framework

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2016 by steve

IrelandShane Ross (Dublin South, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the employment control framework for higher education for the period 2010 to 2014 remains in force; the conditions governing it and how these were agreed; when it will lapse; if higher education institutions are required to continue to adhere to the senior-junior staff ratios as per the framework; the procedures available to deviate from these; and if she will make a statement …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 January]

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Higher Education Institutions Staff: Part-time Teaching in Retirement

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2015 by steve

IrelandFinian McGrath (Dublin North Central, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the embargo on third level teachers returning to teach part-time still exists; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 November]

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A Win for Trinity’s Reputation is a Loss for its Economics Department

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The HEA’s Employment Control Framework creates a paradox for universities. In a move that took many by surprise this week, the government appointed Trinity professor Philip Lane to succeed Patrick Honohan as governor of the Irish Central Bank …” (more)

[University Times, 25 October]

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Higher Education Institutions: Chaplains

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 25th, 2015 by steve

IrelandJonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No 115 of 30 June 2015, if she is aware that the institutes of technology are not following the provisions of the Employment Control Framework at present, as they are allowing publicly-funded positions to be filled by the local Bishop, rather than based on objective criteria around the best interests of students …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 September]

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Civil service increasingly the choice for graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“When the four-year moratorium on public service recruitment was lifted in 2013, it was no surprise to see a pent-up demand for graduate places, but since then the Public Appointments Service has continued to re-assert the public service even more successfully as an employer of choice for young graduates …” (more)

[Irish Times, 15 May]

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JobBridge must be dissolved, warns report

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government’s JobBridge programme must be dissolved and replaced with a more targeted approach, a new report has said. The report JobBridge – time to start again? recommends that the scheme should not be used in the public sector until such a time as the employment embargo is lifted …” (more)

[Caroline Crawford, Independent, 10 April]

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Third Level Funding – Staff-Student Ratio

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2015 by steve

IrelandJonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the level of funding that would be required to reduce the current teacher:student ratio of 1:23, in the Irish university sector to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development average of 1:14 …” (more)

[Dáil Written answers, 17 February]

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Board approves pay cap breach

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 14th, 2014 by steve

“The Board of Trinity College has approved a salary offer above the standard scale for the incoming Professor of Business Studies, Trinity News has learnt. The offer is understood to be significantly above the approved annual rate for professors under the current salary scales for College employees …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 13 June]

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Third-level staff cuts equal to entire UCD workforce

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2014 by steve

“Dramatic cuts in staffing in third-level college have now reached the equivalent of stripping the country’s biggest university of its entire workforce. Staff numbers across universities and institutes of technology are down by 2,246, or 12%, since 2008 as a result of recruitment restrictions …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 April]

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Our vital institutes of technology must be protected from looming overhaul

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2013 by steve

“In its proposed changes for the future of the third-level sector, it is apparent that the Higher Education Authority (HEA) does not fully appreciate the role of institutes of technology (IoTs) …” (more)

[Annette Dolan, Independent, 23 January]

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Reilly considering graduate programme extension

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Health James Reilly is considering extending the graduate plan for nurses and midwives to other career areas in the Health Service …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 20 January]

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Do you want the Civil Service to run Universities?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 20th, 2012 by steve

“This is an significantly extended version of an OpEd published by myself and Charles Larkin (whose name appears missing) in the Irish Times. The Universities (Amendment) Bill 2012 is a shutting of the stable door after the horse has bolted and the stable sold off to a developer …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 20 November]

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