Third Level Staff: Retirement

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2017 by steve

IrelandEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a full-time employee with a third level college who is due to reach the age of 65 years in March 2017 and therefore faces mandatory retirement in September 2017 will be able to agree an extension of their employment contract for an additional period; and the flexibility which exists for the extension of such public sector employment contracts in advance of the expected change of the rules regarding mandatory retirement ages …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 March]

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Trinity College Dublin – Promotion for non-academic staff

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

IrelandPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, Anti-Austerity Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has discussed with management of Trinity College Dublin proposals to freeze promotions for non-academic staff and to impose a moratorium on offering permanent contracts to non-academic staff; his views regarding increased precarity in the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 24 January]

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Higher Education Institutions – Retired Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2016 by steve

IrelandKevin O’Keeffe (Cork East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if any public money has been expended directly or indirectly by a university (details supplied); if any financial arrangements for retired staff of the same college are in place; if so, if they are in line with public policy rules on retirement at age 65 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 July]

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Third Level Staff – Rehiring of retired staff

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

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, United Left): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she is satisfied as to the legal permissibility and enforceability of a third level institute enforcing a reduction in the pay of rehired retired staff to an arbitrary level on foot of non-binding written advice from the Higher Education Authority but in the absence of a circular from her advising as to the appropriate level at which such staff should be paid; whether, in the absence of a public sector union agreement as to the appropriate pay level for such staff, she will direct the authority to rescind its advice …” (more)

[Dáil Written answers, 14 April]

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Staff anger at TCD decision to award professor salary above agreed pay scale

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2014 by steve

“The decision by the board of Trinity College to award a salary in excess of the agreed pay scale to the incoming professor of business studies has caused significant disquiet among current staff members, the Irish Examiner has learned …” (more)

[Peter O’Dwyer, Irish Examiner, 9 July]

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Trinity salary offer to breach cap

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2014 by steve

“The board of Trinity College has confirmed that it has offered a salary in excess of the agreed maximum pay limits to the leading candidate for the role of professor of business studies …” (more)

[Peter O’Dwyer, Irish Examiner, 5 July]

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Third Level Staff – Promotion

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2014 by steve

Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding promotion within the university sector for academic staff and the limitations that apply regarding these promotions in view of the funding issue in the sector …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 1 July]

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Business School Academics Outraged over Salary Scale Breach

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Academics in the Trinity College Dublin (TCD) School of Business have expressed outrage following decisions by the College Board that approved a salary of over €180,000 for a new head of department. The salary would push significantly – almost €50,000 – beyond the upper limits for salary scales …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, University Times, 23 June]

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Third Level Staff Recruitment

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address the staffing shortage in the third level sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 25 February]

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Support staff and the Defend the University campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2013 by steve

“The recently launched Defend the University campaign is not just about academics. DCU SIPTU Chair Ciarán McKenna outlines, in an article for the campaign website, how professional administrators, technical officers, librarians and others face new pressures and threats of outsourcing in the name of efficiency …” (more)

[DCU union, 19 November]

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Retired third-level staff

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Education and Skills the circumstances in which it is permitted for academic staff in third level institutions to return to paid teaching duties following retirement; the oversight mechanism there is; if these staff continue to draw their occupational pension while being employed on the double …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 15 October]

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Tough times for third-level lecturers

Posted in Life on October 1st, 2013 by steve

“Lecturers, and budding lecturers, should be thrilled. Demand for college places is rising exponentially. By the best estimates of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), there are just over 168,000 students in full-time higher education today …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 1 October]

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More than 5,000 public service jobs filled despite recruitment ban

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2013 by steve

“More than 5,000 jobs have been filled in the public service with the authorisation of the Department of Finance over the past three years, despite a recruitment ban …” (more)

[Enda Dowling, Independent, 19 August]

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‘Greying’ public sector needs new recruits, unions warn

Posted in Governance and administration on July 26th, 2013 by steve

“The Government is insisting there is scope for new recruits to freshen up the public sector as new figures reveal the average public sector worker is 46 – and almost half are aged over 50 …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Independent, 26 July]

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Croke Park Agreement Savings – Additional Hours

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will outline the savings made by all the institutes of technology here by the additional two teaching hours that lecturers were obliged to give under the Croke Park agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 11 June]

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College fee plan slammed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 5th, 2013 by steve

“NUI Galway Students’ Union has slammed the college’s plans to outsource fee collection, saying it could lead to students being harassed for payment during crucial exam periods …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 5 June]

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Continued cuts risk the future of our third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2013 by steve

“Policy decisions are taken without considering policy and planning. Irish universities have absorbed serious funding cuts and now face a crisis …” (more)

[Marie Clarke, Irish Times, 21 May]

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Trinity College students worried about impact of scrapping of tutor’s allowance

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2013 by steve

“Trinity College students have expressed concern about impact of the decision to cancel a tutor’s allowance worth up to €3,000 per lecturers …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 19 March]

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Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether Irish higher education institutions are operating at maximum productivity. [43094/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): It must be acknowledged that the higher education sector has accommodated significant increases in students numbers over the last number of years, at a time when both funding and staff numbers have reduced.

“The recurrent provision made available for 2012 to the University and Institutes of Technology sectors is €1.119 billion compared to €1.177 billion in 2011. The provision in 2008 was €1.393 billion.

“Third level institutions have been the subject of an Employment Control Framework since 2009. A reduction in numbers of 6.5% was achieved under the initial ECF covering 2009 and 2010. A further reduction of 1.5% was achieved in 2011. This overall reduction of more than 8% in numbers has been delivered in a period of continuing growth in student numbers.

“Enrolments in higher education continue to increase significantly with over 160,000 full-time students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) enrolled in our higher education institutions in 2010. Projections of future enrolments show that by 2020 there will be a further 16% growth in student numbers.

“My Department is continuing to work with the higher education sector to ensure further efficiency gains within the context of public sector reform initiatives and the Public Service Agreement. The HEA, at my request, is also undertaking a study on the sustainability of the current funding system for higher education. An initial report was published last year, and the HEA is continuing its work in this area.”

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 9 October]

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Universities behaving badly? Send in the clowns!

Posted in Legal issues on October 4th, 2012 by steve

“Some of the wits on Twitter have had fun with the announcement that Minister Ruairí Quinn plans new legislation to ban unauthorised university expenditure. Surely, they say, if expenditure is unauthorised, it’s already been banned, and no law is needed? …” (more)

[Steve Hedley, 9th Level Ireland, 4 October]

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