Precarious employment in academia

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Peter McGuire’s article on precarious employment in academia (‘Is this the end of job security in academia?’, April 4th) highlights practices that are unquestionably exploitative, and about which there is mounting discontent and unrest within the education sector …” (more)

[Louise Campbell and others, Irish Times, 8 April]

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Third Level Staff – Career Structures for Researchers

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

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department or a body under its aegis, in considering any proposals to reform career structures for researchers with masters degrees and PhDs working in higher level institutions or in research bodies attached to these HEIs that receive State research funding and contracts, has concerns that contracts of indefinite duration used in these contexts to employ researchers have a negative effect on the State’s ability to attract and retain research talent; and his views on whether these contracts can be exploitative of researchers …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 29 November]

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Misconduct in science

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Prof William Reville’s column on fraudulent science, which notes that an increasing number of researchers have been found to falsify data to increase the likelihood of publication, is very telling regarding how the current academic scientific system works (‘Fraud is now the biggest enemy of science’, June 2nd) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 9 June]

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Ethics in Higher Education and Precarious Employment – Seminar and Workshop, University of Limerick, 9 December

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2014 by steve

IrelandEthics in Higher Education – The increasing casualisation of teaching within a public discourse of quality and excellence. Speakers: Jimmy Kelly, Geraldine Mooney Simmie, Michelle O’Sullivan, Michael O’Fynn and Theresa O’Keefe. 2pm to 3.30pm.

followed by

Workshop: Precarious Employment, 4pm. The workshop is for all those concerned with the immediate and long-term consequences of the casualisation of employment on campus, for those interested in researching and highlighting conditions and related trends in the coming term, and for those that would like to help fellow employees organise and act on the issue.

ERB001 Lecture Hall, Engineering Research Building, University of Limerick, 9 December.

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Top civil servant would ‘welcome debate on making it easier to fire public sector workers’

Posted in Legal issues on July 23rd, 2014 by steve

“The top civil servant in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) has said that he would welcome a debate on making it easier to dismiss public sector workers …” (more)

[Lise Hand, Independent, 23 July]

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I’ll sack bad workers and teachers, warns Howlin

Posted in Governance and administration on December 27th, 2012 by steve

“Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin has vowed that the Government will get rid of poor performers in the public sector, including bad teachers …” (more)

[Fionnan Sheahan, Independent, 27 December]

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