UCC denies a policy to hire casual staff

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

Ireland“University College Cork has denied that it’s operating a casualisation policy for hiring staff amid claims that a third of teaching staff are not ‘permanent’ employees. In the face of claims by the Irish Federation of University Teachers that at least one-third of staff delivering teaching to students are now employed on a purely casual basis …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 10 October]

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‘Casualisation of lecturing threatening college jobs’ claims union

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The casualisation of lecturing jobs at University College Cork and other universities is exploitative of staff and threatens education standards, a union claims. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) said at least one third of those teaching at UCC are employed on a purely casual basis — affecting more than 200 staff there alone …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 October]

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IFUT Charter slams ‘casualisation of teaching’ by UCC

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has launched a Charter for casual workers in UCC, saying that at least one-third of staff delivering teaching to students are now employed on a purely casual basis …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 5 October]

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Third-level staff being exploited

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

Ireland“Sir, – Following your article on the slide in world rankings of Irish universities, I must admit I find the report entirely unsurprising (‘Irish universities continue to fall in global rankings’, September 6th). No business would treat its staff in the way in which Irish universities currently do, and expect to achieve any degree of success …” (more)

[E Desmond, Irish Times, 9 September]

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USI said the number of staff on zero-hour contracts at third level is unacceptable

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has said the number of lecturers on zero-hour contracts is unacceptable and is calling on both third level institutions and the government to address precarious work practices in higher education …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 17 May]

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Report shows use of zero-hour contracts by universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Government-commissioned report has acknowledged the reliance of some colleges and universities on precarious and zero-hour contracts for employing lecturing staff. The report of an expert group on fixed-term part-time employment in lecturing at third level shows that up to two-thirds of lecturing staff in some higher education institutions are not full-time or permanent …” (more)

[The Cush Report is here]
[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 May]

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Cush report exposes extent of low pay and zero hour contracts in universities, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed publication of the Expert group on Fixed term and Part time employment in lecturing in Third Level in Ireland (Cush Report), but highlighted that it does not address the issue of research and researchers, where a substantial portion of precarious employment is located …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 May]

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The Minister for Education and Skills welcomes the Report of the Chairperson of the Expert Group

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills welcomes the Report of the Chairperson of the Expert Group, Mr Michael Cush SC, on Fixed-Term and Part-Time Employment in Lecturing in Third Level Education in Ireland. The recommendations contained in the report will assist in addressing concerns raised about precarious employment by Union representatives …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 12 May]

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TUI conference told contracts of 30 minutes duration on offer

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Young teachers in some institutes of technology have received contracts offering them only half hour work per week, the TUI conference has been told …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 31 March]

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‘A Survey of Academic Staff on Working Conditions at Dublin City University’, DCU SIPTU report, just published

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2015 by steve

IrelandForeword I am delighted to introduce this survey of academic staff on working conditions at DCU carried out by the SIPTU Section Committee. As DCU moves towards the ‘incorporation’ of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Mater Dei Institute of Education and the Church of Ireland College of Education it is vital that the union benchmarks staff conditions as change (not always positive) will be the order of the day …” (more, download)

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Academics! You’ve got to fight for your right to job security

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2015 by steve

UK“The erosion of job security in higher education is a critical threat to the public university – this was the conclusion drawn by the academics and PhD students who came together at the second national conference of Fighting Against Casualisation in Education last month …” (more)

[Myka Abramson and Harry Stopes, Guardian, 1 December]

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Zero-hour contracts could be banned under proposed reforms

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Employers would be banned from offering less than three continuous hours of work to employees under new labour market reforms to be considered by the Cabinet next week …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 2 November]

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Job security for early career researchers is a significant factor in helping research make an impact

Posted in Research on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

UK“Doctorate holders’ careers are increasingly diverse and research funders have a strong interest in exploring how their investment has contributed to the career paths of the researchers supported and how their work benefits society. Funders are also looking to understand the challenges, bottlenecks and opportunities at different career stages in order to tailor policies and activities to researchers’ needs …” (more)

[Siobhan Phillips and Rhona Heywood-Roos, Impact of Social Sciences, 30 June]

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The increasingly precarious life of an academic

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Concern is growing about exploitative employment practices at Irish third-level colleges, and the impact on learning. Here, three academics share their stories …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 12 May]

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TUI – Third Level Ballots on Overtime Ban and Compliance with the established Academic Calendar

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Dear Colleagues, Arising from decisions made by TUI Congress the Executive Committee is asking you to vote YES in each of two ballots. A majority YES vote will enable the Executive Committee to direct third level members not to work overtime above the weekly norm of what is required by national contracts and national agreements and not to lecture outside of the established academic calendar year. Such directives would therefore provide important protections for all third level TUI members …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 8 May]

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‘University research scientists as knowledge workers: contract status and employment opportunities’

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

IrelandAbstract: University research scientists epitomise knowledge workers who are positioned to avail of the employment conditions associated with ‘boundaryless careers’. Yet while employment flexibility has been hailed as a positive feature of knowledge work, relatively little is known about the forms such flexibility may take or its impact. This article considers the factors shaping the employment conditions of 40 research scientists working in five university research centres in Ireland. The findings suggest that, for knowledge workers such as research scientists, contract employment can deny them access to many of the employment conditions and opportunities that govern their long-term success as researchers.

Harney, Brian and Monks, Kathy and Alexopoulos, Angelos and Buckley, Finian and Hogan, Teresa (2014) University research scientists as knowledge workers: contract status and employment opportunities. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25 (16). pp. 2219-2233. ISSN 1466-4399.

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Teachers to get permanent employment rights after two years under new measures

Posted in Teaching on March 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“New procedures giving teachers permanent employment rights after two years in the job, rather than three, have been published by the Department of Education. Welcoming the measures, which are based on the recommendations of an expert group on part-time employment, Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 March]

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O Adjunct! My Adjunct!

Posted in Life on March 26th, 2015 by steve

USA“I spent half of my undergraduate career figuring out what I didn’t want to do. I started off in the journalism program, switched to literature, was undecided for a few panicked, free-floating months, and studied photography for a time. But the spring of my sophomore year, I enrolled in a fiction-writing workshop with an instructor named Harvey Grossinger …” (more)

[Carmen Maria Machado, New Yorker, 25 March]

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Money, managerialism and the university

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Marina Warner, in an essay titled ‘Learning My Lesson’ in the current issue of the London Review of Books, writes of a letter she received from an academic who felt he had been driven to resign from his post as a result of demands placed on him which he felt to be unreasonable …” (more)

[Dublin Review of Books, 21 March]

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Education policy seeks to diminish status and morale of researchers

Posted in Legal issues, Research on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“While research faces significant obstacles in Europe, Ireland’s national research policy is facing an even more alarming crisis as it continues to ignore and operate counter to consistent EU recommendations on development of research and innovation …” (more)

[Mike Jennings, Irish Times, 23 March]

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