Trinity’s Response to Government Temporary Contract Intervention Will Be Telling

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new element was added to the ongoing industrial dispute in Trinity this week, after the government sent colleges and institutes of technology guidance that explicitly called for a re-think of their use of temporary contracts in the employment of administrative and support staff …” (more)

[University Times, 20 August]

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Government Intervenes to Warn Universities Against Excessive Use of Temporary Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In a move that’s already been praised by trade unions, the government has intervened in the highly-charged issue of temporary contracts in Irish higher education, urging universities to curb their use for the employment of administrative and support staff …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 14 August]

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Plans to review teaching quality in universities ‘exasperating’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“College lecturers have criticised plans which they say could result in rankings on teaching quality which place a major emphasis on student satisfaction. The Irish Times reported recently that a review into the quality of higher education is to be carried out by the Government following concerns over the impact of falling investment and rising student numbers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 August]

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Teaching framework is not the solution to third-level education problems

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your article (Concerns over quality of third-level tuition prompts review, Home News, July 25th) reports that Minister for Education Richard Bruton is considering a UK-style Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) as part of a proposed review on standards in higher education. This is both incredible and exasperating …” (more)

[Mike Jennings, Irish Times, 27 July]

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Lack of progress on gender imbalance in university promotions ‘very disappointing’, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“New statistics from the HEA today showing that the level of women in university professorship positions has increased by just two percent to 21% over the last year is ‘very disappointing’ and requires urgent attention and focus by university management, Joan Donegan, incoming General Secretary of the Irish Federations of University Teachers (IFUT), said today …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 19 July]

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Transparency issues in universities date back a decade, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for measures at government level to deliver full transparency from Irish universities relating to costs of legal, HR and secret payments and policies, aimed at depriving staff of entitlements and driving a culture of casualisation and precarious employment among staff …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 16 July]

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IFUT Executive votes to recommend acceptance of pay talks proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Executive of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has today (Thursday, July 13th) voted unanimously to recommend acceptance of the proposals arising from the recent Pay Talks …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 July]

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IFUT criticises ‘banana republic’ behaviour of universities on their accounts

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said that new information on how universities manage their accounts suggests a ‘banana republic’ style approach to accounting and called for full transparency in spending by universities …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 11 July]

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Israel and academic freedom

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Irish Federation of University Teachers wishes to draw attention to a ‘code of ethics’ being considered by the government in Israel for its academic institutions. It represents a threat not only to academic freedom but to Israel’s standing as a democracy …” (more)

[Mike Jennings, Irish Times, 29 June]

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Death of Ann Louise Gilligan

Posted in Life on June 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has expressed condolences to the spouse and many friends of Dr Ann Louise Gilligan. IFUT General Secretary, Mike Jennings, said that Ann Louise had been a staunch supporter of equality issues …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 16 June]

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IFUT welcomes appointment of Minister for Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed the appointment of Mary Mitchell-O’Connor as Minister with special responsibility for Higher Education in the new government. Mike Jennings, General Secretary of IFUT, said the appointment of a dedicated Minister for the sector represents a recognition of the many challenges and dire financial situation in higher education …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 14 June]

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Pay talks must deliver full restoration across all salary levels, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has demanded full restoration of payments and allowances which were cut from university staff in recent years in the coming pay talks. IFUT General Secretary, Mike Jennings, said that not alone have university staff suffered very substantial cuts in salaries but working conditions had deteriorated drastically at the same time …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 16 May]

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University teachers warn patience of staff is at an end

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

Ireland“The patience of those working in the higher education sector is at an end after experiencing years of cutbacks, the general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers has warned. Speaking at its annual conference at the weekend, Mike Jennings said the reward for staff for 10 years of sacrifice and patience is that 72% of Irish academics witnessed a decline in their working conditions …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 7 May]

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Maltreatment of researchers ‘no longer tolerable’, says IFUT President

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

Ireland“The continued maltreatment of researchers in the university sector can no longer be tolerated and must be urgently addressed by the Department of Education and universities alike, Michael Delargey, UCC-based President of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, said at the 2017 Conference of IFUT in Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 6 May]

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‘31,000 more university students into 5,000 less teachers doesn’t go!’ – IFUT tells Minister for Education

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

Ireland“Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, must immediately address the rapidly deteriorating funding and staffing situation at third-level to avoid a further worsening of pressure on staff and students alike, Mike Jennings, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, said at the 2017 Annual Delegate Conference of IFUT …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 6 May]

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Industrial relations failures forcing women into equality ‘limbo’ says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Women seeking to pursue cases on career progression in the workplace are being both delayed and discouraged by an effective failure of industrial relations processes in this area, Joan Donegan, incoming General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has stated …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 4 May]

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NUIG gender discrimination case adjourned for mediation

Posted in Legal issues on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway (NUIG) has confirmed that legal proceedings taken against the university by four female lecturers over alleged gender discrimination have been adjourned to allow for mediation. The development has been welcomed by former NUIG lecturer Dr Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington, whose own discrimination case against the university prompted the legal action by the four lecturers …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 3 May]

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TCD staff vote for strike action over temporary deals for new starters

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) in Trinity College Dublin have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action as they seek ‘full discussions’ with the college on employment practices. The staff in the administration, library and support staff categories voted by 27-3 in support of industrial action, including strike action, over plans to make all future appointments in these areas on a temporary-contract basis …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 April]

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IFUT vote for strike action over ‘mass casualisation’ in TCD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Members of IFUT in the Administration, Library and Support Staff categories in Trinity College, Dublin, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over plans to make all future appointments in these areas on a temporary contract basis …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 17 April]

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IFUT Becomes Third Union to Vote in Favour of Strike Action in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ninety per cent of voting members of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) have voted in Trinity this evening to support strike action, coming just weeks after two other unions voted to do the same, as the dispute between college and support and service staff continues …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 12 April]

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