College Proposals for Late Exam Sittings Are Unacceptable, Says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has set down a red line to College over the possibility of exam sittings extending beyond 5pm and occuring on Sundays, calling the suggestion ‘unacceptable’. Speaking to The University Times, the Chair of Trinity’s branch of IFUT, John Walsh, raised concerns about student welfare if exams occur more than twice a day …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 20 February]

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Challenges facing women in higher education remain, warns IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Improvements secured in recent years tackling the especially precarious nature of employment facing women in Higher Education in Ireland were highlighted by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) at a special international conference ‘On the move for Equality, Advancing Women’ Leadership’, organised by Education International, in Marrakesh, Morocco from 4th to 7th February …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 February]

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Higher Education – Don’t mention the money!

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At last! The government’s policy for higher education is becoming crystal clear. ‘Let’s talk about anything but money.’ In January alone we had two major announcements on the future of third-level, but no funding to back them up …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 February]

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IFUT wins long-running Maynooth staff pension dispute

Posted in Legal issues on January 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A long running pension dispute involving three staff in Maynooth University pension scheme has been resolved following ongoing pressure by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT). The rights of the staff to reimbursement for denial of pension rights, following their redeployment to Maynooth subsequent to closure of Carysfort College of Education in 1988, were accepted by the college, in advance of a High Court hearing on the matter …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 28 January]

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Threats of cuts no way to boost third level

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dick Ahlstrom is correct (‘Funding plan for third level a recipe for disaster’, Science, Innovation, January 25th) in questioning the Department of Education’s proposals to alter the funding arrangements for higher education. The recent Cassells report on the sector revealed a continuing rapid increase in demand for third-level education, with 60% of school-leavers entering the system in 2015 …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 26 January]

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The data vacuum at the heart of education policy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister now wants universities (including the soon-to-be technological universities) to focus on filling skills gaps in the economy. These gaps are said to be mainly in ‘STEM’. Naturally enough, IBEC is happy because they are always happy with policies that transfer the costs of industrial and business training over to the taxpayer …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 16 January]

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Urgent need to tackle underfunding of higher education, universities warn

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have warned of the ‘urgent need’ to deal with underfunding of higher education. While they welcomed a new funding model for the sector, they said ambitious Government targets to become the best education system in Europe could be delivered only with increased investment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 January]

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Overall plan not piecemeal policies needed for education, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for the issuing of a comprehensive plan for development of third-level education by government instead of piecemeal announcements that perpetuate uncertainty and underfunding. The announcement by Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, of financial penalties for misconduct, filing late accounts or giving misleading reports of governance issues do not constitute reform to higher-education funding …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 15 January]

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Divert ‘Apple tax’ to fund third-level education, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Last week in the Sunday Independent, outgoing President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne, proposed to double student fees and introduce student loans to resolve the university funding crisis. Fee hikes of this magnitude would inevitably impact on access to third-level education for many students and families. It would also force many students into significant debt and make the dream of acquiring a family home even more remote for tens of thousands of our young people …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 9 January]

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‘Landmark decision’ by Labour Court on fixed-term contacts for researchers

Posted in Legal issues on December 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Court this week ordered the re-employment of a researcher made redundant by Maynooth University in April 2016. The ruling resulted from a case taken by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) under Fixed-TermWorkers legislation …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 12 December]

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Solidarity visit by the former General Secretary of IFUT on behalf of ETUCE to Istanbul/Attendance at Court case against Turkish Academics

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

“The first of the court cases involving academics who have been charged with the ‘crime’ of signing a petition criticizing the policies of the Turkish government regarding the treatment of Kurdish people particularly in the South-East of the country opened in Istanbul on Tuesday 4 December 2017 …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 December]

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‘Landmark decision’ by Labour Court on fixed-term contracts for researchers

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Court this week ordered the re-employment of a researcher made redundant by  Maynooth University in April 2016. The ruling resulted from a case taken by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) under Fixed-Term Workers legislation. In its Determination (No FID175), the Labour Court ruled that under the protection of Employment (Fixed-term) Act of 2003 ‘the contract by operation of law became a contract of indefinite duration’ under section 9(4) of the Act …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 November]

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Government reliance on business funding for third level criticised by IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University (IFUT), said that the ever-increasing emphasis by Government on the need to adapt University Education to the immediate needs of industry and business is very concerning …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 10 November]

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Government plans for €250,000 a year trophy-staff will further undermine Third-Level Education, says IFUT

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

Ireland“Government plans to pay exorbitant salaries to attract a small number of ‘top researchers’ to Ireland is like lighting matches to drive away the cold and will further exacerbate the crisis in Third-Level Education, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said that …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 10 November]

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IFUT welcomes new Gender Equality Initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed the initiative by Minister Mary Mitchell-O’Connor to launch a new task force to address the issue of gender inequality in third-level education …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 5 November]

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IFUT calls for immediate publication of Oireachtas Report on Third-Level Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for immediate publication of the Oireachtas Committee Report on Third-Level Funding and an end to Government dithering on increased resources, following publication of new EU data which effectively removes hiking student fees as a source of extra income for the sector …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 2 November]

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Trinity Trade Unions Await Temporary Contracts Decision

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s trade unions are expecting a decision this week on College’s reaction to the government’s advice on fixed-term contracts, which this summer called on Irish universities to end the improper use of such contracts. In early October, the three major unions in Trinity met with the new Human Resources Director, Antoinette Quinn, to discuss Trinity’s implementations of the government recommendations …” (more)

[Aaron Finnegan, University Times, 31 October]

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IFUT critical of lack of funding for third-level education in Budget

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has expressed disappointment at the absence of any specific direct funding initiatives to support third-level education in this year’s Budget …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 10 October]

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Third-level funding a ‘whole-of-society issue’, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third-level funding and planning are issues that affect every part of our economy and society. The crisis in the sector can no longer be ignored and must be addressed in the forthcoming Budget, Frank Jones, Deputy General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), said …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 4 October]

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As IFUT sees it … Precarious employment is not fair play!

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It’s the end of September! As usual, the days grow shorter, the kids go back to school, Mayo lose the All-Ireland … and thousands of researchers and casually employed lecturing staff face another year of precarious employment and working conditions. The quest for fair play for researchers and part-time university staff is now almost as long as that of Mayo for Sam …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 28 September]

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