‘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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Further backing for public pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) backed the deal by a margin of 75% to 25%, while the Irish Medical Organisation did so by an even bigger margin of 85% to 15%. The biggest acceptance margin of all came from the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) which supported the new public service pay deal by 93% to 7% …” (more)

[Dan Buckley, Irish Examiner, 16 September]

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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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