Unite Attacks New Policy on External Contractors, as Dispute with College Continues

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Unite, one of the two trade unions threatening strike action in Trinity, has denounced College’s new policy on the employment of external contractors, as revealed by The University Times this week …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 24 March]

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IFUT to Ballot Members Over Joining Strike Action

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) is to ballot its Trinity members on strike action, following the College’s decision to no longer offer permanent contracts or promotions to support and administrative staff …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 22 March]

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US immigration ban impacts many students and academic travel from Ireland, warns IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has expressed grave concerns at the Executive order signed by new US President, Donald Trump, prohibiting citizens of seven countries from entering the USA. Mike Jennings said the ban has immediate implications for the entry of students and academic staff to the US, including people living in Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 1 February]

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Academic freedom demands academic balance

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

Ireland“Sir, – Mike Jennings (January 26th), general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, has come out strongly against University College Cork’s decision to indefinitely postpone – on safety and security grounds – the proposed March conference, ‘International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism’ …” (more)

[Kevin McCarthy, Irish Times, 27 January]

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Academic conference on Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Irish Federation of University Teachers is deeply concerned at attempts to block the holding of an important conference entitled ‘International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism, Responsibility’, which is scheduled to take place in University College Cork from March 31st to April 2nd …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 26 January]

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Trinity’s New ‘Diktat’ for Staff Reveals the Darker Side of Commercialisation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“For the first time in years, we might see a possible strike inside the walls of Trinity. A ‘diktat’ from College, which will see an end to promotions for support and service staff and the introduction of temporary contracts for all new employees, has been heavily and rightly attacked by SIPTU, IFUT and UNITE …” (more)

[University Times, 22 January]

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Gender warning to third levels

Posted in Research on December 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Moves to withhold research funds from universities that fail to deal with gender inequality have been welcomed by an academic union.The Irish Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland and Health Research Board will only allow those from 20 publicly-funded third-level colleges apply for competitive funding if they have met minimum requirements to deal with the issues from the end of 2019 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 December]

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Fears for Turkey’s schools and colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2016 by steve

Turkey“Sir, – The Turkish government continues to attack and undermine education and exert increasingly oppressive control on schools under the guise of responding to the failed coup attempt last summer …” (more)

[Mike Jennings, Irish Times, 23 November]

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NUIG refutes claims of continued gender discrimination

Posted in Legal issues on November 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has refuted claims that it’s ‘punishing’ women who highlighted issues surrounding gender discrimination at the university. In a statement, college authorities said accusations made by the Irish Federation of University Teachers are ‘ill-informed’ and ‘untrue’ …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 14 November]

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NUI Galway punishing women who highlighted gender discrimination, says IFUT

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University teachers (IFUT) has criticised NUI Galway for failing to address outstanding legal and Labour Court cases on blatant gender discrimination, a full two years after the Equality Tribunal ruled against the college in the Sheehy-Skeffington case …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 November]

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Casualisation of academic staff to be highlighted at international conference

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

Ireland“Lack of funding for Higher education in Ireland and the scandalous shortage of staff in the sector have combined to create an explosion in the numbers of part-time and temporary academic staff, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) will report to a worldwide conference on issues in third-level education this week …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 November]

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UCC Urged To Reconsider Employing Teaching Staff On Casual Basis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has released a charter criticising UCC for their practice of employing research and teaching staff on a casual basis. The charter aims to publicise the widespread problem of casualisation and low pay of academic staff in Irish universities …” (more)

[Michelle Beazley, UCC Express, 23 October]

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IFUT rejects student loans and supports USI demand for adequate education funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Mike Jennings, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) said that IFUT fully backs the USI demonstration today (Oct 19th) against underfunding of third-level education and proposals to introduce student loans …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 19 October]

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Union launches charter against casualisation of teaching

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers has launched a Charter for casual workers in University College Cork, providing a code of practice for members to support and defend casual and precarious workers within the university …” (more)

[Education International, 10 October]

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Years of cuts come to end for third-level

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are getting their first increase in State funding in almost a decade. After years of cuts that saw spending on higher education reduced by 33%, an additional €36.5m is being made available …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 October]

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Budget third-level allocation ‘a wet sponge to a man dying of thirst’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has described the allocation of an additional €36.5m funding to third-level education in today’s budget as ‘like offering a wet sponge to a man dying of thirst’ …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 11 October]

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Fear and loathing on campus: bullying at Irish universities

Posted in Legal issues on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Is bullying and harassment rife at Irish universities? These institutions are spending millions of euro on legal fees to deal with allegations by staff of bullying, harassment and discrimination, particularly on gender grounds …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 11 October]

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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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