‘A pittance’ – Teachers slam education investment in Budget 2019

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

Ireland“Teachers associations have lashed out at the funding set aside for education as part of Budget 2019. This afternoon, the Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe announced a €10.8bn budget for the Department of Education next year. He said the allocation marks a 6.7% increase on last year …” (more)

[Michael Staines, Newstalk, 9 October]

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Future college places at risk without action on funding, statement warns

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The availability of college places for today’s first-class pupils is at risk unless there is urgent Government action on funding, it has been warned in an unprecedented, unified statement by third-level leaders, staff and students. With 40,000 extra students likely to be seeking higher education places by 2030, the joint statement calls for the budget in just under a fortnight to start addressing the issue or face the consequences for quality and capacity …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 September]

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IUA and THEA, joint call with students and staff unions for Government to address Higher Education funding Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In an unprecedented move, unions representing students and teaching staff have joined forces with the representative bodies of universities and institutes of technology to call on the government to respond to the growing crisis in higher education funding …” (more)

[IUA, 27 September]

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Universities Share IFUT’s Concerns on Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The 2018 Kennedy Summer School in New Ross opened on 6 September with a discussion on the Future of Higher Education. Peter Cassells, Author of the 2016 Cassells Report on Higher Education and Professor Brian MacCraith, President of Dublin City University were among those who echoed IFUT’s position regarding the treatment of Higher Education …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 September]

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More than aspiration needed to tackle gender discrimination

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education was held in Trinity College Dublin, on the 20th-22nd August 2018. This is the first occasion that this major biennial conference was held in Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 30 August]

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Staff in the Royal College of Surgeons secure pay increases of up to 7.5%

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Staff in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) have agreed significant pay increases, following local collective bargaining between management and trade union representatives. The new pay agreement includes increases of 7.5% for all union members earning under €100,000 per year with an increase of 3% for those earning above this amount …” (more)

[SIPTU, 22 August]

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Minister slates slow progress on higher education gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A lack of leadership is limiting the number of women in senior positions at third-level colleges, Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has warned. Universities and other colleges have taken positive steps towards gender equality, but women continue to be under-represented in key roles, according to a new report by Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 August]

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Gender equality in third level remains a distant hope

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The latest figures on gender progression among academics from the Higher Education Authority show some improvement in what has been an intractable problem, but illustrate the extent of the hill still to be climbed. The HEA figures show that among ‘core funded’ academic staff the proportion of female professors has increased from 23% to 24% since 2015 while the number of female associate professors has increased from 32% to 34% …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Pay talks in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) conclude

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Early last October IFUT teamed with SIPTU to formulate and serve a pay claim on behalf of our joint membership in the RCSI. The RCSI is a private institution and is not subject to the terms of the Public Sector Pay Agreement, however, the College, in the past, followed the terms of the national wage agreements and since their collapse in 2008 our members have not enjoyed any pay increases despite the success of the College …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 1 August]

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IFUT calls for abandonment of legal recourse policy by universities following progress of NUI Galway gender discrimination case

Posted in Legal issues on July 26th, 2018 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for all issues related to gender and age discrimination to be resolved by negotiation or through normal labour law procedures, not recourse to expensive legal cases. Welcoming developments in the case of four female lecturers in NUI Galway …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 25 July]

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IFUT supporting DCU former Heads of Department for career recognition and redress

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2018 by steve

“Twelve former Heads of Department who transferred from St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, as part of the college’s merger with Dublin City University, are seeking to resolve a serious loss of rights and career progress as a result of the incorporation in 2016 …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 17 July]

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UCD reacting like a ‘dinosaur in distress’ on equality, say IFUT

Posted in Legal issues on July 13th, 2018 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has strongly criticised University College Dublin in a case involving age discrimination against a senior staff member, saying the approach of senior management more resembles a dinosaur in distress than a college seeking to address discrimination …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 July]

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IFUT Pushes for Full Collective Bargaining Rights in DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2018 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) is demanding urgent action to provide full collective-bargaining rights for its members in Dublin City University, following the merger of Mater Dei Institute of Education; Church of Ireland College of Education; St Patrick’s College of Education, Drumcondra and the original DCU. The merger process began almost two years ago …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 27 June]

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We’re All Out of Step but UCD, It Seems!

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

“… It’s quite staggering then that the top echelons in UCD seem determined to so quickly squander tens of thousands of tax payers’ and student fee money to appeal a discrimination case awarded against them by the Workplace Relations Commission for age discrimination against a long-time female Lecturer in the college and a member of IFUT. Earlier this year the WRC ruled that age discrimination had occurred …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 27 June]

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82% of Public Support Better Third-Level Funding, Says New Report

Posted in Governance and administration on June 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“82% of people believe that higher education needs more public funding, according to a new survey from the Coalition for Publicly Funded Education. The survey of 1,000 people by Behaviour and Attitudes reveals that a majority of people believe that the embattled third-level sector needs more funding …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 13 June]

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IFUT calls for adherence to Eurowide ‘Bologna Process’ to ensure standards in Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called on Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, to ensure implementation of the European-wide Bologna Process, to ensure adequate funding, compatibility, academic freedom and working conditions in higher education …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 27 May]

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Third-level colleges face ‘financial strangulation’ by government

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2018 by steve

“Universities are being financially strangled by government funding policy; if not reversed will increasingly result in inadequate education standards for students, the economy and society, Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warned …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 12 May]

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New agreement will benefit hundreds of lecturing staff trapped in temporary employment limbo, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2018 by steve

“New arrangements have been today (Thurs May 10th) formally agreed between the Irish University Association and the university based trade unions to address long-standing staffing issues dealt with in the 2016 Cush Report. General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), Joan Donegan, welcomed the ‘significant progress related to employment contracts and terms and conditions for hundreds of university lecturers employed on temporary contracts and occasional hours’ …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 10 May]

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Trinity staff seek WRC mediation on change to working conditions

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on May 1st, 2018 by steve

“Academic staff in TCD are seeking intervention by the Workplace Relations Commission to mediate a solution on proposed changes to the academic year and holiday arrangements that will seriously impact on time available for research work. The changes, part of the new Trinity Education Project, impact on holiday arrangements and affect staff represented by IFUT, SIPTU and Unite unions …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 30 April]

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Union calls on UCD to drop appeal on ageism ruling

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

“The university lecturers’ union has hit back at plans by UCD to appeal a ruling that it discriminated against a female member of staff on age grounds in a competition for promotion when she was 61. The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) recently ordered UCD to pay lecturer Dr Anne Cleary €30,000 and to promote her retrospectively to senior lecturer grade …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 April]

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