The Government’s Shouting about Gender Equality Feels One-Note

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

Ireland“The launch of the government’s plan to tackle gender equality in higher education today has caused a media stir. In particular, the decision by higher education minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor to create 45 women-only professorships – like most proposals that involve affirmative action – was met with controversy …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 12 November]

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‘Pioneering move’ – First women-only professorships in place by September

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

Ireland“The first 15 of 45 women-only professorships to be created in Irish higher education are expected to be in place by September, as part of the radical initiative to tackle gender discrimination in academia. The Government has set aside €800,000 in funding for 2019 to support the appointments …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn and Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 November]

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Higher education is being driven slowly down a cul-de-sac

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

Ireland“Usually, government policy focuses on reasonably clear policy pathways. We have Programmes for Government, policy documents, Departmental revamps and ‘Ireland 2040’ visions for the future. These policies can be criticised or supported, but at least the strategy is clear. But where is the government’s strategy for higher education? …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 November]

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Underfunding means our universities will suffer not benefit from Brexit

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

Ireland“Irish universities lack the investment to benefit from Brexit – another fall out of gross underfunding of higher education by government, says UCC IFUT member, Rosarii Griffin. UCC Researchers recently organised a discussion on the plight of researchers on temporary contracts, a Researcher Career Framework, and the importance of research to the University life, both nationally and internationally …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 November]

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IFUT’s success with temporary contracts and occasional hours

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“IFUT has achieved significant progress related to employment contracts and terms and conditions for University Lecturers employed on temporary contracts and occasional hours …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 November]

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Resolving sensitive staff contract issues

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Issues around contracts can be one of the most difficult and challenging. Understanding or trying to address issues can be both confusing and intimidating for individual employees. While universities regularly resort to temporary contracts as a money saving strategy …” (more)

[IFUT, 6 November]

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Higher Education needs Rainy Day Fund now not in future, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It is incredible that this year’s Budget set aside €1.5 billion for a future rainy day fund while higher education is drowning in an existential funding crisis that is being ignored, the Irish Federation University Teachers (IFUT) has stated. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said that …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 9 October]

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Comment: ‘Budget 2019 means students will be left out in the cold for another year, quite literally’

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

Ireland“There have been claims that Budget 2019 does ‘very little to address the growing crisis in third-level funding’. The Irish Universities Association has said that the extra €57m allotted to them ‘only allows the system to tread water’ and will impact on the education and prospect of the next generation of graduates …” (more)

[Independent, 9 October]

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IFUT criticise lack of higher education funding in today’s budget

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has today criticised Budget 2019 for what it sees as a lack of attention to higher education. The federation noted that ‘it is incredible that this year’s Budget set aside €1.5bn for a future rainy day fund while higher education is drowning in an existential funding crisis that is being ignored’. Budget 2019 was announced this afternoon by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 9 October]

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‘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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