Higher Education requires ‘Tier One’ category for resources and engagement

Posted in Governance and administration, Research, Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week Cambridge University in the UK announced that all its courses will be delivered online for the next academic year. The decision followed immediately on a warning from England’s university regulator, the Office of Students, on the need for ‘absolute clarity’ for students making academic plans …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, IFUT, 21 May]

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University lecturers warn of ‘enrolment chaos’ in autumn

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 29th, 2020 by steve

“The Government must begin consulting with colleges, staff and students in order to avoid escalating uncertainty and the threat of ‘enrolment chaos’ in the autumn, the Irish Federation of University Teachers has warned. The federation’s general secretary Joan Donegan said students and university teachers are being left in an ‘ongoing limbo’ amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 April]

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Call for urgent plan to safeguard third-level sector from serious financial fallout due to Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2020 by steve

“An urgent plan to safeguard the Irish third-level sector from serious financial fallout due to the Covid-19 crisis must be a top priority for the Government. That is the warning as Irish universities face potential revenue losses running into the hundreds of millions due to the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 April]

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Urgent engagement and consultation by government needed to avoid higher education chaos in Autumn, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 27th, 2020 by steve

“Immediate consultations and engagement by the Department of Education with students, staff and higher education institutions is needed to avoid escalating uncertainty and the threat of enrolment chaos next Autumn, the Irish Federation of University teachers (IFUT) has stated …” (more)

[IFUT, 27 April]

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Correspondence to the Principal Officer, Department Of Education and Skills

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

“… We would request that formal consultation procedures should be immediately established to deal with all pandemic-related issues. To set the scene for the sort of conversation which IFUT feels needs to take place, perhaps it might be useful if I gave you a flavour of the type and range of concerns which our members have been communicating to IFUT at both Local Branch and at Head Office level …” (more)

[IFUT, 21 April]

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Colleges ‘face financial ruin’ without bailout

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“Lecturers are calling for an emergency plan for universities, which they believe could be facing financial ruin due to a likely collapse in the number of foreign students enrolling in the next academic year due to the Covid-19 crisis. With international students accounting for up to a third of fee income for many colleges across the country, third-level staff lay-offs may be inevitable without an urgent rescue package for the sector, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warned …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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Emergency support package required for higher education, say IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for the introduction of emergency supports for higher education similar to those implemented for business, combined with the establishment of an ‘all-stakeholder’ consultation process to address the education cliff around the corner …” (more)

[IFUT, 12 April]

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IFUT Blasts Government Over ‘Slight’ on Academics in Exam Preparation

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 10th, 2020 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has hit out at the government for overlooking the ‘huge contribution’ of academics in developing alternative assessment models for this year’s summer exams. In a press statement today, Joan Donegan, the general secretary of IFUT, condemned Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor – who yesterday praised many higher education stakeholders for their efforts in developing online assessment tools – for ‘pointedly’ refusing to thank lecturers …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 9 April]

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Diversity of third-level sector is a strength

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your article ‘Does Ireland have too many universities?’ (Education, March 10th) risks diverting attention from key issues of underfunding and soaring student numbers in higher education. Ireland has seven conventional ‘universities’ and a new technological university. Denmark, of similar size and population to Ireland, has eight …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 11 March]

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Emergency cash injection needed for higher education during 2020, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for allocation of an emergency cash injection for higher education during 2020 to address the escalating crisis in resources. ‘It must be a priority for any incoming government’, IFUT General Secretary, Joan Donegan said …” (more)

[IFUT, 30 January]

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20 New Reserved Professorial Positions for Women Welcome, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on January 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed confirmation by Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, TD, that 20 additional professorial positions will be created this year for women to assist gender balance in higher education institutions …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 7 January]

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University Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, and John Walshe, Former Special Advisor to Education Minister, discuss why Irish universities have not made the top 100 in world rankings in 2019 …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 20 June]

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To survive, trade unions must adapt to needs of young people – IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions must adapt to meet the needs of young people in order to survive, the head of the organisation representing university teachers has said. Joan Donegan, general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), told its annual conference at the weekend that young people had grown up largely in the generation where union membership was ‘simply not the norm’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 14 May]

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IFUT Calls for Allocation of Corporation Tax to Address Higher Education Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“‘The next Budget should provide once-off emergency funding from the surge in Corporation tax to address the escalating higher education crisis’, Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, said in advance of IFUT’s 2019 Annual Delegate Conference in Dublin, Saturday, May 11th, 2019 …” (more)

[IFUT, 10 May]

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Full Steam Ahead at DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Following discussions between IFUT and SIPTU a joint agreement has been reached on representation of staff in Dublin City University (DCU). The new agreement provides a very strong mandate for working together in a spirit of partnership to advance the cause of all trade union members in the university …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 11 March]

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Poll on third-level fees is a smokescreen

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your article ‘State and students “should bear cost” of third-level education’ (News, March 4th) raises questions as to why the Higher Education Authority decided to ask the public how higher education should be funded and on the methodology of the opinion poll …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 8 March]

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IFUT welcomes WRC ‘Age Discrimination’ Ruling in favour of Lecturer

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed a ruling by the Workplace Relations Commission that an IFUT member was discriminated against on grounds of age. The case, one of a number of recent similar cases on discrimination at university level, resulted in an award of compensation to the female Lecturer concerned …” (more)

[IFUT, 22 November]

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Higher Education Gender Report moves in right direction, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed recommendations in the ‘Gender Action Plan 2018 – 2020’ published today (Monday November 12th, 2018) and launched by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell-O’Connor …” (more)

[IFUT, 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 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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