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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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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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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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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Large gender gaps in senior levels of Irish academia

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

Ireland“Women remain hugely underrepresented in the senior levels of Irish universities despite policies aimed at promoting greater gender equality, new figures show. They are also far more likely to earn less, with men accounting for the vast majority of best-paid posts in higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 August]

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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 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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Current equality legislation lacks the teeth to deliver, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More robust initiatives are needed from government to ensure gender and pay equality, according to Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT). Addressing a meeting on the role of trade unions in equality issues in higher education, UCC (today, March 7th). Joan Donegan said that all too often our equality legislation lacks the teeth to deliver equality …” (more)

[IFUT, 7 March]

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Challenges facing women in higher education remain, warns IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Improvements secured in recent years tackling the especially precarious nature of employment facing women in Higher Education in Ireland were highlighted by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) at a special international conference ‘On the move for Equality, Advancing Women’ Leadership’, organised by Education International, in Marrakesh, Morocco from 4th to 7th February …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 February]

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Threats of cuts no way to boost third level

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dick Ahlstrom is correct (‘Funding plan for third level a recipe for disaster’, Science, Innovation, January 25th) in questioning the Department of Education’s proposals to alter the funding arrangements for higher education. The recent Cassells report on the sector revealed a continuing rapid increase in demand for third-level education, with 60% of school-leavers entering the system in 2015 …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 26 January]

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Urgent need to tackle underfunding of higher education, universities warn

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have warned of the ‘urgent need’ to deal with underfunding of higher education. While they welcomed a new funding model for the sector, they said ambitious Government targets to become the best education system in Europe could be delivered only with increased investment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 January]

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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 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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