Degree subject matters more than university status if you want to become rich, new research shows

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

“Choosing the right field of study is more important than attending an elite university for those aiming to join the economic elite by middle age, according to new findings from the UCL Institute of Education. Researchers analysed data on more than 6,000 people born in England and Wales in a single week in 1970, who are taking part in the 1970 British Cohort Study …” (more)

[IOE London Blog, 13 August]

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Queen’s University chief ‘happy’ to disclose salary … but won’t be drawn on student fees

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University’s new vice chancellor has revealed he receives a salary of £300,000. Professor Ian Greer said he was ‘happy’ to disclose his pay, however, he would not be drawn on if students should pay more for third level education in Northern Ireland. It was also reported he is paid £35,000 more than his predecessor, a figure the university did not dispute …” (more)

[Jonathan Bell, Belfast Telegraph, 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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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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New TUI President: Injustice of pay inequality must end now

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2018 by steve

“The campaign for pay equality for teachers and lecturers appointed since 2011 will remain the key campaign of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) until the issue is resolved, according to new President Seamus Lahart. Other key issues on the agenda include damage caused by underfunding in the Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 24 July]

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Universities exploiting younger scholars

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

“Sir, – I note your report (News, July 6th) that the Irish Universities Association (IUA) has made a submission to the Government for an increase of €130 million in core funding and €104 million in ‘essential capital upgrades’ for 2019, and with further increases in subsequent years. The IUA also links the recent ‘fall in international standing’ of Irish universities to the paucity of state support …” (more)

[Eunan O’Halpin, Irish Times, 10 July]

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70% jump in Maynooth University’s payment to O’Loan

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

“Maynooth University increased its annual payment to governing authority chairwoman Nuala O’Loan by 70% to €20,500 last year. The payment is the maximum allowed in accordance with ministerially-approved rates under the 1997 Universities Act …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 July]

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Cabinet agrees bill to allow public servants to work until 70

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government has agreed the text of new legislation that will allow thousands of public servants work until they are 70 years of age. As people are living longer and are in better health, many public servants want to work for longer, but they cannot because of a mandatory retirement age of 65 for those recruited before 2004 …” (more)

[Conor McMorrow, RTÉ, 5 July]

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Legislation for public service pay cuts still needed, Donohoe says

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2018 by steve

“Financial emergency legislation which allowed the State to reduce the pay of public servants and cut fees for its contractors continues to be needed, the Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has said …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 June]

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Teachers want 30% pay rise for correcting State exams

Posted in Teaching on June 23rd, 2018 by steve

“Teachers’ unions have called for urgent talks with the State Examinations Commission (SEC) to address a joint pay claim and avoid it having to hire individuals without teaching qualifications to correct State exam papers next year. The call for talks comes after it emerged that a shortage of available qualified teachers has forced to the SEC to recruit individuals without any teaching qualifications to correct some of this year’s Junior and Leaving Cert papers …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Public Sector Pay

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

Bríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to renew FEMPI legislation in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 June]

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Third Level Staff Remuneration – Presidents

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

Alan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the remuneration packages for presidents of third level institutions in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 June]

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Surging public sector pay has unsettling echoes of the economic crash

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2018 by steve

“Economy-wide wage growth is picking up. This has many implications. It also raises important questions. First, a point about wage developments in peer countries. In recent years wage growth has been lower than economists would expect in many economies. Despite falling unemployment almost everywhere in the developed world and a tightening of labour markets, pay inflation has not taken off …” (more)

[Dan O’Brien, Independent, 10 June]

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TUI to hold lunchtime protest over pay discrimination

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

“The Executive Committee of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has expressed its frustration and serious concern at the pace of progress in resolving the issue of pay equality for public servants recruited since 2011. The Union already has a mandate for a campaign of industrial action, up to and including strike action, on this issue …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 14 May]

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Public servants ‘to get just two pay rises a year’ to reverse cuts

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

“Public servants may get fewer pay rises next year if the Government agrees to reverse cuts for recent recruits, the Taoiseach has warned. Leo Varadkar has given the first indication that the Government may take a hardline approach with union demands for equal pay for new entrants in the Budget. He indicated that State employees may get a smaller wage boost than they expect over the course of the current three-year pay deal to fund the axing of the two-tier system …” (more)

[Laura Larkin, Independent, 12 May]

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Civil servants want equal pay scales, says union ahead of talks

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

Ireland“The Government and public service trade unions will commence talks on Friday on the two-tier system of pay across the public service. A spokesman for Fórsa said Friday’s meeting would likely be the first of a series of engagements dealing with the practicalities of equalising the length of pay scales …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 27 April]

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Forget the ivory tower – lecturers are working class too

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

“The ongoing pensions strike in the UK has brought renewed attention to an issue which, every few years, stirs unnecessary discord: public sector pay. It is a particularly fraught topic in Ireland, with the consensus being that educators are overpaid and underworked: ‘Sure look at the holidays they get’, being the common expression …” (more)

[James O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 25 April]

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Action in Institutes of Technology an Omen of Funding Exasperation

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

“Striking lecturers and angry students are nothing new. In recent years, the Department of Education has become used to picket lines and placards, while doing little to meet the chorus of demands from the third-level sector. So the news that staff in institutes of technology around the country will refuse to work an additional hour negotiated under recent national pay agreements will probably do little to faze the government. But it should …” (more)

[University Times, 22 April]

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Demand for 30% hike as exam pay is lower than minimum wage

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 6th, 2018 by steve

“Teachers have voted overwhelmingly to demand a 30% increase in the rates of pay for those marking and supervising the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams. Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) members voted to increase an enhanced pay request to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) from 20% to 30% …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 6 April]

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‘Impending catastrophe’ for Junior and Leaving Cert exams if rate of pay for State examiners not increased

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2018 by steve

“Teachers have voted overwhelmingly to demand a 30% increase in the rates of pay for those marking and supervising the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams. Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) members agreed to increase an enhanced pay request to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) from 20% to 30% …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 5 April]

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