Third Level Staff Data – Part-time staff

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2018 by steve

Kathleen Funchion (Carlow-Kilkenny, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of university teaching staff employed on a casual basis …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 June]

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Book Review: ‘Feeling Academic in the Neoliberal University: Feminist Flights, Fights and Failures’ edited by Yvette Taylor and Kinneret Lahad

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

“It is all too easy when reviewing academic books to refer to collections as ‘timely’, ‘pressing’ or ‘wide-reaching’, but these words can be no more sincerely meant than in the case of Yvette Taylor and Kinneret Lahad’s Feeling Academic in the Neoliberal University: Feminist Flights, Fights and Failures. In the wake of the widespread strike action across UK universities in recent months, and ensuing discussions about the marketisation of higher education, academic precarity and the relationship between the individual and the institution, Taylor and Lahad’s work is more pertinent and necessary than ever …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 3 June]

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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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We must stop universities exploiting the unpaid labour of PhD students

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

“In universities, it’s common for teaching, demonstrating, marking and other academic work to be done by postgraduate students studying towards their research degree. It’s a win-win: vital career experience and extra cash for students, and an important source of labour for universities. But what should be a mutually beneficial role too often takes the form of exploitative, casual and poorly paid work …” (more)

[Guardian, 4 May]

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Third Level Staff: Precarious Employment

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

IrelandKathleen Funchion (Carlow-Kilkenny, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress his Department has made in respect of the implementation of the Cush report regarding part-time and fixed-term employment in third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 May]

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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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Higher education and precarious work

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – We disagree with Jim Miley, director general of the Irish Universities Association, that allowing universities to pay salaries of up to €337,000 to high profile academics will ‘provide the best value for money for the State’s investment in talent’ (‘Universities get green light for salaries over €335,000’, News, March 12th) …” (more)

[Ulf Strohmayer and 10 others, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Trade Union Celebrates ‘Landmark’ Agreement Between Universities and Staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Working conditions for lecturers are set to improve significantly, as the Department of Education and Skills confirmed plans to address long-standing issues with part-time contracts. Today, formal agreements have taken place between the Irish University Association (IUA) and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), which will aim to address these concerns …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 13 March]

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Insecure academics – just how much do universities rely on casual teaching staff?

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

“Casual staff have always played an important role in university teaching. Many graduate students and postdocs supplement their income by delivering lectures and tutorials, gaining valuable experience and often doing a great job. But has casualization gone too far? …” (more)

[CDBU, 6 March]

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Don’t Expand Temporary Contracts in Universities, Says Mitchell O’Connor

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The use of temporary contracts in Irish universities should be discouraged, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has said in an interview with The University Times. In recent years, universities have started to explore and expand the use of temporary contracts for academic staff. But the government, Mitchell O’Connor said, ‘certainly don’t want them increasing them’ …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 14 December]

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Pay and third-level researchers

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – You report that the Government recently agreed that pay restrictions should be lifted to allow colleges hire world-leading scientists and engineers on salaries of up to €250,000 (News, November 10th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 11 November]

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As IFUT sees it … Precarious employment is not fair play!

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It’s the end of September! As usual, the days grow shorter, the kids go back to school, Mayo lose the All-Ireland … and thousands of researchers and casually employed lecturing staff face another year of precarious employment and working conditions. The quest for fair play for researchers and part-time university staff is now almost as long as that of Mayo for Sam …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 28 September]

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Third Level Staff – Part-time and Fixed Term employment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress his Department has made in respect of the implementation of the Cush Report regarding part time and fixed term employment in third level institutions and in particular her Department’s request in June 2017 that third level institutions establish an adjudication system to hear disputes arising from the implementation of the Cush Report; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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Trinity’s Response to Government Temporary Contract Intervention Will Be Telling

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new element was added to the ongoing industrial dispute in Trinity this week, after the government sent colleges and institutes of technology guidance that explicitly called for a re-think of their use of temporary contracts in the employment of administrative and support staff …” (more)

[University Times, 20 August]

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Government Intervenes to Warn Universities Against Excessive Use of Temporary Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In a move that’s already been praised by trade unions, the government has intervened in the highly-charged issue of temporary contracts in Irish higher education, urging universities to curb their use for the employment of administrative and support staff …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 14 August]

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Planned Union Protest Put on Hold, Pending Government Guidance on Temporary Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A planned protest on Trinity’s campus by the three trade unions involved in a dispute with College was postponed because the unions agreed to wait on an upcoming statement from the government on the use of temporary contracts …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 24 July]

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Precarious employment in academia

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Peter McGuire’s article on precarious employment in academia (‘Is this the end of job security in academia?’, April 4th) highlights practices that are unquestionably exploitative, and about which there is mounting discontent and unrest within the education sector …” (more)

[Louise Campbell and others, Irish Times, 8 April]

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Third Level Staff – Fixed-term Workers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 11th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if all the recommendations of the Cush report in respect of fixed-term workers in third level colleges have been accepted and implemented by him; and if not, the specific recommendations that remain outstanding …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 March]

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Third Level Staff – Precarity

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, United Left): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the rise of precarious employment and short-term contracts in higher education …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Third Level Staff – Trinity College

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on recent plans announced by the board of Trinity College, which will make a secure future or career advancement for many staff an impossibility; the way this might impact on the Government strategy for the third level sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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