Deadlines for colleges on gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Colleges are to be given deadlines to improve recruitment and promotion practices that do not support gender equality. The areas in need of improvement are to be identified in a review of policies and procedures to be undertaken by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 November]

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The mysteries of academic recruitment

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2017 by steve

“I have no idea on how many occasions I have set on university selection panels to fill academic or other vacancies, both in the various universities in which I have worked and in other institutions. Nor, to be honest, am I sure how often I personally got the decision right or wrong. And yet, these decisions change people’s lives and the destiny of institutions …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 September]

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Failure to Recruit Top Academics Sees Trinity Develop a New Method for Strategic Hires

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

Ireland“Trinity’s University Council approved a proposed new method for strategic hires, following the College’s disappointing recruitment of only one of five targeted professors under the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Targeted Professors initiative …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 25 February]

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Queen’s Publishes EU Referendum Paper

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research on January 16th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s have published an EU Exit Institutional Position Paper which sets out the key issues arising from the referendum result which will impact the University. There are four key issues, as set out below: Access to EU Research Funding; Status of Current and Future EU Staff; Student Recruitment and Mobility; Relationship with the Republic of Ireland …” (more, download)

[QUB, 16 January]

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Civil Service boss defends entry-grade pay rates

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The levels of pay on offer to people entering the public service is not hampering the State’s ability to recruit high-calibre staff, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has said …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 6 April]

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Public sector in ongoing search for staff

Posted in Governance and administration on December 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“As in the private sector, employers in the public sector are also increasingly on the hunt for staff. With the recruitment moratorium now ended, many organisations are ramping up campaigns to target members of the diaspora …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 27 December]

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EU hiring rules could catch out universities, warns Brussels

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2015 by steve

EU“Universities could lose up to a quarter of European Union research funding if they fail to comply with new rules designed to promote fair recruitment, a Brussels official has warned. Under the six-year €80 billion (£58.5 billion) Horizon 2020 settlement agreed in May, UK universities are expected to receive roughly £2 billion in EU funding over the next two years …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 14 September]

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Unofficial university promos

Posted in Life on February 9th, 2010 by steve

“Contrasting unofficial university promo videos. Certainly at least one of these is not endorsed by its University …” (more)

[Registrarism, 9 February]

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Recruiting international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2010 by steve

“Still on the subject of the interview on Morning Ireland by the Minister for Education and Science (see my last post), it was good to see him placing some emphasis on international student recruitment. He indicated – and this is most welcome – that work is being done to improve the visa system. The current inefficiencies, bureaucracies and slow response rates when international students apply for Irish visas is losing us students, but more importantly still is compromising our reputation overseas …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 February]

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State insists on jobs freeze at third level

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2009 by steve

Ireland“The Government has imposed a recruitment ban across the higher education sector and warned colleges that failure to comply will see them lose their funding. In a related move, both UCC and UCD have been told their deficits totalling over €35 million will no longer be tolerated. UCD has a cumulative deficit of €20 million, while the deficit at UCC is over €15 million. In recent weeks, the Higher Education Authority has told both universities to make the cuts necessary to rein in their deficits. In a letter to college heads yesterday, the HEA also said there ‘should be no filling of vacancies by recruitment, promotion or the payment of an allowance for the performance of duties at a higher level’ …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 2 April]

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