Industrial action ballot called off by University of Limerick union

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

Ireland“The ballot for industrial action which was set to be put to University of Limerick staff this week has been called off. The decision was announced to over 200 members of the university’s union, UL-Unite, at an emergency meeting this Tuesday …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 11 December]

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President of University of Limerick confirms university’s restructuring plan is ‘paused’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of UL has confirmed that the current restructuring plan of the university is now ‘paused’ and acknowledged that ‘mistakes were made’ in the formulation of the plan. In an email addressed to colleagues in relation to the restructuring plan of the university’s schools and departments, Dr Des Fitzgerald said …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke and Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 6 December]

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University of Limerick staff to be balloted for industrial action next week

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick staff are set to be balloted for potential strike action next week as they reject UL’s Executive Committee’s offer for an extended consultation period for structural changes within the university’s schools and departments. On Monday, the Executive Committee, which is chaired by UL President Des Fitzgerald, informed staff via email that they are ‘more than happy’ to provide ‘additional time to facilitate collaborative debate’ on the proposed condensing of the university’s 24 schools and departments into 10 …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 5 December]

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University of Limerick facing academic revolt over restructuring

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Management at University of Limerick (UL) is facing an academic revolt after 50 professors signed a letter calling for the suspension of restructuring at the college, which they said risks making it academically ‘not fit for purpose’. The university, which is getting ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary, has published a plan to develop a new campus in the heart of Limerick city. It is aiming to cater for an additional 4,000 mostly postgraduate or international students …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 27 November]

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University of Limerick staff ‘groping in the dark for certainty’ amidst UL@50 changes

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A University of Limerick staff member has described how employees were ‘ambushed’ with plans of structural change within the university. This week it was revealed that industrial action could be taken in response to the restructuring of the university’s four main faculties under UL’s new strategic plan, UL@50 …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 22 November]

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The Paradox of Institutional Change in Universities: The Strategic Need for a Pincer-Movement

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2017 by steve

“The last 10 years has seen most Universities in the UK undergo significant restructuring. These processes, which are still ongoing – most terribly at Manchester and the OU at the moment – are intended to deliver transformations to the institution’s financial viability, their ‘market appeal’, improvement of the student experience, and increasing competitiveness in research and teaching …” (more)

[Improvisation Blog, 30 June]

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Linda Dowling-Hetherington, ‘University Change in Ireland: Understanding the “What”, the “Why” and the “How”‘

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2016 by steve

IrelandAbstract: Over the past decade, universities in Ireland have been implementing large-scale institutional change designed to better prepare them for the multitude of pressures they face. Changes have been taking place, for example, in approaches to institutional management and leadership practices and in decision-making structures. However, despite the rapid pace of change taking place in Irish universities, there has been a considerable dearth of research resulting in a lack of any real insight into how the higher education landscape may be changing from a grassroots faculty perspective. This article presents the findings of a case study conducted in the School of Business at University College Dublin. The article reports on the kinds of institutional changes that have taken place (the ‘what’); the impetus for these changes (the ‘why’); and the top-down manner in which many of these changes were implemented and the ways in which faculty have responded to them (the ‘how’). The article concludes by suggesting the importance of understanding the possible implications of faculty responses to change for their institutional loyalty and commitment and suggests some areas for further research.

[Research Repository UCD, 27 January]

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QUB to Merge Seven Schools

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2015 by steve

UK“Queen’s University Belfast has discussed plans to merge schools within the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty, the Gown has learned from a University source …” (more)

[Niamh McGovern, The Gown, 16 December]

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Third Level – where’s the vision?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Why do we talk about third level education in a language that is so different from that used when talking about Second Level? Take the issue of merging third level institutions. My reading of this whole process is that is often a sort of knee-jerk, obsessive-like behaviour …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 2 November]

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Is it time to restructure our universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“A federal approach could help tackle the divisive brand wars and class-bound hierarchies that dog our current system. The pattern of higher education institutions has remained remarkably stable for half a century …” (more)

[Peter Scott, Guardian, 2 September]

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Institutional Fear and Academic Performance

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 25th, 2014 by steve

“I had a discussion with a senior colleague the other day about ways to improve the quality of learning experiences in the institution. Many institutions in the UK and elsewhere have in recent years seen some very unpleasant restructuring programmes which left many out of work …” (more)

[Improvisation Blog, 25 June]

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Save the Department of Ancient Classics at University College Cork!

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2013 by steve

“Cork is an important centre of Classical studies in the south of Ireland and deserves an individual, distinctive identity. The department is in danger, and we need your support to save it! …” (more)

[Activism, 1 October]

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Institutes of Technology Issues – Restructuring and Reconfiguration

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide details of the proposed reorganisation of third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 3 July]

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CIT Department of Science

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills the role his Department has in the proposed restructuring of the Department of Science in Cork Institute of Technology and the course offerings in the Institute; if his attention has been drawn to these changes; his views on the level of consultation that has been carried out regarding these changes; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 18 June]

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UCD restructures ahead of groups

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2012 by steve

“There is to be a restructuring of Ireland’s largest medical school and a drive to breathe new life into the Dublin Academic Medical Centre (DAMC), with new appointments planned for two top posts — the Principal of UCD’s College of Health Sciences, and the Head of UCD’s School of Medicine and Medical Science …” (more)

[Gary Culliton, Irish Medical Times, 13 December]

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Restructuring the third level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2012 by steve

“The whole question of restructuring the third level sector is in the news these days. The Minister wants reform and less duplication of courses. Who can argue with that? All very reasonable …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 23 November]

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Merger Mania

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2012 by steve

“Throw a stone out the window and you’ll hit an international expert advocating mergers, consolidations etc. Somewhere in there, the words ‘critical mass’ and ‘world class’ will be mentioned …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 26 September]

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A radical vision for third level?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2012 by steve

“The decision by the Department of Education and the Higher Education Authority to delay publication of a report on the future landscape of the third-level sector underlines the very radical nature of what was proposed …” (more)

[Irish Times, 26 September]

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Restructuring the higher education landscape

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Over the past 40 years, Ireland has experienced a remarkable transformation in fortunes. Its emergence from a protectionist pre-industrial to a post-industrial high-tech economy came on the coat tails of European Union membership and accelerating internationalisation and deregulation of financial and investment markets …” (more)

[Ellen Hazelkorn, University World News, 23 September]

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Cut in teacher training colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – Seán Flynn (September 6th) notes that ‘teacher training in the State is set to be transformed, with fewer colleges’, around the country, arising from the projected consolidation of institutions …” (more)

[Marian Harkin, Irish Times, 13 September]

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