What does retirement mean for academics?

Posted in Life on December 8th, 2016 by steve

“My first boss, the chairman of my department when I was a young lecturer, was Wilfrid Harrison. Even though there was approximately 40 years’ difference between our ages, I would have described Wilfrid as a friend …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 8 December]

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Retired teachers ‘hogging’ posts from graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The number of retired teachers ‘hogging’ jobs desperately needed by newly qualified graduates continues to rise, provoking fury among those who have recently left college …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 17 July]

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Higher Education Institutions – Retired Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2016 by steve

IrelandKevin O’Keeffe (Cork East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if any public money has been expended directly or indirectly by a university (details supplied); if any financial arrangements for retired staff of the same college are in place; if so, if they are in line with public policy rules on retirement at age 65 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 July]

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Cork Institute of Technology president likely to step down early

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The president of Cork Institute of Technology has signalled he will step down from his position two years earlier than planned following concerns he was due to work well beyond the normal retirement age. The statutory retirement age for members of the public service is generally 65 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 July]

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Justice Committee invites submissions on Employment Equality (Abolishment of Mandatory Retirement Age) Bill 2014

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality is inviting public submissions on the Employment Equality (Abolishment of Mandatory Retirement Age) Bill 2014. The Bill was first published by Deputy Anne Ferris in April 2014 …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 12 October]

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Bullying expert claims he was harassed in his job by university

Posted in Legal issues on September 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Professor takes case against NUI Galway to Employment Appeals Tribunal. An international expert on bullying has himself claimed to be a victim of bullying in his job …” (more)

[Brian McDonald, Irish Times, 3 September]

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Can academics ever really retire?

Posted in Life on April 30th, 2015 by steve

Australia“When your local butcher or grocer retires, it’s perfectly clear what this means. They are no longer there in the shop when you next go in. Someone else has taken over, or the shop has changed to another business …” (more)

[Simon Chapman, The Conversation, 29 April]

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Retiring professors’ ‘crocks of gold’ payoffs slammed

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises association yesterday hit out at what he described as the ‘crocks of gold’ received by retiring university dons …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 23 December]

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‘Greying’ public sector needs new recruits, unions warn

Posted in Governance and administration on July 26th, 2013 by steve

“The Government is insisting there is scope for new recruits to freshen up the public sector as new figures reveal the average public sector worker is 46 – and almost half are aged over 50 …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Independent, 26 July]

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Early Retirement

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will clarify his plans regarding proposals to bring in compulsory early retirement in the public service; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 23 January]

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Not so retiring

Posted in Life on January 15th, 2013 by steve

“I recently attended a small discussion with a group of United States university professors, and I suddenly realised that all of them were over 60 years old, and about half of them well over 65 …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 January]

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Academics ‘dare to know’ only in retirement

Posted in Life on October 25th, 2012 by steve

“Older academics are taking early retirement to pursue ‘authentic study’ because of modern constraints on researchers. That was the view of Vanessa Pupavac, lecturer in international relations at the University of Nottingham, one of the panel members in a debate held during this year’s Battle of Ideas festival in London …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 25 October]

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Moran calls on Minister to give preference to newly qualified and unemployed teachers for teaching positions

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2012 by steve

“Recent reports have highlighted that 1,311 retired teachers were employed as supervisors at the recent State examinations. This alarming number is up from 1,147 retired teachers who were employed last year, an increase of 13%. It is inequitable and highly unsatisfactory that retired teachers are being rehired to supervise examinations …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 9 July]

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State retirees jump queue for jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2012 by steve

“Public servants on generous retirement packages get rehired as jobless are passed over Last Wednesday the €14bn-a-year Health Service Executive, Ireland’s largest employer with more than 67,000 direct employees, and another 40,000 in funded healthcare agencies, updated its ‘Find a job’ web pages …” (more)

[Jerome Reilly, Independent, 20 May]

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Large numbers of public service retirees rehired

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2012 by steve

“Large numbers of those who retired from the public service are being taken back by Government departments, according to replies given by Ministers in response to questions from a Fianna Fáil TD …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 14 May]

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Public Sector Retirements

Posted in Governance and administration on February 29th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide an estimate of the number of public servants who will retire by the end of February 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 28 February]

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Retirements from the Public Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on February 29th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he is satisfied with the progress made by the transition teams put in place to manage the wave of retirements from the public sector in order that the delivery of key frontline services will be maintained; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Priority Questions, 28 February]

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Over 9,000 civil servants to quit

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2012 by steve

“More than 9,000 staff will have left the public service before changes to pension and retirement arrangements come into effect on Thursday. A new contingency plan for the Civil Service, published last night, shows widespread redeployment of staff and new business processes have been put in place to prevent gaps in services emerging …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 28 February]

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University Security Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Michael McNamara asked the Minister for Education and Skills if it is the policy of the University of Limerick to require security officers who reach the age of 65 to retire; if so, are they being replaced by retired gardaí or prison officers who are already receiving a State pension; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 8 February]

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6,600 public servants to retire early

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2012 by steve

“A total of 6,600 public servants are planning to take early retirement, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil today. He said that considering the age profile of public servants, it was assumed that up to 9,000 whole-time equivalent workers would retire by the end of this month …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan and Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 7 February]

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