Technological Universities: Agreement with TUI

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

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of the deal he has reached with a union (details supplied) regarding the Technological Universities Bill 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 May]

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TUI seeks removal of additional third-level lecture time

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

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is to seek the complete removal of extra lecturing hours imposed as part of the Croke Park Agreement. The two extra hours agreed by the unions were reduced to one in subsequent talks, but Martin Marjoram, a member of the TUI executive committee, says the reality is that the ‘flex’ hour imposes several more working hours on lecturers …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 21 April]

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Latest: Threat of school closures averted as ASTI members vote against strike action

Posted in Teaching on April 20th, 2017 by steve

IrelandUpdate 5.15pm: The threat of secondary school closures next month has been averted after teachers voted against taking more strike action. ASTI delegates spent the day considering a series of one day stoppages in protest over pay levels for new entrants – but the motion was defeated …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 20 April]

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TUI backs ballot on strike action if pay ‘gulf’ not resolved

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government faces the threat of industrial action by Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members over four separate education rows. Education Minister Richard Bruton assured more than 300 TUI delegates at its Cork conference that ‘significant progress’ had already been made on restoring pay and allowances, with more in prospect …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 20 April]

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1% corporate tax ‘would give us €550m more for education’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A special corporate tax levy of 1% has been proposed by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) to add more than €550m per annum to the Irish education sector. TUI general secretary John MacGabhann warned that adequate funding for the education sector was now of paramount importance …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 19 April]

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TUI urges 1% levy on corporation profits to fund higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government should introduce a 1% levy on corporation profits to generate a dedicated fund to finance higher education, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has urged. In an address to the union’s annual conference in Cork, its general secretary John MacGabhann said there was a funding crisis in third-level education which needed to be addressed urgently …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 18 April]

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1% levy on corporate profits to bridge 3rd-level fund gap

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

Ireland“A 1% levy on corporate profits could secure most of the €600m needed to bridge third-level funding gaps, a teachers’ union claims. The idea has been proposed by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) which represents 4,000 institute of technology lecturers, as a solution to the higher education funding crisis and to ease staffing shortages in many sectors …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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Corporate levy would comprehensively tackle higher education funding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has called for the application of a 1% levy on corporate profits to tackle the funding crisis afflicting the Irish higher education sector. The union has highlighted how such a measure would have raised an additional €549m in funding for the sector in 2015 …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 13 April]

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TUI Education Conference 2017 – presentations available to download

Posted in Research on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“On Saturday 4th February TUI held its annual education conference. One hundred delegates attended and the conference addressed policy issues in second level, further education and third level. The presentations from the conference are available below …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 7 February]

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‘Concerns of academic staff over Institute of Technology mergers must be addressed’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) today warned that progress cannot be made on the development of technological universities unless the serious concerns of its members in the Institute of Technology sector are addressed. Members are meeting today in Athlone to discuss the Technological Universities Bill …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 1 February]

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Union’s view of feeder school lists

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Lists of so-called ‘feeder schools’ promote a view that educational success is solely dependent on students achieving entry to third-level courses that require high points …” (more)

[Joanne Irwin, Irish Times, 10 December]

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PISA findings a major endorsement of Irish teachers and students – TUI

Posted in Teaching on December 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has described the findings of the PISA 2015 study as an endorsement of the high quality work of Irish teachers and students at a time of hugely damaging cuts to education. In all three areas which were examined, the scores of Irish students were significantly above the OECD average …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 6 December]

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‘Grave concern’ for future of two GMIT campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Galway Mayo Institute of Technology’s two rural campuses face the threat of closure due to Government underfunding, a trade union has warned. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) said it is ‘gravely concerned’ by continued funding cuts to the Institute of Technology sector …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 2 December]

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TUI must cross ASTI picket lines in order to be paid

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is expected to advise members that they will have to cross picket lines put in place by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland if they want to be paid …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 October]

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CIT staff seek to step up industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology lecturers are seeking to be allowed step up industrial action as management plans to merge with another college despite no legal requirement to do so …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 October]

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Budget 2017 does little to reverse effects of several years of austerity cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Over several years, cutbacks have inflicted severe damage on the educational experience of students and the career prospects of recently qualified teachers. Today’s Budget moves a very small distance towards reversing some of the cutbacks, but considerable additional investment must be made if the stated aim of the country’s education system becoming the best in Europe in a decade is to become anything more than an impossible pipedream …” (more)

[Joanne Irwin, Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 11 October]

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Fear and loathing on campus: bullying at Irish universities

Posted in Legal issues on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Is bullying and harassment rife at Irish universities? These institutions are spending millions of euro on legal fees to deal with allegations by staff of bullying, harassment and discrimination, particularly on gender grounds …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 11 October]

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TUI members at WIT protest at lack of academic calender

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at Waterford Institute of Technology are to begin public protests at the Cork Road Campus from today. The members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland are making the move …” (more)

[WLR FM, 27 Sepember]

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DkIT academics may strike over underfunding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk IT’s academic staff will ballot for strike action this week in opposition to the underfunding of the Institute of Technology sector. DkIT has suffered a 36% cut in funding since 2007 while student numbers have risen by over 30% during the same period. Recruitment restrictions have also seen workloads intensify while staffing levels have dropped by 10% …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 24 September]

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Funding and third-level league tables

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – League tables demonstrate a consistent blind spot in failing to recognise the value of the work being done every day against great odds by Irish third-level institutions, particularly institutes of technology …” (more)

[Joanne Irwin, Irish Times, 23 September]

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