Strikes over pay and conditions to hit a number of third-level institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish third-level institutions are to be affected by strikes and other actions over pay and conditions in the coming months. This comes as lecturers and researchers in 60 universities across the UK and Northern Ireland began an eight day strike on Monday over pensions, pay and conditions …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 1 December]

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The problems with feeder school lists

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – ‘Feeder school’ lists (Feeder Schools 2019, December 3rd) promote a distorted view that educational success is dependent on students securing places on third-level courses that require high points. They also suggest that immediate progress to third level is the only choice worth valuing and recognising …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 4 December]

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Teachers who are members of TUI to stage one-day strike in February

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers are to stage a one-day strike in February in a significant escalation of the long-running campaign to end the two-tier pay system in schools. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) said its executive had decided to hold the stoppage as its efforts to bring the issue of pay discrimination to a conclusion had been ‘frustrated by Government inaction’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 18 November]

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Teachers who are members of TUI to stage one-day strike in February

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers are to stage a one-day strike in February in a significant escalation of the long-running campaign to end the two-tier pay system in schools. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) said its executive had decided to hold the stoppage as its efforts to bring the issue of pay discrimination to a conclusion had been ‘frustrated by Government inaction’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 18 November]

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University of Limerick staff set to be balloted over industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Union members at the University of Limerick (UL) look set to be balloted for industrial action and have been warned against co-operating with key strategic projects management are seeking to roll out over what union officials have described as an absence of ‘proper consultation’ …” (more)

[Conor Pope, Irish Times, 16 November]

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Strike at Dundalk Institute of Technology called off

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A planned strike by staff at the Dundalk Institute of Technology which was scheduled to go ahead next Tuesday has been called off after management signalled it would move to pursue the status of a technological university. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland said on Friday it had secured its strategic objectives and the threat of strike action had been lifted …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 15 November]

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DkIT and TUI must meet to discuss strategic future of the Institute – Gerry Adams TD

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams and Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú have called for talks between DkIT and the TUI. Deputy Adams commented following recent media coverage which suggests possible industrial action by TUI members at DkIT. Gerry Adams said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 12 November]

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Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD calls for Minister to engage with DkIT staff

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has called on Minister for State Mary Mitchell O’Connor and DkIT management to engage with staff in the coming days in order to avoid next weeks strike action. Teachta Ó Laoghaire said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 12 November]

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DkIT Disappointed in TUI’s Decision to Embark on Industrial Action Next Week

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology say they are disappointed in the Teachers’ Union of Ireland’s decision to embark on industrial action next week. Strike action by lecturers and researchers will commence on Tuesday November 19th after they recently voted 99.1% in favour of industrial action in a dispute revolving around a lack of meaningful consultation on the Institute’s strategic future, and a proposed new ‘fifth school’ that the TUI claims violates national and local agreements …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 12 November]

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Lecturers in Dundalk Institute of Technology announce one-day strike

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

Ireland“Lecturers in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) have announced a one-day strike for Tuesday November 19 as tensions rise ahead of the publication of a new strategic plan for the college. It follows a 99% vote in favour of industrial action by members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI). DkIT is finalising a new strategic plan, to run from 2020 to 2022 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 November]

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Dundalk IT Staff Vote For Industrial Action By Record Margin

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Staff at DkIT have voted by 99.1% to 0.9% to engage in industrial action in a dispute which they describe as ‘the failure of DKIT’s President’s Office and Institute Administration to adhere to national collective agreements, respect industrial relations mechanisms and engage in transparent and meaningful consultation on a range of issues’. Frustration has been building for months regarding the Institute’s strategic future …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 2 November]

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Wealthy students and high-points courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – That students from affluent backgrounds are more likely to study ‘high points’ courses should come as little surprise to anybody (News, October 21st). However, the findings of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) report make clear the need for significant additional, targeted investment across all levels of education to afford students an equal opportunity to fulfil their own potential, irrespective of their postal address …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 24 October]

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TUI overwhelmingly votes to back industrial action over two-tier pay

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

Ireland“Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members have voted overwhelmingly to renew their mandate for industrial action over two-tier pay rates. The ballot was passed by a margin of 92% to 8% to endorse the union’s mandate for industrial action, up to and including strike action, as part of its campaign for equal pay …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 October]

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Staff Call on DkIT’s Governing Body to Intervene to Avoid Graduation Ceremony Being Held Off Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Calls by students and staff for the President of Dundalk IT to reverse his decision to move the annual graduation ceremony off campus appear to have fallen on deaf ears, according to the Teachers’ Union of Ireland. Staff and students at the Dublin Road institute were informed on Friday morning via email by DkIT President Michael Mulvey that he planned to proceed with moving the conferring ceremony at the end of the month to An Táin Theatre after plans to hold the graduation in St Patrick’s Cathedral fell through …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 4 October]

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Ireland bottom of class when it comes to class sizes and funding: OECD report

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

Ireland“While young people in Ireland are among the most educated globally, low national investment in education is leading to overstretched schools, teaching unions have warned. Ireland has a secondary school enrolment rate of 93%, but national investment in the sector is the lowest of 35 countries studied by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 10 September]

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Gender pay gap: Females with a degree earn significantly less than male peers, report reveals

Posted in Life on September 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Despite being better educated overall – women aged 25-64, with a degree in Ireland earn 28% less than their male counterparts, according to a new report. This is among the findings in an annual overview of structure, finances and performance of education systems in the developed world, by the international think-tank OECD …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 September]

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Teachers’ union to ballot for industrial action over two-tier pay

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

Ireland“A teachers’ union is to ballot members next month to renew its mandate for industrial action as tensions rise over controversial two-tier pay scales. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has announced it will ballot its 18,000 members for a mandate for industrial action, up to and including strike action, as part of its campaign to end pay discrimination …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 August]

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Talks for New Tech Uni Stalled

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It seems talks to try and resolve problems around the Technological University for the South East are on hold. At the end of June TUI members in IT Carlow voted against an agreement that had been reached at the Workplace Relations Commission. It’s expected talks will resume in September after progress came to a standstill over a month ago …” (more)

[KCLR 96FM, 5 August]

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Another tech university project hit by wrangle over €26m issue

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A second technological university project has been hit by a wrangle over who picks up the tab for outstanding deficits, debt and certain other costs when colleges merge to form a new entity. The proposed Technological University of the South East (TUSE) involves a merger of the Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow) and Waterford Institute of Technology (Waterford IT) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 July]

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Long-awaited Munster Technological University decision due shortly

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A long-awaited decision on the Munster Technological University (MTU) is expected to be made shortly as an independent report sparks uncertainty over the project. Following a formal application earlier this year, an international panel of experts assessed a bid by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) to become Munster’s first technological university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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