Paddy Nixon makes cuts plans, but there’s money for managers

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

“Yet again UCU at Ulster hears of potential cuts to the university from the media. In Monday’s interview with the Irish News, VC Paddy Nixon says UU is ‘planning for budget cuts’ of between 2% and 12%. He has not said a word to UCU representatives about this …” (more)

[UCU, 29 September]

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Irish university students offer sex to fund studies, claims report

Posted in Legal issues on October 28th, 2016 by steve

UK“Female students at an Irish university are turning to sex work to help fund their studies, a report has claimed. The university and College Union and the Students’ Union claimed some PhD students at Queen’s University Belfast are being paid below the minimum wage …” (more)

[Kylie Noble, Independent, 27 October]

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Is this a conversation or a monologue?

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

UK“Billed as ‘conversations’, VC Paddy Nixon will visit Ulster’s 4 campuses on Tuesday to meet staff in the wake of the publication of UU’s Strategic Plan – Five & Fifty. But we might ask, is this a conversation or a monologue? Is the VC listening? He certainly didn’t listen to the campus unions as management implemented cuts to jobs last year …” (more)

[UCU @ Ulster, 14 October]

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Anger as Belfast’s Queen University dumps sociology degree

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

UK“Queen’s academics have been left reeling after the university announced the ditching of its sociology degree. The University and College Union (UCU), which represents academics, said staff were informed of the decision on Friday …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 19 September]

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Some staff at Queen’s and Ulster University to go on two-day strike

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2016 by steve

UK“Some staff at Queen’s University and Ulster University are going on a two-day strike over pay. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at both universities are taking part in the action …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 25 May]

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North West college: Report finds ‘culture of fear’ among staff

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2013 by steve

“A report into an industrial relations dispute at the North West Regional College highlights allegations of ‘a culture of fear’ among staff. The 84-page report has called for widespread changes to rebuild trust between staff and management …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 February]

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UCU decides against industrial action over pay

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2012 by steve

“University lecturers will not join industrial action later this month over a 1% pay offer after members voted against a strike. Officers for University and College Union announced today that they will not undertake industrial action after considering the results of a ballot on the national pay offer for 2012-13 …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 12 October]

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University workers to strike over pay

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2012 by steve

“Thousands of university workers have voted for strike action in a dispute over pay and conditions. Five major unions across the UK including three with representation in Northern Ireland — University and College Union (UCU), Unison and Unite — backed the move …” (more)

[Lindsay Fergus, Belfast Telegraph, 12 October]

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University of Ulster plans leave future in ‘danger’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2012 by steve

“Staff changes at the University of Ulster are putting the university’s future in danger, according to a lecturer’s union …” (more)

[BBC News, 5 September]

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Warning over private universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2011 by steve

“Academics have raised concerns that the introduction of more private universities could damage the UK’s global reputation for higher education. Many are concerned that degrees offered by for-profit universities could be seen as inferior by employers …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 16 June]

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BMC lecturers put hold on strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2011 by steve

“A planned walkout by lecturers at Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC) on Monday has been called off. Up to 500 staff, all members of the University and College Union (UCU), yesterday decided to ‘temporarily suspend’ the three-day strike …” (more)

[Lindsay Fergus, Belfast Telegraph, 7 May]

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UCU says teaching excellence needs to be properly rewarded

Posted in Teaching on February 26th, 2009 by steve

“UCU said today that teaching had to be properly recognised in our universities as new research revealed that academic staff think teaching should be important when it comes to promotions, but few believe it actually is. A full report from the Higher Education Academy (HEA) is expected later this year that will include the results of a study into higher education institutions’ policies for recognising teaching and how the policies are being implemented. Key findings from the survey include: over 90% of academic staff think that teaching should be important in promotions; most academics feel that the status of teaching is low in comparison with research …” (more)

[UCU, 25 February]

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Government must fully fund RAE results, says UCU

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 18th, 2008 by steve

“UCU said today that academic and academic-related staff were to be congratulated for their hard work following the publication of the RAE results. The union added that the government must recognise that high quality research is widely distributed throughout UK institutions and rewarded with proper funding. However, UCU said it was not alone in having concerns about the RAE process and warned institutions not to use what they may perceive as low scores as an excuse to downsize or consider redundancies …” (more)

[Dan Ashley, UCU, 18 December]

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