‘Star’ researchers are excused teaching

Ireland“Students in Irish universities are being denied the expertise of talented staff because they have been recruited on non-teaching contracts, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has claimed. The third-level policy body has advised universities and institutes of education to remove clauses from contracts which keep ‘stellar’ researchers in the laboratory and out of the classroom. Tom Boland, the HEA chief executive, said a number of research personnel, ‘though not the majority’, have contracts excusing them from lecturing duties. ‘Some do not see teaching as their job and have been allowed to buy out of teaching,’ he said …” (more)

[Stephen O’Brien, Times, 12 April]

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