Public service unions welcome restoration of working hours recommendation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Public service unions have welcomed a recommendation that working hours be restored to pre-Haddington Road Agreement levels from next July. The 2013 deal increased the working week to 37 hours for those who had been working 35 hours or less up to that point. Those working more than 35 hours faced an increase of up to 39 hours …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 10 January]

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Starting Grant Statistics

Posted in Research on January 10th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Today the European Research Council (ERC) announced the first round of winners of Starting Grants under the new Horizon Europe programme. The results make for interesting reading. Some 397 grants were awarded worth a total of €619 million, i.e. about €1.5 million each on average, all intended for researchers in the early stages of their careers. A complete list of award winners can be found in this PDF document. Congratulations to all of them! Here is the breakdown by host country …” (more)

[In the Dark, 10 January]

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University governance

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 10th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof Neil Robinson of the University of Limerick (Letters, January 4th) refers to university legislation containing ‘Trinity-specific provisions’. He asks, ‘why is the legislation not requiring all universities to adopt Trinity’s governance structures if they are so above reproach?’ …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 10 January]

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With the HEA Bill, Many Colleges’ Fears Are Realised. Pragmatism is the Way Forward

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 10th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“After years of worries about government encroachment into Irish universities, the Department of Higher Education has finally laid out its vision for the future relationship between the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and universities. For colleges, it’s not a pretty one …” (more)

[University Times, 9 January]

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