Universities fight Quinn’s plan to take control of pay

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 30th, 2012 by steve

“Universities are fighting plans to change the law to give the Government absolute control over pay, conditions and staff numbers. University leaders have met Education Minister Ruairi Quinn to express reservations about proposed new legislation …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 October]

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Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2012 by steve

“… Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn’s amendment to the Universities Act, which requires colleges to comply with Government pay rules, is causing consternation across higher education. Mike Jennings, the astute head of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, sees it as the ‘biggest threat to university autonomy in decades’ …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 30 October]

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Persuading top Irish doctors to return home increasingly difficult, says UCD medical dean

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2012 by steve

“The departing head of UCD’s medical school has said he has found it extremely difficult to recruit top-class doctors to return to Ireland because we do not have education or health systems that function properly …” (more)

[Muiris Houston, Irish Times, 23 October]

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We’ve paid high price for cutting medics’ pay

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2012 by steve

“As Oscar Wilde might have said, for a country to lose one dean of medicine may be regarded as a misfortune, but losing two looks like carelessness. With heads of both TCD and UCD medical schools leaving their positions in six months, the Government needs to be sure that the latter is not the case …” (more)

[Independent, 22 October]

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UCD medical school chief quits €241,000 job for US

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2012 by steve

“The head of UCD’s medical school is leaving his €241,000-a-year post to return to the US – warning that Ireland is no longer interested in attracting high-calibre academics. Professor Bill Powderly is the second head of a university medical school to leave his job in just six months …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 October]

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Deans say clinical academic professors’ salary uncompetitive

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2012 by steve

“The deans of the State’s medical schools have expressed grave concern at plans by the Government to reduce the salary level for clinical academic professors to €145,000 …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 16 October]

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Hundreds of varsity dons get pension top-ups

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2012 by steve

“Lavish pension top-ups to 260 ‘out of touch’ and highly paid retiring academics in Ireland’s universities have been awarded since 2010 despite falling standards, the Sunday Independent can reveal …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 7 October]

[The Blogmeister comments: If standards are indeed falling (for which the evidence is weak), I would guess it’s probably got more to do with what the people at the bottom are being paid, and indeed how many of them have been allowed to keep their jobs at all.]

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Quinn law will block lavish €7.5m bonuses at universities

Posted in Legal issues on September 29th, 2012 by steve

“The academics who received millions of euro in lavish bonuses to which they were not entitled are revealed today. Now Education Minister Ruairi Quinn (left) is bringing in a new law to prevent our universities from paying staff over the odds. This comes after €7.5m in unauthorised allowances were paid to 223 senior academics …” (more)

[Independent, 29 September]

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Medicine test repeats could end

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 23rd, 2012 by steve

“The future of the controversial HPAT aptitude test for entry to medicine is now being considered as part of the overall reform of the points system …” (more)

[Independent, 22 September]

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Medical school aptitude test change delayed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Medical schools have delayed making changes to the controversial aptitude test used to select entrants but acknowledge that its use is causing a number of distortions for young people who wish to become doctors …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 September]

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Report recommends that HPAT system be included in review

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 21st, 2012 by steve

“An interim report from the five Irish medical schools on the HPAT (Health Professionals Admissions Test) recommends that the HPAT system be included in a review on the admissions process being carried out by the Irish Universities Association …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 21 September]

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