UCD in search of Company to Deliver Sexual Misconduct Training

Posted in Teaching on October 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“UCD is in search of a company to deliver training on harassment, bullying and sexual misconduct, to be made available to all staff and students next year. The training will have an online format …” (more)

[Rosie Roberts Kuntz, College Tribune, 12 October]

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Bullying and Sexual Harassment in Third Level Institutions: Motion

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2021 by steve

IrelandLynn Ruane (Independent): I move: That Seanad Éireann: calls for a debate on the bullying and sexual harassment that exists for faculty, students and staff in Ireland’s third-level institutions; notes that third-level institutions should not support the use of non-disclosure agreements, which limits accountability of perpetrators, in such instances; and calls on the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to commit that such issues when they arise, will be dealt with in a holistic and trauma-informed manner …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 21 September]

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Bullying in Educational Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2021 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which his Department continues to monitor incidents of professional bullying throughout the higher education system; the extent to which action has been taken or is proposed to deal with such issues in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 July]

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Codes of Conduct to Counter Bullying and Harassment – A Petition

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A week or so ago news broke of yet another case of bullying in an astronomy department, this time in the University of Lund. This and a number of older examples of harassment and bullying have led to the circulation of a letter calling for Codes of Conduct to be introduced in scientific collaborations …” (more)

[In the Dark, 30 June]

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‘The Neoliberal university in Ireland: institutional bullying by another name?’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2021 by steve

Abstract: New managerialism and the pervasive neoliberalisation of universities is by now a wellestablished phenomenon. Commentaries explore the political and economic drivers and effects of neoliberal ideology, and critique the impact on higher education and academic work. The impact on the health and well-being of academic staff has had less attention, and it is to that we turn in this paper. Much academic interest in neoliberalism stems from the UK, Australia and the United States. We draw particularly on studies of public Irish universities, where neoliberalism, now well entrenched, but something of a late-comer to the new public management party, is making its presence felt. This conceptual paper explores the concept of neoliberalism in higher education, arguing that the policies and practices of new public management as exercised in universities are a form of bullying; what we term institutional bullying. The authors are researchers of workplace culture, workplace bullying and incivility. Irish universities are increasingly challenged in delivering the International Labour Organisation (ILO) principles of decent work, i.e., dignity, equity, fair income and safe working conditions. They have become exposed in terms of gender imbalance in senior positions, precariat workforce, excessive workload and diminishing levels of control. Irish universities are suffering in terms of both the health and well-being of staff and organisational vibrancy. The authors conclude by cautioning against potential neoliberal intensification as universities grapple with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper reviews neoliberalism in higher education and concludes with insight as to how the current pandemic could act as a necessary catalyst to stem the tide and ‘call out’ bullying at the institutional level.

Hodgins, Margaret and Mannix-McNamara, Patricia, The Neoliberal university in Ireland: institutional bullying by another name? (2021) 11 Societies 52.

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We should take the opportunity to break the cycle of harmful student behaviours

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2021 by steve

“When pandemics end, the young take risks. That’s the simplified story that the media and the history books would have us believe as they predict a summer of hedonism to follow the fifteen months of isolation we’ve all just experienced …” (more)

[Libby Farrier-Williams, Wonkhe, 14 May]

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Third-level staff, students to be surveyed on sexual harassment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“All staff and students in higher education are to be surveyed on their experiences of sexual violence and sexual harassment during the coming weeks as part of a ‘zero tolerance’ initiative to create safe campuses for all. In addition, all colleges are being required to record and report cases of sexual harassment and bullying of staff and students on an annual basis …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 April]

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Education around consent should be a requirement, not an option in third level institutions – Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A survey is set to be carried out into harassment, sexual harassment and bullying in the country’s higher education institutions. The survey, which will look into harassment and bullying of both staff and students, was confirmed by Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris …” (more)

[Michelle McGlynn, Irish Examiner, 26 November]

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Minister Harris confirms survey into harassment, sexual harassment and bullying of staff and students in higher education institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has confirmed a survey is to be carried out into harassment, sexual harassment and bullying of both staff and students in our higher education institutions …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 26 November]

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Colleges must report annual bullying and sexual harassment figures

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All third level colleges are to be required to measure cases of sexual harassment and bullying of staff and students as part of new ‘zero tolerance’ initiative to create safe campuses for all. Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris TD is to announce on Thursday that higher education institutions will be required to record and report these statistics annually from now on …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 November]

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Bullying in Educational Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 22nd, 2020 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the degree to which bullying has been identified in academia; the actions taken in response; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 October]

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Bullying in Educational Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2020 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of incidents, reports made or complaints received of academic bullying throughout all universities in each of the past eight years to date; the nature of such events whether professional, gender or race related; the actions taken arising from such complaints by each third-level institution involved; if the practice has ceased; if not, the reason therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 September]

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An end to bullying?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I wonder if the virtualisation of the campus workplace is having much of an impact on levels of bullying. Interestingly, the French language doesn’t have a word for plain old bullying. Sexual bullying translates as ‘harcèlement sexuel’, which is fair enough …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 11 September]

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‘Programme for Government: Our Shared Future’ (June 2020)

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research, Teaching on June 17th, 2020 by steve

IrelandThe full (draft) Programme is here; extracts related to third level are here.

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‘Dangerous levels of staff bullying’ alleged at University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Staff at University of Limerick are reportedly being subjected to ‘bullying and harassment’ under what has been described as ‘dictatorship’ management within the university. The university’s union, UL-Unite, also stated in its February newsletter that members have claimed bullying has ‘escalated to a very dangerous level’, and is affecting the mental health of some staff …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 7 March]

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Bullying in universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Most universities make a genuine effort to maintain a culture and atmosphere in which people – students and staff – can thrive and in which intellectual debate and challenge is encouraged in a setting of personal respect. Most students, staff and faculty also do their utmost to maintain this culture …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 February]

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Does science have a bullying problem?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

International“In August, accusations of bullying roiled the Institute of Cancer Research in London, one of the leading science centres in the United Kingdom. A prominent cancer researcher there, geneticist Nazneen Rahman, resigned from the institute following an investigation into allegations that she had bullied her staff. And in an unprecedented move, the biomedical charity the Wellcome Trust revoked £3.5 million (US$4.5 million) of the funding it had given her …” (more)

[Holly Else, Nature, 28 November]

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Facebook defends role in project to tackle online bullying

Posted in Research on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Facebook has defended its role in a new campaign to provide anti-bullying and online safety training in every secondary school in Ireland. The social media firm has been at the centre of allegations that it is not doing enough to moderate harmful and illegal content …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 October]

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Hundreds of academics at top UK universities accused of bullying

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 28th, 2018 by steve

“Hundreds of academics have been accused of bullying students and colleagues in the past five years, prompting concerns that a culture of harassment and intimidation is thriving in Britain’s leading universities. A Guardian investigation found nearly 300 academics, including senior professors and laboratory directors, were accused of bullying students and colleagues …” (more)

[Hannah Devlin and Sarah Marsh, Guardian, 28 September]

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Bullies have no place in academia – even if they’re star scientists

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“I was awarded a prestigious fellowship in 2015 and moved my family across the country to take up a postdoctoral position at a world-class biomedical research institute. Little did I know that this seemingly invaluable opportunity would set me on a dangerous path to mental ill health …” (more)

[Guardian, 15 December]

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