IFUT Submission on Proposed Legislative Reform of the Higher Education Authority Act 1971

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Commission consultation is a missed opportunity to address all key issues in the sector. The current Government process and consultation aims to update the Higher Education Authority Act, 1971, which sets out the functions of the HEA and provided for its governance. The Act provides for the funding and overall financial monitoring of designated institutions of higher education by the HEA …” (more)

[IFUT, 7 November]

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Lack of state funding for higher education a major impediment to student access, says IFUT

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The consistent failure of the government to restore funding levels to higher education is a major impediment to access by students from disadvantaged backgrounds, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has stated. Responding to new data from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) which found that only 10% of the national student population is from a disadvantaged background …” (more)

[IFUT, 23 October]

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IFUT Demands Action on Cassells After Third-Level Inequalities Revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has demanded that the government act on the findings of the Cassells report after recent research carried out by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) showed that just one in ten third-level students come from disadvantaged backgrounds …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 22 October]

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Budget highlights ‘policy paralysis’ on higher education, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The failure again in today’s Budget to address the funding crisis in higher education highlights a continued policy paralysis in government on the sector, that threatens to undermine our universities and the education of tens of thousands of students countrywide, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) states …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 October]

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Behind the Lace Curtain

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on September 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The term ‘lace curtain poverty’ was coined to refer to situations where the objective reality of being impoverished is compounded by the additional complication whereby your circumstances are assumed by neighbours and the wider community to be at a much more comfortable (even prosperous) level than they actually are …” (more)

[IFUT, 16 September]

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IFUT Secures Full Membership of the Education Oversight Body

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Education Oversight Body was established as a result of the Public Services Pay Agreement to act as a ‘fast-track’ clearing house for disputes which arise regarding the specific education-related provisions of the Agreement …” (more)

[IFUT, 2 September]

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IFUT Agrees a Protocol with the Irish Universities Association (IUA) on Implementation of the Cush Report

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“IFUT has agreed on a protocol with the IUA on the implementation of the Report of the Expert Group on Fixed-Term and Part-Time Employment in Lecturing (the Cush Report) …” (more)

[IFUT, 2 September]

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Universities and hiring policies

Posted in Legal issues on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) is very surprised and concerned at reports (News, August 27th) that Maynooth University is suing University College Dublin, disputing the latter’s right to hire an academic …” (more)

[Frank Jones, Irish Times, 2 September]

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University Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, and John Walshe, Former Special Advisor to Education Minister, discuss why Irish universities have not made the top 100 in world rankings in 2019 …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 20 June]

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Exploitation of Workers in University Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Mike Jennings represented IFUT as a member of the ETUCE (European region of Education International) delegation to the quadrennial conference of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) in Vienna from May 21 to 24, 2019 …” (more)

[IFUT, 4 June]

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IFUT now represents Irish postdoctoral researchers on Eurodoc

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Eurodoc is the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (http://eurodoc.net/). It is an international federation of 29 national organisations of PhD candidates, and more generally of early career researchers from 28 countries of the European Union and the Council of Europe …” (more)

[IFUT, 31 May]

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No Academic Representation on the Governing Body of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, MICL

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For over five years, Academic Staff at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, have not been represented on the Governing Board, as IFUT members continue to protest against a decision taken by the College, following a report from an external consultancy firm …” (more)

[IFUT, 23 May]

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To survive, trade unions must adapt to needs of young people – IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions must adapt to meet the needs of young people in order to survive, the head of the organisation representing university teachers has said. Joan Donegan, general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), told its annual conference at the weekend that young people had grown up largely in the generation where union membership was ‘simply not the norm’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 14 May]

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IFUT Calls for Allocation of Corporation Tax to Address Higher Education Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“‘The next Budget should provide once-off emergency funding from the surge in Corporation tax to address the escalating higher education crisis’, Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, said in advance of IFUT’s 2019 Annual Delegate Conference in Dublin, Saturday, May 11th, 2019 …” (more)

[IFUT, 10 May]

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Work-Life Balance

Posted in Legal issues, Life on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new EU Work-Life Balance Directive has recently been agreed. The ultimate aim of this Directive is to improve gender equality by easing access to work-life balance arrangements for parents and carers and to boost the participation of men in family-related leaves of absence or flexible working arrangements …” (more)

[IFUT, 30 April]

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IFUT calls for increased higher education funding following new IUA Report

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for an increase in state funding for higher education following publication today of a Report ‘Delivering for Ireland: An Impact Assessment of Irish Universities’, commissioned by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) …” (more)

[IFUT, 5 April]

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Third level staff and students to stage protests over funding ‘crisis’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third level students and lecturers across college campuses are set to stage lunchtime protests on Thursday to highlight what they say is a growing crisis in higher education funding. State funding for third level fell by almost 40% as a result of austerity-era cost-cutting between 2008 and 2015 at a time of rising student numbers …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 March]

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Full Steam Ahead at DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Following discussions between IFUT and SIPTU a joint agreement has been reached on representation of staff in Dublin City University (DCU). The new agreement provides a very strong mandate for working together in a spirit of partnership to advance the cause of all trade union members in the university …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 11 March]

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Poll on third-level fees is a smokescreen

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your article ‘State and students “should bear cost” of third-level education’ (News, March 4th) raises questions as to why the Higher Education Authority decided to ask the public how higher education should be funded and on the methodology of the opinion poll …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 8 March]

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Live horse and you’ll get grass!

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For the past decade higher education institutions, staff and students have been forced to survive on a mantra from government of ‘live horse and you’ll get grass’. But on 20th February last, the Department of Education and Skills held a novel ‘Stakeholders Consultation on Higher Education’, on the site of the newly launched Technological University of Dublin, to discuss a brighter future …” (more)

[IFUT, 6 March]

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