IFUT welcomes new Cabinet Minister for Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warmly welcomed the creation of a new Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science in the new government. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said the creation of the new Department reflects a decision by the government to address the fact that, over the past decade, higher education and research had very much become the ‘cinderella’ within the overall education system …” (more)

[IFUT, 28 June]

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Trinity Teaching Staff Angered by Lack of College Funding for IT Equipment

Posted in Teaching on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Teaching staff in Trinity have hit out at College for failing to provide additional funding to facilitate online teaching and learning, which will continue into the next academic year. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has been told that individual schools will be responsible for securing funding to ensure that staff can facilitate online teaching and learning from their homes …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 22 June]

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UCD Anti-Casualisation Suggests Unionisation of Graduate Workers

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Friday 5th June, UCD Anti Casualisation (UCD-AC) penned an open letter to the management of University College Dublin (UCD) requesting a meeting by the end of June. On the same day, UCD-AC suggested that the group would ‘move towards unionisation’ of its members …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 8 June]

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Trade unions call for emergency funding to tackle ‘crisis’ facing third level colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions representing staff at all levels of the education system have joined forces to call for emergency funding to ease the ‘crisis’ facing third level institutions. The Irish Congress of Trade Union’s education sector group – which includes unions representing staff at primary, secondary and tertiary level – says the coronavirus pandemic has exposed serious flaws at the heart of the third level system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 June]

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The Current Status of the ‘Cush’ Agreement May, 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Members will be aware of the ‘Report to the Minister for Education and Skills of the Chairperson of the Expert group on Fixed-Term and Part-Time Employment in Lecturing in Third Level Education in Ireland’, aka the ‘Cush’ Report. This Report was published in June of 2016 with its recommendations accepted as policy by the Department of Education and Skills in July of 2016 …” (more)

[IFUT, 28 May]

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Education unions call for third level forum

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions representing staff at all levels of the education system have called for the creation of a new sectoral forum to help address the crisis affecting the third level sector. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions Education Sector Group says emergency funding will be needed to address the immediate impact of the Covid-19 crisis on universities and other higher education institutions, which have experienced significant funding deficits as a result …” (more)

[Fórsa, 25 May]

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Higher Education requires ‘Tier One’ category for resources and engagement

Posted in Governance and administration, Research, Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week Cambridge University in the UK announced that all its courses will be delivered online for the next academic year. The decision followed immediately on a warning from England’s university regulator, the Office of Students, on the need for ‘absolute clarity’ for students making academic plans …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, IFUT, 21 May]

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Emergency Measures to tackle the Labour Market Crisis of Researchers

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on May 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The COVID-19 pandemic has had an extraordinarily negative impact on the university sector. However, this impact will not be felt equally by all categories of staff. We, the Irish Research Staff Association, are writing on behalf of various groups of research staff, including post-doctoral researchers and research assistants …” (more)

[IFUT, 20 May]

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Getting Bored of People Stating the Obvious

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘Unprecedented’, ‘things will never be the same’, ‘Covid-19 is a deadly virus’, ‘these are uncertain times’, ‘wash your hands’, ‘the safety of our customers is our highest priority’ – I am getting fed up hearing people stating the obvious. We already know all this – but why do people online, in meetings, in calls, in the media feel the need to say this stuff over and over? …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 30 April]

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University lecturers warn of ‘enrolment chaos’ in autumn

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 29th, 2020 by steve

“The Government must begin consulting with colleges, staff and students in order to avoid escalating uncertainty and the threat of ‘enrolment chaos’ in the autumn, the Irish Federation of University Teachers has warned. The federation’s general secretary Joan Donegan said students and university teachers are being left in an ‘ongoing limbo’ amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 April]

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Call for urgent plan to safeguard third-level sector from serious financial fallout due to Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2020 by steve

“An urgent plan to safeguard the Irish third-level sector from serious financial fallout due to the Covid-19 crisis must be a top priority for the Government. That is the warning as Irish universities face potential revenue losses running into the hundreds of millions due to the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 April]

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Financially hit universities consider recruitment freeze

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Recruitment freezes are on the cards at universities as the sector braces for the financial impact of Covid-19 on higher education. With the pandemic expected to have a major financial impact on the sector, universities are working through the many implications of the shutdown for all aspects of their operations …” (more)

[Jess Casey and Áine Kenny, Irish Examiner, 28 April]

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College Restarts Could Cause ‘Enrolment Chaos’, Warns Trade Union

Posted in Teaching on April 28th, 2020 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warned that autumn 2020 could bring ‘enrolment chaos’ for colleges around the country, and called for funding pledges from the government to protect a sector facing financial turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 27 April]

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Urgent engagement and consultation by government needed to avoid higher education chaos in Autumn, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 27th, 2020 by steve

“Immediate consultations and engagement by the Department of Education with students, staff and higher education institutions is needed to avoid escalating uncertainty and the threat of enrolment chaos next Autumn, the Irish Federation of University teachers (IFUT) has stated …” (more)

[IFUT, 27 April]

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Correspondence to the Principal Officer, Department Of Education and Skills

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

“… We would request that formal consultation procedures should be immediately established to deal with all pandemic-related issues. To set the scene for the sort of conversation which IFUT feels needs to take place, perhaps it might be useful if I gave you a flavour of the type and range of concerns which our members have been communicating to IFUT at both Local Branch and at Head Office level …” (more)

[IFUT, 21 April]

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IFUT Calls for ‘Urgent’ Funding Extensions on PhD Research Projects

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on April 15th, 2020 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University teachers (IFUT) has expressed concerns that PhD students and postdoctoral researchers may be forced to drop out of their contracts if their grants are not extended due to the coronavirus pandemic. A number of grant funders have committed to providing no-cost extensions to research projects that have fallen behind schedule due to the closure of universities, but they have not committed to extending funding for these projects …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 15 April]

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Casual Staff Will be Paid for Rostered Hours During College Closure

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity’s casual staff will be paid for their rostered hours for the duration of the College’s closure, even if their classes do not go ahead online. Trinity’s members of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) sought confirmation from College’s HR department that casual workers – including TAs and many postgraduate students – would receive payment for any hours they were scheduled to work during the crisis …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 April]

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UCC must make ‘big choices’ to avoid a financial crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2020 by steve

“A Cork representative of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warned that ‘big choices’ will have to be made at University College Cork as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It comes as IFUT calls for the establishment of an all-stakeholder consultation process to address what it describes as the ‘education cliff around the corner’ …” (more)

[EchoLive, 14 April]

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Colleges ‘face financial ruin’ without bailout

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“Lecturers are calling for an emergency plan for universities, which they believe could be facing financial ruin due to a likely collapse in the number of foreign students enrolling in the next academic year due to the Covid-19 crisis. With international students accounting for up to a third of fee income for many colleges across the country, third-level staff lay-offs may be inevitable without an urgent rescue package for the sector, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warned …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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Emergency support package required for higher education, say IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for the introduction of emergency supports for higher education similar to those implemented for business, combined with the establishment of an ‘all-stakeholder’ consultation process to address the education cliff around the corner …” (more)

[IFUT, 12 April]

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