IFUT: Increase in Student Numbers Must be Accompanied by More Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s branch of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warned that sustained pressure on teaching staff will continue if the planned rise in student numbers is not accompanied by the recruitment of more lecturers …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 December]

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Pay proposals accepted by union members in the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) have today (Thursday, 2nd December) confirmed that union members working in the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) have accepted new pay proposals by an overwhelming majority …” (more)

[SIPTU, 2 December]

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TCDSU to Create Hybrid-Learning Policy with Postgrads and IFUT

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on December 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) council has voted to work with postgraduate students and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) to create a policy which would require all lectures to be recorded. The motion will mandate the three groups to ‘find a solution for handing over copyright of recorded lectures to lecturers’ … (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 30 November]

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Lecturers to Lobby for High Risk Staff to be Allowed to Work from Home

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s branch of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has voted to lobby for staff over 60, and those in the HSE’s ‘high-risk’ category, to be allowed to work from home until they receive a booster vaccine …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 29 November]

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Urgent appeal to European Governments and EU Institutions: Take Action for Afghanistan’s scholars, researchers, and civil society actors

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2021 by steve

International“We, the undersigned higher education associations, networks, and leaders in the field of scholar protection, urge European governments and EU institutions to take immediate action to secure the lives and careers of Afghanistan’s scholars, students, and civil society actors …” (more)

[IFUT, 23 August]

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College lecturers express concerns at plans to resume some classes at full capacity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“College lecturers have expressed concern at plans by some universities to resume certain classes at full capacity without social distancing. It comes as it emerged that UCD is planning to resume large lectures of up to 500 students with safety measures such as mandatory mask-wearing …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Should vaccination be mandatory for third level students?

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

Ireland“Frank Jones, General Secretary of IFUT; Dr Tomás Ryan, Associate Professor in TCD School of Biochemistry and Immunology; and Claire Austick, President USI, debate whether vaccinations should be mandatory for returning third level students …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 11 August]

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IFUT continues its work to Protect and Promote Academic Freedom

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2021 by steve

IrelandIrish Federation of University Teachers calls on Irish Universities to do more to protect and assist Scholars at Risk. Around the globe, courageous scholars who debunk baseless theories and false narratives, and who promulgate research-findings that are inconvenient to those in power, are at risk of being silenced, sometimes through violent means …” (more)

[Anthony Harvey, IFUT, 12 July]

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Provost’s priorities for Trinity

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

Ireland“Sir, – I congratulate Prof Linda Doyle on her election as provost of Trinity College Dublin (‘Trinity College Dublin names Linda Doyle as first woman provost in 429 years’, News, April 10th). During the campaign, Prof Doyle made several key commitments to early-career academics, particularly precariously employed adjunct staff. At the Irish Federation of University Teachers hustings she promised to ensure they were paid for every hour worked in class preparation and marking time, and to consult with unions in determining a fair hourly rate …” (more)

[Niall Kennedy, Irish Times, 12 April]

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At IFUT Hustings, Provostial Candidates Call for New Approach to Employment

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

Ireland“Provostial candidates were keen to distance themselves from Trinity’s current employment practices and converged on similar messages throughout at today’s hustings hosted by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT). Chair of IFUT’s Trinity branch John Walsh ran the hustings, posing questions …” (more)

[Matt McCann, Mairead Maguire and Cormac Watson, University Times, 30 March]

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New DCU agreement signifies enhanced cooperation between IFUT and SIPTU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A new co-operation agreement has been reached between DCU, SIPTU and IFUT on collective representational rights on behalf of the members of both unions in the University. The University recognises the positive role played by trade unions within the workplace and this agreement builds further on the existing positive industrial relations climate in the university between both SIPTU and IFUT …” (more)

[IFUT, 4 March]

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IFUT Calls for Review of College’s Approach to Alyn Stacey Disqualification

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for a review of Trinity’s running of this year’s Provost elections, describing the disqualification of Prof Sarah Alyn Stacey’s as ‘undemocratic’ …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 28 February]

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IFUT votes resoundingly for new public service agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“IFUT members have voted by an overwhelming majority in favour of the new Public Service Agreement representing a 97% ‘yes’ majority in the ballots cast. The Agreement, ‘Building Momentum: A New Public Service Agreement’ 2021-2022 provides for increases in pay, commitments to reductions in working hours, restoration of overtime rates and protection on public service outsourcing, all of which deliver positive outcomes and potential for IFUT members and workers in the higher education sector …” (more)

[IFUT, 18 February]

[See also: Public Service Agreement 2021-2022 FAQ]

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Exam Mitigation Measures Should Not Continue Past Pandemic, Says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s branch of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said that mitigation measures for assessment should only be introduced in ‘exceptional’ circumstances and should not continue past the coronavirus crisis …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 9 January]

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In-Person Teaching Must be Kept to an ‘Absolute Minimum’, Says IFUT

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s branch of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said that in-person activity in College ‘has to be kept to an absolute minimum’, echoing Trinity’s message on increased restrictions earlier today …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 8 January]

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PhD rights have been ignored in new employment framework, says SIPTU

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

Ireland“Conditions for postgradaute researchers are not addressed in the new career framework for researchers, according to SIPTU. The Researcher Career Development and Employment Framework (RCF) was published by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) earlier this month. It states ‘the PhD stage is not included in the grading and salary structure set out in this Framework as it is not typically a salaried employment’ …” (more)

[Maria Dealney, Noteworthy, 29 December]

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Clear national health and safety approach needed for face-to-face teaching in universities, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ad-hoc approach by individual colleges would ‘risk chaos for staff and students alike’. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for a single, clear health and safety framework for any reopening of face-to-face teaching in the New Year, saying that without it college administrations are currently planning in a vacuum and devising contradictory measures related to preventing the spread of Covid-19 …” (more)

[IFUT, 23 November]

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Covid-19: University lecturers warn of ‘chaos’ if face-to-face teaching returns

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University lecturers have warned of ‘chaos and confusion’ if there is a return to face-to-face teaching in the new year in the absence of clear health and safety rules. Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said he wants to boost on-campus activity for first year students, in particular, early next year amid concern over a potential rise in drop-out rates …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 November]

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Any Relaxation of College Restrictions Must Be ‘Gradual’, Says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warned that any change from the current level-five restrictions on universities must be ‘gradual’. At present, most teaching in the third-level sector has moved online, unless in-person classes are deemed necessary, as is the case with practical and laboratory subjects …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 17 November]

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Responses from the Department for Higher Ed to Questions raised at recent Education Futures Webinar

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

IrelandDelighted to hear about the prospect for a cross border university, what stage is that issue currently at and how will it proceed? The establishment of a technological university (TU) in the north-west is being advanced through the Connacht Ulster Alliance (CUA) TU development consortium composed of Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Galway Mayo IT and IT Sligo …” (more)

[IFUT, 13 November]

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