IFUT Calls for Fees to be Phased Out by Next Government

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for third-level fees to be phased out by the country’s next government, in a pitch to political parties that also sees it demanding improvements to staff working conditions …” (more)

[Ella Connolly, University Times, 21 January]

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General Election 2020 – Five Steps to Revive Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“IFUT calls on all parties forming the next government to adopt the following as part of the Programme for Government: 1. Phase out student fees and revise the grant system to address the excessive costs for so many in, or contemplating entering, Higher Education …” (more)

[IFUT, 20 January]

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20 New Reserved Professorial Positions for Women Welcome, says IFUT

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed confirmation by Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, TD, that 20 additional professorial positions will be created this year for women to assist gender balance in higher education institutions …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 7 January]

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A Christmas Message from IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As we approach the end of a very busy and demanding term we would like to extend our warmest greeting to all of our members for a happy and peaceful Christmas and a (much deserved!) restful holiday. Your support for our Union is hugely appreciated …” (more)

[IFUT, 12 December]

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Organising Workers in the Modern (and Future) World of Work

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

Ireland“IFUT is author to one of the chapters in a new essay collection ‘Ensuring Good Future Jobs’, launched on 28th November 2019 at the National University of Ireland offices. Edited by TASC and the Carnegie UK Trust, the collection sets out how everyday challenges facing workers in Ireland need to be addressed as the essential foundation for enabling Better Future Jobs …” (more)

[IFUT, 12 December]

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Lecturer on separate precarious contracts and low pay – until IFUT secured full-time lecturing status

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I have been working for one of the large universities in Ireland for almost a decade, holding year-to-year hourly-teaching contracts, without summer pay, payment for meetings, and the extensive preparation required for delivering high-quality lectures …” (more)

[IFUT, 6 December]

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Strikes over pay and conditions to hit a number of third-level institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish third-level institutions are to be affected by strikes and other actions over pay and conditions in the coming months. This comes as lecturers and researchers in 60 universities across the UK and Northern Ireland began an eight day strike on Monday over pensions, pay and conditions …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 1 December]

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‘Once-off’ emergency allocation from soaring corporation tax income needed for higher education, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called on the government to allocate emergency ‘once-off’ monies from the soaring Corporation tax intake to address the crisis in third-level funding. Responding to the latest Corporation tax intake for 2018, which has soared to over €10bn, Frank Jones, Deputy General Secretary of IFUT, said ‘Higher education colleges produce the highly qualified graduates that supply expertise to the multinational companies that pay Corporation tax’ …” (more)

[IFUT, 29 November]

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University Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Frank Jones, Deputy General Secretary of IFUT, speaks to Mary about university funding” (mp3).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 29 November]

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Solidarity with the UCU Strikers!

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

Ireland“The anticipated strikes of staff from UK universities have begun: they will last from today (November 25th 2019) until December 4th. The cause of the dispute is twofold: (1) the long-running saga of the Universities pension scheme (about which there were strikes in 2018); and (2) over pay, equality, workloads and the ever-increasing casualisation of lecturing and other work …” (more)

[In the Dark, 25 November]

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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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