IFUT welcomes enhanced measures to ensure safe reopening of higher education

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed enhanced measures announced for re-opening of colleges at the request of Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said that the health and safety of tens of thousands of staff and students, their families and the broader community, must be central to the reopening of third level colleges around the country …” (more)

[IFUT, 25 September]

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University and college staff being paid in book tokens, Oireachtas told

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Some staff at financially struggling universities and colleges are being paid in book tokens, the Oireachtas spending watchdog has heard. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is to ask the Higher Education Authority to appear before TDs to answer questions about the impact of gaping deficits in third-level funding …” (more)

[Brian Hutton and Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 24 September]

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High-Risk Staff Being Obliged to Teach is ‘Very Worrying’, Says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has described the government’s decision to potentially compel high-risk staff members to work as ‘very worrying’. The government currently allows higher education institutions to assess a high-risk staff member’s capacity to work in person on a case-by-case basis …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 September]

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Safety, Consultation and Resources key to sustainable higher education reopening, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ongoing detailed consultation by university managements with staff and students on safety and resource provision is essential to guarantee a sustainable re-opening of higher education, The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has stated following issuing of Leaving Certificate results to students …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 September]

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University places for asylum seekers ‘not even a drop in the ocean’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A revised education support scheme for asylum seekers has been described as too narrow, with a ‘minuscule’ number of places available at third level and no central government funding. That is according to Angela Flynn, a member of the university of sanctuary working group at UCC and president of the Irish Federation of University Teachers …” (more)

[Maresa Fagany, Irish Examiner, 31 August]

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Certainty urgently required on reopening, says third-level union

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

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris is to establish a new forum to engage with staff, students and institutions on key policy areas for the third-level sector. The announcement was made following a meeting between the Minister and trade unions representing staff in the sector on Wednesday …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 July]

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University teachers seek clarity on process for re-opening third level education

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

Ireland“University teachers have said that certainty is required urgently on the re-opening process for higher education institutions. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (Ifut) said an official guidance document issued last week said that the response to Covid-19 involved ‘a rapid move to emergency remote teaching and assessment of programmes, without impacting on the integrity of qualifications’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 29 July]

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IFUT welcomes government higher education funding and guidelines but cautions that issues will need to be addressed on ongoing basis

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has broadly welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris, of funding supports for universities and details in the ‘Guidance for Further and Higher Education for returning to on-site activity in 2020’ …” (more)

[IFUT, 23 July]

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UCD Planning for Reduction in Social Distancing to One Metre in September

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is now planning for a one metre social distancing measure to be implemented on-campus by September, according to documents seen by The College Tribune. Following adapted guidelines in the hospitality and transport sectors, it is understood that UCD expects a 1m social distancing measure as the ‘most likely scenario’ on campus …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 15 July]

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Prof Daire Keogh Takes the Reins as DCU President

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Prof Daire Keogh today took over as president of Dublin City University (DCU), succeeding Prof Brian MacCraith whose 10-year term ended on Monday. In a press statement, Prof Keogh said: ‘It is my great honour to lead the university in the next phase of its development …'” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 15 July]

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UCD students concerned over university’s teaching plans

Posted in Teaching on July 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at the country’s largest university have expressed concern that it may be ‘overpromising’ on the amount of face to face, as opposed to online, learning that students will be able to avail of come September. Last week UCD announced plans for between 40% to 60% of face to face teaching for undergraduates, rising to between 75% to 100% for graduate students …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 15 July]

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Legislation Agreed by Cabinet for ‘Economically Focussed’ Department of Higher Education

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

Ireland“On the 13th of July, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD, welcomed government approval to publish legislation to establish his department as a major ministry. According to Minister Harris, the Cabinet has approved the new Department which will now be proposed to Dáil and Seanad Éireann …” (more)

[Ahmed Jouda, College Tribune, 14 July]

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Concern some colleges ‘overpromising’ on campus time

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

Ireland“A trade union representing university lecturers has expressed concern that some universities may be bowing to commercial concerns and ‘overpromising’ students as to the amount of time they will be able to spend on campus and in face-to-face learning come September. The warning comes as UCD became the second university this week to outline the broad details of its ‘blended learning’ approach for autumn reopening …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 9 July]

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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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