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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Third-Level Stakeholders Express Disappointment Over Budget 2021

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of third-level stakeholders have expressed disappointment over Budget 2021, which was announced earlier today. Some €3.3 billion was allocated to the Department of Further and Higher Education under Budget 2021 – up from €2.8 billion last year – which includes a €50 million fund to assist third-level students experiencing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 13 October]

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Higher education focus in Budget welcome but sector must be included in new Recovery Fund to ensure sustainability, says IFUT

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed the allocation of €3.3b. to higher education in today’s Budget, but ‘after a decade of neglect, the sector must be included centrally in the government’s Recovery Fund next year to allow a return to sustainable education’, Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT said …” (more)

[IFUT, 13 October]

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Budget must respond to dire needs of higher education and initiatives proposed by Higher Education Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for higher education to be given priority funding in next Tuesday’s Budget. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said that thousands of lecturers and tens of thousands of students require urgent support to cope with the impact of Covid-19, on top of a previous decade of underfunding …” (more)

[IFUT, 12 October]

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Addressing Leaving Cert results debacle poses major issues on lecturing staff numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The likely creation of significant additional higher education places for students denied college entry due to errors in Leaving Cert calculations will make an already bad lecturer:student ratio even worse and undermine the credibility of higher education delivery, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warned …” (more)

[IFUT, 1 September]

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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IFUT Blasts Government Over ‘Slight’ on Academics in Exam Preparation

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 10th, 2020 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has hit out at the government for overlooking the ‘huge contribution’ of academics in developing alternative assessment models for this year’s summer exams. In a press statement today, Joan Donegan, the general secretary of IFUT, condemned Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor – who yesterday praised many higher education stakeholders for their efforts in developing online assessment tools – for ‘pointedly’ refusing to thank lecturers …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 9 April]

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Diversity of third-level sector is a strength

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

Ireland“Sir, – Your article ‘Does Ireland have too many universities?’ (Education, March 10th) risks diverting attention from key issues of underfunding and soaring student numbers in higher education. Ireland has seven conventional ‘universities’ and a new technological university. Denmark, of similar size and population to Ireland, has eight …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 11 March]

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