University teachers warn of strike action at colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University teachers may have to close third-level colleges in the short term through strikes to ensure they survive in the longer terms, their trade union has stated. The general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) Mike Jennings said funding in the sector had been decimated over recent years while resources, staff and students were stretched to an unprecedented extent …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 7 May]

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Third level teachers look for funding to be restored by new Minister for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third level teachers are calling on the new Minister for Education to restore funding to the sector. They say years of austerity has significantly reduced the quality of teaching they can provide for students …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 7 May]

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Education snubbed in FF-FG deal on government, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said that the demotion of education to a single sentence reference in the ‘Confidence and Supply’ agreement on government between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael is a major snub to education, teachers and students …” (more)

[The text of the agreement is here]
[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 4 May]

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Scandalous neglect of third-level education in party manifestos must be corrected

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Mike Jennings, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), has called on the leaders of the four main political parties to immediately explain and correct the neglect of third-level education following an independent assessment of their Manifestos on national radio today …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 24 February]

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IFUT calls on Fine Gael and Labour to address crisis in third-level funding and places

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called on the Fine Gael and Labour to announce proposals to address the mounting crisis in third-level education, ahead of the announcement of this year’s general election …” (more)

[Matthew Mulligan, Trinity News, 31 January]

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After Criticism Over Impact on Female Academics, Trinity Revises Tenure-Track Proposal

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has made significant changes to its proposed introduction of a tenure-track system for entry-level academics, The University Times has learned, following widespread criticism of the impact it would have on the careers of female academics …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 26 January]

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Funding third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Irish Federation of University Teachers wishes to draw attention to the escalating crisis in the third-level education system. The next government must immediately address the devastation of underfunding and understaffing that has resulted from years of budgetary cutbacks in the sector …” (more)

[Mike Jennings, Irish Times, 25 January]

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The next Government has to invest in future of third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“As Fine Gael and Labour Party delegates prepare to meet for pre-election conferences later this month, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) wishes to draw their attention to the escalating crisis in third-level education …” (more)

[Mike Jennings, Irish Examiner, 20 JAnuary]

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Majority of union and lobby group bosses refuse to disclose salaries

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“… All of the main teaching organisations were happy to disclose either salaries or pay scales. TUI general secretary John MacGabhann earns between €127,796 and €146,191; INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan is paid between €119,381 and €136,276; while ASTI general secretary Pat King is on a salary of €134,000. Irish Federation of University Teachers general secretary Mike Jennings is on a salary of between €78,321 and €103,261. In stark contrast …” (more)

[Shane Phelan and others, Independent, 24 November]

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Lecturers cry foul over Trinity’s overseas recruitment plan

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The trade union representing university lecturers has criticised plans by Trinity College Dublin to fill 40 new academic posts through contracts outside of traditional public service recruitment arrangements …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 16 October]

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Budget has failed third-level education, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The government has totally failed to address the funding and staffing crisis facing third level education and is threatening the sector’s very viability, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) say in response to announcement on education spending …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 October]

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Government must address third-level funding and staffing crisis now, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The government must address the escalating crisis of underfunding and understaffing in our third-level colleges immediately, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warned. Mike Jennings, General Secretary of IFUT, said that …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 25 August]

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Precarious employment widespread in Higher Education, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Precarious employment is rampant in Higher Education, Mike Jennings, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) said today, addressing the Biennial Conference of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 July]

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Our higher education system is underfunded and overstretched

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“When the Irish economy collapsed, many calls were made for citizens to rally round and display practical patriotism by ‘doing more for less’ on behalf of our country and especially our young people …” (more)

[Mike Jennings, Independent, 24 June]

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IFUT defers decision on Landsdowne Rd Agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Executive of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has decided today (Thursday June 11th) to defer to its July meeting a decision on a Recommendation regarding the Landsdowne Rd Agreement …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 11 June]

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Confucius says it’s time for Irish students to fly to China

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Next week, staff from 25 universities and eight secondary schools in China will arrive in Ireland hoping to attract students. No foreign country has become so embedded in our education system in recent years as China …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 27 May]

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Speech by Mike Jennings, General Secretary, IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Colleagues, Delegates, Invited Guests and Friends,I’m very pleased to come to this podium to formally propose the adoption of the 2014/2015 IFUT Annual Report. My colleague, the Deputy General Secretary, Joan Donegan will take the conference through the report in greater detail. I will make a more general statement …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 9 May]

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Managerialism risks destroying our universities, warns IFUT General Secretary

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Huge damage is being done to independence and freedom of decision-making in the University Sector due to the new ‘managerialist’ approach increasingly asserting itself in our universities Mike Jennings, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) said at the organisations Annual Conference in Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 9 May]

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IFUT brands Minister for Education disrespectful after text cancellation of appearance

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers has said it is extremely disappointed by what it calls the behaviour of the Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. It is understood O’Sullivan has cancelled her planned attendance at their annual delegate conference today …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 9 May]

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UCC students seek assurances amid Tyndall staff strike threat

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Students at University College Cork want assurances that library and other services will not be hit by a strike during exams next week. The call came as management applied to the High Court for an injunction to prevent staff of the Tyndall National Institute, a leading UCC research centre …” (more)

[Niall Murray and Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Examiner, 6 May]

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