Temporary Contracts in Trinity Raise Questions Over University Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The dispute between Trinity and its support and service staff rumbles on, with SIPTU and Unite currently considering their options for further action and the issue gathering momentum. This week the issue was raised in the Dáil by Paul Murphy TD in a question to the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton …” (more)

[University Times, 29 January]

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Trinity College Dublin – Promotion for non-academic staff

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, Anti-Austerity Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has discussed with management of Trinity College Dublin proposals to freeze promotions for non-academic staff and to impose a moratorium on offering permanent contracts to non-academic staff; his views regarding increased precarity in the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 24 January]

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Lecturing abroad: A necessary step for many Irish academics

Posted in Life on January 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third-level educators have long had to accept the need to travel to get on in academia. Young, aspiring academics in Ireland may have to wait for older members of staff to retire for openings to become available. Even then, there is no guarantee of getting that job …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Trinity’s New ‘Diktat’ for Staff Reveals the Darker Side of Commercialisation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“For the first time in years, we might see a possible strike inside the walls of Trinity. A ‘diktat’ from College, which will see an end to promotions for support and service staff and the introduction of temporary contracts for all new employees, has been heavily and rightly attacked by SIPTU, IFUT and UNITE …” (more)

[University Times, 22 January]

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Third Level Staff – Promotion

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures his Department has put in place to ensure third level institutions adhere to standard public sector promotion procedures in keeping with the Haddington Road agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 January]

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College trade unions raise prospect of industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Workers voice opposition to hiring and promotion policies alongside longstanding grievances. A meeting last Wednesday saw agreement between members of the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) and Unite trade unions to campaign in opposition to College hiring and promotion policies …” (more)

[Cathal Kavanagh, Trinity News, 17 January]

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Gender bias at UCC a concern for staff

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“There are significant levels of dissatisfaction among staff over gender issues and promotion processes at one of the country’s biggest universities, according to an internal survey. Unpublished research by management at University College Cork (UCC) shows that more than one-third (36%) of the 375 respondents – which comprised 265 females and 110 males – believed the culture and atmosphere at the college was not female-friendly and inclusive …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 11 July]

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Academic Gender Quotas are an Extreme Solution to an Extreme Problem

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“This week, NUI Galway confirmed its plan to ensure that more women are promoted to senior academic positions by introducing mandatory gender quotas. The quota of women to be promoted will follow a ‘cascade’ approach, in which the number of women eligible for promotion is based on the proportion of women at the grade below …” (more)

[University Times, 22 May]

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Labour Court rules NUIG must deal with internal promotion case

Posted in Legal issues on May 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Court has ruled that negotiations should occur between NUI Galway and a staff member and her trade union on the issue of promotion procedures, in a case taken by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 19 May]

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UCC must conduct fresh interview of lecturer for promotion

Posted in Legal issues on April 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has been instructed to re-interview one of the college’s lecturers for promotion after the Labour Court heard the original selection process was seriously flawed. Declan Jordan, a UCC economics lecturer, claimed he was improperly denied promotion to the position of senior lecturer which he applied for in November 2012, despite being eligible …” (more)

[The Labour Court determination is here]
[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 7 April]

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Once again, flawed statistics put out by NUI Galway – this time in European media

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A European-wide article about gender bias in academia prominently features Micheline’s successful case against NUI Galway and the ongoing court battle of the five other women lecturers overlooked for promotion …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 11 February]

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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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Inside Trinity College Dublin

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

Ireland“Sir, – Prof Darryl Jones’s letter (October 10th) in response to my opinion piece (‘Trinity has to first address its internal problems in order to improve its international standing’, October 8th) misrepresents my central point – which is not that there have been few promotions, but that the university’s own oversight system has found the promotion process to be unfair, and nothing has been done to change it …” (more)

[Mac MacLachlan, Irish Times, 13 October]

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NUIG staff should undergo gender bias training, report says

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“All senior management staff at NUI Galway should undergo ‘unconscious bias training’ to counteract discrimination against women, a gender equality taskforce has recommended. In a progress report to go before the university’s council today, the group chaired by external academic Prof Jane Grimson calls for the creation of a new post of vice-president of equality and diversity …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 June]

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NUI Galway writes threatening letter in response to damaging information revealed by Dr Sheehy Skeffington

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has responded to the recent damaging revelations made by Dr Sheehy Skeffington by sending a threatening letter which promised to take ‘any appropriate action’ to ensure that no further personal information of University staff is revealed by the retired lecturer …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 3 April]

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NUI Galway examining possible data breach

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway (NUIG) said it was examining a possible ‘data breach’ last week relating to personal information of university staff. The university said it was ‘conscious that there may or may not have been a data breach last week and the matter is currently being looked into’ …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 31 March]

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Never too late to learn from your mistakes

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

Ireland“NUIG president Jim Browne tells Education Correspondent Niall Murray his institution is keen to rectify gender imbalance in senior positions as part of its assault on global rankings. Despite recent success in international rankings, NUI Galway has made most headlines in recent months over ongoing controversy about a lack of promotions for female academics …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 27 March]

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Dr Sheehy Skeffington writes response to NUI Galway’s gender equality PR document

Posted in Legal issues on March 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“I apologise for having to write to you but I feel I have no choice as NUI Galway’s recent document on Gender Equality sent to all staff deliberately misinforms concerning the case being taken by the five female lecturers who like me were shortlisted but not promoted to senior lecturer in 2009 …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 25 March]

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Misogynistic procedures? Large Demonstrations? An Increasingly Disillusioned Staff and Student Body? Story after Story of Bad Press? Don’t worry, we have a task force!

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The approach of NUI Galway’s management in dealing with recent gender equality issues has become increasingly bizarre in the last week as the university continues to respond to dreadful press coverage, criticism from TD’s and Senators, staff and student protests and negative story after story by repeatedly announcing that it has a ‘task force’ or is setting up a ‘review’ …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 28 February]

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Academics reluctant to take gender equality cases, union official says

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Female academics remain very reluctant to bring cases over career progression or gender discrimination, often because they feel isolated, a leading trade union official has said. Joan Donegan, deputy general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, said …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 18 February]

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