IFUT Calls for ‘Urgent’ Funding Extensions on PhD Research Projects

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

“The Irish Federation of University teachers (IFUT) has expressed concerns that PhD students and postdoctoral researchers may be forced to drop out of their contracts if their grants are not extended due to the coronavirus pandemic. A number of grant funders have committed to providing no-cost extensions to research projects that have fallen behind schedule due to the closure of universities, but they have not committed to extending funding for these projects …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 15 April]

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Maltreatment of researchers ‘no longer tolerable’, says IFUT President

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The continued maltreatment of researchers in the university sector can no longer be tolerated and must be urgently addressed by the Department of Education and universities alike, Michael Delargey, UCC-based President of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, said at the 2017 Conference of IFUT in Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 6 May]

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Young academics: The great betrayal

Posted in Life on August 25th, 2015 by steve

UK“Poorly paid and treated with contempt, the plight of early career researchers in the humanities is the result of a systemic betrayal of a generation of academics, argues Mathew Lyons …” (more)

[History Today, 24 August]

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Education policy seeks to diminish status and morale of researchers

Posted in Legal issues, Research on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“While research faces significant obstacles in Europe, Ireland’s national research policy is facing an even more alarming crisis as it continues to ignore and operate counter to consistent EU recommendations on development of research and innovation …” (more)

[Mike Jennings, Irish Times, 23 March]

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Researchers must be given same status as ‘research’, says IFUT

Posted in Research on April 2nd, 2012 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said that while a major emphasis is continually placed on the importance of research in our Universities and third-level institutions, little or no attention is placed on the rights and conditions of researchers …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 2 April]

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What researcher in a cosy, well-funded lab wants to venture out into the chilly commercial climate?

Posted in Research on November 3rd, 2008 by steve

“There is some very clever thinking apparent in the newly-published report on how to provide a career structure for our research scientists. The report also shows how our existing research funding system can produce unwanted impacts, which a proper career structure should help to address. The Advisory Science Council appointed a task force on researcher careers to help develop a strategy. It hired Technopolis Ltd to conduct a study, develop ideas and examine best practice based on what was happening abroad. The resulting report makes for interesting reading …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 3 November]

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