Government Intervenes to Warn Universities Against Excessive Use of Temporary Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In a move that’s already been praised by trade unions, the government has intervened in the highly-charged issue of temporary contracts in Irish higher education, urging universities to curb their use for the employment of administrative and support staff …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 14 August]

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38% of Trinity Staff Employed on Temporary Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“38% of Trinity staff are employed on temporary contracts, with academic staff making up 40% of the temporary staff employed by Trinity, according to figures in a new report seen by The University Times …” (more)

[John Conway, University Times, 14 December]

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O Adjunct! My Adjunct!

Posted in Life on March 26th, 2015 by steve

USA“I spent half of my undergraduate career figuring out what I didn’t want to do. I started off in the journalism program, switched to literature, was undecided for a few panicked, free-floating months, and studied photography for a time. But the spring of my sophomore year, I enrolled in a fiction-writing workshop with an instructor named Harvey Grossinger …” (more)

[Carmen Maria Machado, New Yorker, 25 March]

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Why we should care about National Adjunct Walkout Day in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In October 2014 an adjunct professor in San Jose State University posted the following question on a social media site: ‘What would happen if adjuncts across the country all walked out on the same day?’ This Wednesday, 25th February, she will have her answer …” (more)

[Patrick Bresnihan, Look Left, 25 February]

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University league tables

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Well done to Dr Edward Horgan for his illuminating and insightful letter regarding university league tables (October 7th). I can easily relate to what he says as I too feel that younger academics are being exploited within the university sector …” (more)

[Cornelius Moynihan, Irish Times, 13 October]

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Ulster’s ring-fenced posts come under fire

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2009 by steve

“A university’s attempts to provide job security by ring-fencing permanent posts for those on temporary contracts have been criticised. Amid concerns about excessive casualisation in higher education, the University of Ulster established a policy to give fixed-term staff first refusal of permanent posts. But according to an employee who raised his concerns anonymously, the policy meant vacancies could not be opened up to competition, so Ulster could not be sure it was getting the best candidates. ‘The consequence is to progressively lower the quality of teaching and research staff as they can only be replenished from within, often by low-calibre fixed-term staff unable to find employment elsewhere,’ he said …” (more)

[John Gill, THE, 19 February]

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