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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Union calls on UCC to withdraw student letters claiming strike will affect exams

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers has called on University College Cork to withdraw a letter to students at the Tyndall National Institute claiming industrial action by researchers will affect their exams. The action is part of an ongoing dispute over pay rates and conditions for researchers at the institute, which is part of UCC although off campus …” (more)

[Fiona Gartland, Irish Times, 5 May]

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UCC to take legal action over dispute at Tyndall

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is to take legal proceedings in a bid to prevent unions for placing pickets on its campus. Members of trade unions IFUT and SIPTU at the Tyndall research institute are engaged in industrial action at the college in a row over pay parity …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 May]

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Third Level Staff Remuneration – Tyndall Institute

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

IrelandDeputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will authorise the implementation of the agreed rates for jobs in an institute (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 30 April]

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Staff at Tyndall institute strike over pay

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

Ireland“Around 100 researchers, engineers, administration, technical and IT staff at one of the country’s leading research institutions have gone on strike for a third time as a result of an ongoing pay dispute …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 May]

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SIPTU members to strike at Tyndall National Institute in UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork (UCC) will undertake three days of work stoppages in May, beginning tomorrow (Friday, 1st May), during which pickets will be placed on entrances to the facility from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm …” (more)

[SIPTU, 30 April]

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Strike notice at UCC follows five years of failed negotiations

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) have issued joint strike notice to obtain an agreed appeals process to review grossly anomalous pay scales for researchers at Ireland’s premier research centre, Tyndall National Institute in Cork …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 26 April]

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Staff at Tyndall National Institute in Cork to strike next month

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

Ireland“Members of two trade unions at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork are to strike next month over claims that colleagues in University College Cork (UCC) are being paid more for doing similar work. The picket by members of Siptu and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) will be the second strike in an ongoing dispute …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 24 April]

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Exams won’t be disrupted by industrial action, UCC says

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

Ireland“University College Cork says student exams will not be disrupted as a result of industrial action. Staff at the Tyndall National Institute have served notice that they are to picket the research body and college campus next month in a row over pay parity …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 25 April]

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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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Tyndall Institute-led consortium secures €5.2m for circuit research

Posted in Research on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s largest research centre, the Tyndall National Institute, is to head a European consortium which is looking to create thermally intelligent circuits to cope with the increasing demands of data traffic …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Staff dispute may see €1m added to UCC’s pay bill

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

Ireland“More than €1m could be added to the annual pay bill at University College Cork if a report on equalising pay at one of its biggest research centres is adopted. Despite recommendations that more than two-thirds of staff receive average increases of €9,000 a year each at the Tyndall National Institute, unions will outline concerns about the job comparison exercise …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 February]

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Tyndall and TSSG targeting €82m in funding and 10 spin outs with internet of things partnership

Posted in Research on September 18th, 2014 by steve

“Tyndall National Institute and Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will seek to draw down €82m of funding available through the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and create 10 spin outs …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 18 September]

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Tyndall’s income drops nearly 5%

Posted in Research on August 5th, 2014 by steve

“The UCC-affiliated Tyndall National Institute saw income slip by almost 5%, last year. The institute’s newly published annual report for 2013, shows a dip in annual income from €32.2m to just under €30.7m …” (more)

[Geoff Percival, Irish Examiner, 5 August]

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Tyndall’s got talent, and its new CSO plans to develop it

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2014 by steve

“There is perhaps nothing more satisfying (or frustrating) for a scientist than to see a once widely disputed theory they developed eventually become the norm in their field. It happens only to a select few, one of whom is Prof Eoin O’Reilly, the newly appointed chief scientific officer at the Tyndall Institute, in Cork …” (more)

[John Holden, Irish Times, 4 August]

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Jobs Committee to visit Tyndall National Institute at UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2014 by steve

“A delegation from the Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will visit the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork on Monday, 14th July 2014 as part of its continuing focus on job creation and innovation in the high-tech sector …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 10 July]

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Research riches: what we get for our money

Posted in Research on June 26th, 2014 by steve

“Each year, millions of euro of taxpayers’ money flows into scientific research. Announcements are made and pictures are taken. But what happens with all of the money? …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 26 June]

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Tyndall Institute and CIT renew €50m research partnership

Posted in Research on May 28th, 2014 by steve

“The Tyndall National Institute and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding on a partnership that is valued at more than €50m to date …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 28 May]

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Department of Education does not respect academics, conference told

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2014 by steve

“The Department of Education does not respect academics or researchers, and the Higher Education Authority has ‘gone native’, the general secretary of the union representing university teachers has said …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 12 May]

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Strike over UCC pay dispute called off

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2014 by steve

“A one-day strike which could have brought UCC to a halt today has been called off in light of agreement on how to resolve a pay dispute at one of its most prestigious research centres …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 February]

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