Archive for January, 2009

UCD to slash wages as €35m deficit looms

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 30 January 2009 by Steve

“UCD university is seeking to slash its wage bill as it faces the prospect of a €35m current budget deficit. Staff at the university yesterday heard that the proposed savings include a possible pay cut, reduced hours, a recruitment freeze and the non-payment of bonuses. While no enforced job losses are envisaged, the institution may seek early retirements and leaves of absence. UCD is desperate to avoid piling another €20m onto its current budget deficit of €15m …” (more)

[Cormac Murphy, Herald, 30 January]


Posted in teaching with tags , on 30 January 2009 by Steve

“Old English – My absolute favorite class. It’s so much fun! We meet twice a week to learn the language in small ‘tutorials’, and once a week for a large lecture on OE literature … Academics are a little different here – instead of having class three times a week, most lectures are only one hour a week. Questions in class are discouraged. Instead, we meet in small tutorials once or twice a week for each class, where we can ask questions and talk over any problems. Even in tutorials, it is amazing how little Irish students talk …” (more)

[Zach sa Baile Átha Cliath, 26 January]

UCD to cut costs over concern that debts may reach €20m

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 30 January 2009 by Steve

“UCD is set to embark on a vigorous cost-cutting programme amid fears that its accumulated debt could reach €20 million this year. In a meeting with over 1,300 staff, UCD president, Dr Hugh Brady outlined the financial crisis facing the college. He blamed this on cuts in Government funding and the recent national pay awards that cost €15 million in 2008/9. Dr Brady stopped short of signalling jobs cuts among UCD’s 3,500 staff, but he proposed a range of possible options to cut costs including a voluntary pay freeze; a freeze on recruitment; voluntary early retirement; voluntary leave of absence or reduced hours; voluntary redundancy; redeployment, deferred promotions and the restricted use of agency staff …” (more)

[Séan Flynn, Irish Times, 30 January]

Reshaping our universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 30 January 2009 by Steve

“The seven university presidents have convened a special meeting to consider outline Government plans for a reshaping of the sector. The Government has let it be known that it favours a tighter, more efficient university network and, critically, one where there is less duplication and more focused areas of expertise. Minister for Education and Science Batt O’Keeffe wants to transform the current situation where most colleges offer a broadly similar mix of disciplines to one in which each university has a particular expertise or specialisation. Much closer alliances between colleges and even mergers have not been ruled out …” (more)

[Irish Times, 30 January]

Haughey papers to be handed over to DCU

Posted in Life with tags , on 30 January 2009 by Steve

“An account of the origins of social partnership written by Charles J Haughey will be among the papers of the late taoiseach which will be handed over to Dublin City University (DCU) at a ceremony in the college next Tuesday. Also among the 250 boxes of papers covering the late taoiseach’s political life are details of the early contacts between Mr Haughey and the Belfast-based Redemptorist priest, Fr Alex Reid, in what later turned into the Northern peace process. Minister of State at the Department of Education Seán Haughey said tentative discussions on where the papers should go had begun while his father was still alive …” (more)

[Stephen Collins, Irish Times, 30 January]

UCD to slash wage bill as debt spirals out of control

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 30 January 2009 by Steve

“University College, Dublin, is seeking massive cuts in its pay bill as it struggles to avoid piling a further €20m onto its unprecedented current budget deficit of €15m. The UCD cuts were unveiled yesterday as it emerged that 300 professors in the university sector, including UCD, are to enjoy backdated pay rises of €10,000 each a year, recommended two years ago and delayed because of questions over unauthorised allowances paid to some academics. In the latest moves, there will be no enforced job losses, but savings will be sought through a variety of measures …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 January]

UNESCO Takes On International Diploma Mills

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 30 January 2009 by Steve

“The growing demand for college degrees, the globalization of the education market, and the Internet are combining to create a more favorable climate for diploma mills around the world, says Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic, chief of the section for reform, innovation, and quality assurance in higher education at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Ms. Uvalic-Trumbic, who spoke this morning at the annual meeting of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, explained several measures that Unesco has taken to help prevent fake colleges from succeeding …” (more)

[Eric Kelderman, Chronicle, 29 January]