‘Employment control’ in the universities

Ireland“In a recent post I pointed to the danger that higher education in Ireland would be bureaucratised as new methods of centralised control are imposed. Perhaps the most serious example of this is the so-called ‘Employment Control Framework’ that the government is seeking to apply to universities; a report on this is contained in today’s Irish Times. The ‘framework’ was communicated to the universities last week. In summary, this is intended to stop universities recruiting or promoting staff except in very exceptional circumstances; and even then they would only be allowed to appoint replacement staff in one of every three academic vacancies, and in no non-academic vacancies at all; and in any case any appointment would need to be authorised by the government, case by case …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 7 July]

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