Archive for 28 October 2009

Boost for NUI Galway researchers

Posted in research with tags , on 28 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Three NUI Galway research scientists have been awarded grants as part of a €7.9million Science Foundation Ireland grant scheme. Dr Kimon Andreas Karatzas, Dr Eva Szegezdi and Dr Hongyun Tai all received grants in excess of half a million euro from the Government-run scheme announced last week by Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation Conor Lenihan. According to Minister Lenihan, investments such as this are vital to Ireland’s future research projects …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 28 October]

Public sector pay on talks agenda

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 28 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Talks between the Department of Finance and public sector unions are to be held today on Government proposals to reduce the public sector pay bill by €1.3 billion next year. Separately, public sector unions are also to meet today to consider a proposal put forward by the Impact trade union for a one-day national public sector strike on November 24th in protest against any further cuts in pay for the 300,000-plus staff on the State payroll. Reductions in the public sector pay bill will not necessarily involve cuts in pay. There have been a number of signals from the Government in recent days on how these proposed savings could be generated …” (more)

[Seán MacConnell and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 28 October]

Strike fears at two universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 28 October 2009 by Steve

UK“There are fears of strike action at two universities, with a dispute over the sacking of a lecturer at one and worries of job losses at the other. The University and College Union (UCU) at Glydwr University, Wrexham holds a ballot over claims a lecturer was sacked for exposing alleged bullying …” (more)

[BBC News, 28 October]

Universities told to make tuition fees deal with banks

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 28 October 2009 by Steve

UK“Universities will today be urged to strike a deal with high street banks to stop another rise in tuition fees for all students. Some university leaders want tuition fees to rise from the current cap of £3,225 a year in England to more than £7,000. But the government may not be able to afford this because it subsidises loans that allow students to pay fees upfront and then repay the loan after graduation. Those universities that want to charge higher fees should make a pact with high street banks, Richard Brown, former chief executive of the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE), will tell university leaders at a conference in London …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 28 October]

Students face college dropout over fees hike

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 28 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Thousands of students could be forced to drop out of college if the Government sanctions further increases in third level registration fees in December’s budget, it was claimed yesterday. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is seeking assurances from Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe that he will not allow another rise in the fee charged by colleges, which rose by 66% from €900 to €1,500 this autumn …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 October]

UCC begins survey of Irish Muslims

Posted in research with tags on 28 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A new study aiming to provide an in-depth survey of the Muslim community in Ireland and its future place in Irish society was launched last night by Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin. The research project is being carried out by Dr Oliver Scharbrodt of the study of religions department at University College Cork who will collaborate with three other researchers in the course of the three-year study …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 28 October]

Schools insist they are prioritising newly qualified teachers for work

Posted in Life with tags , on 28 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Primary principals have insisted that they are giving priority to newly qualified teachers for substitution work but said graduates could be taken off the dole if the Government set up a supply panel system. Around 20 groups of primary schools around the country share teams of teachers to cover sick leave, administrative leave for principals and other absences, meaning there is no difficulty in arranging substitution or other cover at short notice …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 October]