Public Service Agreement

The text of the Agreement and related documents is now public: see Public Service Agreement pt 1, pt 2: Sectoral Agreements, and Appendix: Service Delivery Options. Of particular interest are these points from the Sectoral Agreements document:

Institutes of Technology
• The completion by 31 August 2010 of all elements of the review of the academic employment contract currently in train.
• With effect from the start of the 2010/11 academic year, the provision of an additional hour per week to be available to facilitate, at the discretion of management, all educational activities in the Institutes. This usage to be informed by the outcome of the review referred to above.
• Flexible delivery of new courses specifically targeted at unemployed individuals.
• Implementation of redeployment schemes for academic, administrative, technical and support staff across the Institutes and between Institutes and the wider public service as appropriate with effect from the start of the 2010/11 academic year.

Universities and other Higher Education Institutes
• With effect from the start of the 2010/11 academic year, the provision of an additional hour per week to be available to facilitate, at the discretion of management, teaching and learning in the university/institute.
• Co-operation with the introduction of academic workload management and full economic costing models and with the compilation of associated data to support these.
• Co-operation with redeployment/re-organisation/rationalisation arising from the review of Higher Education strategy and changing economic and social circumstances.
• A comprehensive review and revision of employment contracts to identify and remove any impediments to the development of an optimum teaching, learning and research environment. This review and revision to be completed in advance of the start of the 2010/11 academic year.”

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