Archive for cuts

Universities face looming funding crisis: EUA

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 February 2011 by Steve

“The rise in Europe’s student population and public funding cuts across the continent are combining to produce an unprecedented higher education crisis which can only be met by much greater diversifying of income sources, experts heard in Brussels on Tuesday at the launch of a major European Universities Association survey of 27 countries …” (more)

[David Haworth, University World News, 27 February]

Top public sector staff escape 10% pay cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 25 February 2011 by Steve

“New entrants appointed to senior positions in the public service will not have the 10% pay reduction announced by the Government last December applied to them …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 25 February]

TCD angry at timing of plan to slash college head salaries

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 23 February 2011 by Steve

“The Department of Education is going to slash pay for all new university bosses but existing presidents will retain their salaries, the Irish Independent has learned …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 23 February]

Tough cuts for US science loom

Posted in research with tags , on 4 February 2011 by Steve

“When Republicans took control of the House of Representatives during US elections in November 2010, they promised to slash what they saw as inflated federal spending. True to their word, on 3 February Republican legislators released a miserly budget that proposes significant reductions in federal science funding for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year …” (more)

[Adam Mann, The Great Beyond, 3 February]

Teachers who land job in 2011 will earn €6k less

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“Teachers who land a job this year will be paid up to €6,000 less, than colleagues who started work in 2010 following finance minister Brian Lenihan’s budget decision to cut starting salaries and allowances in the public service by 10% from 1 January …” (more)

[Martin Frawley, Sunday Tribune, 16 January]

Costs and benefits

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 13 January 2011 by Steve

“‘slipshod thinking about universities is leading to demands that they cannot satisfy while obscuring [their benefit]’ http://bit.ly/i6yNo5” (tweet)

[Conor Houghton, Twitter, 12 January]

University cuts show science is far from saved

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 January 2011 by Steve

“In countries where the economic crisis has hit hardest, science has not done badly – so far. But universities from Bologna to Berkeley face an almost existential crisis. While governments defend research spending, they are simultaneously slashing public funding for universities, where most research takes place …” (more)

[Colin Macilwain, Nature, 12 January]

What it’s really like inside a university in the age of austerity

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 January 2011 by Steve

“Here’s a grim (and confidential) email from the principal at the University of Dundee explaining to staff the kind of cuts they need to expect. There’s no reason to think Dundee is specially badly off …” (more)

[William Cullerne Bown, Exquisite Life, 10 January]

Spending cuts hit university budgets

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 9 January 2011 by Steve

“The familiar challenges of funding and mobility – particularly in research – will dominate the agenda for European higher education in 2011. But this year will probably be much worse as public sector spending cuts bite into higher education budgets across the region …” (more)

[Alan Osborn, University World News, 9 January]

Will Third Level Education be Irretrievably Damaged Like The Banks

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , , on 3 January 2011 by Steve

“Following conversations with colleagues in various universities, I now have a reasonable idea of the demands on unions being made by the University authorities under the Croke Park Deal. These demands confirm the predictions in my e-mail message but go even further. I include these demands towards the end of this piece …” (more)

[Paddy Healy’s Blog, 3 January]

Academy relieved at ‘modest’ cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 December 2010 by Steve

“Universities have expressed relief following the relatively modest cuts to higher education funding announced in the Republic of Ireland’s emergency budget last week …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, University World News, 19 December]

Student flash mob attacks cuts

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 2 December 2010 by Steve

“Students protested against cutbacks in the grounds of the Department of Education in Dublin yesterday – while more than 5,000 marched through the streets of Cork …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel and Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 December]

Students: No votes for those who back fee hike

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 2 December 2010 by Steve

“Thousands of students issued a warning to politicians they will not vote in next year’s election for anyone supporting increased college fees or cuts to grants …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 2 December]

Schools told to cut non-teacher staff pay

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 27 November 2010 by Steve

“The Department of Education has instructed schools to cut the pay of up to 17,000 secretaries, caretakers, cleaners and other non-teacher staff …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 26 November]

Third level cuts will hamper smart economy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 November 2010 by Steve

“The future of Ireland’s smart-economy is looking decidedly bleak after the beleaguered Irish Government confirmed earlier this week that it intends raising the college registration fee to €2,000 and adding grant cuts to the list of austerity measures facing the Irish third level sector in the new year …” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 26 November]

Economists question public sector reform plans

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 November 2010 by Steve

“The ability of the Government to cut the numbers of public sector workers and drive efficiencies in the sector, as envisaged in the National Plan, is being questioned by economists …” (more)

[Conor Keane, Irish Examiner, 26 November]

From primary to college, students are targeted

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 25 November 2010 by Steve

“Pupils from five years old to teens in university will feel the pain of the cuts in the education budget for years to come. No student will escape the impact of the Four Year Plan …” (more)

[Claire Murphy, Herald, 25 November]

Stirling University ‘broke law’ when laying off staff

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 25 November 2010 by Steve

“Stirling University could be forced to pay out hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation after terminating staff contracts without consultation …” (more)

[BBC News, 24 November]

Insult added to injury – Gormley happy that education escapes cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“Gormley has made a statement about education: he’s delighted that no cuts were made to education …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 24 November]

Busy, busy, busy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“Page 70 of #4yrplan ‘Teachers and academic staff will work an additional hour per week’. So now its 7 hours a week yeah? http://bit.ly/dGt7eE” (tweet)

[Declan Jordan, Twitter, 24 November]