Archive for IFUT

IFUT disputes contention that Department of Education has ‘lost patience’ with the Federation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“IFUT has received no ultimatum from the Department of Education threatening pay cuts unless the Croke Park Agreement is accepted …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 7 March]

University heads’ group gets €1.4m despite cutbacks

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“Cash-strapped third level institutions are to spend almost €1.4m this year funding a company that represents the interests of university presidents …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 7 March]

University lecturers urged to endorse Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“University lecturers have said that they continue to oppose the Croke Park deal, following reports that the Department of Education plans to impose pay cuts on more than 2,000 members if they do not back the agreement …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 7 March]

Pressure on lecturers over Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“University lecturers have defended their continued opposition to the Croke Park agreement after reports that the Department of Education is to impose pay cuts on more than 2,000 members unless they back the deal …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 7 March]

Lecturers who oppose deal face pay cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“More than 2,000 university lecturers face pay cuts unless they sign up to the Croke Park agreement. The Department of Education has signalled its intention to press ahead with pay cuts in an effective ultimatum to members of the Irish Federation of University Teachers who continue to oppose the agreement …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 4 March]

Teachers still to give verdict on year-old Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“The Croke Park deal on pay and reform in the public service is still awaiting a final decision from third-level lecturers and some post-primary teachers – a full year after it was brokered …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 March]

Row over academic staff

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

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has criticised the failure of the Minister for Education to appoint the nominated academic staff representative to the Board of the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 12 February]

IFUT calls for clear commitment to Higher Education by election candidates

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

“The Higher Education system is like a first-class, high-performing car that is running out of petrol and requires an immediate injection of funding and resources, IFUT said today in a message to all political parties and candidates in the General Election …” (more)

[IFUT Blog, 3 February]

University plan for name tags rejected

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“A university’s request that staff who deal with the public wear a name tag while at work has been dismissed by unions as ‘hare-brained’ …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 19 January]

Getting more out of lecturers

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 12 January 2011 by Steve

“Madam, – In response to Dr Florence Craven’s unfounded and inaccurate assertions (January 10th), the following facts might be of interest …” (more)

[Mike Jennings, Irish Times, 12 January]

Union says report on education ‘confused’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 January 2011 by Steve

“A major Government-commissioned report on the third-level sector, due to be officially released this morning, is uninspiring and lacks authority, according to the main representative group for third-level academic staff …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 11 January]

IFUT’s initial commentary on the National Strategy for Irish Higher Education (‘The Hunt Report’)

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

“IFUT welcomes the unequivocal call in the National Strategy for Irish Higher Education (‘The Hunt Report’) for a substantial increase in funding for Higher Education …” (more)

[IFUT Blog, 10 January]

Getting more out of lecturers

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

“Madam, – Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) needs to acknowledge the need for getting more value out of excessively paid university lecturers …” (more)

[Florence Craven, Irish Times, 10 January]

NUIG work hour document curries IFUT criticism

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 January 2011 by Steve

“A preliminary document which would see an increase in academics’ work hours at NUIG has drawn criticism from the Irish Federation of University Teachers …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 7 January]

Proposed university changes labelled ‘outrageous’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 7 January 2011 by Steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has labelled as ‘outrageous’ proposals for work practice changes relating to the Croke Park agreement which would affect academics …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 7 January]

Incompetent academics to face strict penalties

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“Academics face stiff penalties if they fail to get a satisfactory rating under a proposed controversial performance appraisal system. Under the confidential plans, staff who get a poor rating will not be able to go for promotion, take sabbatical leave, undertake private consultancy work or receive annual salary increments …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 6 January]

Union rage at Board over Croke Park agreement

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 14 December 2010 by Steve

“Tempers flared at College Board last week when Jack McGinley, Chair of SIPTU’s National Education Council, accused the Provost of mistreating workers in Trinity College and drafting an action plan for the Croke Park agreement without negotiating the terms of the plan with SIPTU and IFUT …” (more)

[Ronan Costello, University Times, 14 December]

Contract Staff liable to enhanced redundancy following important legal precedents

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“Contract staff employed by Irish universities now seem certain to have their redundancy settlements trebled on foot of important legal advances secured by IFUT …” (more)

[IFUT, 3 December]

Basic student skills going into third level questioned

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“An increasing number of Leaving Cert students entering third-level education exhibit serious deficiencies in basic literacy and analytical skills, according to one of the main teaching unions …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 3 December]

IFUT responds to survey on salaries in Education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“In response to the story of 9 November 2010 in The Irish Times on salaries in third-level education, The Irish Federation of University Teachers says that of the more than 20 000 people that work in Higher Education, fewer than one third of 1% (0.3%) earn more than €150,000 …” (more)

[IFUT, 15 November]