Category Archives: Defend the University

Items relating to the Defend the University campaign

Third level staff cut by 2,246 since 2008

The Irish Independent has reported devastating third level job cuts of 2,246 since 2008. Education Editor Katherine Donnelly points out that the 12pc drop, which amounts to more than the entire staff of UCD, ‘comes in the face of soaring demand for a college place, with … Continue reading

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Public funding, not student debt, is the answer – NERI

Public funding, rather than increased fees and student debt, will safeguard the contribution of higher education to economic development and social mobility/cohesion, the recent NERI report on higher education concludes.

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UCD’s College Tribune on saving the university

UCD student newspaper The College Tribune carries an interview with Prof Ronnie Munck, of the DCU Section Committee, on the Defend the University campaign. The charter now has been signed by over 1,000 people. ‘Students want jobs (of course!) but … Continue reading

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Third level spending cut by a fifth

Spending on third level education in Ireland fell by over 20% between 2003 and 2012, according to a new CSO report.

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Wilful ignorance and the business agenda

Section Committee member Ronnie Munck and TCD’s Brian Lucey argue in the Irish Independent for a deeper role for universities, beyond the short-term skills needs of business.

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Mary Gallagher on RTÉ’s Dialogue

Mary Gallagher, author of Academic Armageddon – An Irish Requiem for Higher Education, who spoke recently at DCU as part of the Defend the University campaign, talks to RTÉ’s Andy O’Mahony about the corporate agenda now making itself felt in Irish … Continue reading

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Formal launch of Defend the University

The joint SIPTU and IFUT charter for action against the corporatization of Irish universities was formally launched yesterday (November 25th). The Defend the University event at Buswell’s Hotel in Dublin was addressed by Ronnie Munck of the DCU SIPTU Section Committee, … Continue reading

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