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What happens when universities treat students as customers

Time has a revealing opinion piece on how universities develop when they try to emulate big business and join the rankings arms race. How American Universities Turned Into Corporations is a brief but telling article that shows that, while applying business … Continue reading

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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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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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DCU union supports Tyndall staff

The DCU SIPTU Section Committee, representing all grades of staff at the University, has voted to express its support for colleagues at the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork, in their dispute over the status of their employment.

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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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Support staff and the Defend the University campaign

The recently launched Defend the University campaign is not just about academics. DCU SIPTU Chair Ciarán McKenna outlines, in an article for the campaign website, how professional administrators, technical officers, librarians and others face new pressures and threats of outsourcing in … Continue reading

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Working more for less, all over the world

It’s not just the Haddington Road cuts, the troika and the austerity junkies with their ‘tough choices’ dogma who have you working harder and longer for less. It’s a worldwide phenomenon.

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