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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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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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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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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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Video: First Defend the University forum at DCU

Staff from DCU, Trinity College and UCD, along with students, were among a strong attendance at the first Defend the University event on October 23rd.

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