IFUT calls government to combat higher education funding crisis

The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has requested the government to construct an inclusive plan for the improvement of third level education. In a statement, the IFUT criticised the announcement made by Minister for Education Richard Bruton that financial penalties would be incurred by institutions for the filing of late accounts, or giving misleading […]

Academic staff to ballot on industrial action in coming days

The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), the union representing academic, administrative and library staff , is to ballot members for strike action. On March 21, members of the Trinity College Branch Executive of IFUT, met to discuss disputes with College management surrounding the refusal to award permanent contracts to staff in administrative, library and […]

Students cross a picket line every day

  I grew up surrounded by trade unionists. I distinctly remember seeing a news report about an industrial action on the news when my mother said: “If I ever crossed a picket line, my father would turn in his grave.” Her father, my grandfather, was born in inner-city Dublin, and having helped build the ESB […]

Students must show solidarity with Trade Unions

  For the first time in years Trinity faces the prospect of industrial action. The current impasse between non-academic staff and College could be ended through a negotiated settlement; however, we cannot ignore the important implications of the policies College has been pursuing. Our article reports claims of an unofficial policy of replacing permanent positions […]

College to sell naming rights to donors for €1 million

Trinity is seeking to sell the naming rights to areas of campus in a deal which will earn €1 million over the first five years. College will appoint consultants to identify individuals or organisations willing to participate in the deal, which would see them pay €200,000 a year in exchange for the “name plate”.   […]

IFUT calls on Fine Gael and Labour to address crisis in third-level funding and places

Meanwhile the USI has released a statement calling on the government to avoid holding an election on a Thursday

New statistics show gender discrimination against female academics in Irish universities continuing, says IFUT

While there was full gender balance at lecturer levels in 2014, women are not receiving promotions to senior academic positions

IFUT says Budget has failed third-level education

The federation claims: “The very fabric of third-level education and our third-level institutions” is at risk

Irish Federation of University Teachers makes the case for state funding

Student-teacher ratio increased from 1:19 to 1:24 in two years


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