Tuesday October 20, 2020

Precarious conditions in university sector put all of society at risk

The Covid-19 crisis is a reminder that we need universities to be thriving centres of excellence, not money-chasing entities staffed by insecure, stressed part-timers

14th June, 2020
Universities as a whole often fare much worse than other sectors for employment equality; and Irish institutions come out worse compared to many other countries

Working conditions in universities receive very little public scrutiny in Ireland. Public discourse tends to echo outdated stereotypes, whereby academics are often viewed as privileged well-paid individuals in ivory towers with secure jobs who enjoy long summers off. Some do. Yet many people may not realise that much teaching and research is now performed by academics on insecure employment contracts and PhD students.

The modern business model of relying on charging international students – increasingly...

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