TCD students angry as 30 academics promoted

STUDENTS at Trinity College Dublin, facing the prospect of further cuts to services in the autumn, are angry at the promotion of almost 30 academics.

The promotions, approved by university management a fortnight ago, bring 17 staff up to senior lecturer grade, seven to associate professor and three people have been made professors.

Trinity College Dublin said the process from which the promotions arose began in November 2008, five months before the public service moratorium took effect, and that they have been promoted in title only.

A spokesperson said this means they will not get any pay increase as long as the employment control framework governing the third level sector is in place.

“Recruitment at the lecturer level and rigorous merit-based academic promotions are the international norm in the university sector. There is a danger that excellent academic staff would be lost to international competitors and the quality of teaching, research, and innovation would decline,” a statement said.

TCD Students’ Union president Nikolai Trigoub-Rotnem said the timing could not have been worse.

“We are almost certainly facing further cuts in the next academic year, on top of cuts to things like library opening hours and counselling services,” he said.

“The Government keeps talking about a smart economy but at the same time they are cutting third level funding and expecting colleges to take more students,” said Mr Trigoub-Rotnem.

The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) said academics were entitled to promotion. “We understand the people promoted were told they would get the pay rises from December, which is when the employment control framework runs out. We expect the university to honour that and that it will be paid retrospectively to the date of the appointments,” said IFUT general secretary Mike Jennings.


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