first_imgThe LYIT campusA lunchtime protest has been organised for today the LYIT in Letterkenny to draw attention to lecturers’ grave concerns over a number of issues within their sector.Regular service to students will not be affected by the protest.The protest is part of a nationwide campaign. Speaking today, Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) Vice-President Joanne Irwin, said lecturers see first-hand the damage that an era of austerity cuts has wreaked on the education system.“We are gravely concerned by the severe effects that these cutbacks are having on the quality of experience for students in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.“Lecturers and researchers will be balloted by TUI in the coming weeks on engagement in a campaign of industrial action, up to and including strike action, in order to secure a resolution to key issues.“Institutes of technology are regional generators of innovation and entrepreneurship and need to be appropriately funded in order to kick-start jobs growth and build high level knowledge capacity to meet the future needs of the economy. The local economy would also be greatly boosted by such investment. “The TUI is advocating more substantial and strategic budgets to support the regional mission of the Institutes and boost economic recovery at a local level.We are urging that lecturers, students and all concerned in the locality make this an election issue in the coming months.’The areas of concern include:The chronic underfunding of the Institutes of Technology (35% cut to sector- €190m – between 2008 and 2015)The critically low staffing levels at a time of a steep and ongoing increase in student numbers and the consequential unacceptable workload imposition on lecturers.– 21,411 or 32% rise in student numbers in sector between 2008 and 2015 – 535 or 9.5% fall in full-time academic staff numbers in sector between 2008 and 2015.The precarious employment status, income poverty and associated exploitation of many academic staff andThe resulting, detrimental effect of these issues on the quality of service to students (larger class sizes, less access to laboratories, tutorials, student support etcLYIT LECTURERS TO PROTEST AT COLLEGE TODAY was last modified: November 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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