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New Trinity provost hits out over job creation restraints

Published 20/09/2011 | 05:00

Universities are being prevented from creating jobs that would help attract fee-paying students from abroad, according to the new provost of Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Dr Patrick Prendergast.

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Colleges' hands are "tied behind our backs" by government controls on employment, he said.

Dr Prendergast was speaking at his inauguration as the 44th provost of TCD.

He said there was a need to loosen some of the constraints on higher education, such as the Employment Control Framework, which imposes restrictions on the numbers that can be employed.

"To compete globally, I need to have flexibility and decision-making powers, the same flexibility that other presidents of leading universities can count on. At the moment, I need to get permission for what I do."

He said Irish universities could be big creators of jobs, but the country had twisted itself into a position "where we are forcing universities to shed jobs rather than create them".

"It doesn't make sense. Why aren't we turning Ireland into an educational hub?"

Irish Independent

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