Monday 21 October 2019

Study busts myth of our 'dosser' lecturers

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Third-level lecturers in Ireland spend longer hours at work than their European counterparts, and a greater portion of their time is taken up with administration, according to a new survey.

It dispels the notion that Irish academics are "dossers", says the president of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), Dr Marie Clarke.

Dr Clarke is reporting the findings of a soon-to-be published 12-country European study at the IFUT annual conference today.

The Work Situation, Views and Activities of the Academic Professions study found:

• Senior academics in Ireland work on average 50 hours a week, compared with a European average of 48 hours.

• Junior academics in Ireland work 47 hours a week on average, compared with 42 across Europe.

• Senior academics in Ireland spend 11 hours each week -- 22pc of working time -- on administration, compared to a European average of eight hours.

• Junior academics here spend nine hours a week on administration, 19pc of work time.

Pay for a junior lecturer ranges from about €36,000 to €82,000, a senior lecturer is on a salary scale up to €94,000 and professors are paid up to €145,000.

The survey, which includes responses from 1,200 Irish academics, covered Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, Ireland, Poland Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, the UK. It was carried out by the EU's European Science Foundation research programme.

Dr Clarke said the new data suggested that "we are not dossers, Irish academics compare very well to their European counterparts".

Irish Independent

Editors Choice

Also in Life