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1979 2 March AUT Newsletter.pdf


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BELFAST

1.

A. U.T.

NEWSLETTER

March 1979

Review of Higher Education in Northern Ireland

SPECIAL

GENERAL

MEETING

There will be a Special General Meeting
ON

WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH 1979

AT

1,30

IN

ROOM 101, Social Sciences Building

SUBJECT

The AUT submission to the Chilver Review Group

p.m.

Belfast AUT has now given formal notice that it intends to present a
The
submission (jointly with Coleralne AUT) to the Chilver Review Group.
local Committee feel that it is very important that we are made aware of the
views and Ideas of members before we begin to formulate the AUT submission,
and we hope the Special General Meeting will help in this.
The last Newsletter mentioned the very vague and general terms of reference
laid down for the Review Group.
Since then many members will probably have been
involved In some discussion concerning the University submission to the Review
Group, either at departmental or at faculty level.
From these discussions it
seems that some of the major areas which must be considered are: (I) the role of
the UGC in Northern Ireland in relation to DENI, (ii) the co-ordination and
rationalisation of higher and further education, (iii) the development of the
Universities in the 80’s and 90’s in relation to the needs of the comunity and
(iv) teacher training.
Since it is obviously unsatisfactory to have to guess at what may be in the
minds of the members of the Review Group, we have requested that they provide us
with information as to the areas which they consider are important, and also with
the official statistics and projected statistics for Northern Ireland (similar to
those published for Great Britain in the DES discussion paper “Higher Education
Into the 1990’s”) which they will be using.
We hope there will have been a
response to this request before the General Meeting.
2.

Salaries

Our most recent information on salaries is contained in a letter from the
General Secretary (LA/l323) which can be sumarised as follows:
At the request of Committee A (University Authorities Panel + AUT), there
was a meeting of Comittee B on Monday 12 February, at which Committee A formally
notified the DES that any settlement reached should operate from 1 October 1978.
This notification satisfies the constitution of the negotiating machinery and
therefore safeguards backdating to 1 October,