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1979 3 April AUT Newsletter .pdf


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1.

BELFAST

A. U. T.

NEWSLETTER

19 April 1979

AUT SUBMISSION TO THE CHILVER REVIEW GROUP

(a

GENERAL_MEETING
There will be a General Meeting
ON
AT

TI!URSOAY 26 APRIL 1979
: 1.15 PM

Con5ideration of the draft submission of the Chilver

SUBJECT

ARTS LECTURE THEATRE
15 UNIVERSITY SNARE

IN

Review Group.
GUEST

Professor Bill Wallace
(Executive and NUU)

Professor
Wallace
is
a
Vice—Presid
ent
AUT
of
and
Chairman of the
National Education and Development Committee.
Following discussions
between the local associations here and at NUU, Professor Wallace
undertook the major task of drafting the AUT submission, and we are
very pleased that he is able to come to the meeting to speak to the
submission.
(b)

ACCESS TO THE DRAFT SUBMISSION
The draft submission has 35 pages, including tables and graphs.
While the Committee is anxious that everyone interested should have
a chance to study the draft before the meeting, it would be
prohibitively expensive to circulate it to every member. Therefore
we have decided on the following procedure:
(i) the summery of the draft and its recoimiiendations is
enclosedTth this notice
(ii) every Comittee member has a copy of the draft and
will circulate their copy within their own area as
widely as possible
(iii) a copy of the draft is available on consultation in
both the Main Library and the Science Library
(iv) any interested member who is not within easy reach of
these sources should contact the Hon Secretary to
obtain a copy.

(c)

CIRCULATION OF THE FINAL SUBMISSION
In view of the special nature of this exercise, the National Treasurer
and the General Secretary, have agreed that the cost of printing the
final form of the submission will be met from national funds. Every
member will receive a copy of the final submission.

2/

—2—
2. SUMMER COUNCIL MEETING, 2—U MAY 1979
(Physics),
The Belfast representatives at Council will he R S H Greer
ology) and
J M Goldstroni (Economic History), R StC Gilmore (Physi
Before the last 2 Councils, e held General
F R Simpson (Physics).
ciations,
Asso
Meetings to consider all the motions submitted by Local
by members
and the Council representatives found the views expressed
However, because of the unusual
—at these meetings very useful.
members
number of General Meetings recently, it is likely that most
would have no interest in another.
on request
Any member can obtain all the motions submitted to Council
ant
relev
from the Secretary, and the reports from the sub—comittees
to
to Suiwner Council will be in the April Bulletin which we hope
If having read these, members feel
receive and distribute shortly.
should
there is a need for a General Meeting to discuss them, they
If sufficient interest is shown,
contact the President or Secretary.
welcome
we will call a meeting in early May, and in any event we would
the views of any member on any aspect of Council business.
3.

SALARY NEGOTIATING MACHINERY
formal
Last October, the AUT proposed to the Secretary of State
These proposals were
amendments to the salary negotiating machinery.
General.
circulated to all local members before Christmas, and at the support.
Meeting in February a large attendance gave them overwhelming ersity,
Univ
At our last joint meeting with the Senior Officers of the
members
we told them of this support, and asked that the views of our the
be borne in mind if the matter was discussed at Senate or at
Committee of Vice—Chancellors and Principals (CVCP).
consulted, the
Since all parties to the negotiating machinery had to be
to the
General Secretary waited for 3 months before writing again
due to the
Secretary of State, and was informed that the hold-up was
Finally, to quote
University Authorities Panel (UAP) and the CVCP.
Secretary
Laurie Sapper, “after S months the CVCP has replied to the
Briefly, the CVCP’s
of State finding excuses for further delay’.
the setting up
excuse is that the AUT proposals have been overtaken by
In the view of the
of the Standing Commission on pay comparability.
s the
Vice—Chancellors Committee”where a public sector group accept
ery would be
comparability principle, the existing negotiating machin
superseded or modified”
Standing
Laurie Sapper has written to the CVCP explaining that the
as has been
Commission is not intended to replace existing machinery,
government.
local
seen by the procedures operating for the nurses and for
meeting of
He has also written to the Secretary of State asking For a
all parties concerned as soon as possible.
The full correspondence is on the Cormrion Room notice board.

F R SIMPSON
Hon Secretary

DRAFT A.U,T.

SUBMISSION TO CHILVER REVIEW GROUP

SWU4IRY OF REPORT AND RECO)U(KNDAflONS
REPORT

The two universities. are flourishing (pan i)
Contrary to the assumptions of the Lockwood Report, more Ulster
students have gone to universities elsewhere than students elsewhere have
come to the Northern Ireland universities (paras 3—7>
Despite this, the universities have expanded and prospered, and their
teaching and research is second to none in diversity and quality (pans
11—13)
The two universities already make a substantial contribution in the
new field of continuing; educatioa (para 35)
RECOTOIENDATIONS
Government Departments and the Research Councils should be encouraged.
to give more support to research in the two universities (para 16)
The Government should establish a Northern Ireland Research Support
Committee (pan 16)
The Department of Education should give the two universities their
recurrent and. capital grants at levels above those in Britain to take
account of higher local costs of both research and. teaching (paras 17—18)
to make special provision for library development (pan 19)
support essential staff contacts with universitie, elsewhere
— to
and.generalll to maintain the quality of their research and teaching
(pans 20-22)
more students to Northern Ireland (pars 23)
— and to attract
Special financial support should be given to attracting. overseas
students (para 24)
Special financial support should be given to attracting postgraduate
students (pans 25—26)
The two universities should be linked formally and very closelyç with
the University. Grants Committee (paras 29—30)
Continuing education. should be developed., and university, education
in general made available to wider social groups (pans 31, 36 and 39)
A serious, urgent study should be made of the possibilities and


requirements of continuing education in Northern Ireland

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NI

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