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Somewhat dismayed...

...to find that the Queen's University of Belfast, from which I hold a Ph D and of which I am a Visiting Fellow, could not provide satisfactory answers to the Guardian's survey on staff maternity and paternity policies published today. As so often, the University of Ulster comes out ahead.

The Guardian doesn't reveal why precisely QUB fell through the cracks, but explains that the employers were categorised as "out of the running" for "giving insufficient detail on their parenting benefits, failing to respond to requests for information, or declining to contribute. A few flatly said no. Others said they were 'reviewing policy' or in the throes of a merger or takeover; others said they could not respond because 'the HR person is away.'"


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Jul. 30th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
Interesting. What the survey doesn't say is whether service at other institutions is transferrable. From what ias has read, service tends to be transferrable between the 1992 universities. This is also the case for some older institutions (I believe that Oxford is one of them).

Help with childcare costs is also a bit of a moot point; Southampton offers the accursed Busybees vouchers at £243 pcm, which puts it on a par with Manchester. What it doesn't do (unlike Manchester) is offer a scheme for deducting the full childcare costs for the workplace nursery directly from your gross salary.
Jul. 30th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
QUB and UU
Went to Coleraine to do my teaching qualification. The impression I got was that QUB can be complacent.
Jul. 30th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
The QUB lack of response does not surprise me. A former member of the Personnel Dept. in QUB told me that it is totally dysfunctional and that demarcation is extremely rigid. She said it was so bad that a ringing phone would not be answered if the phone was on the desk of someone who had stepped away for a few moments, messaes would not be passed on, and that departmental meetings were simply seen as opportunities to score points over one's colleagues.

Very sad state of affairs for an educational establishment.

Of course, I would expect nothing different from the organisation that closed the two departments I attended, Geology and Business Studies. (Flippant responses will be ignored.)
Jul. 31st, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
You might very well think that, I couldn't possibly comment.
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:38 am (UTC)
You have my sympathies.

BTW, the time on your posting implies to me that you are in deep Convention Preparation mode, or else you can't sleep with the building anticipation. I hope all is going well. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday. If it goes half as well as last year's MECON, then it's going to be great.

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