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Financially hit universities consider recruitment freezes

Given the severe drop in income expected due to the collapse in international student fees, as well as commercial revenues due to the current restrictions, Irish universities are now reviewing staff recruitment, write Jess Casey and 'Aine Kenny for the Irish Examiner.

That is according to the Irish Universities Association, the representative body for seven universities. “Those reviews are expected to be completed in the near future by most universities,” it said.

This week, the University of Limerick told staff that more than 81 positions open at the university are likely to be left unfilled due to its recruitment freeze, which is to remain in place for the foreseeable future. Recruitment is also being reviewed at University College Cork, with posts being examined on a case-by-case basis, a spokesman confirmed.
Full report on the Irish Examiner site

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