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Furthermore, the “15 hours” figure that made the ernie ball beefy slinky national news is extrapolated on the basis of two other sets of numbers: the claim that lecturers have 180 contact hours a year divided by 30 weeks a year gives 6 hours per week; and if workloads divide between teaching, research and administration on a 40%/40%/20% basis then 6 hours is 40% of 15 total hours spent working.
There is enormous waste in Irish universities, but it has nothing ernie ball axis to do with lecturers or the hours they work. As the C&AG’s report makes clear, this waste is almost entirely the result of management activities and not those of frontline teaching and research staff. UCD, to take only the example I know best, wasted millions on consultants, further millions on the Gateway Project boondoggle and still further millions on illegitimate bonuses and allowances for those who are not engaged at all with the fundamental activities of the University (teaching and research) and who are, apparently, answerable to no one.