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Irish women more likely to have college education then men

Posted in Life on July 29th, 2014 by steve

“Irish women are more likely to be college-educated than men, but work fewer hours. The Central Statistics Office has published its report on Women and Men in Ireland for last year, which shows that men also have a higher rate of employment – and of unemployment – than women …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 July]

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Should self-citations be included or excluded from measures of academic performance?

Posted in Research on July 29th, 2014 by steve

“There has been much discussion over how useful citation metrics, like Google Scholar’s H index, really are and to what extent they can be gamed. Specifically there appears to be concern over the practice of self-citation as it varies widely between disciplines …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 29 July]

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Higher education apocalypse or renewal?

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2014 by steve

“As the years and months go by the voices become more insistent that universities across the developed world are in trouble and that many of them will collapse …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 29 July]

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Research quality assessment tools: Lessons from Italy

Posted in Research on July 29th, 2014 by steve

Italy“Assessing the quality of academic research is important – particularly in countries where universities receive most of their funding from the government. This column presents evidence from an Italian research assessment exercise …” (more)

[Graziella Bertocchi and others, vox, 28 July]

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Open access: effective measures to put UK research online under threat?

Posted in Research on July 29th, 2014 by steve

“A great deal of water has passed under the bridge in the two years since the UK government reinvigorated its push towards open access – making publicly funded research papers freely available online …” (more)

[Martin Paul Eve, Stephen Curry and Alma Swan, Guardian, 28 July]

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New Scholars Offered On-campus Accommodation After Delay to Trinity Hall Move

Posted in Legal issues on July 28th, 2014 by steve

“Newly elected scholars have been offered on-campus accommodation after a challenge by the Scholars’ Committee which postpones the move to Trinity Hall until 2015 …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 28 July]

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From PhD to Industry

Posted in Teaching on July 28th, 2014 by steve

“A few weeks ago I ran into a former student who had recently completed a PhD in a biology discipline and now works in technical sales. He’s a bright, outgoing, ‘emotionally intelligent’ sort of bloke …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 28 July]

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A thousand hours of study needed to join elite group of CFA graduates

Posted in Teaching on July 28th, 2014 by steve

“It’s notoriously difficult – only one candidate in every five signing up will complete the programme. It’s not cheap – it will set you back more than $1,000 (€743) for each of the three exams, and more if you have to repeat. And it takes at least four years to complete …” (more)

[Fiona Reddan, Irish Times, 28 July]

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CAO points set to rise for construction courses, architecture and law, first preference figures show

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2014 by steve

“Demand for construction, engineering and architecture courses has risen sharply in a trend that is due to push up college entry points for this year’s school leavers. An analysis of CAO first preferences shows points are set to rise across a range of courses linked to the building and construction sector, mirroring shifting confidence in the economy …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys and Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 28 July]

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Universities resort to cold calling ex-students to raise funds

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2014 by steve

“Universities targeted more than nine million of their former students with cold calls and spam emails over the past year as they increasingly adopt US-style tactics to raise funds …” (more)

[Paul Gallagher, Independent, 27 July]

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College students warned they may have to stay in hostels in accommodation scramble

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2014 by steve

“Third level students studying in Dublin have been warned that they may have to stay in hostels as they hunt for accommodation. The Accommodation Office of Trinity College Dublin emailed students on a waiting list for campus accommodation this week with a list of more than 20 hostels in the city centre …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 26 July]

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Munich university accused of ‘abandoning’ German language over English course row

Posted in Fees and access on July 26th, 2014 by steve

Germany“Top German university criticised by politicians and business leaders after announcing plans to teach all master’s courses in English. One of Germany’s top universities has been accused of ‘abandoning’ the national language after it announced plans to start teaching all of its master’s courses in English …” (more)

[Alastair Beach, Telegraph, 26 July]

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Students told to find accommodation in city hostels

Posted in Governance and administration on July 26th, 2014 by steve

“Third level students are being advised to look at hostels for accommodation in Dublin City because of the accommodation shortage. Trinity College has pointed students at the hostels as it has nothing left to offer them on campus …” (more)

[Elaine McCahill, Independent, 26 July]

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No bids, missing paintings at All Hallows

Posted in Governance and administration on July 26th, 2014 by steve

“All Hallows, the former seminary in Drumcondra, Dublin had hoped to raise up to €60,000 for a 15th-century Flemish ‘Book of Hours’ during the auction of items from its collection at Sheppard’s earlier this month. However the illuminated manuscript on vellum, with text in French and Latin, failed to attract a single bid …” (more)

[Michael Parsons, Irish Times, 26 July]

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Academic who helped transform the discipline of accounting

Posted in Life on July 26th, 2014 by steve

“Timothy (Ted) O’Leary, who died suddenly and prematurely aged 64, dedicated most of his professional life to showing that accounting is much more than a neutral technical endeavour …” (more)

[Irish Times, 26 July]

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Angry Birds, and other philosophical topics: Why Are Animals Funny?

Posted in Research on July 26th, 2014 by steve

“Review: These essays by the Everyday Analysis collective distil complex theory to show the full ideological significance of that which may otherwise be regarded as insignificant. The career prospects for young academics, especially in the humanities, are dire …” (more)

[Matt Foley, Irish Times, 26 July]

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Sixth international college could close

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2014 by steve

“A sixth college that caters for international students may be about to close. BCT college on Dublin’s Parnell Square told students last week that it was taking a two week holiday …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 25 July]

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Errors and omissions slow down student grant process

Posted in Fees and access on July 25th, 2014 by steve

“Delays filing tax returns and provision of incorrect personal information are slowing grant applications for thousands of students. Of 100,000 students for who claims are due this year, Student Universal Support Ireland (Susi) has received applications from around 75,000 so far …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 25 July]

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Accommodation Crisis Looks Set to Reach Critical Mass

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2014 by steve

“The Accommodation Office has warned students that ‘hundreds’ of students are on the waiting list for campus residences with fewer than fifteen places available following the first round of distribution …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 24 July]

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Students urged to submit grant applications

Posted in Fees and access on July 24th, 2014 by steve

“The body that administers the third level grant system has urged students to submit applications before the 1 August deadline. Student Universal Support Ireland, better known as SUSI, says it operates under a very tight processing time frames between May and October …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 July]

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