King’s Inns monopoly on training barristers ‘should be ended’

Posted in Teaching on June 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The monopoly of the King’s Inns society should be ended and all universities should be permitted to train barristers, the Dáil has heard. People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said there was no proper statutory basis for the operation of the King’s Inns, which ‘ensures that a very small, well-vetted elite decide who gets to be a barrister and controls the legal system and who is kept out …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 27 June]

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Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science?

Posted in Research on June 28th, 2017 by steve

International“In 2011, Claudio Aspesi, a senior investment analyst at Bernstein Research in London, made a bet that the dominant firm in one of the most lucrative industries in the world was headed for a crash …” (more)

[Stephen Buranyi, Guardian, 27 June]


My advice for Irish academics looking to work abroad

Posted in Life on June 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When I read Michael O’Sullivan’s recent piece for Irish Times Abroad on leaving Ireland to pursue an academic career in Asia, I recognised many parts of his story in my own. Like Michael, I have a PhD in English Literature and had been contemplating moving abroad to find work since the early stages of my PhD. At the time I was based in London and although I knew a few people who’d been lucky enough to walk straight into academic posts …” (more)

[Louise Kane, Irish Times, 27 June]