Study finds HPAT does not accurately measure empathy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new study has shown that the Health Professions Admission Test (HPAT) does not accurately test empathetic or interpersonal skills. The study, which was published in the British Medical Journal Open, assessed empathy levels in 290 undergraduate medical students from University College Cork …” (more)

[Aoife Ní Chadhain, Trinity News, 8 September]

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TCD to host conference on academic boycott of Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An academic who had an offer of a post withdrawn after a series of tweets protesting at the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2014 is to speak at a conference in Trinity College Dublin next week …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Trinity to create 3D model of College using drone technology

Posted in Research on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is to create bird-eye view imagery and video of the College using drone technology. Hundreds of high resolution images and videos were taken of Trinity earlier this month. Trinity is aiming to use this imagery for a multitude of new projects, including a 3D model of the college …” (more)

[Jessica Howard, Trinity News, 8 September]

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City student accommodation provider wants option to rent to tourists

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The owners of a building, which is set to become student accommodation in the city centre, is hoping to change condition of planning permission. An Bord Pleanála granted permission for the student accommodation at the Webworks building at Fairgreen Road earlier this year …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 7 September]

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‘Inaccurate to claim HPAT is not doing its job’ – Body that administers exam

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Australian body which administers an Irish medical education screening test warned it was inaccurate to claim it was not doing what it was originally designed for. The Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) administers the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT) which all Irish prospective medical students must sit alongside their Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 8 September]

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Tweets on academic papers ‘mechanical and devoid of original thought’

Posted in Research on September 8th, 2017 by steve

“Much of the activity about academic journal articles posted on Twitter is ‘mechanical and devoid of original thought’, according to a new study that calls into question the value of some alternative metrics used to evaluate research. The authors of the study, which analysed 8,000 tweets about 4,000 research papers in the field of dentistry, say that ‘simplistic and naïve’ use of social media data risks damaging science …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 2 September]

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Retracing the steps of feminist and republican hero Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington

Posted in Life on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… While much of her focus is to be on the work of her grandparents, and Irish and women’s history, the plant ecologist will also be highlighting continuing gender inequality in Irish academia. She has offered her €70,000 award in a gender discrimination case against NUI Galway to support five other women who, like her, were not promoted in 2009 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 8 September]

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