100 research roles for Tyndall in ‘disruptive tech’

Posted in Research on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Up to 100 new research posts will be created at Tyndall National Institute in Cork as part of a €20m investment into so-called ‘disruptive technologies’. Tyndall said recent successes in securing multi-million euro funding from EU programmes and international industry had allowed it to create the research positions …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare, Irish Examiner, 1 May]

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Brexit: Theresa May says students ‘priced out’ of EU universities are better off in UK

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 1st, 2019 by steve

“Students ‘priced out’ of EU universities by higher fees after Brexit should stay in Britain and enjoy higher-quality courses, Theresa May says. The prime minister dismissed a protest that only rich children will be able to afford to study abroad in future by insisting no EU country could match the standards on offer at home …” (more)

[Rob Merrick, Independent, 1 May]

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Does Google kill creativity?

Posted in Teaching on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I set a number of assignments to my students (at first and second year) in which I challenge students to think outside the box. I actively reward creativity. For example, in my first year course I challenge my students to come up ways of performing various processes on a large scale, for example, extracting sugar from sugar beet …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 1 May]

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More than two thirds of women on ‘home duties’ with higher education do not want to return to workforce, says new survey

Posted in Life on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than two thirds of women who work in the home and have a third level education do not want to return to a paid job, according to a survey issued today. In research conducted by SOLAS on 218,000 women on ‘home duties’, not participating in the labour force and aged between 20–64, the majority of women – regardless of their education level – said they did not wish to return to the labour force …” (more)

[Sorcha O’Connor, Independent, 1 May]

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Opinion: UCD Students Shouldn’t Pay Fees When On Internships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As a Commerce student, the prospect of going on a year-long paid internship during my studies was one of the reasons I was drawn to doing this course in UCD. Adding an extra year to my college years, gaining invaluable experience in an industry-leading company, strengthening my CV and making money whilst doing so seemed too good to be true. Alas, it was; in 1st year, having read the small print, I learned that students have to pay UCD their student fees during the internship period …” (more)

[Alex Lohier, College Tribune, 1 May]

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UCD professor reports students ‘mortified’ by farm visits

Posted in Teaching on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A leading UCD professor has reported a drop in popularity in his Food Safety Masters students attending curriculum farm visits as they are ‘mortified’ by everyday farm practices such as cows calving. Professor of Public Health at UCD Dr Paddy Wall told farmers at the IFA Smart Farming Seminar that he brings his Masters in Food Safety students on visits to every level of the supply chain …” (more)

[Claire Fox, Independent, 1 May]

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The Great Science Publishing Scandal

Posted in Research on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There was a programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4 yesterday called The Great Science Publishing Scandal. It is now available on the interwebs here, which is how I listened to it this morning …” (more)

[In the Dark, 1 May]

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Making history compulsory may damage junior-cycle reform, review finds

Posted in Teaching on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Joe McHugh is set to be told by the State’s curriculum advisers that making history compulsory for junior-cycle students could undermine recent education reforms. Mr McHugh last year sought a review on whether history should be an optional subject in the junior cycle after concerns that some students would never learn about key moments in national history …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 May]

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Work-Life Balance

Posted in Legal issues, Life on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new EU Work-Life Balance Directive has recently been agreed. The ultimate aim of this Directive is to improve gender equality by easing access to work-life balance arrangements for parents and carers and to boost the participation of men in family-related leaves of absence or flexible working arrangements …” (more)

[IFUT, 30 April]

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College Must Learn From This Year’s Exam Chaos

Posted in Teaching on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“After the stressful and chaotic first-ever set of College-wide Christmas exams, Trinity students could have hoped for a smoother exam period this term. Yet even those paying little attention would have known that this exam season has sent students into a frenzy, leaving them grappling with both a new exam system and a College seemingly unable to co-ordinate it …” (more)

[University Times, 30 April]

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