Google Scholar, Web of Science, and Scopus: Which is best for me?

Posted in Research on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

“Being able to find, assess and place new research within a field of knowledge, is integral to any research project. For social scientists this process is increasingly likely to take place on Google Scholar, closely followed by traditional scholarly databases. In this post, Alberto Martín-Martín, Enrique Orduna-Malea, Mike Thelwall, Emilio Delgado-López-Cózar, analyse the relative coverage of the three main research databases, Google Scholar, Web of Science and Scopus, finding significant divergences in the social sciences and humanities and suggest that researchers face a trade-off when using different databases: between more comprehensive, but disorderly systems and orderly, but limited systems …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 3 December]

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Private schools keep grip on high-points college courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Click here to download the full 2019 Feeder School tables. Pupils emerging from private schools are keeping a strong grip on the most sought-after third-level courses, despite millions being spent on narrowing the class gap in education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Peter McGuire and Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 3 December]

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GMIT Governing Body officially appoints new President

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Governing Body of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology has officially appointed Dr Orla Flynn as the new President of GMIT. In May, the former President Dr. Fergal Barry resigned …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 2 December]

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Ministers Breen and Mitchell O’Connor announce the establishment of Joint Labour Committee for the English language education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen TD, has formally accepted the recommendation of the Labour Court for the establishment of a Joint Labour Committee for the English language education sector. He made the announcement today together with Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD …” (more)

[DBEI, 2 December]

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Ireland’s newest university TU Dublin spent almost €200,000 on their logo and branding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s second largest and newest University, Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), spent almost €200,000 on their branding and logo. The university, which was launched in January of this year, is an amalgamation of Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Tallaght and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown …” (more)

[Dan Grennan, Extra.ie, 21 November]

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10% of Irish students feel physically sick at thought of exams – European report shows

Posted in Research on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish students remain among the best readers in the developed world, an assessment of almost 600,000 students has found. However, ‘a challenge remains’ in supporting students to achieve the highest scores in maths and science, with relative improvements to be made in both subjects …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 3 December]

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Trinity has a seagull problem

Posted in Life on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students are living in fear. In the Arts Block, students whisper in huddled groups. At lunchtime, they sit on the floor together and cry into their Sprout salad boxes. In between lectures, they rush from one building to the next, anxiously looking over their shoulders at every turn. Students are being plagued by a winged monster: namely, the herring gull …” (more)

[Hugh Whelan, Trinity News, 2 December]

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Pisa rankings: Irish teens among the best at reading in developed world

Posted in Research on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teenagers in Ireland are among the top performers in the world in reading literacy, according to latest international standardised test scores. Irish 15-year-olds also perform above average in science and maths, according to the Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) test results which were conducted last year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 December]

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