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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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Around Retail Giant Amazon, University Presses Tiptoe and Whisper

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2014 by steve

“Customers adore Amazon for its ability to deliver almost anything almost instantly. Publishers’ feelings about the online retail giant are a lot more complicated. They love how it can boost book sales …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 July]

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Top university switches master’s to English

Posted in Teaching on July 24th, 2014 by steve

Germany“One of Germany’s top universities wants to ditch German and switch almost all of its master’s programmes to English in the next six years, prompting fears that the academic standing of the German language is under serious threat …” (more)

[Felix Reimer, The Local, 24 July]

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Laura Harmon and Jan O’ Sullivan

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2014 by steve

“USI President, Laura Harmon and the new Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’ Sullivan met today to discuss the key issues affecting students in higher education …” (more)

[USI, Facebook, 23 July]

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£9K fees: now it’s exceptional not to charge them

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

“To the list of history’s spectacularly inaccurate predictions, one more can now be added. Just under four years after former universities and science minister David Willetts insisted that higher education institutions would charge £9,000 tuition fees only in ‘exceptional circumstances’ …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 24 July]

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Opinion: Ireland should be at forefront of modern science – Ireland should join CERN

Posted in Research on July 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Turn on your television, or your radio, and tune it to an empty station where you can’t receive any signal. See all those black and white dots scattering around the screen, or hear that faint hiss in the background? …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 July]

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Top civil servant would ‘welcome debate on making it easier to fire public sector workers’

Posted in Legal issues on July 23rd, 2014 by steve

“The top civil servant in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) has said that he would welcome a debate on making it easier to dismiss public sector workers …” (more)

[Lise Hand, Independent, 23 July]

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