Women in stem and my 2018 list

Posted in Life on January 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A previous post was obviously meant to be provocative – in a good way – but it seemed to provoke an angry response in some quarters. Anger is a big thing on social media as is taking offense (often on behalf of others) as is, most annoyingly, virtue signalling …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 19 January]

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IUA welcomes HEA report showing high levels of employability among university graduates

Posted in Life on January 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes the publication of the HEA’s report What Do Graduates Do? – The Class of 2016. This report, which is an analysis of the first destinations of the 2016 class of university graduates, shows clearly the high levels of employability among Irish university graduates ….” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 19 January]

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Employment rates for graduates return to boom-time levels

Posted in Life on January 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Employment rates for graduates have returned to levels last seen during the economic boom, according to a new report. A survey of more than 18,000 graduates from the class of 2016 shows that 70% of all graduates are in employment. Most were in Ireland (60%) or overseas (10%) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 January]


Regional ‘brain drain’ as half of graduate jobs now based in Dublin

Posted in Life on January 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Almost half of all graduate jobs are now in Dublin, as the national employment market becomes increasingly lopsided. The Cork region is also a big magnet for university graduates, but many other areas are not offering the same opportunities …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 January]

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USI Protest Against Aramark Due To Mistreatment In Direct Provision Centres

Posted in Life on January 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have staged a protest outside of retailer Avoca on Suffolk Street, Dublin, in protest against the Aramark-owned company’s connections to direct provision centres in Ireland. Students of Trinity College Dublin also organised a boycott of the Aramark-run caterer on campus, Westland Eats, in November …” (more)

[Samantha Calthrop, UCC Express, 17 January]

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Teachers earned most in years after graduation, study finds

Posted in Life on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teachers earned more than other college graduates for several years after completing higher education, according to the draft of a major new study. However, their earnings increased at the slowest rate of all, leading to other graduates narrowing the gap or overtaking them within five years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 January]

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Arts graduates earn less than any other group after college

Posted in Life on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Arts and humanities students earned less than other groups of graduates for up to five years following college, according to the draft findings of a major new study. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) is due to publish research shortly which tracked graduates’ weekly earnings across different fields of study between 2010 and 2015. The draft findings show that arts graduates earned the least in their first year after college (€310 per week) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 January]

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Word and phrases I want to hear less in 2018

Posted in Life on January 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Engaged citizen; Thrive in the 21st century; Learner; Adaptable learner; Engagement; Leverage; Foster; Authentic; Innovation; …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 6 January]

The End is Nigh for Hand-written Exams?

Posted in Life on December 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In the age of emailing letters to Santa instead of writing physical letters, Laura McInerney of The Guardian asks ‘why must students write exams with a pen?’. Hardly any of us write letters anymore. Indeed, other than signing your name – when is the last time you actually wrote by hand? I note very few students in my classes actually taking notes with pen and paper …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 21 December]

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Why I’m moving to Ireland

Posted in Life on December 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Over the past few weeks quite a number of people have asked me why I decided to move to Ireland, so thought I’d write a post about it in case anyone out there is interested. The simple answer that I was offered a full-time permanent and rather well paid job at Maynooth University ..” (more)

[In the Dark, 20 December]

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8% of female students report sexual contact without consent

Posted in Life on December 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new survey of students has found that 8% of females and 3% of males were certain someone had sexual contact with them when they were unable to provide consent because they were drunk, passed out or otherwise incapacitated in the past year …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 21 December]

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Trinity’s Mollycoddling Doesn’t Benefit Students

Posted in Life on December 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Between fire safety talks, room checks, not being able to bring guests back after midnight, Trinity’s far from the only university that plays the role of nanny state for their residents. But, very often, it feels as if this overblown paternalism isn’t really serving students’ best interests …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 16 December]


Bullies have no place in academia – even if they’re star scientists

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“I was awarded a prestigious fellowship in 2015 and moved my family across the country to take up a postdoctoral position at a world-class biomedical research institute. Little did I know that this seemingly invaluable opportunity would set me on a dangerous path to mental ill health …” (more)

[Guardian, 15 December]

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The crumbling façade: my experience working for an essay mill

Posted in Life on December 12th, 2017 by steve

“According to a recent UK Government-backed review, academics are topping up their earnings by writing for ‘essay mill’ sites which help students to cheat in their assignments. SA Mills was one of those academics and recounts the experience here; offering an insight into the allure of such opportunities for those either out of work or in precarious positions, as well as the transactional nature of working for these services and with their clients …” (more)

[LSE Impact of Social Sciences, 12 December]

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PhD candidates and postdoctoral status

Posted in Life on December 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Sorcha Pollak writes of the difficulties and ‘darkness’ that come with undertaking PhD research (‘”I don’t think there’s anything darker than doing a PhD”‘, December 5th). I would agree but like to emphasise that much of the burden and stress comes from insufficient funding and exploitative working conditions …” (more)

[David Cichon, Irish Times, 8 December]

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Almost half of workforce feel that they are ‘too good’ for their job

Posted in Life on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Almost half of workers think they are too good for their jobs, according to a report to be published today. New research by the Economic and Social Research Institute (Esri) showed that 46pc of employees believed they were overqualified …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 5 December]

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35,850 students share their experiences of higher education in Ireland

Posted in Life on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“35,850 students took part in the 2017 Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) – a national survey of students in twenty-seven public higher education institutions – bringing the total number of responses to almost 125,000 since the survey was introduced in 2013 …” (more, download)

[Higher Education Authority, 28 November]

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More women hold third-level qualifications than men, Census shows

Posted in Life on November 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Women in Ireland are better educated than their male counterparts, according to the latest data on educational participation in Ireland. New figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Thursday show a substantial overall increase in the level of educational achievement in the country, growing steadily over the last two and a half decades …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 23 November]

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Universities in song: not a happy tune

Posted in Life on November 21st, 2017 by steve

“I’ve posted about a number of different higher ed related music topics here before including the forgotten bands of HE, universities named after bands and VC Desert Island Discs. I was therefore intrigued to hear about this highly relevant piece of research reported recently in THE which suggests that HE has an ‘image problem’ in relation to pop music …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 21 November]


Necessity and research are the mothers of invention

Posted in Life, Research on November 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Research opportunities for Irish Science graduates have never been better. Ireland is now home to some of the world’s largest biotech and pharma companies. After nearly 10 years studying to achieve a doctorate in science however, many graduates lack the inclination to make a switch from academia to corporate …” (more)

[Joyce Rubotham, Irish Times, 16 November]