New €20m fund for agricultural research and innovation

Posted in Research on September 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new €20 million fund for agricultural research and innovation has been announced by the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF). The ‘Ireland AgTech Fund (IAF)’ will invest in start-up and early stage AgTech companies that can ‘generate significant economic impact’ in the Irish agriculture and food sectors …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 6 September]

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Phil Hogan works with third level colleges to develop technology in agriculture

Posted in Research on January 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The EU Commissioner Phil Hogan is meeting with representatives from third level colleges to discuss plans to develop technology in agriculture. Officials from the Waterford Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin were in Brussels today …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 January]

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Agri education is booming

Posted in Teaching on December 10th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Some healthy competition has emerged between UCD and Waterford IT for farming students, with the southeast college having launched a Level 8 agricultural course which competes directly with UCD …” (more)

[Ken Whelan, Independent, 10 December]

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No agri-courses in €224m UL expansion a ‘historic mistake’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 22nd, 2013 by steve

“The ICMSA says that the lack of agri-related courses in a €224m University of Limerick expansion project is ‘an astonishing missed opportunity’ …” (more)

[Donal O’Regan, Limerick Leader, 21 December]

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Agriculture courses back in vogue at third-level colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 12th, 2013 by steve

“As Leaving Cert students prepare to collect their results this week, increasing numbers will be hoping to bag a place on an agriculture or food course. Recent CAO statistics show these courses have experienced the steepest rise in demand in 2013, up by 10% …” (more)

[Dan Griffin, Irish Times, 12 August]

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Researchers get $100k from Gates’ charity

Posted in Research on May 28th, 2013 by steve

“An Irish research centre has been awarded $100,000 (€77,000) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation …” (more)

[Independent, 28 May]

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Top Research Supporting Irish agri-sector

Posted in Research on September 9th, 2012 by steve

“Ireland has great natural advantages when it comes to diary farming, and producing livestock and crops. The agri-sector continues to thrive despite the downturn, but that, of course, does not mean we can rest our on laurels …” (more, mp3)

[Seán Duke, Science Spinning, 9 September]

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CAO entry points for agricultural science course up 40% in five years

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 24th, 2012 by steve

“Entry points to the degree course in agricultural science in UCD have increased by over 40% since 2007 — a product of the 120% increase in applications, according to Agricultural Science Association president Karina Pierce …” (more)

[Joe Dermody, Irish Examiner, 24 August]

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A simple formula for education

Posted in Teaching on February 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – Ivan Yates (Education Today, February 14th) raises a valid point regarding ‘tardiness in reforming the curriculum to meet job requirements is self-evident’. This tardiness is most evident in relation to the teaching of agricultural science …” (more)

[Bernard Donohue, Irish Times, 23 February]

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Research grants of €10m awarded to projects in 13 institutions

Posted in Research on December 13th, 2011 by steve

“Grant awards of €10 million for collaborative research projects in 13 institutions across Ireland, have been announced by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney …” (more)

[Joe Dermody, Irish Examiner, 13 December]

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Teaching and research to benefit under Teagasc-UCD alliance

Posted in Research on November 23rd, 2011 by steve

“Advances in sheep and beef genomics, grassland management and environmental research are just a few of the likely gains from a partnership between Teagasc and UCD …” (more)

[Joe Dermody, Irish Examiner, 23 November]

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First round of CAO offers reveals shift in students’ choices

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2011 by steve

“A big change in course preference has emerged among students with the publication of today’s initial round of Central Applications Office offers for third-level courses. CAO points required for entry to courses in science, technology and agriculture have increased dramatically, as students opt for programmes with better job prospects …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 22 August]

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Teagasc launches new teacher search

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2011 by steve

“The recruitment process for six new Teagasc college teachers has begun in earnest after the green light was given by the Department of Finance to break the employment embargo. With the closing date for applications this Friday, Teagasc expects to hold interviews during the first week of next month …” (more)

[Caitriona Murphy, Independent, 19 July]

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700 applicants turned away from ag colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2011 by steve

“More than 700 applicants have been turned down by the six remaining agricultural colleges in the past week. The numbers of students refused a place on a FETAC course in agriculture following the final aptitude and general knowledge tests last week has almost trebled compared to 12 months ago …” (more)

[Darragh McCullough, Independent, 5 July]

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Teagasc battle to hold stamp duty exemption

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on June 28th, 2011 by steve

“Teagasc officials are optimistic that changes in the make-up of the certificate in agriculture course will allow graduates to continue to qualify for the stamp duty exemption on farm transfers. Details of the proposed changes to the course, commonly called the Green Cert, will be discussed at a meeting between Teagasc and the Department of Agriculture on Thursday …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Independent, 28 June]

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No room for up to 400 ag students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 31st, 2011 by steve

“Up to 400 students hoping to study in one of the six agricultural colleges this autumn could be left disappointed, according to Teagasc. The stark reality arises as a direct result of the chronic shortage of teachers within agricultural colleges …” (more)

[Darragh McCullough, Independent, 31 May]

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Ag students outnumber places by two to one

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 24th, 2011 by steve

“The surge in applications to agricultural colleges is continuing this year, with applications outnumbering student places by at least two to one in most colleges. Both Teagasc and private colleges have once again been inundated with applications for agriculture, equine and horticulture courses ahead of next week’s closing date …” (more)

[Caitriona Murphy, Independent, 24 May]

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Agri-food job creation set to match rise of interest in college courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 10th, 2011 by steve

“Agri-food job creation in the coming years looks set to match the surge in interest in the sector’s third level college places, according to one recruitment expert …” (more)

[Joe Dermody, Irish Examiner, 10 March]

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Record number of students apply for agri courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2011 by steve

“Students are deserting courses linked to the property sector in their droves, but record numbers are applying for degree programmes in the booming agriculture sector …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Government needs to fund agri-education

Posted in Teaching on January 22nd, 2011 by steve

“In the next seven weeks, politicians from all parties will turn up at your day looking for your vote. I know I’ll be asking them all about their commitment to education …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, Communicate Science, 22 January]

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