Study shows majority of nursing graduates stay in Ireland

Posted in Life on September 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The notion that nursing graduates are fleeing these shores in droves in search of better pay and conditions has been challenged by a study which shows the vast majority remain here for work immediately after graduation …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 6 September]

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As doctors continue to emigrate, Ireland is becoming more reliant on foreign-trained staff

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s increasing need for doctors is mainly being met by employing foreign-trained doctors, according to a new report from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) …” (more)

[, 22 June]

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Brexit may stem outflow of nursing staff, claims recruiter

Posted in Life on June 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The United Kingdom ’s exit from the European Union may cut the numbers of nurses who are quitting Irish hospitals to work in the National Health Service, a leading healthcare recruiter has said. The number of applications by nurses from other EU countries to work in English hospitals has fallen by 96% since last year’s Brexit referendum, it was announced on Monday …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 12 June]

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Two-thirds of Royal College of Surgeons graduates to leave Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Just 84 graduating doctors out of a class of 275 from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) plan to stay in Ireland. The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) and opposition politicians say more needs to be done to encourage students from abroad who study medicine in Ireland to stay and work in the Irish health service …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 7 June]

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Student loan scheme ‘would spur an increase in emigration’ to avoid debts

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students have warned a proposed loan scheme for college and university courses would spark a new emigration brain drain. The ‘study now pay later’ idea could see graduates pay back about €150 a month until they turn 33 in what researchers have claimed is the cheapest way to fund a major expansion of third level education …” (more)

[Independent, 2 May]

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Latest: Less than a third of nursing graduates offered contracts by HSE

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Just 30% of final year nursing students have been offered contracts by the HSE. Meanwhile 70% have been contacted by overseas recruiters. A new INMO survey also shows that 78% of nursing students are considering emigrating when they finish their degree …” (more)

[, 25 April]

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Graduates getting jobs quickly – and more staying in Ireland

Posted in Life on February 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Growing numbers of graduates are walking into jobs at home soon after leaving college. Almost two in three – 62% – of those who left university in 2015 with an honours bachelor degree were employed the following spring, including 53% of graduates working in Ireland …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 February]

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Brexit may curtail my lecturing career in the UK

Posted in Life on February 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A career in anthropology has taken Geraldine Fahy to the Lebanon, Kosovo, the Netherlands and Belgium, but she is now based at the University of Kent, where she lecturers in biological anthropology …” (more)

[Geraldine Fahy, Irish Times, 3 February]

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Lecturing abroad: A necessary step for many Irish academics

Posted in Life on January 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third-level educators have long had to accept the need to travel to get on in academia. Young, aspiring academics in Ireland may have to wait for older members of staff to retire for openings to become available. Even then, there is no guarantee of getting that job …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Outgoing UCC President calls for major changes in the Irish health system

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCC president Dr Michael Murphy has called for major changes in the Irish health system in an effort to retain graduates. Speaking to the Evening Echo, Dr Murphy, a former Head of UCC’s College of Medicine and a former board member of the HSE, argued for improved training and incentives to ensure better leadership in the health service …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 19 January]

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Medical students should be paid to stay in Ireland, says department

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government should consider a scheme to provide several thousand euro annually to medical students to meet living expenses in return for a commitment to work in the Irish health service on graduation, officials in the Department of Public Expenditure have proposed …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 August]

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Emigrating Irish still outnumber those returning

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Far more Irish people are still emigrating than moving home, despite the substantial rise in the number of returning emigrants last year. As the Central Statistics Office (CSO) revealed yesterday that the number of people working in Ireland has surpassed two million for the first time since 2008, a separate set of figures – showing a 14.4% increase in immigration – indicates that an improving economy is making Ireland a more attractive place to live again …” (more)

[Ciara Kenny, Irish Times, 24 August]

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Ireland and European languages

Posted in Teaching on August 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Stephen Collins writes ‘Ireland’s overriding interest lies in the survival of the EU’, (Opinion, July 30th). During the week I heard comment on the radio that Ireland, now being the largest ‘mother tongue’ users of English, has a great opportunity in bringing in continental European students to develop their language skills …” (more)

[Andy Maguire, Irish Times, 5 August]

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Irish graduates emigrating ‘should be regarded as a good thing’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Colleges need to prepare students to work anywhere in the world and emigration should be encouraged not mourned for graduates, according to the new head of Trinity Business School …” (more)

[, 28 May]

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Over half of secondary students are worried about job prospects

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than half of Irish students are anxious about their future job prospects and believe they will be unable to secure a job or purchase a home here, according to a new survey. Second-level students are deeply worried about their jobs and housing prospects, with a staggering 56% of students revealing that they will ‘likely’ emigrate …” (more)

[Martin Grant, Independent, 9 May]

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Should I stay or should I go?

Posted in Life on April 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The wave of youth emigration which has swept across our little island in the past few years hasn’t exactly dwindled. Instead, it has had a change of face …” (more)

[Gavan Walsh, Irish Times, 8 April]

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Emigration may affect student loans proposal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Levels of emigration among college graduates would have a significant impact on the cost to the taxpayer of setting up a student loan scheme, according to a draft report on third-level funding. The expert group report, to be published shortly, recommends the introduction of a new income-contingent loan system for graduates …” (more)

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

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Third Level Fees: Returning Irish Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2015 by steve

IrelandMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there are impediments in European Union legislation to changing Irish legislation to give all Irish citizens access to the free fees scheme for third level, regardless of their residency status, to enable them to access the scheme without having to be resident here for three of the five years prior to making their entry application to third level, without giving the same access to all European Union citizens …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 December]

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Introduction of student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I refer to Carl O’Brien’s article ‘Next government faces major decision on student loan scheme’ (November 27th). Apparently the idea is that you start paying back your loan only after you reach a certain income level …” (more)

[Paul O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 November]

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Medical graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In response to the editorial (October 9th) on the potential restoration of consultants’ pay, you commented that the taxpayer contributes substantially to the medical education of those who emigrate …” (more)

[Erica Coughlan, Irish Times, 10 October]

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