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)

[TheJournal.ie, 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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Third Level Fees: Returning Irish Emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 25th, 2015 by steve

IrelandBrendan Griffin (Kerry South, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will review the situation for returning Irish emigrants who have to pay full fees for college courses because they have been out of the country for too long; if the term limit will be increased or scrapped, given that the returning emigrants have been forced to emigrate in many cases due to the failings of the State in the first place; and if she will make a statement …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 September]

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Case study: ‘Irish medical graduates are really sought after’

Posted in Life on September 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Four weeks ago, shortly after finishing his intern year at hospitals in Cork and Kerry, Michael Courtney flew to Perth with a group of close friends, mostly doctors who had graduated with him …” (more)

[Ciara Kenny, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Emigration of Irish nationals falls 13% with 35,300 leaving in year

Posted in Life on August 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The number of Irish people leaving Ireland remains high, despite improvements in the economy and a fall in unemployment. Figures published by the Central Statistics Office on Wednesday show 35,300 Irish people emigrated in the 12 months to April 2015, a 13% drop on the previous year …” (more)

[Ciara Kenny, Irish Times, 26 August]

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Four charts that show how Irish students are feeling much more confident about Ireland

Posted in Life on August 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Students are far more positive about their job prospects than they were only four years ago according to new research. A study from the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) has shown that the number of students who expect to find work in Ireland after third-level has more than doubled since 2011 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 August]

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Like many other graduates, I left Ireland knowing I wanted to come back

Posted in Life on August 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The whispers began mid-way through our second year in college. ‘Yeah, spending our time discussing James Joyce, drinking cheap beer and playing Fifa on an endless loop certainly is fun, but what’s gonna happen after? Where are we gonna work? The IMF is in town. The country’s f*cked.’ Indeed it was …” (more)

[The Journal.ie, 3 August]

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Funding doubts causing university ‘brain drain’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A more ‘dynamic’ higher education system is needed to attract both top researchers and women to leadership roles in Ireland, the president of the Royal Irish Academy has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 29 May]

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