‘Is There a Role for Higher Education Institutions in Improving the Quality of First Employment?’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2017 by steve

Abstract: This paper examines the potential role of higher education institutions in reducing labour market mismatch amongst new graduates. The research suggests that increasing the practical aspects of degree programmes, irrespective of the field of study, will reduce the incidence of initial mismatch. In terms of routes into the labour market, higher education work placements with the potential to develop into permanent posts and the provision of higher education job placement assistance were found to have substantial impacts in reducing the incidence of graduate mismatch. The use of private employment agencies was found to significantly heighten the risk of subsequent mismatch.

Seamus McGuinness, Adele Whelan and Adele Bergin, Is There a Role for Higher Education Institutions in Improving the Quality of First Employment? The BE Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy (December 2016), https://doi.org/10.1515/bejeap-2016-0174.

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‘If you raise public sector pay and taxes, the rest of the economy loses’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A senior economist has warned the Government against fully restoring its 300,000 workers’ wages to rates they enjoyed before the crash in 2008 …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 2 January]

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Ireland’s educators have the highest rates of work-related depression

Posted in Research on October 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“People working in the Irish education sector are particularly at risk of developing work-related depression, a new study has found. According to the report from think-tank the ESRI, in Ireland the risk of SAD illness is highest for workers in the education sector …” (more)

[Paul O’Donoghue, Fora, 20 October]

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Better educated women ‘will continue to flood the workforce’

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Women are set to continue flooding into the workforce following a surge in the numbers in employment over the past two decades. The ESRI has predicted that the number of women of working age in jobs is set to rise sharply over the next five years …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 14 September]

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Campus life key to overseas students’ good experience

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges should focus on improving social and other experiences on campus to help keep their fast-growing international student populations happy with their studies, new research suggests …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 May]

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What Predicts International Higher Education Students’ Satisfaction with their Study in Ireland?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on May 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Across the OECD countries, the internationalisation of higher education has been firmly on the policy agenda. Between 2000 and 2011, the global number of international students more than doubled and in 2011 there were more than 4.5 million tertiary students enrolled outside their country of citizenship (OECD, 2013) …” (more)

[ESRI, 16 May]

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New teachers in mentoring scheme showing reduced stress levels

Posted in Teaching on March 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“New teachers who have taken part in a new mentoring programme show greater levels of improvement and lower levels of stress than other newly-qualified teachers, research shows. An ESRI report published on Wednesday examines the performance of the Droichead programme in which experienced teaching staff play a key role in supporting and assessing new teachers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 March]

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€1.5bn education plan fails to boost work prospects for the unemployed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A second chance education scheme which has cost taxpayers almost €1.5bn has failed to improve the employment prospects of participants, according to a new study by the Economic and Social Research Institute …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 3 November]

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Retiring ESRI director calls for focus on key messages

Posted in Research on September 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Economists must be persistent in getting across key messages to policymakers, according to Professor Frances Ruane, speaking at a function on Tuesday night to mark her retirement as director of the Economic and Social Research Institute …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 September]

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Peter Cassells: ‘We will have a final report by the end of the year’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Peter Cassells, the chair of the government higher education working group, has said that his group will report by the end of the year, despite ‘a lot of cynicism’ that it would be delayed until after the general election …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 23 September]

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Overqualified: Workers who know too much

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland has Europe’s highest rate of ‘overeducation’: too many people have qualifications they can’t use; many others lack the skills that employers want. Do we need to rethink our education system? …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 6 June]

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Students who play sport more likely to go on to third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students who continue to play sport while studying for their exams are more likely to go on to third-level education than those who don’t …” (more)

[Breda Heffernan, Independent, 7 May]

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Should public policy be guided by research? Evidently

Posted in Research on April 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Academic researchers play a crucial role in helping society fully understand its past, analyse its present and weigh up its future, but when it comes to policy-making, there is scope to improve the application of research evidence …” (more)

[Mark Duncan and Paul Rouse, Irish Times, 20 April]

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Address by Jan O’Sullivan TD, Minister for Education and Skills, at the TUI Congress, Wexford

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Good afternoon. A Uachtaráin, a Rúnaí Ghinearálta, a Thoscairí agus a chairde, Is mian liom mo bhuíochas a ghabháil libh as an gcuireadh chugam le bheith in bhur dteannta ag an gcomhdháil bhliantúil agaibh, anseo i Loch Garman …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 April]

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Universities should offer broader course choices for students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government has established an expert group, chaired by Peter Cassells, which is ‘to identify and consider the issues relating to the long-term sustainable funding of higher education in Ireland and to identify options for change’ …” (more)

[Frances Ruane, Irish Times, 12 March]

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Colleges running fewer courses suitable for students with disabilities, says report

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

Ireland“A culture of ‘low expectations’ and a limited supply of appropriate training courses have been identified as key barriers to people with intellectual disabilities entering further education …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 1 March]

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Higher levels of education ‘much more important’ since the recession

Posted in Life on February 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The ‘great recession’ had a major impact on Ireland’s young people. A new study from the ESRI said that while the country’s unemployment rate increased from 4.6% in 2006 to 15% in 2012, the youth unemployment rate increased from 9.9% to 33% …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 5 February]

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ESRI seeks successor to Frances Ruane

Posted in Governance and administration on January 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has started the search for a successor to its current director, Prof Frances Ruane, whose term finishes at the end of the year …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 13 January]

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Ruairí Quinn: From age 14, many students begin to disengage at school

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Education in Ireland has many advantages that will help us to recognise and introduce the changes necessary as we approach the third decade of the 21st century. To begin with, we have a culture of learning and a respect for education. Our teachers are well trained and are among the best-paid in Europe …” (more)

[Ruairi Quinn, Irish Times, 2 December]

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Half of Leaving Cert students feel unprepared for CAO form

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

Ireland“More than half of next year’s Leaving Certificate students are feeling unprepared to complete the CAO application form for college entry …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 November]

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