UCD business school’s masters in finance ranked 36th in world

Posted in Teaching on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s masters in finance has been ranked 36th in the world and 31st in Europe in a survey published on Monday. The Dublin university’s MSc in finance as the only such course offered by an Irish third-level college to be included in the Financial Times Top 60 Global Masters in Finance rankings …” (more)

[Irish Times, 19 June]

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Europe to lend €70m for capital projects at TCD

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

Ireland“The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved in principle a €70m loan to Dublin’s Trinity College, which will be part used to fund the university’s new business school …” (more)

[Colm Kelpie, Independent, 13 January]

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University Libraries – European Investment Bank and the University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2014 by steve

IrelandDeputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the agreement between the European Investment Bank and the University of Limerick regarding the library extension at the university; when works will commence; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 23 October]

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Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance: First Issue

Posted in Research on February 19th, 2014 by steve

“The first issue a new journal is always an exciting time, the more so when one is the Editor. Today we see such, with the launch of a new journal, with my good self as the Editor …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 19 February]

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The best man for a job in finance is probably a woman

Posted in Life on March 17th, 2012 by steve

“… The news, gentlemen, is not good: women, qua women, exhibit traits which whether due to the subtleties of the female brain or due to culture, might well make them better financial operatives …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 17 March]

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Irish colleges outside top 50 for finance courses

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2012 by steve

“If you want to make a career in finance, Irish universities are not the place to do it, according to a new report. The latest QS Top Universities ranking for careers in accounting and finance shows no Irish university in the top 50, with Trinity the highest ranked at 55 …” (more)

[Peter Flanagan, Independent, 18 February]

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Jobs drying up for Irish graduates in London

Posted in Life on April 12th, 2011 by steve

“Irish young professionals with ambitions in finance could find it much more difficult to get jobs in London as the big banks cut down on recruitment. Traditionally, hundreds of graduates in Ireland head for The City after college …” (more)

[Peter Flanagan, Independent, 12 April]

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Ease the pain of meeting your child’s college fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 7th, 2010 by steve

“It could cost more than your mortgage to send the kids to college. How can parents ever hope to meet the costs, asks Louise McBride …” (more)

[Independent, 7 November]

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‘Financing Higher Education Worldwide’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2010 by steve

“Who pays for higher education? Whether talking about the government role or the student responsibility, the question is controversial all over the world, and many policies are in flux. Financing Higher Education Worldwide, a new book from the Johns Hopkins University Press, surveys the globe for the trends and their implications …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 24 June]


Luke O’Neill on McCarthy Report

Posted in Research on August 18th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“… The exchange highlights again the need to get some serious discussion going on the aims of science policy in Ireland and the potential return. Some people are arguing that pure short-term commercial pay-off should be the key metric, which seems ludicrous. For example, we need also to think about the potential return from having more PhD trained people working in the public and private sectors. While the trajectory at present has been for Irish PhD’s (and indeed in Europe more generally) to move toward the public sector, we do not know whether this is necessarily a bad thing …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 18 August]


Let us be guided by evidence

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 15th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“On Marian Finucane’s RTE radio show this Sunday morning there was a discussion about university tuition fees and related matters, and as part of that there was an intriguing contribution by Dr Sean Barrett of Trinity College Dublin. He argued in essence that universities in Ireland are over-funded. In support of these thesis he suggested that current funding per student stands at €13,300, but that for what he called ‘chalk and talk’ subjects such as his own (Economics) the actual cost per student is €1,100. These figures were taken at face value by the other guests on the show. First, the figure of €13,300 is not a meaningful one …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 June]

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Documents reveal risk of failure at universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2009 by steve

“Government officials were monitoring 13 universities and colleges deemed ‘at risk’ of failure as recently as 2004, the Guardian has learned. Classified documents, released under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal a catalogue of concerns about governance and financing, including universities struggling to recruit students or reduce drop-out rates and others which had become too dependent on overseas students for funding. The institutions, largely ex-polytechnics and small arts colleges, include large universities such as Luton University, Greenwich University and Liverpool John Moores University. Some high-profile arts colleges including the Courtauld Institute, Wimbledon School of Art and Trinity College of Music were also being monitored by officials at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), who were concerned about their future viability …” (more)

[Polly Curtis, Guardian, 23 February]

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UDI – Universities’ Declaration of Independence?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2008 by steve

“Given the ongoing debate over the possible reintroduction of student payment of third level fees, and the dangers that lurk there for the universities, a rather unnerving thought occurs to me. It may be that the best universities in Europe are not yet private universities, but Irish universities seeking the freedom to set their own fees might decide to “de-nationalise” and “go private” by means of a Unilateral Declaration of Independence. My point is not that Universities should declare independence from government on the matter of fees, but that they should declare independence from government in all matters. There would be steep legal and regulatory obstacles to surmount, but assuming that this can be done, it would give any universities that did so complete freedom of action, not only in the realm of fees, but across the board …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 16 September]

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High Noon for college heads

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 20th, 2008 by steve

“Next week’s meeting between university presidents and Batt O’Keeffe is shaping up to be a fascinating affair. O’Keeffe has delighted the college heads by re-opening the debate on fees. And even his audit of spending is being welcomed. One university president even sees it as an opportunity to show the “wonderful value ” which the colleges are delivering. The bottom line for the presidents? That the budgetary crisis is being addressed – and some plan for more revenue is in place. There is clearly a black hole in the finances of most universities …” (more)

[Irish Times, 16 September]

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O’Keeffe: why should the rich go free?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 20th, 2008 by steve

“In his first extensive interview, Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe has no regrets about raising the fees issues. His priority is to widen third-level access and build up strong supports for the disadvantaged.” (more)


[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 16 September] 

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Undergrad students a priority – O’Keeffe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 20th, 2008 by steve

“Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe has said Government spending in third-level education has increased by a third in three years. Mr O’Keeffe said he cannot understand how the third-level sector could claim it was underfunded. Speaking after meeting students demonstrating against the return of third-level fees outside the Fianna Fáil conference in Galway, Mr O’Keeffe said he wants to see a sector where undergraduate students were the priority …” (more)

[RTĖ News, 15 September]

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Keeping out of recession: the role of universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2008 by steve

“Last week the Irish Government announced a key measure in its programme to deal with the downturn that has overtaken the economy and which has had such a dramatic effect on public finances. The announcement of the annual Budget and of the Book of Estimates (which sets out the public spending programme for the coming year) has been moved from December to mid-October. This decision is designed to show a determined approach to the management of the economy and also to convey a sense of urgency. It was generally praised in the media.” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 September]