Universities resist quotas on teacher-training courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are resisting plans by Minister for Education Richard Bruton to introduce quotas on the number of teachers they train in specific subjects. As part of a series of measures to boost the supply of teachers in key subjects such as science, maths and languages, Mr Bruton has announced plans to introduce subject quotas for postgraduate teacher education programmes at second level …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 February]

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Trends in higher education

Posted in Teaching on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – James O’Sullivan raises some reasonable points about recent trends in higher education, notably an apparent emphasis on ‘skills’ (‘Universities have become like Ikea – just follow the instructions’, Education Opinion, February 7th). There is a suggestion in his column that these trends are driven by neoliberal politicians aided by armies of faceless administrators …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 12 February]

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Are the Irish over-qualified?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Sunday Times report over the weekend put Ireland at the top of the league in terms of overeducation in Europe. Cormac Lucey’s analysis suggests that some students who may not be cut out for specific levels of academic study are being pushed into third level education at the expense of vocational education. Do we need more plumbers and electricians and less white collar graduates, a question we have posed in this leader previously …” (more)

[Kieran Walsh, Munster Express, 2 February]

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Salaries for education graduates drop more than for other sectors

Posted in Life on February 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Starting salaries for education graduates have dropped by more than for graduates of any other field of study over recent years, new figures indicate. Despite the fall, they remain among the best paid graduates in their first year out of college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Time to end the academic arms race

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2018 by steve

International“There are plenty of good reasons for a young person to choose to go to university: intellectual growth, career opportunities, having fun. Around half of school-leavers in the rich world now do so, and the share is rising in poorer countries, too …” (more)

[Economist, 1 February]

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Are arts degrees past their sell-by date?

Posted in Life on January 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This week a number of major reports confirmed what most recent arts graduates could probably have told you without the need for costly research: they earn less than other students in the years after college. The draft findings of a Central Statistics Office study, which tracked the earnings of thousands of young college graduates over a five-year period, found that IT and computers students earned most …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 January]

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IUA welcomes HEA report showing high levels of employability among university graduates

Posted in Life on January 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes the publication of the HEA’s report What Do Graduates Do? – The Class of 2016. This report, which is an analysis of the first destinations of the 2016 class of university graduates, shows clearly the high levels of employability among Irish university graduates ….” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 19 January]

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Employment rates for graduates return to boom-time levels

Posted in Life on January 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Employment rates for graduates have returned to levels last seen during the economic boom, according to a new report. A survey of more than 18,000 graduates from the class of 2016 shows that 70% of all graduates are in employment. Most were in Ireland (60%) or overseas (10%) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 January]

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Regional ‘brain drain’ as half of graduate jobs now based in Dublin

Posted in Life on January 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Almost half of all graduate jobs are now in Dublin, as the national employment market becomes increasingly lopsided. The Cork region is also a big magnet for university graduates, but many other areas are not offering the same opportunities …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 January]

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Germany fears university growth threatens apprentice tradition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 18th, 2018 by steve

“The worry that too many young people go to university – and that they would be better off learning a trade instead – is a complaint heard the world over. But nowhere does it strike as hard at the national self-image as in Germany, admired globally for an apprenticeship system credited with keeping the rate of young unemployment extraordinarily low …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 17 January]

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The data vacuum at the heart of education policy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister now wants universities (including the soon-to-be technological universities) to focus on filling skills gaps in the economy. These gaps are said to be mainly in ‘STEM’. Naturally enough, IBEC is happy because they are always happy with policies that transfer the costs of industrial and business training over to the taxpayer …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 16 January]

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Teachers earned most in years after graduation, study finds

Posted in Life on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teachers earned more than other college graduates for several years after completing higher education, according to the draft of a major new study. However, their earnings increased at the slowest rate of all, leading to other graduates narrowing the gap or overtaking them within five years …” (more)

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

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Arts graduates earn less than any other group after college

Posted in Life on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Arts and humanities students earned less than other groups of graduates for up to five years following college, according to the draft findings of a major new study. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) is due to publish research shortly which tracked graduates’ weekly earnings across different fields of study between 2010 and 2015. The draft findings show that arts graduates earned the least in their first year after college (€310 per week) …” (more)

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

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Third Level Education – Graduate Employment

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

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which third level education requires ongoing assessment and updating in line with best practice internationally in order to ensure the ability of graduates to compete internationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Third Level Education – Medical Professions

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

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he remains satisfied regarding the inadequate stream of third level graduates to meet the demands of the workplace with particular reference to the medical professions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Almost half of workforce feel that they are ‘too good’ for their job

Posted in Life on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Almost half of workers think they are too good for their jobs, according to a report to be published today. New research by the Economic and Social Research Institute (Esri) showed that 46pc of employees believed they were overqualified …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 5 December]

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Europeans want more vocational (not higher) education …

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2017 by steve

“Defying received wisdom, most Europeans would prefer an expansion of technical and vocational education and training (TVET, VET or just vocational), rather than further expansion of higher education …” (more)

[Julian Garritzmann, Wonkhe, 28 November]

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Necessity and research are the mothers of invention

Posted in Life, Research on November 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Research opportunities for Irish Science graduates have never been better. Ireland is now home to some of the world’s largest biotech and pharma companies. After nearly 10 years studying to achieve a doctorate in science however, many graduates lack the inclination to make a switch from academia to corporate …” (more)

[Joyce Rubotham, Irish Times, 16 November]

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The Evolution of the Student Internship

Posted in Life on November 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cold mornings, spiced coffee beverages and autumnal colours mark this time of the year for students in Trinity – the beginning of internship application season. The year has only just begun and students are already thinking about what they’ll be doing after it ends. Increasingly, over the past couple of years, there is pressure mounting on students to fill their summer holidays with yet more work …” (more)

[Kate Lait, University Times, 3 November]

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Homemakers sign up for free third-level courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of homemakers have signed up for free higher education courses as part of an initiative aimed at filling skills shortages. The Springboard+ scheme provides access to courses at certificate, degree and masters level in areas such as advanced manufacturing, business and entrepreneurship and ICT …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 October]

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