Decline in students choosing ICT courses cause for concern

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Technology Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, says it is concerned at the 11% decline at level 8 and level 6/7 for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) courses as first preferences at a time when total CAO applications fell by 4.2%. Responding to the CAO application data, Una Fitzpatrick, Director of Technology Ireland said …” (more)

[IBEC, 20 August]

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CAO 2018: Points for arts fall amid demand for jobs-friendly courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Points for many arts and creative courses have fallen as students opt for degrees linked to areas of strong jobs growth such as engineering, teaching and nursing. In all, just over 50,000 college hopefuls are set to receive their CAO results on Monday …” (more)

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

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Engineering body concerned at number of students sitting Leaving Cert STEM subjects

Posted in Teaching on August 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The representative body for engineers in Ireland has raised concerns over the number of students sitting STEM subjects in this year’s Leaving Cert, saying 2018 has not seen a marked increase for the first time in several years. Results obtained from the State Examinations Commission has shown that almost one-third of Leaving Certificate students sat the higher-level mathematics paper in 2018, a figure that has more than doubled when compared to 2011 …” (more)

[, 15 August]

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Degree subject matters more than university status if you want to become rich, new research shows

Posted in Governance and administration on August 13th, 2018 by steve

“Choosing the right field of study is more important than attending an elite university for those aiming to join the economic elite by middle age, according to new findings from the UCL Institute of Education. Researchers analysed data on more than 6,000 people born in England and Wales in a single week in 1970, who are taking part in the 1970 British Cohort Study …” (more)

[IOE London Blog, 13 August]

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Why are we fixated on creativity and problem-solving?

Posted in Teaching on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“One thing that strikes me when I visit my students who are on placement in multinationals (mainly in the biopharma sector) is that each company has its own culture. For someone like me who has spent all his career in academia, multinationals have a cult-like feel to them. There is a company ‘way’ and if you are to succeed in the company you need to buy in to that way …” (more)

[The Optimistic Educator, 3 August]

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Why it is not a ‘failure’ to leave academia

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

“As a PhD student in my final year, I find it demoralizing and frustrating to be constantly reminded of the bleak job prospects in academia. This dim outlook may well increase the pressure on students and contribute to high rates of anxiety and depression among them …” (more)

[Philipp Kruger, Nature, 1 August]

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Higher education, equality and hiring practices

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I’m going to look at education in purely social and economic terms in this post – nothing about whether higher education makes you a better, wiser or more fulfilled person. That’s for another day. The lifetime financial benefit of higher education in Ireland is higher than the OECD average. Many people see this as a good thing and evidence of our transition to a knowledge economy. But it’s a bit more complicated than that …” (more)

[The Optimistic Educator, 31 July]

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Working conditions for archaeologists

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Department of Archaeology in University College Cork wishes to express strong support for the position currently being taken by the trade union Unite in seeking better pay and working conditions for commercial archaeologists in Ireland (‘Archaeologists seek “appropriate” pay after site walk-off’, News, July 9th) …” (more)

[William O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Education system must prepare students for demands of 21st-century workplace

Posted in Governance and administration on July 26th, 2018 by steve

“The world of work is changing. But are Irish graduates equipped for this new world of work? Globalisation, rapid digitalisation, increased competition and new consumer preferences are resulting in jobs and careers being transformed at an accelerating pace of change. Over the last decade, our understanding of the ‘typical’ worker has evolved …” (more)

[Kara McGann, Independent, 26 July]

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Teacher shortage drives big demand for college courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 7th, 2018 by steve

“Demand for post-primary teacher training courses has bounced even higher since the initial deadline for making CAO college choices in February. Relentless headlines about shortages for key subjects, including maths, Irish, home economics and foreign languages, have clearly fuelled even more interest in a career as a post-primary teacher …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 July]

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‘Alarming’ shortage of construction and property surveying graduates to meet surging demand in recovering economy

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There are not enough graduates coming out of college with construction and property surveying degrees to meet the surge in demand in the recovering economy. There will be a shortage of between 2,000 and 4,000 of these professionals over the next four years, according to a report by Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 June]

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Free third-level courses on offer to help tackle skills shortages

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2018 by steve

“Thousands of free or discounted higher-education courses are being made available to workers seeking to upskill in areas where there are skills shortages such as the technology and biopharma sectors. The Springboard+ initiative has until recently been targeted at unemployed people to help them to re-enter the labour market …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 June]

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Parents swaying children with ‘outdated’ career-choice views

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2018 by steve

“Parents are too often influencing their children to choose careers and college courses based on outdated information about the world of work, a university president has warned. Dr Des Fitzgerald, president of University of Limerick, said the top graduate earnings and job prospects were in areas such as Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 June]

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I struggle when hiring academics – because the candidates are too good

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2018 by steve

“Some employers complain about not having enough good candidates to fill roles. I envy them. Imagine working in an industry where entry-level jobs require ‘world-leading’ research records, where far more people are graduating from PhD programmes than the academy will ever employ. The problem is that nearly everyone on the long list for your new permanent lectureship is amazing …” (more)

[Guardian, 1 June]

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Enticing nurses to stay in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2018 by steve

“Sir, – Peter Pallas (May 10th) needs to be made aware that nursing students these days study for four years to attain a university award of BSc. As any other third-level student, they must pay college fees and receive no payment until their fourth-year internship …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 15 May]

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What do you want from your university? Skills, knowledge? Or just a degree?

Posted in Teaching on May 15th, 2018 by steve

“There is no shortage of studies suggesting that university graduates benefit significantly from their qualification as they progress through their careers. In 2015 it was suggested that the value of a university degree could be as much as £500,000 over a lifetime. If this is true, it is still not really clear what exactly confers this additional cash benefit: the knowledge acquired during studies? The skills, vocation-specific or transferable? Or is it maybe just the actual degree certificate, as an entry qualification into higher-paying jobs? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 May]

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More than 90% employment for UCC graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2018 by steve

“University College Cork graduates and postgraduates are finding employment at rates of over 90% while the university itself is employing 15,000 and contributing over €850 million to the Irish economy through expenditure and tax payments, a new study has found. According to a 142-page report to be launched on Monday by UCC president Prof Patrick O’Shea …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 14 May]

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Graduates: it’s not what you did, it’s what you can do

Posted in Life on May 8th, 2018 by steve

“There’s never been a better time for graduates to stay in Ireland. Job prospects at home, in both the private and public sectors, have not been this good for over a decade. But it’s also a great time to go overseas: graduates have excellent employment prospects in the traditional destinations for Irish emigrants, particularly Canada, Australia and New Zealand …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 8 May]


70% of new nurses may emigrate

Posted in Life on May 3rd, 2018 by steve

“The crisis of nurse recruitment and retention plaguing the health service shows no sign of abating with seven in 10 of the current crop of fourth-year student nurses considering emigrating following graduation. In addition, the majority of the class of 2018 – 57% – have already been approached by overseas recruitment companies, according to a survey by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 3 May]

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‘Overqualified’ Irish workers beat EU’s third-level study targets

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2018 by steve

“Ireland has already significantly exceeded an EU target for 40% of people between the ages of 30-34 to be educated to degree level. One of Europe 2020 strategy’s targets is that at least 40% of 30-34-year-olds in the bloc should have completed tertiary education by 2020. Last year more than half of Irish 30- to 34-year-olds were found to have completed third-level education …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 1 May]

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