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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Higher Education Institutions: Broadening the curriculum

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the degree to which he expects NUI Maynooth and the other universities to develop over the next five years with specific reference to catering for increased demand and the broadening of the syllabus thereby enhancing their competitiveness internationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Many junior scientists need to take a hard look at their job prospects

Posted in Research on October 26th, 2017 by steve

“For his 2012 PhD thesis, the sociologist Chris Platts surveyed and interviewed more than 300 young footballers — aged 17 and 18 — at UK club academies who were hoping to pursue a career in the game. He told the newspaper The Guardian this month that just four of them currently have gained a professional contract. That’s a drop-out rate of 99% …” (more)

[Editorial, Nature, 25 October]

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Absence of university ‘not affecting jobs’ in Kilkenny

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of the Industrial Development Agency says Kilkenny has two Institute of Technologies which is delivering a ‘flow of skills’ after a local TD expressed concern the county was disadvantaged in terms of job creation by its lack of a third level institution …” (more)

[Darren Hassett, Kilkenny People, 20 October]

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Arts degrees: Can universities save them?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“They’ve always been an easy target. And nowadays, jibes about arts degrees and low-paying jobs provide plenty of material for meme-makers online. ‘Oh, you have an arts degree?’ says a self-satisifed Willy Wonka in one. ‘Yes, I would like to upsize my combo meals, thanks.’ The stereotype may not be new or accurate, but …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 16 October]

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Why Companies Value(d) Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2017 by steve

“I recently read the book A Perfect Mess: the Unlikely Ascendancy of American Higher Education by David Larabee.  It’s very good – in fact, the first two chapters are for my money the best short history of pre-1900 American higher education ever written.  I’m going to refer to this book a few times over the next couple of weeks.  But today, I want to talk about an engaging little passage he penned about how business came to view college (that is, American ‘college’, our universities) as an indispensable pre-requisite to white collar jobs …” (more)

[HESA, 5 October]

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Apprenticeships, NEETS and over-qualified graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In 2016 it could reasonably be said that Ireland had a very well educated population (see below). Over 50% of our 25-34 year-olds have a third level qualification which is high by international standards but not extraordinarily so …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 3 October]

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Can you really be over-qualified? via @IrishTimes

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“According Carl O’Brien, writing in last Friday’s Irish Times, Irish workers are most ‘overqualified’ in Europe. This is based on ‘research carried out by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) between 2000 and 2011’. About 60% of our school leavers progress onto third level education, and this is projected to rise to about 70% over the next decade …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 27 September]

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Is doing a PhD a waste of time?

Posted in Life on September 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“What use is a PhD nowadays? After almost two decades in education, is it really worth committing another three, four or even more years to a doctorate? Will it help you in your career, or are PhDs a frivolous extravagance for the rich? Once upon a time, the path for PhD students was clear: graduate and become an academic …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 26 September]

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‘Overqualified’ graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Two thoughts sprang to mind when I read the article on the ‘fact’ that large numbers of our graduates are ‘overqualified’ for their jobs (News, September 22nd). The first is the obvious one that education is for life, not just the workplace …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 26 Septmeber]

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Qualifications and the future of work

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Further to the article ‘Irish workers most “overqualified” in Europe’ (News, September 22nd), those concerned about the future of work recognise that the rate of technological progress is exponential. As a result, we are already in an era when jobs and entire industries are being transformed …” (more)

[Ned Costello, Irish Times, 25 Septmeber]

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Irish parents blamed for high rate of overqualified workers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Parents’ ‘obsession’ with ensuring their children progress to third-level is a key reason why Irish workers are among the most overqualified in Europe for the jobs in which they are working, it has been claimed. Latest figures show that about one in three workers in the State are at least one educational level above the international norm for the jobs they are in …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 September]

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Employers Giving Lectures – whatever will they think of next?

Posted in Teaching on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Katherine Donnelly writes in yesterday’s Irish Independent in an article entitled ‘DCU invites employers in to lecture its students’ about an interesting idea to get employers to ‘to deliver master classes to undergraduates about the realities of the fast-changing workplace’ …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 22 September]

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Irish workers are most ‘overqualified’ in Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish workers are the most overqualified in the European Union for the jobs they are working, according to latest research. About one in three workers are at least one educational level above the international norm for the jobs they are in …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 September]

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Report finds Irish male graduates earn €80,000 more in their lifetime than female graduates

Posted in Life on September 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An Irish male graduate will earn, on average, €80,000 more in this lifetime than a female graduate, an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report has found. The report, which contains data on the state of education in countries around the world, also highlights a gender imbalance in a number of fields of study …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 21 September]

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DCU invites employers in to lecture its students

Posted in Teaching on September 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) is to hand over lecture theatres to major employers to allow them to deliver master classes to undergraduates about the realities of the fast-changing workplace. The move is aimed at ensuring that third- and fourth-year students on technology-focused degree programmes are up to date with current thinking and equipped for what lies ahead …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 September]

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UCD is Ireland’s best university for getting a job

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) global higher education analysts and career advice specialists have announced the world’s 500 leading universities for graduate employability. The rankings indicate that University College Dublin (UCD) is the strongest provider of highly employable graduates. It ranks 75th and is followed by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) at 111-120 …” (more)

[Sarah Meehan, Trinity News, 11 September]

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Study shows majority of nursing graduates stay in Ireland

Posted in Life on September 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The notion that nursing graduates are fleeing these shores in droves in search of better pay and conditions has been challenged by a study which shows the vast majority remain here for work immediately after graduation …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 6 September]

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