Targeted approach to science as career

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Further to Michael Duffy’s article ‘Stem education critical for country’s future’ (November 15th), the very use of the term Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths), although commonplace, is actually not very informative and may in fact be confusing for school-leavers …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 21 November]

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Failure to recruit more female engineers ‘harming economy’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A lack of women entering the field of engineering is harming the economy, according to the President of the Royal College of Engineering. Professor Ann Dowling said a lack of gender diversity is damaging to the pharma, food, IT and biomedical engineering sectors, which are all vital components of Ireland’s export-driven economy …” (more)

[Sean Duffy, Independent, 26 October]

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The Graduate?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“After it was announced that one in six students drop out of third level, Brendan Garrett looks at the institutional causes of this worrying trend. When it comes to education, the decisions we make regarding our subjects, courses and timetables tend to haunt us in both the years and Monday mornings that follow …” (more)

[University Observer, 16 October]

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Recently graduated nurses to receive €1,000 pay boost

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Nurses who graduated between 2011 and 2015 are to receive a pay boost of more than €1,000 after the Government agreed to restore incremental credit for the 36 weeks they spent on placement in hospitals as students …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 13 October]

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Third Level Education – Software Development

Posted in Teaching on October 13th, 2016 by steve

IrelandNoel Rock (Dublin North West, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the lack of third level graduates in software development; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 October]

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The Seductive Myth Of Internships

Posted in Life on October 5th, 2016 by steve

UK“The myth that unpaid labour looks good on the CVs of workers in creative industries has become an increasingly persuasive means of guilt-tripping young people into working for free …” (more)

[Hanan A Khalek, Huffington Post, 4 October]

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Buoyant jobs market for graduates

Posted in Life on September 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Graduates can breathe a sigh of relief: employers are hiring. Last year careers experts said the jobs market was the strongest it had been for a decade. This year they say it’s even stronger …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 27 September]


Gender pay gap Ireland wider for women with degree

Posted in Research on September 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An international report shows that the gender pay gap in Ireland is wider for women with a college degree. While the finding suggests the difference is bigger for working women in the final decade before retirement, the average annual earnings of Irish women are 71% of those of men …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 16 September]

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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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Arts degrees: are they worth doing any more?

Posted in Life on September 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“These days, all the focus seems to be on how science and technology are the ‘sexy’ subjects everyone should be doing, but employers say arts courses develop crucial skills for the modern workplace …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 13 September]

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AIB agrees five-year DCU partnership to fund chair in data analytics

Posted in Research on September 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“AIB is to fund Dublin City University’s first chair in data analytics as part of a five-year partnership to promote a sector that is predicted to generate 30,000 job opportunities out to 2020 …” (more)

[Ciarán Hancock, Irish Times, 12 September]

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Stem graduates ‘are qualified for just about any job’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“While there is certainly a growing need for graduates in Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects from a range of growth sectors across the economy, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) director general Prof Mark Ferguson believes there are compelling reasons beyond direct job opportunities for students to consider courses in this area …” (more)

[Barry McCall, Irish Times, 25 August]

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Where Are Europe’s Unemployed Graduates? via @StatistaCharts

Posted in Life on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“As many young people are contemplating starting out on three or four years in College, I’m sure many are wondering what their prospects for employment will be when they graduate. Based on figures from Eurostat, the wonderful folks at Statista have produced an infographic showing how each country in Europe ranks for employment rates among graduates …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 24 Augut]

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Emigrating Irish still outnumber those returning

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Far more Irish people are still emigrating than moving home, despite the substantial rise in the number of returning emigrants last year. As the Central Statistics Office (CSO) revealed yesterday that the number of people working in Ireland has surpassed two million for the first time since 2008, a separate set of figures – showing a 14.4% increase in immigration – indicates that an improving economy is making Ireland a more attractive place to live again …” (more)

[Ciara Kenny, Irish Times, 24 August]

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Job Bridge didn’t have enough checks to stop exploitation

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Employers were able to hire Job Bridge staff without the Department of Social Protection validating that the intern position wasn’t replacing a real job, according to an internal audit. Nobody in the Department of Social Protection was routinely checking companies’ applications to hire interns under Job Bridge against recent redundancy payments made by these same applicant companies …” (more)

[Claire O’Sullivan, Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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Everyone is heading off to college – but is it worth it?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Early on Wednesday morning, at second-level schools across the country, tens of thousands of students opened their Leaving Cert results with whoops of joy or tears of despair. Forty years ago, most eager young teenagers finishing school would have started looking for a job and they would have considered themselves well qualified …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 20 August]

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Colleges must do better to serve all of our society

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Over the years, Ireland has been more than successful at attracting high-value-adding and well-paying companies to these shores. During that time, a major educational focus has been on ‘pumping out’ third-level graduates of various disciplines in an effort to ensure our ability to be competitive and have ‘the necessary talent pool’ …” (more)

[Paul Mills, Irish Examiner, 18 August]


University isn’t the be all and end all

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2016 by steve

UK“Reports that a quarter of graduates are low earners 10 years after leaving university bangs another nail in the coffin of the ‘degrees for all’ project that dates back to Tony Blair’s premiership …” (more)

[Dreda Say Mitchell, Guardian, 15 August]

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STEM and the gender imbalance

Posted in Research on August 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Hardly a week goes by without there being an article in the newspapers on the need to encourage more women into STEM disciplines. The arguments seem to be threefold. Firstly, there are serious skills shortages in certain STEM disciplines, notably ICT, and in that context, the female population is an untapped ‘resource’ …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 8 August]

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State’s infrastructure plans threatened by engineer shortage

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A critical shortage of engineering graduates is threatening vital infrastructure projects such as plans to build tens of thousands of homes, industry professionals have warned. Latest figures show universities, colleges and further education courses are producing just a fraction of the engineers needed to meet projected demand over the coming years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 August]

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