Irish students reveal their definition of success is ‘being happy’

Posted in Life on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The definition of success according to the majority of Irish students is being happy, new research reveals. Irish students also rated their positivity towards career prospects in Ireland at 6.4 out of 10, research from One4all revealed …” (more)

[Aakanksha Surve, Irish Mirror, 27 September]

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New NUI Galway study shows worrying statistics about students and consent

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

Ireland“A recent NUI Galway survey revealed that 70% of female students and 40% of male students experienced ‘sexual hostility or crude gender harassment’ by the time they were finishing college. Sex education at second level was also deemed unsatisfactory by 63% of the male and 71% of the female respondents …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, SIN, 15 September]

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82% of Public Support Better Third-Level Funding, Says New Report

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

Ireland“82% of people believe that higher education needs more public funding, according to a new survey from the Coalition for Publicly Funded Education. The survey of 1,000 people by Behaviour and Attitudes reveals that a majority of people believe that the embattled third-level sector needs more funding …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 13 June]

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Government ‘must do more’ to improve higher education access

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than two-thirds of people believe the Government should do more to assist people seeking access to higher education, according to a new survey. The report, by Careers Unlimited, asked 1,500 people about their attitudes and experiences of pursuing courses in higher education …” (more)

[Sean Duffy, Independent, 31 January]

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National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions – Survey

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The HEA has initiated a Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions, which is being conducted by a five-member, independent Expert Group chaired by the former European Commissioner and Government Minister, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. We would welcome your participation in this survey …” (more, online survey)

[Higher Education Authority, 17 December]

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Ireland’s universities top international student satisfaction rankings

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“International students are happiest in Ireland, a new Europe-wide survey suggests. With an average rating of just over 9 out of 10, Irish universities topped this year’s Study Portals International Student Satisfaction Awards, edging ahead of last year’s leaders, Finland, Sweden and Denmark …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 21 September]

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Looking Inside the Engine: The Structure of the Round University Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2015 by steve

International“Many of those interested in international university rankings have been frustrated by the lack of transparency in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings. The QS rankings assign a 50% weighting to two surveys collected from a variety of channels …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 22 September]

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Would anyone notice if a small, old but awfully clever dog filled in a university ranking survey, and would it make a difference?

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2015 by steve

International“The Australian newspaper The Age has a piece by Erica Cervini on how she allowed her dog to complete the QS academic reputation survey on the quality of veterinary schools. She doesn’t elaborate on how the dog chose the schools. Was it by barking or tail wagging when shown pictures of the buildings? Seriously though, she does have a point …” (more)

[Richard Holmes, University Ranking Watch, 28 July]

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What makes Ireland’s top performing academics stand out?

Posted in Research on July 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“What do top academics do that sets them apart from the rest? A recent paper sheds some light. Hidden in that is some interesting analysis on Ireland in comparative perspective. Defining the top publishers as those that are in the upper decile of national output, the survey also looks at national differences …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 10 July]

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1 in 7 UCC students were victims of rape or sex assault

Posted in Legal issues, Life on March 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Nearly one in seven students at University College Cork say they have been a victim of rape or serious sexual assault — although it is feared the actual figure may be far higher. Around a third of students at UCC also said they had experienced minor sexual assaults …” (more)

[Sean O’Riordan, Irish Examiner, 20 March]

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Stop treating universities as if they were a football game

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2015 by steve

UK“Universities are now virtually run by the various measures of their performance. They have sacrificed the freedom to make their own choices. Instead, they have to conform to the direction and choices embodied in all these external measures set by others …” (more)

[Peter Scott, Guardian, 3 February]

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Students say Ireland should be ‘more accommodating’ to asylum seekers – survey

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 29th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A survey of 1,000 students and academic staff has found that more than half believe Ireland should be ‘more accommodating’ to asylum seekers. The survey of 1,000 people in CIT Bishopstown campus over two days in October also found that 72% believed those living in direct provision (DP) should have access to grants for third-level education …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 29 November]

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Half of parents unsure how to advise children about college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 25th, 2014 by steve

IrelandHalf of parents do not believe they know enough to advise their children about what course or area of study to pursue at college. Despite being the biggest influence on prospective college students, parents struggle to provide adequate career guidance for their children, according to a new survey …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 November]

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Infographic of first study of precarious work in Irish Third Level Education

Posted in Life on November 14th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“This online outreach survey begun in late summer 2013. The intention was to connect with precarious academics – as workers, students, or the unemployed – and throw some light on the growing casualization of work in third level education institutions in Ireland …” (more)

[3lww, 14 November]

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Dublin Institute of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I agree with the president of the TUI Gerry Quinn (November 10th) about the critical importance of consultation with colleagues in an academic institution. Earlier this year, as one form of consultation in a period of significant change, an independent survey was conducted with more than 2,000 colleagues across DIT …” (more)

[Brian Norton, Irish Times, 12 November]

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DIT employee engagement survey

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is gravely concerned by the findings of the DIT employee engagement survey (‘Dublin Institute of Technology staff concerned at lack of “clear vision”‘, October 27th). The findings indicate a considerable degree of alienation and discontent among staff …” (more)

[Gerry Quinn, Irish Times, 9 November]

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Survey: Lecturers at CIT reject plans for merger with ITT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) staff have hit out at plans to merge with the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT). A recent survey by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) showed that 63% of lecturers at the college wanted it to remain standalone …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 4 November]

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Colleges ‘could do better’ helping students to socialise

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Students in Ireland are generally positive about their third-level experience, but a new report highlights how colleges could do better when it comes to socialising …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 November]

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Arts and science students feel ‘less prepared’ for the workplace

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Students in humanities and arts feel much less prepared for the jobs market than their college peers, with more than a quarter saying they have ‘never’ explored how to apply their learning in the workplace, a major new survey has found …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 4 November]

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Third of college students feel no academic support

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“More than one in three college students in a national survey do not feel well supported by academic staff. The college experiences of 20,000 students who took part in the poll are mostly positive and the majority feel they are being well prepared for future jobs, the 2014 Irish Survey of Student Engagement found …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 November]

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