Public sector jobs a draw for working professionals but of less interest to students

Posted in Research on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Professionals are more likely to consider a job in the public sector than students. That is according to new research by e-recruitment platform, in partnership with employer brand specialist Universum …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 May]

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One in five students could defer going to university due to Covid-19 – poll

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 20th, 2020 by steve

“Around one in five prospective students could defer going to university in the autumn if institutions are not ‘operating as usual’ amid the Covid-19 crisis, analysis suggests. An estimated 120,000 students may delay attending British campuses when the academic year begins in September and October, which would lead to a significant loss in tuition fee income for institutions, a report by London Economics for the University and College Union (UCU) warns …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Belfast Telegraph, 20 May]

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Minister Launches Timely Report of the Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey

Posted in Research on May 7th, 2020 by steve

“INDEx Survey Report Published by National Forum Reveals Digital Lives of Both Students and Staff Who Teach in Higher Education. The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, officially unveiled data capturing the first national picture of the digital lives of almost 30,000 students and staff who teach across 32 higher education institutions today …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 7 May]

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Nearly half of international students against doing degrees online amid Covid-19

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 28th, 2020 by steve

“More than two in five prospective international students have no interest in studying their degree online amid Covid-19, a survey suggests. The proportion of students who have changed their plans to study in the UK and deferred their entry by a year rose between February and March, according to findings in a think tank report …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Belfast Telegraph, 28 April]

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Survey of Past, Current and Potential Mature Students

Posted in Research on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“Indecon International Consultants have been appointed by the HEA to undertake research on the issues and challenges faced by first-time mature students in higher education, and to make recommendations for how mature students can be supported in the future. As part of this, a learner survey is being carried out so that we can learn more about your experience in accessing Higher Education as a mature student …” (more)

[Mari Tighe, HEA, 23 April]

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Students most worried about families’ health and work uncertainty amid crisis

Posted in Research on April 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The health of family members and employment uncertainty are the biggest worries third-level students in Ireland have amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new survey. The online survey was conducted by GradIreland from 25 March to 1 April and 716 university students responded …” (more)

[, 14 April]

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Sharp Drop-Off in Student Satisfaction With Experience of Trinity

Posted in Research on February 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student satisfaction with Trinity has fallen sharply in recent years, a survey has shown, with 37.5% more students than in 2016 admitting they would pick a different college if they were choosing again …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University Times, 27 February]

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Senior academics have little confidence in management of their own colleges – survey

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Senior academics have little confidence in the governance and management capacity of their own higher education institutions, according to a new survey. It also finds many are sceptical over the Government’s ambition to provide the best education system in Europe over the next decade. The findings are contained in a survey of more than 340 senior staff in higher education institutions and agencies by the polling firm Prospectus …” (more)

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

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Student mental health is vital but survey doesn’t add up

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland is to be praised for its interest in mental health in the group it represents. I am a psychiatrist providing a service to one of the universities in Ireland. I work closely with the university welfare officers, the general practitioners on campus and the counselling and psychological services. There are several other psychiatrists who provide a similar service to universities in Ireland …” (more)

[Patricia Casey, Independent, 31 August]

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Why tech success rates have turned around

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Recent headlines about high dropout rates in technology courses probably caused a wobble among some students currently considering their CAO choices. There are graduate jobs aplenty out there right across the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) spectrum, and they are very well paid. But are they only for a select band of maths geniuses? …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 March]

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Poll on third-level fees is a smokescreen

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your article ‘State and students “should bear cost” of third-level education’ (News, March 4th) raises questions as to why the Higher Education Authority decided to ask the public how higher education should be funded and on the methodology of the opinion poll …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 8 March]

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Survey Shows Public Have Positive Perception of Irish Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The HEA commissioned Kantar Millward Brown to conduct a survey of public perceptions of Irish higher education. This was conducted in September, 2018, in 64 sampling points with a sample size of 1,008. The purpose was for us to understand how the public view higher education and research …” (more, download)

[Malcolm Byrne, HEA, 1 March]

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State and students ‘should bear cost’ of third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The public believes the State should pay at least half the share of third-level education fees, with a quarter funded by students and their families and the remaining balance from businesses. They are the findings of a poll of more than 1,000 adults conducted by the Higher Education Authority into public perceptions of the third-level system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 March]

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90% of Working Graduates Staying in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) today (Monday 18th February) publishes the results of a survey of over 29,000 individuals who graduated in 2017 from our higher education institutions. It found that 78% of that class are now working while 14% are in further education or training, 5% are seeking work and up to 4% are engaged in other activities (eg travel) …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, HEA, 18 February]

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Big demand for Leaving Cert reform from pupils

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Huge demand for reform of the Leaving Cert has emerged in new research commissioned by the organisation representing principals in post-primary schools. Students and parents are to the fore in seeking radical changes, with three in four recent school-leavers backing a system of continuous assessment rather than reliance on a final exam and the pressure that involves …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 January]

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Leaving Cert deemed by just 4% of pupils as fair test of knowledge

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just one in 25 Leaving Cert students believe the exam is a fair and accurate assessment of their knowledge and skills, according to a new survey. The study also found a vast majority of students (76%) support a move towards continuous assessment to help ease the pressure and stress linked to summer exams …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Survey: Majority agree on need for Leaving Cert change

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students, parents, and teachers are in agreement on the need to radically reform the Leaving Certificate but quite divided on the ways of doing it, new research suggests. In surveys conducted for the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), all three groups agreed with the need for change …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 January]

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Is the ISSE a wasted opportunity? Part III

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The answer to the question is yes. First I should stress that a lot of people have put a lot of hard work into this survey and I don’t want to disparage anyone’s efforts. But I think the fundamental problem is that there is a ‘political’ undercurrent at work here whereby the ISSE is designed to conceal as much as it reveals …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 4 November]


Is the ISSE a wasted opportunity? Part 2

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Questions relating to student-faculty interaction: ‘During the academic year about how often have you … 1 Talked about career plans with academic staff?’ The fact that half of all students replied ‘never’ was picked up by the media who made a big fuss about it. But really it’s hard to take any particular stance on this – there are too many variables …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 4 December]


Is the ISSE a wasted opportunity? Part 1

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The ISSE is the Irish Survey of Student Engagement. According to the purpose of the survey is to: ‘provide benefits to each institution and its students by helping to improve feedback and appropriate follow up action. Objectives identified for the taught survey include …'” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 4 December]