Educational Attainment Of Population Is Rising Rapidly

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The educational attainment of people in Ireland is rising rapidly. Those in the 35-39 age group are over twice as likely to have a third level qualification as those in the 65-69 age group …” (more)

[Donal DeBuitleir,, 17 January]

USI Protest Against Aramark Due To Mistreatment In Direct Provision Centres

Posted in Life on January 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have staged a protest outside of retailer Avoca on Suffolk Street, Dublin, in protest against the Aramark-owned company’s connections to direct provision centres in Ireland. Students of Trinity College Dublin also organised a boycott of the Aramark-run caterer on campus, Westland Eats, in November …” (more)

[Samantha Calthrop, UCC Express, 17 January]

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Women ask fewer questions than men in academic seminars

Posted in Teaching on January 17th, 2018 by steve

“During academic seminars, any given question is 2.5 times more likely to be asked by a male than a female audience member. Alecia Carter reports on this research, which suggests that internalised gender stereotypes are at least partly responsible for the observed imbalance, both in men’s participation and women’s lack of it …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 17 January]


Ulster University misses staff compensation deadline

Posted in Legal issues on January 17th, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) has apologised for failing to pay over £1m in compensation to 143 former employees by an agreed date. The former staff are each due to receive 90 days worth of salary after an industrial tribunal judgement …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 17 January]


Has the doctoral thesis passed its sell-by date?

Posted in Teaching on January 17th, 2018 by steve

“The first UK doctoral student was admitted to Oxford just over 100 years ago in 1917. While the PhD (DPhil in Oxford) was a new-fangled thing for Britain, it had been introduced in continental Europe more than 100 years previously, initially in Berlin and Paris. In the USA, Yale University awarded its first PhD in 1861 …” (more)

[Andrew George, Wonkhe, 17 January]