You can’t learn problem-solving from textbooks – allegedly

Posted in Teaching on June 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In a few months’ time we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. The Apollo missions, especially the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, are arguably the greatest ever examples of human beings’ ambition, creativity, problem-solving ability, teamwork and grace under pressure …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 1 June]

Suddenly the End of Term

Posted in Life on June 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday I finished the last of my marking duties, and put away the exam scripts and other assessments. I had to rush to get them all done in time for this weekend because I will not be here for most of next week. That’s been quite difficult because of all the other things going on and has led to quite a few late nights! …” (more)

[In the Dark, 1 June]


College fees, paid work experience, career mentoring: the new face of GAA sponsorship

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Colleges fees paid for players, paid work experience and career mentoring: welcome to the new frontier of club sponsorship in the GAA. Traditionally, a company’s involvement with their local club might have amounted to funding a set of tracksuits or some money. But Dalkey-based Cuala in Dublin has entered into a new era of a ‘partnership’ with the American biotech firm Amgen which involves education and employment opportunities …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 June]

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IFUT now represents Irish postdoctoral researchers on Eurodoc

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Eurodoc is the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers ( It is an international federation of 29 national organisations of PhD candidates, and more generally of early career researchers from 28 countries of the European Union and the Council of Europe …” (more)

[IFUT, 31 May]

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