Horizon Europe – Northern Ireland

Posted in Research on October 14th, 2021 by steve

IrelandNeale Richmond (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps being taken to ensure that Northern Ireland is involved in the Horizon Europe research programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 13 October]

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IReL Open Access Agreements Update

Posted in Research on October 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In early 2021 IReL introduced a number of new transformative open access agreements. This is a major development for the Irish research and publishing landscape and there has been an unprecedented uptake of open access publishing …” (more)

[Library of Trinity College Dublin, 6 October]

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Horizon Europe: Northern Ireland

Posted in Research on October 2nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandNeale Richmond (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has engaged with his European colleagues to ensure that Northern Ireland becomes associated with the Horizon Europe research programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 September]

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OECD Report reveals increasing privatisation in education

Posted in Research on September 29th, 2021 by steve

International“We have had a look at the annual OECD Report ‘Education at a Glance’ and this is our analysis. The report sheds light on privatisation trends in education and working conditions of teachers across Europe. It also calls on governments to provide appropriate public funding for education to overcome old and new challenges, particularly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis …” (more)

[ETUCE, 28 September]

[The report is here, the country report for Ireland is here]

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An Analysis of Graduate Earnings across Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Research on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“What graduates earn when they enter the workforce is not just influenced by where or what they study or their sector of employment – but also by their Leaving Certificate points and type of second level school they attended, new research has shown …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 27 September]

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New study reveals which college graduates earn most in the workplace

Posted in Research on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin students have the highest average earnings within a few years of graduation, followed by Dublin City University and University College Dublin, according to a study by the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Research Funding

Posted in Research on September 22nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of direct Government and indirect Government research capital funding received by each higher education institution since 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 September]

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Nearly half of students struggle to meet costs – survey

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Nearly half of all college students struggle to afford living expenses, according to a new survey. Four in 10 students reported that they sometimes faced difficulties meeting costs, while 7% ‘struggle all the time’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 September]

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The Future of the Academic Conference

Posted in Research on September 13th, 2021 by steve

“Pitched the Delta curveball, some scholarly associations are turning to online meetings again while others are proceeding with plans to meet face-to-face in the coming weeks. These groups are also thinking about what annual meetings will look like in a post-pandemic world, with major implications for equity and accessibility …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 13 September]

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International students ‘worth £260m to NI economy’

Posted in Research on September 11th, 2021 by steve

“International students are worth about £260m to the Northern Ireland economy, a just-published report suggests. Two higher education bodies have analysed the economic effect of international students in the UK prior to the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 11 September]

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Female graduates expect to earn less than men

Posted in Research on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Women graduates expect to be paid up to 14% less than men, despite new legislation that promises to address the gender pay gap. A survey of more than 10,000 third-level students reveals the low expectations of graduates in several disciplines …” (more)

[Independent, 9 September]

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Minister Harris welcomes publication of the Review of the Irish Higher Education System

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris today (Friday) welcomed the publication of the Higher Education Research Group’s review of the Irish higher education research system. The Review examined a number of strategic themes to help drive the future performance of higher education research activity in Ireland …” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 3 September]

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The AAS goes for Gold

Posted in Research on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday there was a big announcement from the American Astronomical Society (AAS), namely that all its journals will switch to Open Access from 1st January 2022. This transition will affect the Astronomical Journal (AJ), the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), Astrophysical Journal Letters (ApJL), and the Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series (ApJS). Previously authors were able to opt for Open Access but from next year it will apply to all papers …” (more)

[In the Dark, 2 September]

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Preprints in Applications – a plea to the ARC!

Posted in Research on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“I was astonished to discover that the Australian Research Council has placed a ban on preprints being cited in funding applications, and that many applicants have had applications rejected solely on the basis that they referred to preprints in them. It beggars belief that anyone who actually understands modern scientific practice could come up with such a stupid idea …” (more)

[In the Dark, 25 August]

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Students will return to ‘near normal’ college experience in September

Posted in Research, Teaching on August 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students will return to a ‘near normal’ third level experience when colleges reopen in September, Nphet’s Prof Philip Nolan said. Prof Nolan, a public health expert and president of Maynooth University, said some mitigations such as mask wearing and distancing measures will remain …” (more)

[James Ward, Belfast Telegraph, 23 August]

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Ulster University leaps to second place in postgrad research survey

Posted in Research on July 30th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) has risen to second place in the UK rankings for researcher satisfaction in the latest Postgraduate Research Experience Survey. The PhD benchmarking exercise surveyed postgraduate research students from 89 universities about their experiences, with UU leaping from eighth in the table in 2019 …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 30 July]

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59% of students struggled mentally last year

Posted in Research on July 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“59% of students said that their mental health had been negatively affected by the Covid-19 crisis according to a report by Aontas, the National Adult Learning Organization. Over half of the students surveyed (54%) also said that they struggled with motivation and a ‘lack of structure’ while learning online …” (more)

[Ann Jaffray, College Tribune, 29 July]

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IEEE and IReL expand access to Irish technology research with new transformative OA agreement

Posted in Research on July 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, announced that it has reached an open access read and publish agreement with IReL, the Irish licensing consortium …” (more)

[IReL, 22 July]

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Student houses cold and mouldy, researchers find

Posted in Research on July 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Many student houses are cold and half of them have a daily problem with mould, according to new research. The study, entitled Temperature profiles of private rental housing occupied by third-level students in Ireland and carried out by researchers at NUI Galway, found many occupants were living in properties where the temperature was below recommended levels …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 22 July]

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Minister Harris welcomes EUA report commending Irish higher education institutions for ‘professionalising’ the delivery of postgraduate research education

Posted in Research, Teaching on July 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish doctoral student experience and standard of awards are endorsed by international report of the European University Association. A new international report has commended Irish higher education institutions for ensuring both the standard of awards, and the quality of student experience, by ‘professionalising’ the delivery of postgraduate research education and training in Ireland …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 21 July]

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