Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomes introduction of self-awarding powers for institutes of technology

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (1 January 2020) announced the granting of award making powers, with exception of doctoral awards, to all institutes of technology. In welcoming this announcement, the Minister said: ‘This is a significant step for the sector. The measures introduced today establishes all institutes of technology as autonomous awarding bodies, placing them on an equal footing with other designated awarding bodies such as the universities and the RCSI …'” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 January]

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Institutes of Technology Gain New Award-Giving Powers in Win for Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government today granted institutes of technology award-giving powers, in what amounts to a win for the autonomy of regional colleges. Institutes of technology will now be able to independently grant their students degrees, giving them equal rights to universities. The institutes won’t, however, be able to grant doctoral awards …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 1 January]

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‘an end to the college degree’s unprecedented run as the only credential that matters’ via @skonnard

Posted in Teaching on November 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“This week I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Aaron Skonnard, CEO of Pluralsight, at an event in the College. Pluralsight provides a vast library of on-line courses in areas ranging from personal development to programming. The College has signed up to Pluralsight and many of our IT students use this as an extra resource …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 6 November]


Students ride a merry go round between final and modular courses

Posted in Teaching on June 23rd, 2015 by steve

UK“Instead of replacing the stress of final exams, the modular system has replicated it six times over. Maybe finals were not so bad after all …” (more)

[Jonathan Wolff, Guardian, 23 June]

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Opinion: Are we devaluing degrees?

Posted in Life on December 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Twenty-five years ago, a degree was a ‘big deal’. Fifteen years ago, a master’s degree was a ‘big deal’. In 15 years’ time, will having a PhD be the norm? …” (more)

[Gary Keogh,, 21 December]

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Credential crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2012 by steve

“I recently attended a fascinating workshop on trust and authenticity in interwar Britain. In a period that witnessed the crumbling of old certainties and the appearance of new forms of mass culture, communication and politics, the question of what was real and who could be trusted became a pressing concern …” (more)

[Tamson Pietsch, Times Higher Education, 6 December]

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Degree certificates

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2009 by steve

“Mine’s blocking my mirror at the moment. Latin incomphrensibility of TCD degrees helps with the officialness methinks.” (tweet)

[Claire Hennessy, Twitter, 25 November]

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Degree certificates

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2009 by steve

“Got to admit DCU MA looks like it was printed out by an office laser printer. Seem to remember my TCD BA was a lot more … official looking.” (tweet)

[Anna Carey, Twitter, 25 November]

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Undergraduate, postgraduate – what’s the difference?

Posted in Teaching on February 17th, 2009 by steve

“One of the curiosities of my education was that I completed my first postgraduate degree before I completed an undergraduate one. If I were to write about that in any detail, it would be too mind-numbingly boring, so just a very brief explanation: my undergraduate degree was a BA in Law, and the notionally postgraduate degree I was doing, the LLB (Bachelor in Law), could at the time be studied alongside the BA. And that year, the LLB exams took place a few weeks before the BA exams. I told you the reason was boring. So I graduated with two degrees at the same time, and stuck them both behind my name with hardly a hint of shame at this maybe rather doubtful practice …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 February]

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