How Employable are University Graduates?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2013 by steve

Emerging Employability University Ranking. I didn’t see this discussed much in the Irish media. Ranking season still rolls on and here is another …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 11 November]

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The university debate

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2013 by steve

“It seems to me that the Irish university system is heading down a particular path without much debate or even basic reflection by those driving it down that path …” (more)

[Ronnie Munck, University Blog, 13 October]

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The Reign of Terror in Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2013 by steve

“There is a serious problem in the governance of Universities. In many institutions, there have been fundamental changes to expectations of employees. Consequently, many employees find themselves in established roles on high salaries in a ‘market’ where they do not possess the newly-redefined requisite accomplishments and skills that would make them employable in other institutions in the ‘market’ …” (more)

[Mark Johnson, Improvisation Blog, 10 July]

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Employability: is it time we get critical?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“Universities, government, media – we’re all in thrall to the employability agenda, says Ekaterina Chertkovskaya, but do we need wider public debate about its origins and meaning? …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 12 February]

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Education should listen to business

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2012 by steve

“Earlier this year Ireland’s business community launched an ambitious campaign entitled Driving Ireland’s Recovery built around four priorities: restoring domestic demand; keeping Ireland strong in Europe; supporting job creation; and delivering world-class public services …” (more)

[Tony Donohue, Irish Times, 25 September]

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Half of pupils plan to work abroad after graduation

Posted in Teaching on September 26th, 2008 by steve

“Third level students are so concerned about job prospects in Ireland that half of them are planning to travel abroad to work once they graduate, a new survey reveals. Only 58pc claim to have any confidence in getting a job at home related to their qualification within six months of graduating. They don’t see this situation getting any better, with more than three in four agreeing that future graduates may also have to seek employment abroad …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 26 September]


Value of gaining a degree plummets

Posted in Teaching on August 31st, 2008 by steve

“ One-third of graduates are receiving no financial benefit from their degree as young people drawn in by Labour’s mass expansion of universities see the value of studying decline for the first time. A study has identified a widening gulf between the highest-paid graduates, whose degrees have brought them soaring returns over the past decade, and those at the lower end. Among male graduates, 33.2% end up in nongraduate jobs five years after leaving university, from 21.7% in 1992. The proportions for women are similar. These graduates now earn 40% less than if they had found a job where a degree was necessary. In 2001, before the market was swamped by university-educated applicants, those who had to settle for lower-paid jobs were only 32% worse off. The worst affected were from the former polytechnics and other new universities which had been encouraged to expand under Labour …” (more)

[Jack Grimston, Sunday Times, 31 August]

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