Irish third-level colleges generate €4 for each €1 spent

Posted in Governance and administration on December 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges generate €4 for every €1 they spend, and seven jobs for each person they employ, a study suggests. The jobs impact of Dublin’s three universities is higher on the capital than the impact other universities have on their regions …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 December]

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Higher education’s contribution to Irish economy tops €10 billion a year

Posted in Research on December 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Republic of Ireland’s higher education institutions contribute €10.6 billion (£7.8 billion) a year to the country’s economy, a new study indicates. The report by economists from Trinity College Dublin also found that higher education supports 150,000 jobs in the country …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 28 December]

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Branch campus academics ‘lack autonomy’, study finds

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2015 by steve

UK“Academics who work at UK universities’ international branch campuses face ‘losing their autonomy’ and reducing their chances of moving back to their home institutions in the future, a study has found …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 23 December]

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‘I can’t plan for the future. I don’t have security or finance’

Posted in Life on July 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sinéad Pembroke is one of a rising number of academics reliant on precarious work. Sinéad Pembroke (31) used to think precarious work was a brief rite of passage for academics in the early stages of their careers. Now, she says, she realises it is her career …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 July]

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Precarious work: the sectors at risk

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A global shift has taken place since the financial crisis to more insecure jobs, according to the International Labour Organisation. Labour experts say the extent to which this is happening in Ireland is difficult to measure accurately …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 July]

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What are universities becoming? A plea from the future

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2015 by steve

EU“The role of the university as a place of education and research, as an employer, and as an important part of the social landscape has changed dramatically in the last decade …” (more)

[John-Erik Hansson, The Conversation, 12 March]

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School leavers should skip college and go straight to JobBridge

Posted in Life on October 29th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“I am replying to Lorraine Courtney’s article in the Irish Independent on the job bridge programme, where she states categorically that ‘in a wide variety of industries, current students and recent graduates don’t yet have the skills and experience needed to contribute meaningfully to an employer’s success’ …” (more)

[Desmond Nugent, Independent, 29 October]

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Irish Universities Launch Shared Service Jobs Portal

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s seven universities have launched a new shared services portal advertising all vacancies in Ireland’s university sector – This shared service initiative has been developed collaboratively by the seven universities working under the umbrella of the Irish Universities Association …” (more)

[Trinity News and Events, 20 October]

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The education system was designed for the last century

Posted in Teaching on April 29th, 2014 by steve

“The 21st-century challenge is to prepare all our children to assume a meaningful place in a high-knowledge economy and society. Our main engine of development, the public education system, was geared in the 20th century towards a different job …” (more)

[Cliona Hannon, Irish Times, 29 April]

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The Casualisation of Labour in Third Level Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2014 by steve

“Provisional results from a survey carried out by the newly formed Third Level Workplace Watch indicate that third-level institutions are to the very forefront of the shift towards precarious employment in Ireland today …” (more)

[Micheal Flynn, Irish Left Review, 27 February]

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An Academic Cartel?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2013 by steve

“… The question that Levitt and Dubner answer is why street dealers and mules — or, in Afonso’s retelling, grad students and postdocs — accept miserable pay and working conditions when they could be earning more in less annoying and dangerous, more secure endeavors …” (more)

[Beryl Lieff Benderly, Science, 26 November]


Hiring academics

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2011 by steve

“Hiring anyone is always a risk, and hiring a new academic especially so given the nature of our contracts. So what’s the best way to approach it? …” (more)

[, 25 February]


Jobless Grad sues College for 70G Tuition

Posted in Legal issues on August 3rd, 2009 by steve

USA“She has given new meaning to a class-action lawsuit. Trina Thompson gave it the old college try, but couldn’t find work. Now she thinks her sheepskin wasn’t worth her time, and is suing her alma mater for her money back. The Monroe College grad wants the $70,000 she spent on tuition because she hasn’t found gainful employment since earning her bachelor’s degree in April, according to a suit filed in Bronx Supreme Court on July 24 …” (more)

[Kathianne Boniello, New York Post, 2 August]

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Government to implement useful ideas from public

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Allowing recipients of public funds to rollover unspent budgets to end a ‘use it or lose it’ approach, is among the 17 ideas to be implemented by the Government as a result of an online campaign. The proposals were submitted by members of the public through a website set up to find ways out of the economic downturn …
‘End “use it or lose it” approach to public funding …
‘Encourage schools to organise transition year trips within Ireland …
‘Earlier access for unemployed to education schemes …
‘Teach business skills as part of all PhD education …
‘Change job seekers’ allowance to incentivise placement of graduates …
‘Developing an ‘Ireland’ brand to attract international students …
‘Increase eLearning opportunities …
‘Encourage early retirement in the public sector …
‘Facilitate career breaks, shorter working week in public sector …’” (more)

[Genevieve Carbery, Irish Times, 22 July]

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Wanted: 33 smart people for top posts

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Prestigious hi-tech research jobs at Ireland’s biggest university are going a-begging, despite the economic crisis and rising unemployment. The School of Computer Science and Informatics (CSI) at UCD is finding it difficult to attract enough high-calibre interest for 33 vacancies. Professors at the school have turned to the media to try to fill 23 PhD posts, eight post-doctoral positions, and two research assistant posts. ‘It may surprise you to hear that we are finding it difficult to fill these positions with suitable candidates,’ said CSI research officer, Dr Nicola Stokes …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 March]

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