Science Graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2021 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the degree to which he expects science to play an increased role in the higher education sector with particular reference to ensuring an adequate number of graduates to meet the demands of the workplace; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 February]

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Seismic shift needed in the relationship between Irish universities and enterprise

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“At €200 million, the recent Human Capital Initiative is one of the largest investments ever in Irish higher education. It aims to increase the capacity of universities to meet priority skills needs at this pivotal time and in the disruptive aftermath of Covid-19. To fully deliver on this investment, a seismic shift is needed in the relationship between Irish universities and enterprise …” (more)

[Deirdre Lillis, Business Post, 8 January]

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Research and Development – Graduates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Research on December 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which the number of graduates specialising in innovation, research and science is likely to increase annually in the future with particular reference to increased skills in their respective areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 15 December]

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Student nurse: ‘I never understood why nurses left Ireland, but now I plan to join them’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“My name is Chloe, and I am a second-year student nurse. I am usually very vocal on this topic however I have not spoken much about the recent Dáil vote regarding the payment of student nurses and midwives …” (more)

[, 4 December]

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UL students weigh up graduation in the Covid era

Posted in Life on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UL senior students will graduate in summer 2021 and enter into the work force. Different from previous years, the impact of the pandemic has exacerbated the challenges they face after graduation. A small number of students elected to take a ‘gap year’, while others re-enrolled in their junior year …” (more)

[Luyao Liu, Limerick Voice, 27 November]

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Ministers meet National Skills Council to discuss skills needs and links between education and enterprise

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Skills and Further Education Niall Collins TD today (Tuesday, 24 November) met with the National Skills Council to discuss opportunities to better link enterprise and industry with further and higher education …” (more)

[, 24 November]

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More than 4 in 10 students feel college does not prepare them for work

Posted in Life, Teaching on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than four in 10 students in Ireland believe they acquire very little or just some skills at university and college that will help them get a job, a survey has found. The Irish Survey of Student Engagement, or, polled 44,707 first year and final year undergraduate students as well as post-graduate students attending third-level institutions this year …” (more)

[Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 24 November]

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Gender pay gap widening for graduates – survey

Posted in Research on September 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“New research shows that female graduates in Ireland expect to earn up to 14% less than their male counterparts a year. The latest global talent market research by, in partnership with employer brand specialist Universum, reveals a significant difference in the annual salary expectations of male and female graduates …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 September]

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Simon Harris: ‘We need to drop the snobby attitude that the only way to progress in life is to go to university’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Apprenticeships should be seen as a ‘real way’ of reaching your career goals, according to Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris. With the Leaving Certificate results out on Monday, the minister encouraged parents to broaden their conversation with their teenage children about what options are open to them …” (more)

[, 4 September]

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CAO: College applications for high-points courses surge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College applications for high-points courses such as law, veterinary medicine, dentistry and physiotherapy are up significantly this year, as students flock towards areas of study with strong job prospects. By contrast, the number of students applying for courses in areas such as arts, humanities and languages are down again this year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 July]

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Enrolment and Graduate 5-Year Trends

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“2018/2019 enrolment and class of 2018 graduate data now finalised for all HEIs. The two minute story visualisation below gives a brief introduction to enrolment and graduate trends over the past five years …” (more)

[Victor Pigott, HEA, 3 July]

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Government launches 17,000 free and subsidised higher education places on Springboard+ 2020 and Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister of State for Training Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan today announced almost 17,000 new places to be made available to people seeking to upskill or reskill …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 June]

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‘Programme for Government: Our Shared Future’ (June 2020)

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research, Teaching on June 17th, 2020 by steve

IrelandThe full (draft) Programme is here; extracts related to third level are here.

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Male graduates paid average €3,000 more than women for their first job

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Male graduates in their 20s are paid an average €3,000 a year more than their female counterparts in their first job after leaving college. The gender pay gap for the under 30s – predominantly honours degree graduates – rises to an average €4,500 when all ages are included …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 June]

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HEA publishes ‘Graduate Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018’ report

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The HEA today publishes the Graduate Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018 report. Findings show high levels of employment for graduates who were seeking work at the end of 2018 and early 2019 …” (more, download)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 11 June]

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Migrants higher unemployment despite having higher education – ESRI

Posted in Research on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A new study published by the Economic and Social Research Institute shows that many migrant groups have higher unemployment levels despite having higher educational qualifications. The data on migrants born in 100 countries compares differences in educational qualifications, English-language skills, unemployment and job quality to Irish people …” (more)

[Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News, 4 June]

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Public sector jobs a draw for working professionals but of less interest to students

Posted in Research on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Professionals are more likely to consider a job in the public sector than students. That is according to new research by e-recruitment platform, in partnership with employer brand specialist Universum …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 May]

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1,000 internships to be offered to graduating doctors in pandemic fight

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2020 by steve

“Almost every graduating doctor this year is to be offered an internship in a bid to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged. For the first time, more than 1,000 internships are to be offered to this year’s medical students as they graduate, according to Mr Varadkar …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 17 April]

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Students most worried about families’ health and work uncertainty amid crisis

Posted in Research on April 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The health of family members and employment uncertainty are the biggest worries third-level students in Ireland have amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new survey. The online survey was conducted by GradIreland from 25 March to 1 April and 716 university students responded …” (more)

[, 14 April]

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Graduates and the workplace

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Something about the recent Accenture report on graduates’ readiness for the workplace doesn’t add up (‘Graduates “not well-equipped” for future workplace’, Education, February 25th). The report suggests that just 13% of employers believe that current graduates are very well equipped to meet the future needs of business …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 26 February]

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