Students face 3% lower income over lifetime due to Covid-19

Posted in Research on June 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The impact of Covid-19 on children’s education will widen the gap between rich and poor and impose long-term losses of income for all students, according to a policy document by Social Justice Ireland. It warns that pupils affected by the pandemic face long-term losses in income and an average student can expect about 3% lower earnings throughout their lifetime …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 14 June]

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The Key Points for Higher Education in the Government’s Recovery Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Today, the government unveiled its Economic Recovery Plan, a €3.6 billion spending package with a major focus for the higher- and further-education sector. With a major focus on the decarbonisation of the Irish economy, the plan lays out programmes aimed at producing a ‘pipeline of highly skilled graduates’ for Ireland’s economy in the future …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 1 June]

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Education Policy – The Sciences, Innovation and Research

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2021 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the additional provisions being made to ensure an adequate supply of graduates with appropriate qualifications in the sciences, innovation and research with particular reference to the need to enhance Ireland’s capabilities in these areas and to fill the posts currently required and likely to be required in the future given international progress in these areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 May]

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A Career for EU: Minister Byrne launches Ireland’s new EU careers strategy

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

Ireland“On Thursday 6 May, Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne TD launches ‘A Career for EU’, Ireland’s Strategy to increase Irish representation in the European Union’s Institutions and Agencies. The new strategy aims to significantly increase the numbers of Irish officials in both permanent and temporary positions within the EU Institutions, to increase the number of Irish people applying for jobs in the EU institutions, while improving awareness of EU careers in Ireland across all sectors …” (more)

[, 6 May]

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Ireland to push graduates towards EU jobs to combat ‘demographic cliff’

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

Ireland“The Irish Government is set to launch plans to increase the number of Irish people being hired into the European Unions institutions amid concerns of a waning Irish influence and presence in powerful roles. The Government has drawn up the strategy in response to what is described as an impending ‘huge demographic cliff’, with many senior Irish figures in EU institutions about to retire …” (more)

[Naomi O’Leary, Irish Times, 3 May]

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Academia remains an inaccessible career choice for many

Posted in Research on May 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“We are often told by those older and wiser than us that if we do what we love we will never work a day in our lives. While we may strive for a career that we will love, reality can be quite different to our ideals. This is particularly pertinent for those who wish to pursue a career in academia. Practical barriers, the persisting conditions, and academic bureaucracy means many are faced with insurmountable deterrents …” (more)

[Alison O’Brien, Trinity News, 3 May]


Children of doctors disproportionately fill places in university medicine courses

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The strong grip that doctors’ families hold over places in medical schools is highlighted in a new analysis today. It shows how children of doctors disproportionately fill the limited number of places in university medicine courses. Among first-year students with one parent a doctor, 20% chose medicine and, where both parents are doctors, it rises to 33% …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 April]

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Graduates now earn more in Ireland than in UK, but Germany tops both

Posted in Research on April 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“With the exception of the second World War, there has always been free movement for people between Ireland and Great Britain. This has also included the right for Irish and British people to work in either jurisdiction. Despite Brexit, this situation remains unchanged …” (more)

[John FitzGerald, Irish Times, 9 April]

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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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