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 Irishjobs.ie, 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)

[TheJournal.ie, 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 IrishJobs.ie, 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)

[TheJournal.ie, 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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Graduates ‘not well-equipped’ for future workplace

Posted in Teaching on February 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Just 13% of employers believe graduates are very well equipped to meet the needs of the future workforce, according to a new survey. Employers say ‘soft’ skills such as communication, work ethic, teamwork and problem-solving will be most needed for the workforce of the future over the coming years. The findings are based on research by Accenture involving 130 employers in Ireland over recent months …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Irish teenagers ignoring 21st century careers in favour of traditional occupations – new report

Posted in Research on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish teenagers are part of a worrying global trend of young people ignoring 21st century careers in favour of traditional occupations. Huge changes to the world of work over the past two decades have made little impact on the career expectations of 15-year-olds, according to a report from the international think-tank, OECD …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 January]

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For this Government, ‘Looking to Tomorrow’ Means Serving Today’s Corporations

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“To much fanfare, the government today announced 3,000 new places on 138 undergraduate courses funded by €24 million from the Human Capital Initiative. Hooray. Except almost all of these courses are ‘key skills areas’, which the government says are ‘high priority’. In the surprise of the year, none of these areas are anywhere near the Arts Block …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 December]

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Gender Pay Gap Widens in Years After Graduation, Research Shows

Posted in Research on December 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The gender pay gap among third-level graduates widens with time, with men earning an average €14 more per week than women within a year of graduating and €130 more per week after eight years, according to new research from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 16 December]

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Third-level colleges will open almost 3,000 places extra places over the next two years in €24m Government-funded move

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges will open almost 3,000 places extra places over the next two years, in a €24m Government-funded move to produce more graduates for priority areas of the economy. Colleges will receive a cash incentive to create the new places, which will cross 138 full-time undergraduate courses in 22 higher education institutions …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 December]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor Announce 3,000 New Student Places

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Monday 16th December 2019) announced 3,000 new places on 138 full-time undergraduate courses for autumn 2020 and 2021 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 16 December]

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Graduate gender pay gap widens over time, official figures reveal

Posted in Research on December 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A pay gap between male and female graduates opens up within a year of leaving college and widens over time, a study by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has found. While women outperform men in the Leaving Cert and at third level, pay for men outstrips that of women by, on average, €14 per week within a year of graduating, rising to €130 per week after eight years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 December]

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