What is this ‘anti-PhD’ attitude about?

Posted in Life on May 15th, 2019 by steve

“Lately, more and more students want a non-academic job when they finish their PhD. Anecdotally, some graduates seem to be experiencing the PhD as a barrier to employment, not an enabler. In fact, I’ve heard so much negative talk about how employers react to PhD holders over the years that it seemed important to start looking at this phenomenon more closely …” (more)

[The Thesis Whisperer, 13 May]

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Government launches Springboard+ 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister of State for Training, Skills Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD today launched a new suite of courses under Springboard+ 2019. This brings the number of courses to 285 and the number of places available from this academic year to over 9,000 …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 15 May]

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Education Policy

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he continues to be engaged with the concept of the publicly funded education programme, with particular reference to the need to ensure that the system continues to produce an adequate number of suitably qualified graduates to meet the challenges and competition of the workplace here and abroad; the extent to which he remains satisfied regarding the ability of each stage of the educational system to achieve maximum targets in both the academic and technical spheres; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 May]

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Graduate recruitment programmes on the rise as the class of 2019 soars

Posted in Life on May 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Graduates of 2019: the lottery of time is on your side. Unlike those unfortunate enough to be blasted out into the labour market of 2009, we’re now approaching full employment. But just what does this mean for graduates who want a strong start to their career? …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 7 May]


More than two thirds of women on ‘home duties’ with higher education do not want to return to workforce, says new survey

Posted in Life on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than two thirds of women who work in the home and have a third level education do not want to return to a paid job, according to a survey issued today. In research conducted by SOLAS on 218,000 women on ‘home duties’, not participating in the labour force and aged between 20–64, the majority of women – regardless of their education level – said they did not wish to return to the labour force …” (more)

[Sorcha O’Connor, Independent, 1 May]

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Cost of going to third level prompts most young people to consider apprenticeships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Most young people say they would consider taking an ‘earn and learn’ apprenticeship as an alternative to the more expensive option of college, new research indicates. However, only a minority – 18% – believe there are currently enough apprenticeship options available to choose from …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 April]

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Graduates pocket up to €220,000 extra as universities return €9bn a year to economy

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A degree is worth an average €106,000 in a university graduate’s pocket, rising to more than double, €220,000, if they go all the way to a PhD. The figures represent the average value of a third-level qualification over a lifetime, when compared with a school-leaver and take account of the cost of college and deductions such as tax …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 April]

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Irish university graduates earn more from degrees than in UK

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Graduates from Irish universities stand to earn a slightly higher wage premium compared with graduates from some of the UK’s most prestigious universities over the course of their lifetime, according to new research. The average lifetime net premium for an undergraduate degree holder from an Irish university has been estimated at €106,000 by research firm Indecon …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 April]

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Should UCD prioritise funding degrees with better job prospects?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2019 by steve

IrelandYES: As the largest university campus in the country, UCD has very high overheads. They have to be able to keep the lights on from month to month. Therefore, any extra funding they can gain, be it from government funding or Alumni donations, can only make the student experience better …” (more)

[Heather Reynolds and Nathan Young, University Observer, 27 March]

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Master’s degrees make no difference to skill set, most employers say

Posted in Research on March 20th, 2019 by steve

“Most employers do not believe postgraduate degrees give workers an edge in terms of their skills, a new poll has suggested. Only 19% of employers said graduates with a master’s had better skills than those who did not take a postgraduate qualification, a survey from the Institute of Student Employers (ISE) revealed …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Independent, 20 March]

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Why tech success rates have turned around

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Recent headlines about high dropout rates in technology courses probably caused a wobble among some students currently considering their CAO choices. There are graduate jobs aplenty out there right across the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) spectrum, and they are very well paid. But are they only for a select band of maths geniuses? …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 March]

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CAO applicants are chasing the jobs in booming economy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This year’s school leavers have made smart CAO choices to follow the jobs in the booming economy. A big jump in demand for courses in the Stem areas of science, technology, engineering and maths is a clear response to the wealth of opportunities for such graduates. In the fastest-growing economy in Europe, old reliables, such as teaching, law, architecture and construction have also seen a bounce in applications …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 March]

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Engineer’s body warns of shortage of skills in sector

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The organisation representing engineers here has issued a strong warning about the impact a shortfall in skills within the profession will have over the coming years. Engineers Ireland said the supply of third-level engineering graduates and professional engineering apprentices is simply insufficient to meet the needs of a growing Irish society …” (more)

[Will Goodbody, RTÉ News, 6 March]

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Colleges and companies to partner on courses for ‘future economy’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Some 90 companies are going to partner with Irish third-level colleges in running postgraduate courses and research programmes to train students in key skills needed in the digital science, data, and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Apprenticeships and snobbery

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In their opinion piece (Irish Times, 19th Feb), sparked it would seem by recent reports of ‘high’ dropout rates from Irish third level institutions, Ellen Hazelkorn and Tom Boland make the inevitable plea for a ‘systems approach’ to higher education and the creation of a new agency …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 23 February]

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‘Huge drop’ in literacy levels of Irish university graduates – OECD study

Posted in Research, Teaching on February 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Up to 6% of Irish university graduates are functionally illiterate, according to latest international research. These rates, contained in an OECD study, are significantly higher than in Finland (2%) or the Netherlands (3%), though are similar to the UK (7%) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 February]

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Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD launch Technology Skills 2022: Ireland’s Third ICT Skills Action Plan

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD today (Monday 18 February 2019) have announced targets to deliver more than 47,000 graduates with high level ICT skills by 2022 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 February]

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90% of Working Graduates Staying in Ireland

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

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) today (Monday 18th February) publishes the results of a survey of over 29,000 individuals who graduated in 2017 from our higher education institutions. It found that 78% of that class are now working while 14% are in further education or training, 5% are seeking work and up to 4% are engaged in other activities (eg travel) …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, HEA, 18 February]

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Arts graduates earn least while teachers earn most, survey finds

Posted in Research on February 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Young teachers earn most within months of leaving college while arts graduates take in the least, a survey of more than 29,000 recent third-level graduates has found. When broken down by type of course, education graduates – such as teachers – had the highest reported average salaries (€38,701) nine months after graduating …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Employment rates for college graduates at boom-time levels

Posted in Research on February 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The vast majority of college graduates are opting to stay and find work at home, new figures show. Overall, some 78% of graduates from the class of 2017 were working nine months after graduating, figures not seen since the height of the economic boom …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 February]

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