San Oideachas, Ní Féidir Luach a Bhunú ar Deiseanna Fostaíochta

Posted in Life, Teaching on October 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Agus mé níos mó ná leathbhealach tríd mo chúrsa fochéime, éiríonn an cheist faoin bplean atá agam i ndiaidh an choláiste níos práinní gach lá. Táim cráite ag na comhráite a bhíonn agam faoin todhchaí atá romham ar bhonn rialta. Comhráite ainniseacha atá iontu – pléitear intéirneachtaí, taithí oibre, cúrsaí iarchéime agus an saol oibre go minic …” (more)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 4 October]

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Higgins critical of universities’ focus on markets

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president, Michael D Higgins, has criticised ‘many universities’ who he says now produce graduates who are ‘professionals’ rather than ‘critically engaged citizens’. In a speech at Fordham University in New York Mr Higgins accused universities of abandoning their ‘traditional role’ of preparing students to be ‘thoughtful, conscientious, active citizens’ …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 30 September]

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Graduates entering the best Irish jobs market in over a decade

Posted in Life on September 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Some graduates can’t get out of college fast enough. They run out through the gates and into the independent adult world of rent, bills, responsibility – but it’s worth it, they think, for the freedom. Others have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, away from what may have been the best years of their life, and stitched into a desk for the daily grind of work …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 27 September]


UCC to launch programme to support students through challenges of higher education

Posted in Teaching on September 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The first programme of its kind in Ireland to help students choose the right degree and get through the challenges of higher education is to be launched today. The Graduate Attributes Programme at University College Cork (UCC) is aiming to support students through their life cycle of study at university while also developing their skills …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 September]

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Graduate salary hits €30k as students target tech jobs

Posted in Life on September 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The average graduate salary has topped €30,000 for the first time, according to a nationwide survey of new graduates. The survey also shows that Ireland’s young job-seekers increasingly want to work for multinational tech companies and consultancies, not Irish brands or the public sector …” (more)

[Shawn Pogatchnik, Independent, 24 September]


Time for change in assessing Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on September 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The inequalities in our educational outcomes are stark. A soon-to-be released report from the Higher Education Authority indicates the strong connection between the more affluent members of our society and high results in the Leaving Cert and access to third level, particularly the future high-income courses such as medicine, business, and finance …” (more)

[Denise Burns and others, Irish Times, 19 September]

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Trinity Rises to 92nd in QS Graduate Employability Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has risen into the top 100 in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, sitting at 92nd place for 2020. The rankings mean College remains the second-best Irish university for employability, after sitting in the 101st-110th bracket last year. University College Dublin was the best college in Ireland for employability both this year and last, now sitting at 78th …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 19 September]

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Not having a second language hurts job opportunities, experts warn

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

Ireland“Concerns are being raised that job-hunters don’t have a second language. says it is proving a challenge for recruiters and it is warning of a potential skill shortage. It says companies are looking for workers who speak German, French, Dutch, Spanish, and Italian …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 16 September]

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University rankings may not be perfect, but they do matter in globalised world

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Global university rankings matter. Real or not, perceptions matter. In a globalised world, they matter when it comes to competing for research funding from multinational corporations, or other sources that want to believe they are investing in the best talent and infrastructure to optimise the outcomes. Irish graduates have also found they matter to prospective employers, in the US and elsewhere around the world …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 September]

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Fund universities properly – but to produce scholars, not just workers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In her recent article for the Sunday Independent, former education minister Mary O’Rourke makes a passionate plea for adequate funding of Ireland’s institutions of higher learning. Much as anyone working in higher education in this country will welcome the former minister’s public support, her reasoning is profoundly flawed …” (more)

[Philipp W Rosemann, Independent, 1 September]

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The average graduate starting salary is now over €30,000

Posted in Life on August 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The averge graduate starting salary has now exceeded €30,000, according to a new report. The average starting salary is now €30,409, up from €29,060 last year, figures in the latest GradIreland salary and recruitment trends survey show …” (more)

[Órla Ryan,, 28 August]

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Graduates overlooking Irish companies in favour of multinationals, survey finds

Posted in Life on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish companies need to do more to attract top home-grown talent, a new survey has found. According to research carried out by Universum on behalf of, graduates are overlooking Irish companies in favour of large-scale multinationals based here. The survey of 11,000 graduates found Irish businesses are lagging behind their international counterparts when it comes to who they would choose to work for …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 August]


Students follow the money for science and tech careers

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

Ireland“Universities handed out a record number of CAO round one offers to meet the growing demand from school-leavers chasing jobs in the economy. They opened more places in courses leading to careers in areas such as Stem and second-level teaching where employers are crying out for graduates …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 August]

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Six take-away points from this year’s Leaving Cert results

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

Ireland1. More performing well in higher level papers. The most significant trend evident in this year’s results is a steady increase in the numbers taking higher level papers and performing well in them. This trend is evident across a wide range of subjects, particularly in the core subjects of Irish, English and maths …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 13 August]

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A degree of reality is needed about whether college courses are really worth taking

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More money is needed so our universities are not left to crumble. Third-level funding stands at €138m less than what is needed to cater for our rapidly expanding student numbers. But where should the money come from? And how many graduates do we need? Isn’t it time to question our obsession with herding every young person off to college at the taxpayers’ expense? …” (more)

[Lorraine Courtney, Independent, 29 July]

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CSO figures show men earn €1,055 a year more than women who graduated at the same time

Posted in Life on July 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Within a year, a pay gap emerged between male and female graduates, new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show. Men who graduated from higher education here in 2012 were earning an average weekly wage of €425 the year after they graduated – €1,055 a year more than women who graduated at the same time …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 18 July]

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Tech graduates earn most within five years of college exit

Posted in Life on July 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Technology graduates are earning significantly more than other graduates within five years of leaving college, according to major study by the Central Statistics Office. The CSO survey tracked the earnings of hundreds of thousands of graduates who left college between 2012 and 2016 using income recorded through the PAYE system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 July]

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Skills Development

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he remains satisfied regarding the availability on an ongoing basis of sufficiently qualified young persons with the skill sets sufficient to meet the demands of the modern workplace, academically and technically; the degree to which corrective steps are needed to address deficiencies in this vital area in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 June]

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Rankings and Quality

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Like the Leaving Cert, the announcement of university rankings leads to the same conversations year after year. The typical conversation goes like this: the rankings are meaningless because they use flawed methodologies but we still need to be worried about the signal a decline in rankings sends to the international community …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 20 June]

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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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