Access to Graduate Medicine is Grossly Unfair. Let’s Change That

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Let’s play a game: a modified version of snakes and ladders. Most turns involve drawing a ‘chance card’. There are two players. Player One starts at one side of the board, at ‘Prosperous City’, and Player Two starts at the other side of the board at ‘Hardship-ville’. The aim of the game is to get far enough along the board to be offered a place to study Graduate Entry Medicine at your university of choice …” (more)

[Yasmine Tadjine, University Times, 7 July]

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Third Level Fees – Scotland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 19th, 2021 by steve

IrelandCian O’Callaghan (Dublin Bay North, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Irish students are being charged additional fees for the Scottish graduate-entry medicine programme based in the University of St Andrews and the University of Dundee which contradicts the memorandum of understanding on the common travel area; the steps he will take to address the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 June]

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Graduate-entry Medicine

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 21st, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address the barriers facing students accessing graduate-entry medicine; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 20 May]

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UCD Graduate Entry Medicine

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandNeale Richmond (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the interaction he has had with UCD over the 2% to 4% increase in fees for EU and non-EU students studying graduate entry medicine; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 November]

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UCD Graduate Courses See Spike In costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University College Dublin student’s union (UCDSU) announced on Wednesday July 22nd that they ‘fully support’ Medical Students calls for a freeze on the fees for graduate medicine students, which have been increasing annually since 2017 …” (more)

[Sadhbh O’Muirí, College Tribune, 25 July]

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UCD Anti-Casualisation Suggests Unionisation of Graduate Workers

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Friday 5th June, UCD Anti Casualisation (UCD-AC) penned an open letter to the management of University College Dublin (UCD) requesting a meeting by the end of June. On the same day, UCD-AC suggested that the group would ‘move towards unionisation’ of its members …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 8 June]

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Graduate Medicine Programme Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2016 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the situation whereby banks are refusing to make student finance available to those wishing to study graduate entry medicine, as the remuneration newly qualified doctors are in receipt of is insufficient to cover the cost of the repayment of this debt; if he will consider introducing a student loan scheme for graduate medical students to improve participation rates for those from lower income households; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 June]

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China slowdown a ‘serious’ risk for US graduate schools

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 22nd, 2015 by steve

China“European Association for International Education conference hears crisis, coupled with domestic problems, threatens ‘jewel in the crown’ of US sector …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 22 September]

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IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Dropped Out Of Graduate School After Moving Across The World To Be There

Posted in Life on January 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Like any good millennial, I have known for most of my life that I plan to Travel. This is different from travel because it involves growing as a person, stretching your boundaries, and learning life lessons. So last spring I sent an application to an Irish graduate school, not expecting anything to come of it …” (more)

[xoJane, 2 January]

[See also related discussion thread on PROC]

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International graduate students are critical to scientific discovery

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 28th, 2013 by steve

International“The UK is under fire for pulling up the drawbridge for bright foreign students by limiting visas and complicating the application process. This column argues that welcoming large numbers of foreign PhD students bodes well for countries and universities interested in scientific and engineering innovation …” (more)

[Eric Stuen, Keith Maskus and Ahmed Mushfiq, vox, 28 April]

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The Impossible Decision: On Whether or Not to Go to Graduate School

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 24th, 2013 by steve

“Graduate students are always thinking about the pleasures and travails of grad school, and springtime is a period of especially intense reflection. It’s in the spring, often in March and April, that undergraduates receive their acceptance letters. When that happens, they turn to their teachers, many of them graduate students, for advice. They ask the dreaded, complicated, inevitable question: To go, or not to go? …” (more)

[Joshua Rothman, New Yorker, 23 April]

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Running science as a Ponzi scheme

Posted in Life on November 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Are we recruiting too many students to graduate programs in science? Despite the lack of academic positions for independent scientists, there is a case for training more students – and training them better …” (more)

[Steve Caplan, Guardian, 23 November]

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Seminar Attendance: A Pep-Talk for Grad Students

Posted in Life on October 9th, 2012 by steve

“Grad students are busy, busy, people. That’s true, no matter what discipline or what institution we’re talking about. They’re busy with their course-work, comprehensive exams, research, drinking beer, working as teaching assistants and research assistants, maintaining relationships with partners and children …” (more)

[Econometrics Beat: Dave Giles’ Blog, 8 October]

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Graduate student teachers should demand professional status

Posted in Life on March 26th, 2012 by steve

“The US concept of the ‘grad student’ teacher is not recognised here but it should be, says Jonathan Wolff, because as student numbers rise, postgraduates are filling the teaching gap …” (more)

[Jonathan Wolff, Guardian, 26 March]

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Juggling home and academic life causes angst

Posted in Life on September 2nd, 2010 by steve

“The classic image of a graduate student is an overstretched and underfunded 25-year-old working in the lab until 3am, not a multitasking fortysomething with a baby on her hip, a stack of essays to mark and elderly parents to care for. Yet such student profiles are not uncommon in university departments around the world …” (more)

[Cat Davies, Times Higher Education, 2 September]

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Postgrads deserve better

Posted in Teaching on October 22nd, 2009 by steve

UK“Postgraduates are our future. Without them, the academy is unsustainable: they are the teachers and researchers of tomorrow. But even beyond that, educating postgraduates is important for the future prosperity of the nation. First Secretary Lord Mandelson, who knows a good business opportunity for UK plc when he sees one, announced a review of postgraduate provision this summer, describing it as ‘a major export earner for the UK, and one which we have perhaps taken too much for granted’ …” (more)

[Ann Mroz, Times Higher Education, 22 October]


Choosing a career in science

Posted in Research on August 19th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Madam, – Dr Sarah Harney (August 17th) seems misinformed about the nature of the post-doctoral researcher position on several counts. Let’s consider the career paths which ‘doctors’ undertake: 1. A post-doctoral position is a training position much like a resident in the US or a junior doctor in Europe. In New York, where I am working, post-docs earn an average salary of $41,000. Residents, who have also completed ‘eight years of third- and fourth-level education’ earn slightly more but work much longer hours and do not enjoy many of the benefits of a career in research which she outlined …” (more)

[Stephen Duff, Irish Times, 19 August]


Supporting Postgrad Supervisors

Posted in Teaching on September 12th, 2008 by steve

“As most of you probably know, there is an emphasis in Irish higher education at the moment on 4th Level (which to the rest of Europe is the 3rd cycle, or postgraduate level of education). Partly this stems from the larger amounts of funding that universities receive from the government for PhD students; partly it is a matter of prestige for universities to churn out high calibre PhDs; and partly it is tied up in the knowledge economy with its focus on high-level skills … (more)

[Kelly Coate, Summa cum laude, 11 September]