Making the magic of Silicon Valley happen more quickly

Posted in Legal issues, Research on May 26th, 2014 by steve

“Ireland has long struggled to see research and technology discoveries in higher education laboratories transferring readily into the private sector. There were a host of reasons, with academics and third-level officials blaming the companies …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 26 May]

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The Future of Third Level Education in Ireland – 5. Innovation

Posted in Research, Teaching on April 24th, 2014 by steve

“… Universities are now expected to be hubs of industrial/business innovation. And, this recent contribution has shown that universities do indeed produce start-ups and patents but whether they do so in a cost-effective manner is not obvious …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 23 April]


The Two Faces of Ireland’s R&D Development Approach

Posted in Research on March 12th, 2014 by steve

“From the late 1990s onwards, the Irish Government embarked on a strategy of significantly enhancing the scientific, technological and innovative capacity of the country, as part of its aim to develop as a knowledge and innovation-based economy …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 12 March]

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Shackleton Lounge opens in UCD to foster innovation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2014 by steve

“The Innovation Academy at University College Dublin has opened the Shackleton Lounge, a new purpose-built space aimed at acting as a catalyst for innovation …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 31 January]

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New €30 million research centre will act as an innovation hub

Posted in Research on January 27th, 2014 by steve

“Fine Gael Cork North West TD, Aine Collins, has today welcomed the launch of a new €30 million research centre being led by the Tyndall National Institute in collaboration with University College Cork (UCC), Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Dublin City University (DCU) …” (more)

[Sarah Meade, Fine Gael, 27 January]

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Innovation Talk: University life is about more than the ‘I’ word

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2014 by steve

“The ‘I’ word has become a major talking point for Ireland’s university sector. Third-level campuses are determined to show that innovation is a central part of what these institutions are all about …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 6 January]

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Independent thinking is best way for universities to serve us

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2013 by steve

“‘Clearly, the education system fulfils a vital role in society that extends well beyond the utilitarian one of satisfying enterprise’s needs for skills or research …'” (more)

[Brian Lucey and Ronnie Munck, Independent, 19 December]

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Unthinkable: Does innovation always mean improvement?

Posted in Research on December 13th, 2013 by steve

“What, if any, responsibilities go along with the freedom to research? In the headlong rush to embrace the ‘knowledge economy’, there has been little reflection on the potential pitfalls of innovation …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 13 December]


Is there any point teaching innovation and entrepreneurship given the state of Irish universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2013 by steve

“The web summit having come and gone, innovation and entrepreneurship are again at the forefront of the government and media attention …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 17 November]


Universities cannot lead innovation when they themselves are all but impervious to innovation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2013 by steve

“I really despair at times around the rhetoric in the university space. The meme at present is innovation. We are to be the engines of innovation, creating and educating a generation of innovators, leading to an Ireland that is the land of innovators and entrepreneurs …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 27 October]


Academia reaches out into wider world

Posted in Teaching on October 17th, 2013 by steve

“A university should be part of its broader community. That conviction has led Prof Suzi Jarvis, head of UCD’s Innovation Academy, to launch a new Rural Entrepreneurship Programme aimed at helping those outside Ireland’s cities develop initiatives that can bring employment and sustainability to their locale …” (more)

[Karlin Lillington, Irish Times, 17 October]

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Collaborate to Innovate: How businesses can work with universities to generate knowledge and drive innovation

Posted in Research on September 16th, 2013 by steve

“Universities and businesses already collaborate across a number of strategically important areas, particularly in areas such as knowledge-intensive economic growth …” (more)

[Muthu de Silva, Impact of Social Sciences, 16 September]

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Finding smarter ways to bridge the innovation gap

Posted in Research on September 16th, 2013 by steve

“Innovation is an essential element for business development and success, but many innovations fail. The key reasons for such failures, according to Prof Oliver Gassmann – a world leader in the area of open innovation – include overengineering, poor timing and inadequate business models …” (more)

[Michelle McDonagh, Irish Times, 16 September]

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Universities are not Innovation Bootcamps

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2013 by steve

“Irish universities remits and units are shrinking in most areas, with one exception it seems. There has been a growth over the last number of years in university-based industrial incubators …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 8 September]

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Is technological progress a thing of the past?

Posted in Research on September 8th, 2013 by steve

International“Has technological progress slowed down? Have we really picked all the low-hanging fruit? This column argues that technological progress is in fact not a thing of the past. Far from it …” (more)

[Joel Mokyr, vox, 8 September]


Interview: DCU’s Brian MacCraith on Ireland’s opportunity to be an international test-bed for innovation (video)

Posted in Research on September 5th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland has many unique strengths that can allow it be a very attractive test-bed for innovation, but it is vital that we leverage these strengths to the full. That’s according to Professor Brian MacCraith, president of Dublin City University …” (more)

[Ann O’Dea, Silicon Republic, 4 September]

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Innovation Talk

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Why do we have universities? What are they for and who are they meant to serve? It seems they are being pulled first in one direction and then in another, serving one master and then a second, with the expectation they will be able to respond to all …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 2 September]

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Research performance of universities has soared over recent decades

Posted in Research on August 23rd, 2013 by steve

“In recent weeks the quality of research performed in Irish universities and in particular the attitude of businesses to such research has been called into question. The trigger for this was a report …” (more)

[Brian MacCraith, Irish Times, 23 August]

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Limerick inventors warned not to disclose their ideas

Posted in Legal issues, Research on August 5th, 2013 by steve

“The director of a research centre at Limerick Institute of Technology has hailed a growing reputation of invention in Limerick …” (more)

[Joe Taylor,, 4 August]

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‘Universities need to innovate, but put down the sledgehammer’

Posted in Teaching on April 16th, 2013 by steve

Canada“Over on the Inside Agenda Blog, there is an excellent piece by Emmett Macfarlane, a professor at the University of Waterloo. In it, he explains that there is a need for universities to be innovative …” (more)

[Academic Matters, 16 April]

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