Student Assistance Fund supports – PhD students

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2021 by steve

IrelandJackie Cahill (Tipperary, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of widening access to student assistance fund supports for students that have exceeded four years of their PhD; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 June]

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€13k for PhD Stipends Is Simply Not Good Enough

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week, professors and PhD students alike expressed outrage at the Ussher PhD positions being offered by College for next year. The positions – which require a first-class degree, a personal statement, a research proposal and two references – provide a stipend of just €13,000 with tuition paid for only three out of the four years of the programme …” (more)

[University Times, 30 May]

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Postgraduate Workers’ Alliance of Ireland launches petition demanding worker status, greater pay and better employment contracts for PhD and postgraduate students

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Postgraduate Workers Alliance of Ireland (PWAI) is demanding worker status, greater pay and better employment contracts with access to sick pay, holiday pay, pension contributions and parental leave for PhD and postgraduate students. Following their launch two weeks ago, the PWAI has released a petition, outlining the key demands of their upcoming campaign …” (more)

[Jamie Cox, Trinity News, 26 May]

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Professors and Postgrads Angered by €13k-a-year Ussher PhD Positions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Professors and PhD students have expressed their displeasure with Ussher PhD positions offered for next year, arguing that the conditions attached – a €13,000 stipend with tuition paid for three out of four years – narrow the pool of potential candidates …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 24 May]

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PhD researchers

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to improve the working conditions for PhD researchers; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Debates, 20 May]

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Survey: Nearly 90% of PhDs Feel Pandemic Has Affected Their Research

Posted in Research on April 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A survey has found that nearly 90% of Trinity’s PhD students feel their research has been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Among issues affecting research, 16.7% identified lack of access to library materials, 23.6% identified lack of access to TCD resources, 20.4% identified lack of a suitable space to work from home, 19.6% identified lack of access to supervisors and meetings and 19.7% identified lack of access to key resources and data …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 18 April]

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Science Foundation Ireland – Funded PhDs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Research on April 5th, 2021 by steve

IrelandPádraig O’Sullivan (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of applications for SFI funded PhDs in the past five years; the number of awards that were granted; the trends for both the applications and the awards; if this trend was caused by a funding issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 31 March]

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The case for making doctoral supervision collaborative

Posted in Teaching on February 8th, 2021 by steve

“… When it comes to the first part of a PhD journey, it is vital that the process is demystified and that it is treated as a management of equals. Universities offering doctoral places should undertake due diligence in the interview and recruitment of qualified candidates. They should also make provisions to ensure that potential PhD candidates are matched with appropriate supervision teams with experience in the subject area or methodological interests of candidates …” (more)

[Nnamdi O Madichie, University World News, 6 February]

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International students attending University of Limerick ‘fully compliant’ with Covid guidelines

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick says more than 100 international students who have arrived in Limerick in recent days ahead of the Spring semester are complying with all public health guidelines and regulations. The PhD students, who travelled from Algeria on a specially chartered flight, quarantined for 14 days and tested negative for Covid-19 before their departure …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 20 January]

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UL to welcome 140 Algerian students as part of four-year PhD agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“One hundred-and-forty students will jet into Limerick from Africa tomorrow, to study at the University of Limerick, and will have to isolate on UL’s campus for 14 days as part of international covid-19 travel protocols. The Algerian government is funding the PhD students to study at UL under a deal estimated to be worth over €10 million to the university …” (more)

[David Raleigh, BreakingNews.ie, 18 January]

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PhD candidates – teaching

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 16th, 2021 by steve

IrelandJackie Cahill (Tipperary, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure that PhD candidates in third level institutions who are also teaching classes as part of their stipends are paid adequately for their work (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 January]

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PhD rights have been ignored in new employment framework, says SIPTU

Posted in Governance and administration on December 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Conditions for postgradaute researchers are not addressed in the new career framework for researchers, according to SIPTU. The Researcher Career Development and Employment Framework (RCF) was published by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) earlier this month. It states ‘the PhD stage is not included in the grading and salary structure set out in this Framework as it is not typically a salaried employment’ …” (more)

[Maria Dealney, Noteworthy, 29 December]

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School Safety Plans Show PhDs Should Not Be Treated as an ‘Afterthought’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“PhD students have consistently expressed frustration with College’s lack of communication with them, and it seems that the pandemic has not improved the situation. The University Times this week reported that PhD students had been left in the dark about plans to reopen College this September. Once again, it seems, PhDs have firm grounds for frustration – perhaps even more than any other year …” (more)

[University Times, 16 August]

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PhDs Raise Concerns Over Lack of Communication on Re-Opening Plans

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“PhD students have said that they were frozen out of reopening plans by the College and feel left in the dark about what teaching and tutorials are going to look like for the coming year. One of the founders of Trinity’s PhD Workers Rights Group, Thomas Dineen, told The University Times that some schools in Trinity did not involve PhD students in their ‘return to work’ committees, set up to plan the reopening of College …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 13 August]

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PhD Students Fear Entering Library Due to Lack of Face Coverings

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of PhD researchers have said that they no longer feel safe studying in the library as most students working there are not wearing face coverings. It is currently not mandatory to wear face coverings in the library, but students are expected to social distance while studying there …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 9 August]

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Viva Zoom!

Posted in Life on July 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“They say that there’s a first time for everything and this morning I conducted my first ever viva voce examination as an External Examiner via Zoom. Given the Covid-19 restrictions it was inevitable that I’d have to do this at some point! As it turned out candidate in question happened to be at University College London …” (more)

[In the Dark, 13 July]

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Zoom, shut up and write: How PhD students cope amid COVID-19

Posted in Research on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

International“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted researchers, academics and students worldwide. No one in academia is spared the direct or indirect consequences of this novel coronavirus. For higher degree research (HDR) students (masters and PhD students), the impact of COVID-19 on their research and how they keep themselves sane and academically productive during these unprecedented times is profound …” (more)

[Kimkong Heng and Daeul Jeong, University World News, 20 June]

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Trinity’s PhD Campaigners Slam New Government Plans for Third-Level

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s PhD workers’ rights group has denounced a new draft programme for government for its failure to promise a new department for higher education, arguing it represents a ‘failure to show a strong commitment to our youth’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 16 June]

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NUIG postgraduates launch petition for ‘fair working environment’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s Postgraduate Workers Alliance launched a petition this week calling for ‘a fair working environment and Covid-19 response’ for PhD and post-doctoral researchers at the university …” (more)

[Kernan Andrews, Galway Advertiser, 21 May]

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Virtual Thesis Defense

Posted in Teaching on March 27th, 2020 by steve

“PhD students defending their dissertations must do so remotely right now. Could videoconference defenses become the new normal? ‘Can you move the computer closer?’ asks a disembodied voice. ‘Because we see a lot of roof.’ ‘Ah, I think it looks much better’, another invisible person says a few minutes later …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 27 March]

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