Recession may have done lasting damage to women in workplace

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“While output per head is today higher than before the crisis, total employment is still well below its peak. The recession’s aftershock is experienced by those who are still out of work. The recent economic crisis moved Ireland from a position of near full employment at the beginning of 2008 to an unemployment rate of 15% in 2011 …” (more)

[John FitzGerald, Irish Times, 31 May]

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Graduating during bad economic times

Posted in Life on January 13th, 2016 by steve

International“Economists frequently discuss the ‘scarring effects’ the Great Recession has had on young people in Europe. This column tentatively challenges the received wisdom of permanent scarring. Young graduates mitigate some of the negative welfare effects of graduating during bad times by living with their parents for longer …” (more)

[Daiji Kawaguchi and Ayako Kondo, vox, 13 January]

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What Effect Is the Economic Crisis Really Having on Higher Education?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2012 by steve

“Over the last two decades Ireland has experienced a remarkable transformation in fortunes. The boom years of the ‘Celtic Tiger’ made Ireland the poster child of the 2000s …” (more)

[Ellen Hazelkorn, Chronicle of Higher Education, 5 June]


Bleak Economy Has Had Far-Reaching Effects on Higher Education, Panelists Say

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2012 by steve

“The Horatio Alger myth, or the promise that working hard, playing by the rules, and getting a good education will lead to economic success, is fading fast. For proof, look no further than the state of the professoriate, several speakers on a panel said here Monday at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association …” (more)

[Dan Berrett, Chronicle of Higher Education, 16 April]

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Belfast university bookshop to close

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2011 by steve

“A Belfast academic bookshop has decided to shut its doors after 53 years trading, blaming competition from the internet for declining sales over the last five years. The Bookshop at Queen’s on University Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland, serves students at the Queen’s University Belfast and has set a provisional date of 31st August to close …” (more)

[Lisa Campbell, The Bookseller, 24 June]

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IBEC calls for national graduate internship programme

Posted in Life on May 3rd, 2011 by steve

“Among its recommendations ahead of the Government ‘Jobs Initiative’, employers group IBEC said a new national graduate internship programme and a work placement programme for the unemployed should be established. Further to this, new third-level courses to help move those with construction-related skills into new areas of employment should be set up, IBEC said in its submission …” (more)

[Silicon Republic, 3 May]

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EUA warns over impact of economic crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2011 by steve

“The economic crisis has affected European higher education systems in different ways and at different stages of the crisis, but the ensuing cuts are likely to lead to sweeping changes to higher education systems around Europe, according to a report by the European University Association …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 16 January]

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Arts essential to rebuilding

Posted in Life on May 23rd, 2010 by steve

“… I want to argue, however, that the arts and human sciences, far from being luxuries to be discarded at the first sign of rain, are essential to the well-being of any society. Specifically, I believe that a real commitment to arts and humanities education is essential to the survival of a viable, pluralist democracy …” (more)

[Pádraic Conway, Sunday Business Post, 23 May]

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University had ‘sub’ to pay staff

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2010 by steve

“A cash-strapped university came close to not paying its staff wages last month, the BBC has learned …” (more)

[BBC News, 19 April]

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Bonus points for maths

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 14th, 2010 by steve

“Madam, – At a time when children are being encouraged to take honours maths in the Leaving Cert and pursue studies in engineering and science, I would like to outline the fate of my family. Both my son and daughter took honours maths in the Leaving Cert and then went on to college …” (more)

[Marie Ruane, Irish Times, 14 April]

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Global higher education funding and the great recession

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2010 by steve

“I highly recommend a very interesting recent paper by John Aubrey Douglass of UC Berkeley, entitled Higher Education Budgets and the Global Recession: Tracking Varied National Responses and Their Consequences. He looks at the impacts of the current recession on education funding and policy in a number of OECD and other countries, including the US …” (more)

[Changing Higher Education, 11 April]


Situation worsens for universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2010 by steve

“The perfect higher education storm is developing in Ireland – a burgeoning population has forced enrolment projections upwards, a recession is driving more school leavers and adults into college and, at the same time, forcing cuts in budgets and staffing levels, as well as a political decision not to re-introduce tuition fees during the lifetime of the present government. Clearly, something has to give …” (more)

[John Walshe, University World News, 21 March]

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Financial crisis hits universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2010 by steve

“Spain’s economic crisis is beginning to bite, hitting top Spanish universities – including the Universidad Complutense which joined The Europaeum in 2003. The government’s austerity measures kicked in from January and, although education was to be protected, public universities are feeling the pressure as regional authorities propose substantial cuts that will hit higher education …” (more)

[University World News, 21 February]

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Your reward for losing £50m? A 40 per cent pay rise

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2010 by steve

“The financier responsible for Oxford University’s investment portfolio claimed more than £37,000 in expenses last year and saw her overall pay packet rise by 38 per cent, even though the value of the endowments she managed fell by nearly £50m …” (more)

[Tom Rowley, Independent, 19 February]

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The Effects of Graduating During a Recession

Posted in Life on February 13th, 2010 by steve

“… Here’s an excerpt about research conducted by Professor Till von Watcher; it will make interesting reading for current graduates. The message seems to be: get a job sooner rather than later; even if that means emigrating or working in a low-paid internship. Even then, there will still be a career disadvantage in many cases …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 13 September]

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Higher education in a recession: cut it or grow it?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2010 by steve

“Two news items yesterday indicate how it is possible for governments to take very different views as to how higher education should be handled in a recession. In Washington US President Barack Obama unveiled his administration’s $3.8 trillion budget proposals, and amongst these was a 7.8 per cent increase for education …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 February]

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Class cuts wreak havoc at California universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2010 by steve

“California’s budget crisis came into stark focus in the halls of Sacramento State last week, where many students returning for spring semester were turned away from classes they had hoped to get into, or strained from hallways to hear lectures in classes that had enrolled way more students than there were seats …” (more)

[Laurel Rosenhall, The Sacramento Bee, 31 January]

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Coughlan is ‘crazy’ if she thinks we’ll take more pay cuts – union

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2010 by steve

“A union leader has described Tanaiste Mary Coughlan refusal to rule out further public sector pay cuts as ‘crazy’. Ms Coughlan told the Dail that trying to predict what cost-saving measures would be in next December’s Budget was impossible and for that reason she wouldn’t be ruling it out …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Herald, 28 January]

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Are students the answer (for now) to the urban property crisis?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2010 by steve

“… One interesting emerging trend in this context relates to the short-term strategies pursued by investors and speculators at a time of downturn. Many it seems have turned to students as a temporary source of rental income while they sit out the slump. This is reflected in several emergent trends. A number of property companies now have ‘products’ targeted at the student accommodation market …” (more)

[Michael Punch and Philip Lawton, Ireland after NAMA, 25 January]

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Most UL graduates finding jobs

Posted in Life on January 21st, 2010 by steve

“More than 65 per cent of recent graduates from the University of Limerick (UL) secured employment despite the economic downturn. The university’s president, Prof Don Barry, told a conferring ceremony yesterday that UL has one of the highest employment rates for students and is also ranked first in Ireland for degree completion …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 21 January]

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