30,000 staff third level colleges to be surveyed on bullying at work

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Staff in third-level colleges are being surveyed on the extent and nature of bullying and cyberbullying in the workplace and other work-related experiences. It comes amid increasing anecdotal evidence that bullying among staff is an issue …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 November]

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Teaching Methods of TUs Score Higher than Universities in Student Survey

Posted in Teaching on November 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“According to a survey published by the Higher Education Authority, technological universities scored higher than universities in a range of areas from more effective teaching practises, more supportive environments and higher-quality interactions …” (more)

[Conor Paterson, College Tribune, 19 November]

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Students call for colleges to facilitate in-person graduation ceremonies

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students are calling for colleges to resume in-person graduation ceremonies again, after ceremonies went virtual due to Covid-19. This comes following a survey of 50,000 students which found that the switch to remote learning has had far-reaching and negative impacts on young people’s college experience …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 3 November]

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College campus closures had far-reaching impact on students, survey shows

Posted in Life, Teaching on November 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The closure of college campuses and the switch to remote teaching amid the Covid-19 pandemic had a far-reaching and negative impact on the experience of tens of thousands of college students, according to a major new survey …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 November]

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Time to de-gender Stem subject choices in Irish schools

Posted in Research on October 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The I Wish’s 2021 Survey of Female Students’ Attitudes to Stem found that 55% of girls interested in engineering did not have access to the subject and 77% are not confident in their ability to do Stem. The study concluded it is time to rethink how Stem subjects are presented in schools with over three-quarters (78%) of teenage girls saying lack of choices is a barrier to a career in Stem …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 October]

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Academic pay and ethnic minorities

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – It is is difficult to see how the headline conclusion can reasonably be drawn from the Higher Education Authority survey into third-level pay as no factor other than ethnicity seems to have been taken into account (‘Ethnic minorities in higher education more likely to be on lower pay’, News, October 18th) …” (more)

[Dave Slater, Irish Times, 20 October]

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Over one third of ethnic minority higher education staff experience discrimination – study

Posted in Life, Research on October 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Over one third of people who identify as being of an ethic minority working in a higher-level institution in the Republic of Ireland say they have been subject to racial and or/ethnic discrimination on campus or online during the course of their work …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 18 October]

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First Ever Race Equality Survey Shows Opportunities Exist For Higher Education Institutions To Lead On Tackling Discrimination

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on October 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish Higher Education Institutions are collegial workplaces, yet more could be done to address discrimination based on the ethnicity of staff. This is according to the findings of a ground-breaking new survey carried out by the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 18 October]

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Study reveals 83% of girls fear gender inequality in science and tech careers

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A lack of subject choices in school is a clear barrier to pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and maths, according to four in five (78%) of girls surveyed. And a remarkable 83% of Irish teenage girls also warned there is a widespread perception of a lack of gender equality in the STEM careers area …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 8 October]

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Nearly half of students struggle to meet costs – survey

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Nearly half of all college students struggle to afford living expenses, according to a new survey. Four in 10 students reported that they sometimes faced difficulties meeting costs, while 7% ‘struggle all the time’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 September]

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Female graduates expect to earn less than men

Posted in Research on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Women graduates expect to be paid up to 14% less than men, despite new legislation that promises to address the gender pay gap. A survey of more than 10,000 third-level students reveals the low expectations of graduates in several disciplines …” (more)

[Independent, 9 September]

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Covid-19: Ulster University asks students about vaccine status

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

“Ulster University (UU) is asking all of its students and staff whether or not they have received a Covid-19 vaccine. The university is also asking them if they have not been vaccinated to outline the reasons why …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 19 August]

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Ulster University leaps to second place in postgrad research survey

Posted in Research on July 30th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) has risen to second place in the UK rankings for researcher satisfaction in the latest Postgraduate Research Experience Survey. The PhD benchmarking exercise surveyed postgraduate research students from 89 universities about their experiences, with UU leaping from eighth in the table in 2019 …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 30 July]

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20% of year 2&3 students have no ‘real friends’ at university

Posted in Research on July 19th, 2021 by steve

“One in every five students in years two and three in the United Kingdom say they don’t have a ‘real friend’ at university, according to a survey of more than 12,000 students nationally. The finding has renewed fears that students are struggling with loneliness and declining mental health. Some 42% of students have experienced suicidal thoughts at some time, the survey reveals …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 17 July]

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Study of Mature Student Participation in Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Report calls for access targets and supports to be focused on disadvantaged communities as well as expanding opportunities for part-time learning. The number of people aged between 15-64 years who have achieved a third-level qualification in Ireland has increased by 5% in the past decade, with educational attainment rates remaining high, new research has shown …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 14 June]

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Financial barriers prevent mature students going to college, HEA survey finds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Low numbers of mature students are entering higher education due to financial barriers, family commitments and a lack of flexible study options, according to a Higher Education Authority (HEA) report. The report also shows the number of 25-44 year-olds with a college degree has climbed above 50% …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 14 June]

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Students want recorded lectures to continue when campuses reopen, survey shows

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

Ireland“Students want recorded lectures to continue when campuses reopen for face-to-face teaching. Strong support for the continuation of recorded lectures emerged in a survey of nearly 50,000 students across 25 colleges. The survey explored the impact of Covid-19 on students’ experience of higher education and the picture painted by their responses was mostly positive …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 31 May]

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Third-level colleges planning for ‘significant increase in on-site activity’

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

Ireland“Third-level colleges are preparing for a significant increase in attendance on campus from September, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said. Most college lectures have been taking place online since the pandemic disrupted the education system some 15 months ago. However, there is growing optimism that more in-person learning will take place, though social distancing and limited numbers are likely to apply …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 May]

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Student Mobility Survey: Great potential for all-Ireland third-level education – Rose Conway-Walsh TD, John O’Dowd MLA

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokespersons on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh and John O’Dowd MLA, have launched a survey to look at how we can remove barriers and increase cross-border enrolment in third-level education. Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 May]

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A third of NUI Galway students experience depression and anxiety

Posted in Life on May 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A recent survey conducted by NUI Galway found that over a third of students have experienced some form of depression and anxiety over the past year. Feelings of disconnection and isolation were widespread among the 5,000 surveyed …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 May]

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