Student mental health is vital but survey doesn’t add up

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland is to be praised for its interest in mental health in the group it represents. I am a psychiatrist providing a service to one of the universities in Ireland. I work closely with the university welfare officers, the general practitioners on campus and the counselling and psychological services. There are several other psychiatrists who provide a similar service to universities in Ireland …” (more)

[Patricia Casey, Independent, 31 August]

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Why tech success rates have turned around

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Recent headlines about high dropout rates in technology courses probably caused a wobble among some students currently considering their CAO choices. There are graduate jobs aplenty out there right across the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) spectrum, and they are very well paid. But are they only for a select band of maths geniuses? …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 March]

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Poll on third-level fees is a smokescreen

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your article ‘State and students “should bear cost” of third-level education’ (News, March 4th) raises questions as to why the Higher Education Authority decided to ask the public how higher education should be funded and on the methodology of the opinion poll …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 8 March]

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Survey Shows Public Have Positive Perception of Irish Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The HEA commissioned Kantar Millward Brown to conduct a survey of public perceptions of Irish higher education. This was conducted in September, 2018, in 64 sampling points with a sample size of 1,008. The purpose was for us to understand how the public view higher education and research …” (more, download)

[Malcolm Byrne, HEA, 1 March]

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State and students ‘should bear cost’ of third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The public believes the State should pay at least half the share of third-level education fees, with a quarter funded by students and their families and the remaining balance from businesses. They are the findings of a poll of more than 1,000 adults conducted by the Higher Education Authority into public perceptions of the third-level system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 March]

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90% of Working Graduates Staying in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) today (Monday 18th February) publishes the results of a survey of over 29,000 individuals who graduated in 2017 from our higher education institutions. It found that 78% of that class are now working while 14% are in further education or training, 5% are seeking work and up to 4% are engaged in other activities (eg travel) …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, HEA, 18 February]

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Big demand for Leaving Cert reform from pupils

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Huge demand for reform of the Leaving Cert has emerged in new research commissioned by the organisation representing principals in post-primary schools. Students and parents are to the fore in seeking radical changes, with three in four recent school-leavers backing a system of continuous assessment rather than reliance on a final exam and the pressure that involves …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 January]

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Leaving Cert deemed by just 4% of pupils as fair test of knowledge

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just one in 25 Leaving Cert students believe the exam is a fair and accurate assessment of their knowledge and skills, according to a new survey. The study also found a vast majority of students (76%) support a move towards continuous assessment to help ease the pressure and stress linked to summer exams …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Survey: Majority agree on need for Leaving Cert change

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students, parents, and teachers are in agreement on the need to radically reform the Leaving Certificate but quite divided on the ways of doing it, new research suggests. In surveys conducted for the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), all three groups agreed with the need for change …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 January]

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Is the ISSE a wasted opportunity? Part III

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The answer to the question is yes. First I should stress that a lot of people have put a lot of hard work into this survey and I don’t want to disparage anyone’s efforts. But I think the fundamental problem is that there is a ‘political’ undercurrent at work here whereby the ISSE is designed to conceal as much as it reveals …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 4 November]


Is the ISSE a wasted opportunity? Part 2

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Questions relating to student-faculty interaction: ‘During the academic year about how often have you … 1 Talked about career plans with academic staff?’ The fact that half of all students replied ‘never’ was picked up by the media who made a big fuss about it. But really it’s hard to take any particular stance on this – there are too many variables …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 4 December]


Is the ISSE a wasted opportunity? Part 1

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The ISSE is the Irish Survey of Student Engagement. According to the purpose of the survey is to: ‘provide benefits to each institution and its students by helping to improve feedback and appropriate follow up action. Objectives identified for the taught survey include …'” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 4 December]


USI Launch National Student Housing Survey 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In light of the current National Housing Crisis, the Union of Students in Ireland is calling on all third level students across the country to take part in the 2018 national housing survey, aimed at understanding the student experience of accommodation …” (more)

[USI, 21 November]

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Half of all third-level students never talk to lecturers about career plans

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Half of all third-level students have never talked about career plans with their lecturers, according to a major national study. More than a third said they had never discussed their performance with academic staff. The poll of more than 38,000 students in Irish third-level institutions included questions on student-faculty interaction, effective teaching practices and learning strategies …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 20 November]

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AIT takes top spot for student satisfaction and research

Posted in Life on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students studying at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) are among the most satisfied in Ireland, according to The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 released at the weekend …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 8 November]

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Students Uncertain about Tutorial Quality

Posted in Teaching on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Over the past number of weeks, the Tribune has conducted an investigation into Tutorial practices within the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences in UCD. The aim of this investigation has been to gain testimony from tutors regarding the tutorial process, and to gauge undergraduate students’ opinions on the status quo …” (more)

[College Tribune, 7 November]

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Analysis: Irish Survey of Student Engagement 2017

Posted in Teaching on October 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The results for student-faculty engagement have further improved in 2017, according to the Irish Survey of Student Engagement, and could have stemmed from greater focus on specific aspects of the student experience. One quarter of STEM students report that their coursework emphasized applying facts, theories or methods to practical problems or new situations …” (more)

[Shivani Shukla, University Observer, 31 October]


University Express Racism in UCC Survey: Upon Closer Inspection

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On October 3rd, The University Express compiled a survey entitled ‘Racism in UCC’, designed with the intent of highlighting instances of on-campus racism which would otherwise go unseen. The survey was sent out via e-mail to every student currently attending UCC …” (more)

[Fergal Smiddy, University Express, 30 October]

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University Express Racism Survey: 1 in 9 Students Suffer Racist Abuse at UCC

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At the beginning of October, the University Express launched a survey aimed towards students of University College Cork in order to determine whether students view racism as an issue in UCC, whether students have experienced or witnessed racism in or around the UCC campus, and how it affects students of all ethnicities and backgrounds …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, University Express, 30 October]

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Irish students reveal their definition of success is ‘being happy’

Posted in Life on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The definition of success according to the majority of Irish students is being happy, new research reveals. Irish students also rated their positivity towards career prospects in Ireland at 6.4 out of 10, research from One4all revealed …” (more)

[Aakanksha Surve, Irish Mirror, 27 September]

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