Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Bullying in academia

A recent survey by the Guardian Higher Education Network on bullying in the academic workplace 'should give the entire sector cause to worry about the competence and style of leaders and managers in the sector' according to Gus John. View the survey findings in full from the link below or read some of the other articles or interviews with staff in this focus on bullying.

Link to articles on bullying

Monday, 26 January 2015

What makes a global top 10 university?


Rankings are a significant although relatively recent fixture of the higher education landscape. They have become part of the reputation and brand image of universities helping them to attract students, staff and research funding. But why do some universities make the global top 10 rankings and others don't? And why do US universities feature so highly? Sean Coughlan, the BBC education correspondent, examines the issues. Follow the link below.

Link to: What makes a global top 10....

Thursday, 22 January 2015

PhD Students: what to do when you don't work well with your supervisor!


Gina Wisker offers some valuable advice on negotiating the often tricky relationship some PhD students have with their supervisor. The author has written many books on this subject and on postgraduate research and supervision in general many of which may be found in the Learning, Teaching and Technology collection in Bolton Street library.

PhD Student / Supervisor Relationship

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Voices of academics in Irish Higher Education

This All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE) research report on teaching and learning in Irish higher education was published early 2014 but there remains a lot of interest in this area so I have flagged it up here for those who may have missed it first time around. The survey 'The voice of Irish academics: towards a professional development strategy', explored the views of academic staff across eight higher education institutions in the greater Dublin region on a number of aspects of their work.

AISHE Report

Monday, 12 January 2015

What graduates did next!

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) recently published their findings on where the class of 2013 ended up 9 months after graduating. The report entitled 'What do graduates do: An Analysis of the Universities and Colleges of Education First Destination of Graduates Survey 2014' is available on the HEA website or click on the link below.

Advantages of being a mature student at university

An article in the Irish Times today suggests that mature students richly enhance the learning experience and bring a range of life skills to their entire class at university level which hugely benefits and supports their younger classmates. Figures from the Higher Education Authority reveal that 10,000 students in full-time education in Ireland are over 30.

Access this article here: Advantages of being a mature student

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Academic writing and getting published

Top journal editors and authors offer some advice on how to overcome writer's block, write an interesting article and get accepted for publication. This article and others on the Guardian Education Network are helpful for those trying to write for publication. Follow the link below for the article. Furthermore, why not pop into the library at Bolton Street to access the extensive range of books on academic writing and publishing available in the Learning, Teaching and Technology (LTT) collection.

Academic writing and publishing: Guardian Education Network

Preparing for your PhD viva

This article offers some useful tips on the next intellectual hurdle after handing in your thesis - the viva. There is helpful and relevant advice from senior academics and well known authors such as Rowena Murray and Gina Wisker. Click on the link below to see how best to prepare.


Guardian Education Network: Your PhD viva