Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The life of a researcher

The Irish Times takes a look at the life of a PhD researcher in Trinity College over the course of a week. Follow the link below to see how he spends his time.

A week in the life of.....

Monday, 23 March 2015

Ireland's Research Policy under fire

In the Irish Times today Mike Jennings, general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, claims that Ireland's national research policy runs counter to EU proposals and in addition, seeks to diminish the status and morale of researchers. He writes that the vast majority of the estimated 5,000 full-time researchers attached to Irish higher-education institutions work on externally funded and temporary, insecure contracts. Click on the link below to read more.

Click here for Ireland's Research Policy


Thursday, 19 March 2015

Book review: How to write a thesis

This soon to be published (and on order for the Learning & Teaching collection in Bolton Street) first English translation of a 1977 book, written by Umberto Eco, is reviewed in the THE. Although the guide was written some time ago, the author of the review believes that it gets right to the heart of the virtues that make a scholar. As the book suggests, even eminent scholars need to explore new ideas and keep abreast of research. Follow the link below to read the article.

Umberto Eco's 'How to write a thesis': a review

Friday, 13 March 2015

World Reputation Rankings

The survey, conducted by Times Higher Education (THE) and administered by Elsevier, asked participants to select a maximum of 10 institutions in their field of expertise.  The questionnaire was sent to "experienced and published scholars" only, and they received 9,794 valid responses.

There are no surprises in the top ten...



Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Will the proposed development of Technological Universities (TU) risk the creation of a three tier education system within the third level sector?

Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin of Athlone Institute of Technology, talks to Joe Humphreys about the proposed formation of TUs.  Prof Ó Catháin states that initial comments on the new organisation focused on the money saving aspects of such developments without considering the funding needed for the mergers.


In a bid to avoid a three tier system, Institutes of Technology Ireland is in talks with the Dublin Institute of Technology about creating a group which would work at policy level and advocate for both entities.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Postgraduates looking at the world in new ways.

This special section in the Irish Times today looks at postgraduate options in 2015 including the benefits and pleasures of postgraduate research and whether the attainment of an advanced degree increases the employability of graduates. Some of the most popular courses in Irish universities and Institutes of Technology are listed alongside profiles of current postgraduate students. Click on the link below to view.

Link to Postgraduate Options

Monday, 9 March 2015

Mental Health Issues in Academia

A recent Guardian blog on mental health issues in academia received an unprecedented response pointing to a high level of distress among academics. A series of articles on the Higher Education Network looks at incidents of staff battling anxiety and isolation, and also of similar incidents experienced by students. Join the discussion by clicking on the link below.

Mental Health Issues in Academia

Friday, 6 March 2015

The idea of a university!

Increasingly the idea of a university as a place where students learn to think is being viewed as an idealised and indulgent notion. The Guardian Higher Education editorial today questions whether a university should be more than a place to check off a list of professional competences. Join the debate by clicking on the link below.

Link to....The idea of a university!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Feminism at university...

Gender imbalance or gender bias within the academy is a common thread among commentators in the field of higher education.  Much of that comment is dedicated to efforts to reducing such bias, and sometimes focuses on successful initiatives that actively campaign to redress the balance.
One such group is Oxford's women in the humanities.

However, Natalya Din-Kariuki, writing in the Guardian, points out that some women, already facing challenges because of their race or sexuality can be further disadvantaged by their omission from these groups...

Feminist academics take note: women are not all white and straight