Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Irish universities are top with international students

According to the results of a Europe-wide survey reported in the Times Higher Education today, international students are happiest in Ireland. Ireland's universities topped the StudyPortals International Student Satisfaction Awards with an average rating of just over 9 out of 10. Among the Irish institutions singled out for praise is Maynooth University, one of five universities across Europe to receive an outstanding rating from the organisation based on student responses. Read more at the link below. If you have difficulty accessing this article you can either sign up for a free 5 article access with the journal directly, or go into the DIT library website and log into the NEXIS UK database for access.

Irish universities are top with international students



Friday, 18 September 2015

Do academics need to be managed?

An anonymous academic writing recently in the Guardian Higher Education Network argues that it is time for academics to accept that they need to be managed. They contend that when management ask academics about their research, they are accused of ‘neo-liberalised surveillance’. The writer acknowledges that intelligent people must be allowed the freedom to think but they must also recognise education’s social role requires organisation and management. Read more by clicking on the link below.

Do academics need to be managed?

Thursday, 17 September 2015

OECD Report links computer use with poor performance

The Irish Times Education today reports on new research questioning the value of computer use in schools. According to a leading educationalist, the OECD report should not deter the Government from boosting its investment in classroom technology. Prof Mark Brown director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University, said he agreed with the view of the OECD that 'the problems and ills of education are not solved through technology' but he warned against the study feeding into 'a moral panic about the use of technology in our schools'.

See below for a link to the OECD report and also a link to the article in the Irish Times. If you are unable to see the article, please access the Irish Times by title through the list of databases on the library website.

Irish Times Education

OECD report on technology

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

10 steps to PhD failure

Writing in the Times Higher Education recently, Kevin Haggerty and Aaron Doyle offer tips on making postgraduate study even tougher (which students could use to avoid pitfalls if they prefer). The extract is taken from the book '57 ways to screw up in grad school' written by the same authors.

If you have difficulty accessing this article you can either sign up for a free 5 article access with the journal directly, or go into the DIT library website and log into the NEXIS UK database for access.

PhD students: tips


'Lamentable teaching' damaging higher education

The UK universities minister has warned vice chancellors that bad teaching is damaging the reputation of British higher education. Jo Johnson's speech signalled the government’s determination to use its new teaching excellence framework (TEF) to make universities more responsive to students, and he upbraided colleges for the “highly variable” quality of undergraduate teaching. Johnson argued that even the best universities had allowed teaching to become a “poor cousin” to research, because their place on international league tables and funding income relied on scholarly research output. Read the article and some of the responses to his comments by clicking on the link below to the Guardian Higher Education Network

Lamentable teaching in HE