Friday, 17 February 2017

THE Teaching Survey 2017: results & analysis

An interesting article in the Times Higher Education (THE) today assesses the results of the first major THE survey of university staff’s attitudes towards teaching. Initial conclusions from the study, surveying some 1,150 higher education staff over several months in 2016, show that teaching is a major source of satisfaction for university lecturers despite growing frustration with heavy administrative loads, bureaucratic burdens, badly prepared students who moan about their marks and the teaching excellence framework (TEF). Read more by following the link below. Register for a free THE account or log in to the library Nexis UK database to read more higher education news.  

Times Higher Education Teaching Survey illustration 2017


THE Teaching Survey 2017: results & analysis


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Class divide in Irish higher education

A recent Irish Times analysis of 2016 figures for student enrolment and grant data has highlighted the scale of the class divide in Irish higher education. The figures reveal that the proportion of students who rely on grants to pay for college is significantly higher in institutes of technology, especially in regional areas, whereas school-leavers from more affluent backgrounds are much more likely to have places in universities offering high-points degrees. Read more by following the link below. 

 An ‘Irish Times’ analysis of student enrolment and grant data for last year shows UCD had the fewest grant-recipients, followed by Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Class divide in Irish higher education


Friday, 3 February 2017

Managing your PhD supervisor

Understanding the unwritten rules of graduate study is vital if you want to get the most from your PhD supervision, say Kevin O'Gorman and Robert MacIntosh writing on the Times Higher Education blog today. The piece offers some useful advice to doctoral students and includes links to other relevant sites such as help with preparing for the Viva exam and a link to a PhD advice page on the THE site. Read more by following the link below. You may have to register for an account with the THE journal to access the article.

PhD, doctorate

Managing your PhD supervisor

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Is ORCID the new CV!

Writing in the Times Higher Education, Roger Watson suggests that ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID, could be a worthy replacement for the more traditional CV.  Arguing that the CV is no longer the objective and verifiable record it one was, he puts forward the case that ORCID already enables individuals to summarise their interests, record their careers and list publications and research grants. Read more of the article by following the link below to the THE. You may need to register for an account to see the full-text or access it through the library database Nexis UK. 

CV on old typewriter

Is ORCID the new CV?

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Are Irish parents to blame for lack of women in Stem?

A major Government-commissioned report into the shortage of female graduates in Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) has found that despite having a general lack of information about career options, parents are heavily influencing their daughters’ career choices and are directing them away from the field. Brian MacCraith, president of DCU and chair of the Stem education review group, says there is “a job of work” to be done in informing parents of the career options. One of the measures the Stem working group is now focusing on is producing an information pack to guide parents on Stem and its career options. Dr Nora Khaldi believes that it's an exciting time to be working in this field and that there are lots of opportunities for women. The Irish Times article can be accessed by following the link below.  

Irene Sheridan, a professor of electronic engineering, and her daughter Alison O’Shea, who is working in the same field. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/ Provision

Are parents to blame?