Monthly Archives: March 2013

The strange business of examining PhDs

The examination of PhDs is a curious business. In many ways, the viva is as much an examination of the supervisor as it is of the student – at least in the sciences. When a student gets to the viva … Continue reading

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Educated in Ireland: a call for data

It’s hard to get away from education. I was home in bed yesterday, struck down by some virus or other when I turned on the TV only to end up watching the Oireachtas Committee on Education – I think it … Continue reading

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The Road to the Structured PhD

Once upon a time, the PhD was a qualification that only a very small percentage of graduates pursued. PhD students were among the best of the best, at least as measured by purely academic ability. But then, as the number … Continue reading

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Hard-Pressed Academics

With the Croke Park agreement in the news, there have been quite a few blogs and articles in recent weeks explaining how hard we academics work. It’s not just about giving the odd lecture, the hard-pressed academics plead. It’s the … Continue reading

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