Monthly Archives: April 2013

Inputs, outputs, IoTs and CAO points

I have written quite a bit recently, both here and in the papers about honours degrees, CAO entry points and the IoTs. My fundamental point is that there is a CAO points limit below which honours degrees should not be … Continue reading

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A technical university for the south?

CIT and IT Tralee are apparently planning to put together a submission to establish a Technical University of Munster. I have to say that my initial response to this was “what the hell is CIT thinking”? The statement that “The … Continue reading

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Whinging Multinationals

Fujitsu has to recruit most of its PhD-level employees from abroad. Eh, so what? We’re in a globalised world aren’t we? They say there is a “disconnect” between Irish universities and professional research. First thing I’d say to them is: … Continue reading

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Academic Elitism?

I have to say that this Leftfield column in the Irish Times irritated me. The author, Denis Cummins who is President of Dundalk Institute of Technology, seems to suggest, rather presumptuously, that anyone who raises questions about the role of … Continue reading

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Back to the future: changes to the CAO system

The proposed changes to college entry are largely to be welcomed. Basically the plan is to (i) to reduce the number of denominated entry courses and move to a system based more on common entry (ii) reduce the number of … Continue reading

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Has science become boring?

Despite the huge efforts made these days to promote science and show how much ‘fun’ it is, science is, on average, less interesting than ever! Now, anyone who predicts the demise of science, in whatever way, risks being compared to … Continue reading

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