Monthly Archives: January 2014

Neglecting the core business of undergraduate education

Despite the demands that are increasingly being placed on universities, their core ‘business’ is the education of young people, especially at undergraduate level. But the economic collapse, the globalisation of education and the ongoing obsession with international rankings, makes it … Continue reading

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An unsustainable third level system?

The third level sector has taken a severe financial hit in recent years. The DCU union, for example, has pointed out that there has been a 20% drop in state funding per third level student between 2003 and 2012 (based … Continue reading

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Education and Science Quotes

Here are some nice quotes, sayings and downright clichés related to education, science and innovation that I have come across over the last while as I read and researched for this blog and my ebook. “Much education today is monumentally … Continue reading

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Graduate Destinations 2012

I’m doing everything to avoid marking lab reports this week so here are some more thoughts! This document produced by the HEA and published close to the end of 2013 has passed somewhat under the radar. Actually, the HEA – … Continue reading

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Why ‘The University’ is not a useful concept

I wrote last week about how the modern university has developed in recent years. The purpose of that post was to try to bring some sense of reality to  ongoing discussions about the ‘The University’. I’ll be honest and say … Continue reading

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The Modern Irish University: How did it come to this?

Introduction 2013 was an interesting year in education. It was the year of technological universities, university clusters, bigger-than-ever research centres of excellence; suggestions for some ‘back-to-the-future’ changes to the CAO system; the usual angst about the Leaving Cert; a sudden … Continue reading

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