Monthly Archives: March 2015

Basic Research and ‘That’ Letter

Governments always want some sort of tangible return from academic research. But since the financial crisis began in 2008, the prevailing view in Ireland has been that the primary or even the only role of academic research should be to … Continue reading

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Jobs that don’t exist and all that xxxxx

Foolishly (I should be doing other things), I’ve just been watching some of the talks from the Global Education and Skills Forum  being held in some exclusive resort in Dubai where everyone was sitting in nice white armchairs. There was … Continue reading

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The fallacy of broad course choices at third level

A few years ago the then Minister, Ruari Quinn, got it into his head that there were too many programmes within the CAO system. The basic idea was that institutions were deliberately manipulating the supply-and-demand nature of the system to … Continue reading

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The third level funding crisis: ‘tax and spend’ or ‘cut your cloth’?

When Governments run up budget deficits, the political and economic conversation tends to focus on achieving the appropriate balance between raising taxes and cutting back on expenditure. Each side of the argument has its proponents, with the ‘left’ usually being … Continue reading

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The Problem with STEM

Despite the constant efforts to communicate the ‘relevance’ and even the ‘fun’ of STEM subjects, the fraction of school leavers who choose to pursue further study in these disciplines has remained quite static in the last decade, as shown in … Continue reading

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