Author Archives: Greg Foley

About Greg Foley

A lecturer in Biotechnology in Dublin City University for more than 25 years. Trained as a Chemical Engineer in UCD (BE and PhD) and Cornell (MS). Does research on analysis and design of membrane filtration systems.

STEM: from harmless acronym to dangerous idea?

This is the (rough) script of a short talk I gave at last week’s T&L Day in DCU  ____________________________________________________________________________________________   Before I start I want to mention something about the School of Biotechnology because it has had an impact on … Continue reading

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Are the universities being “hollowed out”?

This letter to the Irish Times from a Trinity academic paints a pretty bleak picture of the culture in Irish Universities. There’s a lot in the letter, some of which I agree with (e.g. the sad fact that university education … Continue reading

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The HPAT and the Cult of Empathy

The recent media coverage around the HPAT is interesting for two reasons. Firstly, the idea that you should even attempt to test an 18/19-year old’s character for its suitability for a career in medicine before subjecting them to six years … Continue reading

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Can students write?

This article in the Guardian is pretty scathing about Irish university students’ ability to write, especially essays. I teach all years of a four-year science degree and my thinking about writing skills is this: Students arrive in college and they … Continue reading

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More Tales from the LIYSF

This is a guest blog written by Fiona Stapleton who is about to start her second year on the BSc in Biotechnology programmes in DCU. ________________________________________________________________________________ The London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) has definitely been one of the best … Continue reading

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Is PISA meaningless? (or Do schools really kill creativity?)

The belief that the teacher (at any level) should be a guide on the side (GOTS) rather than a sage on the stage (SOTS) is widespread and it forms part of what seems to be the dominant philosophy (constructivism) of … Continue reading

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CAO Points and the Premier League

In the 1981/82 season, the old First Division moved from 2 points for a win to three points for a win. The previous season Aston Villa had won the title with a total of 60 pts. Last year Chelsea won … Continue reading

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