Archive for August, 2008

Value of gaining a degree plummets

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 31 August 2008 by Steve

“ One-third of graduates are receiving no financial benefit from their degree as young people drawn in by Labour’s mass expansion of universities see the value of studying decline for the first time. A study has identified a widening gulf between the highest-paid graduates, whose degrees have brought them soaring returns over the past decade, and those at the lower end. Among male graduates, 33.2% end up in nongraduate jobs five years after leaving university, from 21.7% in 1992. The proportions for women are similar. These graduates now earn 40% less than if they had found a job where a degree was necessary. In 2001, before the market was swamped by university-educated applicants, those who had to settle for lower-paid jobs were only 32% worse off. The worst affected were from the former polytechnics and other new universities which had been encouraged to expand under Labour …” (more)

[Jack Grimston, Sunday Times, 31 August]

DCU is hailed as decades ahead of rest

Posted in Life with tags , on 31 August 2008 by Steve

“ Dublin City University has been listed among the best “campuses of the future” by internationally renowned magazine Newsweek. The north Dublin education facility, which includes The Helix theatre, is listed alongside some of the most prestigious colleges in the world, including Arizona State University, Stanford and MIT …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Herald, 29 August]

UCC and DCU fail to publish accounts since 2002

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 31 August 2008 by Steve

“Two universities seeking the return of third-level fees, Dublin City University and University College Cork, have not published accounts since 2002 due to problems meeting financial transparency rules. The revelation comes as it emerged that the government’s financial watchdog, the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), has banned the signing-off of university accounts until it finishes investigating unauthorised payments to managers at some colleges. This will halt the publication of accounts for all seven universities as the C&AG must approve them first … ” (more)

[Ken Griffin, Tribune, 31 August]

University fees issue primarily about control

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 29 August 2008 by Steve

“For all the talk about reforming the public sector, we can now see that there was no clear conception of what reform really meant. No vision of “reformed” public services was provided to guide strategic thinking and implementation, to motivate employees and to attract public support for the project. The regular demands for “public sector reform” usually lack concreteness …” (more)

[Connell Fanning, Irish Times, 29 August]

Fear of fees prompts rapid take-up of college places

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 29 August 2008 by Steve

“Record numbers of CAO applicants are rushing to accept college places – amid concerns that third-level fees could return. CAO figures published today show the number opting to defer a college place in order to take a gap year is at historically low levels. Universities say the rush to accept a college place is being driven by what one senior figure calls an increasing “hysteria” that fees of at least €5,000 per year could return …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 29 August]

Labour Court tells Department of Education to pay compensation to ex-employees of St Catherine’s College of Education

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 28 August 2008 by Steve

“The Labour Court has recommended that the Department of Education should pay €60,000.00 to four members of the Irish Federation of University Teachers who were given early retirement when St Catherine’s College of Education for Home Economics, Dublin closed in August 2007 …” (more)

[IFUT, 28 August]

Head of university calls for 18-month review of fees to be completed sooner

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 28 August 2008 by Steve

“The 18-month review of the university fees issue is not business-like and should be reduced, according to the chancellor of the University of Limerick. Peter Malone also called for continuing investment in construction studies despite the economic downturn because of the danger of losing skills in the area …” (more)

[Tom O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 August]