Archive for 17 January 2009

Cut-throat jobs market forcing graduates to stay in college

Posted in teaching with tags , on 17 January 2009 by Steve

“Record numbers of graduates are planning to stay in college to gain further qualifications because the jobs market has become so cut-throat. This year’s graduating classes of teachers, lawyers and architects will face an especially tough jobs market as the recession deepens. Many firms are recruiting only a quarter of the numbers of previous years. And in some cases, graduates who have been offered positions are being asked to postpone their starting date for a year. Graduate confidence has evaporated in the space of 12 months, a new survey has revealed. Last year, 60pc of graduates were confident and optimistic, but in a complete reverse now 60pc are nervous and pessimistic, according to the GradIreland survey. But it is not all bad news …” (more)

[Fergus Black, John Walshe and
Gemma O’Doherty, Independent, 17 January]

The Event of the Year – June 2009 !

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 January 2009 by Steve

“Apologies for the long gap in postings on this blog. A sign, not of relaxing holidays (well, not entirely) but rather frenzied ‘behind the scenes’ activity as we begin the preparations for this year’s Galway Symposium on Higher Education. This June the 11th and 12th will be our 7th such event and we are pleased to announce the title and theme will be: ‘Design for Learning: Curriculum & Assessment in Higher Education’. Topics will include: general debate on the nature of ‘curriculum’ in HE and the factors which shape and influence the development of programmes and courses; the tensions between competing visions of what a higher education should mean; an overview of the Bologna process and its implications from the perspective of individual academic subject disciplines …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 16 January]