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What gets measured gets managed – so how can we manage research without measuring it?

This is an expanded version of the “Left Field” column published in the Irish Times.Over the last couple of years there has been a growing feeling amongst all stakeholders – government (supposedly representing the people), the administration (Department of Education … Continue reading

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Do you want the Civil Service to run Universities?

This is an significantly extended version of an OpEd published by myself and Charles Larkin (whose name appears missing) in the Irish Times. The Universities (Amendment) Bill 2012 is a shutting of the stable door after the horse has bolted … Continue reading

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What have the Romans, sorry Researchers, ever done for us?

Another day another paean to applied science… well, a thinly disguised call for more money to go to engineering. Coz, they make stuff y’know, not like basic researchers or heaven help us AHSS (arts, humanities and social sciences) dabblers. After … Continue reading

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What I did in the crisis….

So the crisis is now four years old, with the falling into recession of Ireland in september 2008 sounding the clear warning that there were rough times ahead.Somehow or other I (and others) were winkled out of our ivory towers … Continue reading

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Its not the points, its the system, thats a problem in the points system

Irish second level school students are now in the early stages of their school-leaving examinations, with oral language  and applied science examinations ongoing and the main written exams starting Wednesday 6th with English Paper 1.They take their examination in a relatively good … Continue reading

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Restrictive Practices in Higher Education in Ireland

The Chairman of the Higher education Authority is no stranger to controversy. His most recent interesting comment came when he commented against the “restrictive work practices” of the third level, stating “There are very restrictive HR practices imposed on our higher … Continue reading

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A week in higher education

This is an expanded and linked version of the column “My Education Week” which appears each Tuesday in the Irish Times. This week is Trinity Week, culminating in the Trinity Ball, which means teaching semester is over. Which, if one … Continue reading

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Back Inside Higher Education : Guest Post

A couple of weeks ago Paul Mooney, sometime president of National College of Ireland and now back in his old role as a consultant published an opinion piece in the Irish Times on his perspective on the travails of Irish … Continue reading

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GERMS ! GERMS I SAY!!!!!

Perhaps the most annoying advert on the radio at present is the one for “safe food”.  Its brought to you by the Safe Food Agency. Of course it’s a good idea to not poison yourself or your family but the … Continue reading

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Whats REALLY going on inside higher education

Last week, in The Irish Times, an opinion piece was printed on third level education. Penned by Paul Mooney, sometime President of the National College of Ireland, and now back as a fulltime management consultant. To put it mildly it … Continue reading

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