Seminar by Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen, Migration, Transnationalism & Diaspora Cluster, Maynooth University

Maynooth University Visiting Professor of Geography, Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen, will be giving a special seminar about her research this Wednesday 25th March at 4pm in the NIRSA/NCG Seminar Room, Maynooth University north campus. All are welcome! ”Try not to recall -- forget, that is the only way you will survive here”: Practices of institutional care & transcultural emotional ties among unaccompanied refugee minors  Unaccompanied refugee youth must confront the gap between institutional care (government agencies and NGOs) and their own existential subjectivities which include a complex of transcultural emotional ties, whether real or imagined. Recent changes to Finnish national immigration law has meant that family reunification is now almost impossible for minors; many unaccompanied Continue reading here [...]

Prof Anja Weiss meeting with Maynooth University Migration, Transnationalism & Diaspora Research Cluster

Prof Anja Weiss (https://www.uni-due.de/soziologie/weiss.php) is visiting Maynooth University (as part of the ‘New Deals’ research project) on Tuesday 24th February and will meet with the Migration, Transnationalism & Diaspora Research Cluster (https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/research/research-themes/people-place-and-environment) from 10:30-11:30 (venue: NIRSA seminar room, 2nd floor, Iontas Building). 
Her work is wide-ranging, but key areas of interest include skilled migration, (transnational) approaches to social inequalities, and the glocalisation of medical knowledge.

Publishing Pressures & the Job Demands-Resources Model… Demands Overload/Resources Shortfall in Academia

Some musings while I am working on a paper involving the Job Demands-Resources (JD-R) model... Discussions in academic institutions, at least among peers at the lower-to-mid hierarchical levels, centre on the increasing academic workloads - growing class sizes, burgeoning administrative duties - facing academics. Meanwhile, pressure (self-imposed and/or institutionally required) to consistently publish quality research in good quality journals is mounting higher and higher. Indeed, when it comes to promotion panels, generally more kudos is given to your publication record than to any other task performed. What is generally meant by 'good quality journals' are those that are ranked 3 or 4 star in the ABS peer journal ranking (for Business academics at least). For the non-academic readers, Continue reading here [...]

Study Abroad

As a student, I personally studied for one academic year at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany. It was an opportunity which was presented to me when I was an undergraduate following a 4-year Business Studies & German programme. And what an experience! Everything was new and exciting - from the huge number of university students at FU Berlin (over 60,000), to integrating and socialising with other international students and locals, to enjoying all 4 seasons (under -10 in the winter to over 30 degrees Celsius in the summer). The cultural opportunities of visiting the theatre, opera, museums, palaces, castles - all at reduced student rates - were amazing. Berlin is a fascinating city. And I got to travel by train throughout Eastern Europe with my band of international & German friends. Continue reading here [...]

Maynooth University Open Days 28 & 29 November 2014

Calling all potential future Maynooth University students! The university opens its doors to welcome the curious and enquiring potential future students and their families to look around the campus, to meet representatives from different departments to ask any burning or specific questions, and/or to listen to presentations on the different programmes on offer for the 2015-16 academic year. It's a busy day, and best to come prepared in terms of an idea which areas of further study (in terms of subject) you may be interested in. In that way, you can structure your visit to ensure you visit the stands displaying collateral and information on particular subjects and programmes, and to attend the presentations on those subjects/programmes. Representatives from academic department will be on the Continue reading here [...]

Talent Management of Millennials

Talent management is gaining recognition as an organisational concern which has been under-explored in academic research and literature. Perhaps the difficulty in conceptualising talent management academically is because talent management potentially encompasses several different organisational behaviour and human resource management concepts and practices, which render an unpacking of talent management complex. Does talent management focus on all HRM practices or just on performance management/employee development? Is talent management for all employees or just for the 'A' players? These are just some questions which set the foundations for a current piece of research I am working on in collaboration with Dr Mary Collins ( Senior Executive Development Specialist, Royal College Continue reading here [...]

Collaborative Writing Tools for Academics and Students

Sharing documents with colleagues is a fairly seamless process these days. Much more challenging is moving beyond sharing and on to real (even real-time) collaboration. If you have ever collaborated on a document or presentation you will know the problems associated with keeping track of the latest version, particularly if two (or more) people work [...] Continue reading here [...]

Thinking of doing a PhD?

For some, doing a PhD is because it is a 'nice to have' qualification or is imposed on them through their work context, rather that being something they have always aspired to do. However, I have found that those that actually complete a PhD (which is a four-year full time process; much longer for part-timers!) do so because they really WANT it and make/find the time to finish it by incorporating it as part of their lives (living, breathing, working it). For myself, when I completed my MSc by research many moons ago, the 'bug' for academic reading, scrutiny, reflection, research and discussion was initiated. It was tough, it was isolating and lonely, but it was rewarding and invigorating: exploring a topic from a particular perspective (or perspectives) in order to further the existing knowledge Continue reading here [...]

‘Data… A Game Changer’ for Education?

Maynooth Forum hosted an excellent event today based on 'Transforming Curricula: Empowering Learners' in Renehan Hall with over 60 educators, policy makers and researchers  in attendance from all levels of education from Early Childhood to Third Level. President Nolan, with Guest Speakers Dr Kerry Murphy-Healey (Babson College) and Dr Bob Lingrad (University of Queensland) at the Annual Conference. One of the core take away's from todays event was the wonderful talk provided by Prof. Bob Lingrad. He spoke of the impact of 'data' on education and the increasing role data sets deriving from the OECD and PISA are having on setting the education agenda. Prof. Lingrad has called for a vision for the Irish education system, which does not consider other nations, but focuses on the social, culture Continue reading here [...]

Academy of International Business 2014

The past days I have been attending the Academy of International Business (AIB) conference in Vancouver. It is my first time at this international conference and my first time in Vancouver. A large international conference, it is dwarfed by the Academy of Management (AOM) annual conference, with participant numbers of 1,000 or thereabouts rather than 10,000 at AOM, making it quite an accessible conference in comparison. The disciplines represented span across strategy, economics, entrepreneurship, human resource management, cross cultural studies, all with the common emphasis on the international context. Indeed, one of the most prevailing themes of the conference is the focus on context - time and space. Geoffrey Jones (Harvard University), in the opening plenary session, highlighted the Continue reading here [...]