Exploring the Competencies, Skills and Behaviours of Effective Workplace Mediators

Two reports named Shaping the Agenda 1 and 2 were officially launched on Monday 10th October 2016 in Maynooth University Ireland. The research team is from the Kennedy Institute Workplace Mediation Research Group (KIWMRG), with this particular research project led by Dr Deirdre Curran (NUIG) and commissioned by the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII), the professional association for mediators in Ireland. The research identified the competencies, skills and behaviours of workplace mediators through an extensive literature review (and reported in the report entitled: Shaping the Agenda 1: Exploring the Competencies, Skills and Behaviours of Effective Workplace Mediators), and highlighted the implications for the development of workplace mediation in Ireland (published in the report: Shaping Continue reading here [...]

Cheltenham 2015 and the boys are back in town….

 Tuesday March 10th and the magic that is national hunt racing is epitomised on day one of the Cheltenham Festival!.  The predictions were that it would be a day to remember, one for the history books and it did not disappoint.  Everything was in place on one of those beautiful Spring days when you cannot help feeling that all is right with the world. Yet even those with only a passing interest in racing could not help but be captivated by the events that were to unfold.     In the space of a couple of hours we were witness to the highs and lows that can only be experienced at the highest level of an elite sport.  Whether you are following the mesmerizing talent of Willie Mullins and his Clonsutton team or just like to bask in the glow of the collective talent displayed every year 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 [...]

100 Minds Volunteer Programme… Get Applying Now!

Who we are 100minds is a volunteer-run, non-profit organisation, founded in 2013, that brings together some of Ireland’s top students and connects them with one cause to achieve big goals in a short space of time. 100minds was created, and is run, by a small group of young professionals in Dublin. What We Do 100minds connects 3rd level students with a chosen charity and encourages them to run fundraising projects that will help develop their skill set and apply their theoretical learnings from college in a practical means. Each student is assigned a mentor to support them throughout their fundraising efforts. Our mentors are a group of recent graduates working in the world's top companies such as Twitter, Google, KPMG, McDonald's and many more. How It Works We recruit Ireland's top students 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 [...]

Ireland, Information Work & the Age of Analytics

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I’ve long been interested in studying the content of recruitment advertisements, because I believe that they give the best possible picture of what employers want from new graduates. Such information is not only relevant to people who are preparing to … Continue reading

Interested in sustainability? 62 jobs in sustainability-related positions or companies were advertised last month alone…

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This is a very brief summary report on some of the headline findings of a project which is currently reviewing the recruitment market for sustainability-related jobs in Ireland.  I hope to collect as much data as I can over the coming … Continue reading