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 [...]

NUIM Teaching Fellowship Awards – Report 2012-2013

I was successful in being awarded a NUIM teaching fellowship for 2012-2013 which examined achieving fairness in assessing student group work. This was the first teaching fellowship awarded to the School of Business. The results from the fellowship have just been published by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) in  NUI Maynooth. This blog highlights the findings of the fellowship; the full report will be available on eprints. In my view the promise of group work as a teaching and learning method can only be fully realized if perennial problems such as accurate and fair assessment of individual group member performance, intra-group conflict, and free riding are successfully tackled. I have long been intrigued by the promise of using peer evaluation to maximize the learning value that Continue reading here [...]

How to Innovate the Newspaper Industry? Part 1 of 2

Have newspapers written their own obituary?  Many industries are having a tough time, but the newspaper business must be amongst the very hardest hit. Monks working painstakingly on complex, decorative manuscripts in European monasteries didn’t know what hit them when Gutenberg figured out how to have moveable type on the printing press in the 15th century.  It was a moment of Schumpeterian creative destruction. By the 17th century some form of newspaper had appeared almost everywhere in early modern Europe. Today, there are an estimated 7,000 newspapers in business around the world and the World Association of Newspapers claim that each day over half the world’s population read a newspaper, with sales of 2.5bn copies in print and 600m online; making it a $200bn industry.   Another Continue reading here [...]

MSc Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management

The organizations providing the first phase of disaster response need the capacity and capabilities to deliver goods and services quickly to those impacted by an event. This is often under difficult circumstances in foreign locations and across cultures. The organisations involved in delivering the aid also need to be responsive in order to quickly provide resources required for the basic necessities of survival in the critical period immediately after an event in order to reduce further loss of life. This programme is a multi-disciplinary programme that provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working in or intending to work in the area of humanitarian relief to deal with the matters outlined. The programme will provide humanitarian professionals Continue reading here [...]

Problem-based learning and the recruitment market for management graduates

In a recent HEA study which investigated the opinions of a representative sample of 402 Irish companies on the relevance of higher education outcomes to their recruitment needs (McGann and Anderson 2013), employers reported that they had recruited the highest proportion of graduates from the disciplines of business or law .  In other words, of the total of 144,500 employees in this sample of companies (Flynn 2013), 45.8% were graduates of business or legal disciplines. The next closest discipline was engineering (30.5%). The workplace skill identified by the responding companies as being of most importance amongst graduates recruited over the past two years was ‘working effectively with others’.  This workplace skill was identified by some 78% of respondents and exceeded the need Continue reading here [...]