Do Acadmic Results Matter?

In the aftermath of the #LeavingCertResults and impending #CAO offers, students take heed: academic qualifications are not everything. EY is to remove the academic qualifications filter in its graduate and school-leaver recruitment programmes, thereby improving chances for a more diverse workforce in the future. In the UK, EY has decided to remove academic qualifications from its application filter for graduate and school leaver programmes from 2016. After extensive research, EY found that attaining good academic results at third level does not necessarily mean success at the firm. EY wants to recruit the very best talent, and recognizes that they have a better chance to attain this by broadening access to the profession. They acknowledge that there are lots of different skills and talents 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 [...]

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 [...]