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 [...]

School of Business Academic receives Emerald Highly Commended Paper Award

Dr Graham Heaslip has been awarded the Highly Commended Paper Award by the publisher Emerald. Dr Heaslip’s paper “Services operations management and Humanitarian Logistics” published in the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management has been selected as a Highly Commended Paper. The Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management Editorial Team selected the paper as one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen. The paper can be viewed at: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=2042-6747&volume=3&issue=1&articleid=17088900&show=htmlThe global publisher Emerald annually awards papers from each of its journals with the Highly Commended Award, amongst other awards. Continue reading here [...]

School of Business MSc shortlisted for award

The MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management has been shortlisted for the best new postgraduate programme at the upcoming GradIreland awards. The winners will be announced on April 30th. The MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management is the first in the world to combine the academic disciplines of humanitarian logistics and emergency management. The programme builds on the established strengths and reputation of Ireland and in particular Irish Aid, in delivering humanitarian assistance to those in need. Recently students of the MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management participated on Exercise Viking 2014 in the Curragh from April 2nd to April 5th.  VIKING 14 is a Command Post Exercise/Computer Assisted Exercise in the “Spirit of Partnership for Peace” 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 [...]

Minister Joe Costello Launches MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management

The Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Trade and Development Mr Joe Costello TD officially launched the new 3U MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management on Friday November 22nd. The post graduate programme is the first collaboration of the 3U partners, NUI Maynooth, Dublin City University (DCU) and the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI), and is the first step in creating richer educational opportunities for students. The launch took place at the Business School in DCU. The MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management is a unique programme and is the first in the world to combine the academic disciplines of humanitarian logistics and emergency management. The programme builds on the established strengths and reputation Continue reading here [...]