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 [...]

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 [...]

Winners of ‘Marketing Excellence Awards’ in NUIM announced

Dublin Coach “Marketing Excellence Awards” in Association with NUIM 1st Year BBS Marketing, School of Business, National University of Ireland, Maynooth were announced yesterday Wednesday 7th May 2014 by John O`Sullivan, CEO Dublin Coach and included: Brian Dempsey, Katie McHugh, Cian Spillane and Lucy Teevan. The outstanding individual award was won by Conor O’Neill. Each of the winners were awarded a state of the art iPad sponsored by Dublin Coach while the complete student group (25 Marketing Students - see next page) received a Quicktours Dublin Coach Short Break Voucher. Head of the Business School, Professor Peter McNamara was delighted to see our marketing students having the opportunity to translate their learning into action through the Dublin Coach project. He noted that Continue reading here [...]

Sabbatical Post – Doing the Basics

HRM received bad press recently with many commentators questioning its value to organisations. The resignation of the HR Director of the BBC has raised questions over the efficacy of the discipline. Why the resignation of one person should spark calls for a review of the area or even questions over the feminsation of HR is anyone's guess. But harm us it has and we need to think hard about how we got here and more importantly how we are going to get away from this negative spotlight. This is important for all of us as we go through the 'Ulrichisation' of the profession - a time of great change. But it's also important not least women, because HR has been one of the areas where women have succeeded most in achieving management positions. Last week in this blog I suggested that academics and Continue reading here [...]

Focus Groups on Your Feet

A few weeks back Anne Huff and I ran a Business Research Methods module for masters students at the School of Business at NUIM. At the end of a long three days I'm sure they were tired but we still had 'Focus Groups' to deal with as part of the Qualitative Methods approach to gathering data (I'm sure everyone was looking forward to that). However, it turned out to be our most engaged session of the week with everyone participating fully. The link below is a video of the focus group session. Because it's a huge file it will only stay up until the expiry date, so if you want it, download it. After this date, the file will be deleted from the server, and so can no longer be downloaded.https://left.nuim.ie/download/MAH00137.MP4/pdonovan/qRYaa8zhw3DE8gDjYBd5G4eUhkFHPR/ We decided to run the session Continue reading here [...]

Tempting the lurkers out of the shadows in online learning

How to get the online lurkers out of the shadows is one of the most challenging issues for the online tutor. Participation is the oxygen of the digital teacher and any hiatus online can interrupt the flow of learning that is the purpose of the design. Frequently, tutors complain that they can't get a critical mass of learners to engage online, whether orally on in the chat medium in weblectures. Learners bemoan the fact that they are treated like Pavlov's dogs and are expected to respond even when this may be unnecessary or even unwanted. Yet engagement is a term contested by tutors and learners. Tutors tend to use the terms engagement and interaction interchangeably. Learners are often not asked how they define these terms. In a recent piece of research on engagement students defined Continue reading here [...]