Irish education: What’s the score?

With studies giving contradictory conclusions on Ireland’s educational performance, questions remain about the quality of education at a time when the Irish economy needs to complement its return to growth with skilled jobs, writes Fergal Browne. At the recent Irish Economic Policy Conference 2015 in the Institute of Banking, work by Tony Fahey (UCD) entitled “Family and Fertility in Ireland: A Human Capital Perspective” highlighted both positive … Continue reading Irish education: What’s the score?

Why languages can make a difference to your career

The gradireland languages event, Wednesday, March 4th, is a great opportunity for those with two or more languages to meet some of Ireland’s best employers, writes Fergal Browne. The GRADchances language fair, in partnership with the Higher Education Authority (HEA), is Ireland’s only dedicated language careers event, bringing together over 20 of Ireland’s top employers with bilingual and multilingual graduates and students. In an increasingly global … Continue reading Why languages can make a difference to your career

Combining a postgrad and work with distance learning

Distance learning in postgraduate education has risen in the last decade on the back of greater flexibility and suiting the needs of the modern worker, writes Fergal Browne. Distance learning has increased massively in recent years. The Open University (OU), the oldest distance learning university in the British Isles, is now the largest academic institution in the United Kingdom and Ireland catering to almost 250,000 … Continue reading Combining a postgrad and work with distance learning

Available options for funding fourth level

Finding fourth-level university funding can be difficult, to put it mildly, writes Fergal Browne. There’s been a reduction in the amount of funding both universities and state institutions offer to students. Nevertheless, funding is still out there. Here’s a rundown of some of the funding options, at various levels, which are available. University funding:  One result of Ireland’s economic difficulties in recent years was the … Continue reading Available options for funding fourth level

Considering a postgrad and worried about costs? Continental Europe may offer the solution

With fees to do postgraduate courses at universities in Ireland and the United Kingdom remaining high, continental European universities are increasingly attractive not just for those searching for adventure but for those with limited budgets, writes Fergal Browne. Nearly 900 degree programmes are available in English in universities across continental Europe with the majority in countries with no or low tuition fees. Grants to incentivise … Continue reading Considering a postgrad and worried about costs? Continental Europe may offer the solution

The postgradireland fair: 12 third-level institutions who will be there!

Ireland’s biggest postgrad fair takes place in the Shelbourne Hall in the RDS in Dublin this Wednesday, February 11th. Here’s a rundown of some of the Irish and international third level institutions which will be on hand to give you the best advice on all their courses and your career options, writes Fergal Browne.       Edge Hill University: Voted University of the Year 2014 by … Continue reading The postgradireland fair: 12 third-level institutions who will be there!

Interested in further study? Sign up for Ireland’s largest postgraduate fair

There’s less than one week to go until Ireland’s biggest postgrad fair takes place in the Shelbourne Hall in the RDS in Dublin, writes Fergal Browne. Doors open at 11am next Wednesday, February 11th, and those who register for the event here will get free entry to the event, access to the best in further study advice and postgrad providers, and be in with a chance to … Continue reading Interested in further study? Sign up for Ireland’s largest postgraduate fair