Here are some questions I’d like to have answers to in 2019. Guest posts welcome as long as your argument is backed up with evidence.
- Are graduates really better ‘critical thinkers’ than school-leavers?
- Does industry really need more PhD graduates or is the PhD yet another example of ‘signalling’?
- In a small country with an open economy, does basic research conducted in Irish institutions make any meaningful contribution to the economy?
- Does the world of work really want creative problem solvers or does it want conscientious team players who’ll do things the company way?
- Does higher education really make you wiser and more ‘cultured’?
- While state funding per student has halved in the last decade, how has the total funding per student fared in that period?
- Is there uniformity of academic standards across the institutions?
- Just how much are students working part-time and how much are they studying?
- Does spending time ‘learning’ with toys like Lego really have any benefit other than keeping students engaged for a class period?
- Are so-called STEM activities (see #stem on Twitter) really an exercise in pulling the wool over youngsters’ eyes?
10a What is the distribution of teaching hours for permanent academic staff across the university sector?