Higher Education Awards
The symposium commenced shortly after 10am with a welcome from gradireland Director Gavan O’Brien. The first presentation of the day was from Dr Denise Frawley , Head of Performance Evaluation at the Higher Education Authority who presented on the findings of the most recent HEA Graduate Outcomes Survey (Class of 2017) which surveyed nearly 30,000 graduates to understand what their next step was post-graduation.
Next up was a moderated discussion with Ger Lardner, Career & Skills Consultant specialising in Doctoral Candidates in UCD and Dr Fiona Blighe, Scientific Programme Manager, Science Foundation Ireland on PhD employability outcomes, new methods of developing PhD candidates and the introduction of Centres of Research Training.
Following a coffee break delegates saw a remote presentation from Amsterdam by Laura E. Rumbley, PhD | Associate Director, Knowledge Development & Research, European Association for International Education on what does ‘successful’ internationalisation look like in European higher education? The presentation covered what ways do financial considerations drive or hinder this process? In recent years, the need to answer these questions has become increasingly important.
This was followed by another moderated discussion on strategies towards equality, diversity and inclusion at universities. This started with a remote presentation from Dr Thomas Ekman Jørgensen, Senior Policy Coordinator, European University Association (EUA). Lewis Purser, Director Learning & Teaching and Academic Affairs, followed this up with a presentation and discussion on the Irish context of diversity and graduate outcomes.
The symposium concluded with a moderated discussion on Lifelong learning for lifelong employability with Róisín Donnelly, Head of learning development, College of Business, Technological University Dublin and Dr Maria Gallo, Director of the Centre for Lifelong at St. Angela's College, Sligo, a College of the National University of Ireland, Galway.
We would like to thank all those who took part and brief biographies of the speakers at the symposium are available here.
And the winners were....
Postgraduate Course of the Year in Computer Science & IT, sponsored by ESB
Winner: University College Cork, MSc in Information Systems for Business Performance
Postgraduate Course of the Year in Health Sciences sponsored by MSD Ireland
Winner: University of Limerick, MSc Sports Performance
Postgraduate Course of the Year in Law sponsored by PwC
Winner: NUI Galway, Masters in International and Comparative Business Law
Postgraduate Course of the Year in Science, sponsored by Novartis
Winner: Maynooth University, MSc Climate Change
Postgraduate Course of the Year in Business, Finance & Management sponsored by Aldi
Winner: University of Limerick, MSc in Computational Finance
Postgraduate Course of the year in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences sponsored by Musgrave
Winner: Trinity College Dublin, MPhil in Literary Translation
Best New Course sponsored by Jameson International Graduate Programme
Winner: NUI Galway, MSc in Cellular Manufacturing and Therapy
Congratulations to all winners and thanks to all who submitted entries and helped make the gradireland Higher Education Awards & Symposium such a success. Find out more about the awards, shortlists and submissions here or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For a selection of images from the day, visit our gallery. The shortlist for the awards is available here.
Stay tuned to gradireland for more on all aspects of Higher Education and you can read our article on 'what makes a great course' here.