The Education Conundrum: One academic's thoughts on a wicked problem

The author, who has more than 25 years’ experience of teaching and researching within the Irish university system, casts a critical eye upon a variety of issues relating to education and its place in society; the organization of the education system; the philosophy of teaching and learning; the culture of academic science; PhD-level education and the vagaries of the academic world. More

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About Greg Foley

Greg Foley is a chemical Engineer with BE and PhD degrees from University College Dublin and an MS degree from Cornell University. He has been a Lecturer in Bioprocess Engineering in the School of Biotechnology, Dublin City University since 1986. He was also a Newman Scholar in UCD from 1989 to 1992. He has published extensively in the chemical engineering literature, mainly in the area of membrane science and engineering and in 2013 he authored the textbook, "Membrane Filtration: A Problem Solving Approach with MATLAB", published by Cambridge University Press. He has supervised and examined numerous MSc and PhD students and has contributed to as many as twelve different modules at undergraduate level. He has been nominated for the DCU President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching on three occasions. Since 2011, he has written on all matters relating to education, science and academia in his blog, educationandstuff.wordpress.com. He lives in Dublin with his wife, Julie Dowsett, and son Leo.

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