Saturday 10 December 2016

Master's voice

Published 28/12/2011 | 05:00

What stands out in the UCC president's recent address to the Cork Chamber of Commerce is its self-serving and PR nature; the use of hearsay instead of hard evidence, its self-contradictory nature and lack of coherence and critical thought.

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Dr Michael Murphy speaks of the great achievements of UCC's 'alumni' but this is not balanced with reference to the alumni whose achievements were deemed to be less than great. He speaks of supposedly extensive anecdotal evidence that many of our brightest Leaving Certificate students are leaving for overseas education. I presume supposedly anecdotal evidence would not be acceptable as a basis for promoting a particular argument or conclusion in any UCC undergraduate work, let alone from its president.

Dr Murphy does not question whether high Leaving Certificate performance is a good indicator of our 'brightest' students or that so-called 'academic' performance may be a contested issue.

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