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Irish Universities’ Catchments: new data

Prompted by the arrival of another year’s “Feeder School” data in the Irish Times recently, I decided to update an analysis I have done in the past (Cullinan and Halpin, 2017), looking at the catchments of the several univerisities in Ireland. The picture I had from the previous analysis was that Galway, UL and UCD were most national in their recruitment patterns, TCD rather less so and UCC very markedly local.

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Genetics and Sociology

I was googling terms related to social science and genetics, and I happened on TCD’s research website, where they have a theme for “Genetics and Society“, selling their research in the area. Mostly anodyne boosterism but I tripped up at what they had to say about sociology:

In Trinity, multi-disciplinary teams work together to address key questions;


In Sociology: how will individuals and society benefit from this information?

Such weak sauce. They obviously didn’t talk to any knowledgeable sociologists.

It triggered a rant (though to be fair, about points I’d been thinking about already, relative to the relationship between the social sciences and the new biology, so this isn’t all really at TCD’s expense). Continue reading Genetics and Sociology