Can students write?

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This article in the Guardian is pretty scathing about Irish university students’ ability to write, especially essays. I teach all years of a four-year science degree and my thinking about writing skills is this …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 1 September]

My students can’t write essays – I blame Ireland’s declining academic standards

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As a postgraduate student in an Irish university, every teaching year brings its headaches. The biggest of all? Bad essays. The Irish school system isn’t equipping my students with the basic skills they need to research and write their papers …” (more)

[Guardian, 1 September]

Row over change of NUI Galway disabled toilets to transgender ones

Posted in Governance and administration on September 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A disabled campaigner has described NUI Galway’s decision to change disabled toilets to an all-gender (transgender) toilets as ‘deeply offensive’ …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 1 September]

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Can you afford new ‘luxury’ student accommodation?

Posted in Life on September 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Student accommodation might conjure up images of grotty homes with mildewed curtains and questionable electrics. Now, a new breed of purpose-built luxury student accommodation is on the way, kitted out with flat-screen TVs, ensuite bathrooms and access to communal cinemas and gyms …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Éanna Ó Caollaí and Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 31 August]

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Without accessible conferences, we lose the voices of disabled academics

Posted in Governance and administration on September 1st, 2017 by steve

“Academic conference season is in full swing. For early-career researchers, conferences offer opportunities to share ideas and build networks. More established academics attend to meet with colleagues, old friends and learn about the latest work in their field. But they can also be a stressful, distressing and exhausting experience, particularly for disabled academics …” (more)

[Kate Sang, Guardian, 31 August]

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