Students sleep on couches and in hostels due to rental shortage

Posted in Life on September 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students unable to find rental accommodation have been left sleeping on friend’s couches and staying in tourist hostels in Dublin as the college term began this month …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 25 September]


Report finds Irish male graduates earn €80,000 more in their lifetime than female graduates

Posted in Life on September 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An Irish male graduate will earn, on average, €80,000 more in this lifetime than a female graduate, an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report has found. The report, which contains data on the state of education in countries around the world, also highlights a gender imbalance in a number of fields of study …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 21 September]

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Girls continue to outperform boys in Junior Cert

Posted in Life on September 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Girls continue to outperform boys at Junior Cert level, with more female than male students scoring A grades in 18 out of 21 higher-level subjects this year, according to the 2017 results. Girls also scored higher than boys in most subjects at ordinary level …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Why US college students are flocking to Connemara

Posted in Life on September 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When Prof Deborah Wickering comes across the name ‘Tully’ back in Michigan’s Grand Rapids, her heart skips a little beat and she thinks of Connemara. ‘There are several children with that name over here now – but our dean of social sciences was walking the pier one day and met a dog owner who had called her animal after Tullycross’, she says …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 14 September]

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Retracing the steps of feminist and republican hero Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington

Posted in Life on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… While much of her focus is to be on the work of her grandparents, and Irish and women’s history, the plant ecologist will also be highlighting continuing gender inequality in Irish academia. She has offered her €70,000 award in a gender discrimination case against NUI Galway to support five other women who, like her, were not promoted in 2009 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 8 September]

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The rise of academic ill-health

Posted in Life on September 6th, 2017 by steve

“The recent UniversitiesUK #stepchange mental health in higher education policy states that: ‘The higher education sector should lead a national conversation on mental health. The sector should be bold, innovative, collaborative and inclusive’. In part, this is a response to the rise recorded in published HESA data of students whose experience of mental health problems forced them to end their studies …” (more)

[Richard Hall, Wonkhe, 6 September]

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Study shows majority of nursing graduates stay in Ireland

Posted in Life on September 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The notion that nursing graduates are fleeing these shores in droves in search of better pay and conditions has been challenged by a study which shows the vast majority remain here for work immediately after graduation …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 6 September]

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One third of parents and teachers think tech is ‘for boys’, study finds

Posted in Life on September 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The gender stereotypes of parents and teachers play a large role in putting young girls off careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) careers, a study has found. The study found 53% of girls in secondary school drop Stem subjects due to pressure from parents …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 6 September]

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‘Sharp rise’ in student mental illness tests universities

Posted in Life on September 5th, 2017 by steve

“Almost five times as many students as 10 years ago have disclosed a mental health condition to their university, say researchers. In 2015-16, more than 15,000 UK-based first-year students disclosed mental health issues, Institute of Public Policy Research analysis suggests …” (more)

[Judith Burns, BBC News, 4 September]


Micheline sets sail to America

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… Micheline is determined that every lecture and interview in the US will reference her ongoing fight against NUI Galway for the promotion of the five women, who, like her, were shortlisted but not promoted in 2009. The women still have not been promoted as they were out of time to take an Equality Tribunal case as she did …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 3 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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Book Review: ‘Accelerating Academia: The Changing Structure of Academic Time’ by Filip Vostal

Posted in Life on August 28th, 2017 by steve

“Academics are reeling under authoritarian management, marketisation and audits. A rewarding occupation is situated in an institutional context that’s not so benign. Speed is a key pressure in a profession where deliberation and a measured pace are especially important. Filip Vostal asks questions about this scenario. His Accelerating Academia: The Changing Structure of Academic Time is an opportune intervention on a pressing issue, assessing the literature and making his own empirical contribution …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 27 August]


Northern Irish universities beat out UK rivals for employment

Posted in Life on August 25th, 2017 by steve

“Graduates from Northern Ireland’s Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) are more likely to be employed after leaving university than their peers that studied in England, Scotland or Wales, new figures have shown …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 25 August]

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Chaplain: Majority of UCC students ‘not anti-Church’

Posted in Life on August 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The chaplain at one of the country’s biggest universities has said only a small number of students are ‘anti-Church’ and ‘make a lot of noise’ and that many are ‘not completely disconnected’ from their faith. Fr Marius O’Reilly, the chaplain at University College Cork, admitted that when he was appointed to the position three years ago he was ‘a bit afraid’ … ” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 24 August]

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‘Students left with nothing once rent is paid’

Posted in Life on August 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than a quarter of college students will be broke once their rent is paid this year, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). An online survey conducted for the USI earlier this year found 29% of third-level students do not have an income exceeding €500 a month, even though 58% of students expect to pay between €251 and €500 a month in accommodation costs …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 23 August]

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Academics ‘face higher mental health risk’ than other professions

Posted in Life on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

“The majority of people working at universities find their job stressful, and academics are more prone to developing common mental health disorders than those working in other professions, according to a systematic review of published work on researchers’ well-being …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 22 August]


Thousands of students begin scramble for rooms as rent crisis bites

Posted in Life on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students face the prospect of missing out on their dream courses in college because of a chronic shortage of rental accommodation. The rental squeeze is at its worst in Dublin, and students whose families do not live in the capital will struggle. But across all of our major cities, rental costs have hit a new high – for the fifth quarter in a row …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 22 August]


Irish students are super-confident of landing a job. Finding somewhere to live is another matter

Posted in Life on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The struggle to find somewhere to live has replaced a despondency about finding a job as the biggest bugbear for Irish students. A new survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) has found that third-level undergraduates are far more confident of finding a job than their 2011 counterparts …” (more)

[, 22 August]

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Consent Conversations Must Respond to Students Who Barely Recognise Sexual Assault

Posted in Life on August 21st, 2017 by steve

“A survey on sexual assault was a long time coming in Northern Ireland. With national conversation erupting in the last few years around consent, Queen’s have followed in the footsteps of USI and Trinity respectively, in conducting their own survey to glean insight into the prevalence of sexual assault on campus. The Queen’s survey is unexpectedly pioneering in more ways than one …” (more)

[University Times, 20 August]

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1,000 Cork students join ‘sugar daddy’ dating site

Posted in Life on August 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Almost 1,000 Cork students have signed up to a dating website that allows them to meet potential dates who are willing to contribute to their living expenses in exchange for company. The website, Seeking, claims almost 10,000 Irish students have joined …” (more)

[Liz O’ Brien, Evening Echo, 17 August]