Report examines issue of consent among third-level students

Posted in Life on July 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Young people’s ambivalence towards what constitutes sexual consent when alcohol is involved is captured in new research which shows that while the majority of college students (86%) agree that alcohol impacts on the ability to give consent, more than a third (37%) feel that a woman can still give consent after drinking heavily …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 7 July]

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10 Reasons I Love Academia

Posted in Life on June 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Most people are now aware of this letter of resignation by an EPFL PhD student. The letter has had enormous impact. In the resignation, the student, who was supposedly within months of completing his PhD, outlined his reasons for his disillusionment with the culture of science. The letter went viral …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 30 June]

My advice for Irish academics looking to work abroad

Posted in Life on June 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When I read Michael O’Sullivan’s recent piece for Irish Times Abroad on leaving Ireland to pursue an academic career in Asia, I recognised many parts of his story in my own. Like Michael, I have a PhD in English Literature and had been contemplating moving abroad to find work since the early stages of my PhD. At the time I was based in London and although I knew a few people who’d been lucky enough to walk straight into academic posts …” (more)

[Louise Kane, Irish Times, 27 June]

I screen, you screen …

Posted in Life on June 27th, 2017 by steve

“I can’t be the only person who gets horrible eye-strain and frequent migraines from looking at computer screens for many hours a day. But my job, in the physical sense, is basically reading screens and typing stuff into computers. Like so many of us. Then there’s the generalised version of the ‘spending too much time reading crap on Twitter’ problem …” (more)

[Crooked Timber, 27 June]


‘This device is licensed’: the material and immaterial bureaucracy of academic research

Posted in Life on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

“Derek Dunne draws attention to the hidden bureaucratic labour that is increasingly a part of academic life. Rather than see this as the ‘white noise’ to be tuned out of everyday working practices, he calls for us to question the forms that are put in front of us demanding our acquiescence, whilst also locating potential sites of resistance …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 22 June]


Being an international student in France: What you need to know

Posted in Life on June 21st, 2017 by steve

“From how to make local friends to working out the grading system, British student Jessie Williams, who has just spent a year at university in France spells out what international students should expect: both the good and the bad …” (more)

[The Local, 20 June]

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Death of Ann Louise Gilligan

Posted in Life on June 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has expressed condolences to the spouse and many friends of Dr Ann Louise Gilligan. IFUT General Secretary, Mike Jennings, said that Ann Louise had been a staunch supporter of equality issues …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 16 June]

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Hanna and Me: Micheline’s US tour documentary

Posted in Life on June 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Micheline would like to film key parts of the US lecture tour she’s undertaking late this summer. This repeats her grandmother Hanna Sheehy Skeffington’s epic tour one hundred years ago. She hopes to make a documentary for broadcasting which will be about Hanna’s fight for justice, but also about Micheline’s equality win and her campaign for the five women …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 17 June]


Brexit may stem outflow of nursing staff, claims recruiter

Posted in Life on June 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The United Kingdom ’s exit from the European Union may cut the numbers of nurses who are quitting Irish hospitals to work in the National Health Service, a leading healthcare recruiter has said. The number of applications by nurses from other EU countries to work in English hospitals has fallen by 96% since last year’s Brexit referendum, it was announced on Monday …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 12 June]

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More students are dropping out of university because of mental health problems

Posted in Life on June 13th, 2017 by steve

“The UK student population has doubled in the last twenty years to almost two million. During this time, higher tuition fees have placed increased pressure on students – with a recent survey finding that 75% of students who receive a maintenance loan feel stressed about their debt …” (more)

[Lucy Winrow, The Conversation, 12 June]

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Micheline’s US Tour now has a Facebook page

Posted in Life on June 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Micheline’s lecture tour of the US is rapidly taking shape. Following her grandmother’s epic tour one hundred years ago Micheline now, in her turn, also has invitations to speak in New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, St Louis, Seattle and smaller places like Butte, Montana with strong Irish connections that Hanna spoke in …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 9 June]


Cancer researcher and university administrator who contributed to Ireland’s workplace smoking ban

Posted in Life on June 10th, 2017 by steve

“Paddy Johnston, who has died suddenly after a cycle ride in Donegal, was internationally recognised as a leading cancer researcher, and an outstanding university administrator as vice-chancellor and president of Queen’s University, Belfast. He possessed the ability to combine both roles, publishing his latest research paper in the spring …” (more)

[Irish Times, 9 June]

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Funeral held for Queen’s University Vice-Chancellor Professor Patrick Johnston

Posted in Life on June 8th, 2017 by steve

“The funeral has taken place for the late Professor Patrick Johnston who was Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast. He passed away suddenly on Sunday at his holiday home in Co Donegal aged 58 …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 8 June]

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A tribute to Patrick Johnston – Vice-Chancellor of Queens University

Posted in Life on June 5th, 2017 by steve

“There was palpable shock and genuine grief among the staff of Queens on Sunday evening following announcement of the death of the Vice-Chancellor, Paddy Johnston. A top flight academic and brilliant administrator had died suddenly in his prime when he had so much more to give …” (more)

[Terry Maguire, Slugger O’Toole, 5 June]

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President and vice chancellor of Queen’s University dies suddenly

Posted in Life on June 5th, 2017 by steve

“The death has occurred of the vice-chancellor of Queen’s University, Belfast, Professor Patrick Johnston, the college confirmed on Sunday. A leading cancer expert Prof Johnston took over as president and vice-chancellor of Queen’s University in 2014 stating that his ambition was to make the college an ‘international powerhouse’ …” (more)

[Gerry Moriarty, Irish Times, 4 June]

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Queen’s University Belfast Vice-Chancellor Patrick Johnston dies suddenly

Posted in Life on June 4th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast’s Vice-Chancellor Patrick Johnston has died suddenly. The news of his death came in an email to staff from the university’s registrar, James O’Kane on Sunday afternoon …” (more)

[Claire Williamson, Belfast Telegraph, 4 June]

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Joe Duffy claims Trinity College ‘hates him’ from his days as a student

Posted in Life on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Top radio presenter Joe Duffy has claimed that Trinity College still ‘hates him’ from his days as a student activist. His remarks were made after the university wouldn’t let him film a show on campus …” (more)

[Sharon McGowan, Dublin Live, 29 May]

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Lecturer made a lasting contribution to Irish musical life

Posted in Life on May 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Donal Colum O’Cleirigh, who has died aged 84, was senior lecturer in music at St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University, and contributed significantly to the musical life and musical education of Ireland, and in particular to the Cork Choral Festival, in the course of a long and fruitful professional career …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 May]

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Quarter of UK academics ‘bullied over scholarly views’

Posted in Life on May 26th, 2017 by steve

“Almost one in four lecturers at UK universities claims to have been subjected to bullying by colleagues over their academic views, a survey suggests. Of 2,300 people who responded to a University and College Union poll on academic freedom, 23% said that they had suffered workplace bullying on account of their scholarly views, while 27% claimed that they had faced ‘psychological pressure’ over their opinions …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 25 May]

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Gerard Manley Hopkins, a terrible teacher who hated UCD

Posted in Life on May 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“To a non-Irish observer like myself, it does Ireland immense credit that the country has taken Gerard Manley Hopkins so enthusiastically to its heart. It is Ireland, not his native England, that honours the Victorian poet with an annual festival, houses the world’s leading Hopkins archive and gives an annual set of awards in his name …” (more)

[Simon Edge, Irish Times, 22 May]

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