‘I can’t look towards a future here unless rent crisis is sorted’

Posted in Life on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I moved to Ireland from India to study a Masters in UCD because this country had been sold as a land of opportunity and there are many positives here. But the quality of life here isn’t good due to high rent and lack of homes. I spend 30% of my salary on rent …” (more)

[Shashank Kumar, Independent, 11 October]

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How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome

Posted in Life on October 9th, 2018 by steve

“Pathologized for a reason, ‘impostor syndrome’ runs thick in the veins of academics, from newly arrived graduate students to those nearing retirement (yes, really). It seems to be such a deep part of the ecosystem of the academy that it is hard to imagine faculty life without it. At the same time, it can be deeply painful and damaging, almost paralyzing …” (more)

[Sindhumathi Revuluri, Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 October]

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Cracking the College Code

Posted in Life on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. On this week’s programme I speak to Catherine O’Connor about making the transition from post-primary school to college. Catherine is author of the book, Cracking the College Code: Making the Most of the First Year College Experience …” (more, audio)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 3 October]

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The mental and physical health cost of higher education

Posted in Life on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s not controversial to say that education is a boon to society. We dedicate years of our life to learning valuable skills which we then in turn use to benefit ourselves and those around us. But more and more we are seeing how the stress and immense pressure created by education, especially higher education, is having a severely detrimental effect on students …” (more)

[Mark Doran, University Observer, 1 October]

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I’ve just finished my PhD, and now I feel lost without academia

Posted in Life on September 28th, 2018 by steve

“I started my full-time PhD in 2014, and finally graduated this summer after having to extend it for health and financial reasons. I never thought I would succeed, but somehow I managed (even the dreaded viva examination wasn’t as scary as it sounds). For the first month or so after graduating, I basked in the relief and elation, absolved from all that pressure and expectation. But those feelings dissipated quickly …” (more)

[Guardian, 28 September]

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There is no community at university

Posted in Life on September 28th, 2018 by steve

“I was recently engaged in a discussion on whether the university community might play a positive role in mental health when a contribution from a UK postgraduate startled me. ‘There is no community at university. We are individuals. We all compete for the same rewards and we can’t all share. I don’t care about my neighbour, the system doesn’t want me to …'” (more)

[Andy Pitchford, Wonkhe, 27 September]

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Irish students reveal their definition of success is ‘being happy’

Posted in Life on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The definition of success according to the majority of Irish students is being happy, new research reveals. Irish students also rated their positivity towards career prospects in Ireland at 6.4 out of 10, research from One4all revealed …” (more)

[Aakanksha Surve, Irish Mirror, 27 September]

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Advice for college: never forget that social media never forgets

Posted in Life on September 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Choose your friends, clothes and politics wisely. They’ll come back to haunt you. The time when media fatheads humblebrag about doing badly in their Leaving Certificate has passed. We are now in the later stages of an equally infuriating season. For the last week or so, the same jerks have been offering unasked-for advice to those heading off to college …” (more)

[Donald Clarke, Irish Times, 21 September]

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Trinity students rally against ‘gardaí and landlord alliance’

Posted in Life on September 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students rallied against the ‘gardaí and landlord alliance’ alongside housing activists this evening. Protesters engaged in a sit-down protest on O’Connell Street where they obstructed traffic at the Parnell monument at the north end of the street. Demonstrators met outside 34 North Frederick street earlier this evening to protest what many called was a violent response from Gardaí last night as occupiers were evicted from the property …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 12 September]

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‘Adderall’s quite popular in Trinity’: an interview with a student drug dealer

Posted in Life on September 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Mike dealt for almost an entire year. When asked about how it all started, he had the classic story of students roped into the illegal drug market: ‘First off I didn’t want to get into it, but my smoking habit had grown far out of reach of my budget … my dealer suggested I start to sell for him and that’s how it began’. Soon after, he was supplying drugs and at one point he had about 150 clients. Most were students with a few exceptions: ‘MDMA, LSD, and a shit tonne of weed in many different strains. Weed was always by far the most popular’ …” (more)

[Mary-Rose Beamish, Trinity News, 11 September]

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Rental scam targets students

Posted in Legal issues, Life on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – I recently encountered a scam that requires highlighting. The demand for accommodation in towns and cities that house third-level institutions has left parents, desperate for suitable accommodation for their children commencing their college life, vulnerable to this scam …” (more)

[John Connolly, Irish Times, 10 September]

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On the Poverty of the Student Experience

Posted in Life on September 7th, 2018 by steve

“Fifty years ago, we were warned of the spectacle. We were warned of how the commodity’s tendrils were seeping into every corner of social being, suffocating all potential for authentic human life. Now the commodity’s colonisation of society is complete. Under neoliberalism, ‘we are everywhere homo oeconomicus and only homo oeconomicus’ …” (more)

[Dan Davison, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, 6 September]

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Freshers’ Week is Wasted on Freshers

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“For many students hoping to progress to third-level education, freshers’ week is a beacon of hope amid the stress and panic of the leaving certificate. In a year characterised by many hours of study, declining social invitations and inevitable breakdowns, the promise of starting university is what makes all the pain worthwhile …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 4 September]

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Have college degrees lost their relevance?

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College is seen as a rite of passage for many people. Another ‘check’ on your life to-do list. Go to school, get good grades, work hard, pass your exams, get into a good course, complete your degree, find a job, live happily ever after. We know the drill. As students all over Ireland accept their CAO choices and scramble to find affordable accommodation is now the right time to ask if it’s all worth it?…” (more)

[Alice Murray, Independent, 3 September]

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Is NYTimes Correct That College Students Don’t Read Books?

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2018 by steve

“Is the NYTimes right that today’s college students don’t read books? This certainly doesn’t track with what I see each day on my campus. My office happens to be located in our main library, which on my campus is also center of all student life …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, 3 September]

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French universities brace for new wave of hazing with ‘la rentrée’

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2018 by steve

“University hazing rituals – once indelibly associated with Oxbridge drinking societies and US fraternity houses – are no longer exclusively an Anglo-Saxon phenomenon, with French universities increasingly having to crack down on the practice …” (more)

[France 24, 3 September]

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Only a third of graduates return to NI

Posted in Life on August 31st, 2018 by steve

“Only a third of students from Northern Ireland who graduated in England, Scotland or Wales in 2017 returned home to work. By contrast, almost nine in 10 of those graduating in NI got a job and stayed in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 31 August]

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The academic life – student emails

Posted in Life on August 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It seems to me that these days students aren’t as keen on using email as they used to be (especially from their official university account) which may mean that they’re using it reluctantly and are unsure of the right tone to use. I have had a small number of emails from students over the years that I found rather rude (I mean blunt rather than abusive) …” (more)

[In the Dark, 28 August]

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University Challenge to introduce ‘gender neutral’ questions to encourage more female contestants

Posted in Life on August 28th, 2018 by steve

“The producers of University Challenge are looking to introduce ‘gender neutral’ questions to the series. Executive producer Peter Gwyn has said that the questions told on the British quiz show – which has previously come under fire for featuring questions that reflect the achievements of men more than women – will strive for gender balance …” (more)

[Jack Shepherd, Independent, 28 August]

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The academic life – student emails

Posted in Life on August 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“When I began any lecturing career in 1980, in the days before the internet or even mobile phones, it would have been totally impossible for a student to reach me outside of normal working hours. By the time my active teaching came to an end (in 2000), I was beginning to get both emails and phone calls into the night …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 27 August]

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