UCC student dies after contracting meningitis

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on February 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Cork student died today after contracting meningitis. In a statement, University College Cork (UCC) said …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 February]


HEA Report Shows Ongoing Improvement in Employment Opportunities and Salaries for Graduates

Posted in Life on February 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Employment opportunities for graduates of Irish universities and colleges of education continued to improve last year, according to a report published today by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). ‘What do graduates do?’ is published each year and provides insights into the first destination of graduates of Irish universities and colleges of education, nine months after graduation …” (more, download)

[HEA, 15 February]

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Graduates getting jobs quickly – and more staying in Ireland

Posted in Life on February 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Growing numbers of graduates are walking into jobs at home soon after leaving college. Almost two in three – 62% – of those who left university in 2015 with an honours bachelor degree were employed the following spring, including 53% of graduates working in Ireland …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 February]

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Double Major Isolation

Posted in Life on February 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It’s no secret that UCD is a big campus. There are over 33,000 students and a couple thousand of them are participating in the biggest arts programme in the country. But when you’re in a double-major arts programme, there are no specialised classes and while there might be tutors that learn your name if you’re the kind of person that speaks up in class, there is no reason ever for your lecturers to know who you are unless you go to them with a specific problem …” (more)

[Eithne Dodd, University Observer, 8 February]

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Brexit may curtail my lecturing career in the UK

Posted in Life on February 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A career in anthropology has taken Geraldine Fahy to the Lebanon, Kosovo, the Netherlands and Belgium, but she is now based at the University of Kent, where she lecturers in biological anthropology …” (more)

[Geraldine Fahy, Irish Times, 3 February]

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Colm Tóibín appointed chancellor of Liverpool University

Posted in Life on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Novelist Colm Tóibín has been appointed chancellor of the University of Liverpool. The author, who won the 2009 Costa novel of the year with Brooklyn, accepted the role because of the part universities play promoting ideas and connections, which, he said. mattered now more than ever …” (more)

[Danuta Kean, Irish Times, 2 February]

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Why schizophrenia need not rob us of a life in academia

Posted in Life on February 1st, 2017 by steve

“On an autumn afternoon in 2009, I was fired from my job as a university lecturer. I hadn’t declared my schizophrenia on an application form and this was treated as gross misconduct. Many years later, I returned to the lecture theatre – but this time I was open about my condition, to a much more positive response …” (more)

[Guardian, 1 February]

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Are parents to blame for the lack of women in Stem?

Posted in Life on January 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Blame the parents. They may want the best for their children, but many end up directing them away from certain areas of study based on outdated notions of ‘acceptable’ careers. A major Government-commissioned report into the shortage of female graduates in Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) found that parents are heavily influencing their daughters’ career choices in particular …” (more)

[Nora-Ide McAuliffe, Irish Times, 31 January]

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Harriet Harman memoir tells of university tutor’s ‘grade for sex’ offer

Posted in Life on January 30th, 2017 by steve

“Harriet Harman has said she spoke out about an incident more than 40 years ago in which a university tutor allegedly offered her a better grade in exchange for sex because such events are ‘still a battle we’ve got to fight now’ …” (more)

[Peter Walker, Guardian, 29 January]


Women in STEM ‘more likely to burn out’

Posted in Life on January 26th, 2017 by steve

“Women working in university science departments report higher levels of job-related burnout than men, suggests new research. The study points to reasons why women working in science might leave academia and offers ways for universities to better support them …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 25 January]

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Lecturing abroad: A necessary step for many Irish academics

Posted in Life on January 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third-level educators have long had to accept the need to travel to get on in academia. Young, aspiring academics in Ireland may have to wait for older members of staff to retire for openings to become available. Even then, there is no guarantee of getting that job …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 24 January]

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DCU students from rural Ireland on what it would take to return home

Posted in Life on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“What would it take to make you move back home? Many third-level students from regional communities who attend Dublin City University say they would love to make a living close to family and friends. But few see any credible chance of making a living in the towns and villages where they grew up …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Obituary: Ronan Fanning

Posted in Life on January 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ronan Fanning, professor emeritus of modern history at UCD, who has died aged 75, was ‘an important public intellectual’, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said this week. It is to be regretted that the country has lost him only half way through our so-called ‘decade of centenaries’ …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 January]

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President: professor left a rich legacy of research

Posted in Life on January 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins led the tributes to the noted historian, Professor Ronan Fanning, who died yesterday. Prof Fanning (75), was Professor Emeritus of Modern History at University College Dublin where he also studied …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 January]

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A new year, a new semester

Posted in Life on January 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I always enjoy the start of the second semester. There’s usually a great atmosphere around the college – after long weeks of quiet, it’s great to see the students back and all the restaurants, shops and canteens back open. The students themselves always seem to be in good form too …” (more)

[Antimatter, 17 January]

Do academics interfere in their children’s higher education?

Posted in Life on January 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Seven scholars relate how they stepped back or stepped in as they saw fit, while one contributor’s daughter describes the flip side …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 11 January]

Generation Erasmus: Halfway Home

Posted in Life on January 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Four months ago, if someone had told me that I would miss Nice while I was home in Ireland, I would have laughed. But the unimaginable happened and I miss the rich blue sky, the anonymity as I walk the streets (you’ll never be anonymous in Dublin) and the otherness of it all …” (more)

[Mia Colleran, Irish Times, 11 February]


The Large and Small Indignities of Precarity

Posted in Life on January 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last term I taught modules and supervised students in three different departments in two colleges. Each of these were short term contracts and paid on an hourly basis …” (more)


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Memories of Trinity and the Soviet Union

Posted in Life on January 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I much enjoyed Diarmaid Ferriter’s whimsical review of a recent collection of essays on TCD in the 1990s (‘Trinity Tales: dripping with privileged nostalgia’, Arts & Books, January 7th). Moreover, like most academics I am sufficiently vain to feel gratified that at least some former students remember my name …” (more)

[Ron Hill, Irish Times, 10 January]


Erasmus tips: How to survive at a French university

Posted in Life on January 9th, 2017 by steve

“As the Erasmus scheme marks its 30th birthday, many students are preparing for a semester at a French university. Here’s the inside word on the things you need to know before studying in France …” (more)

[The Local, 9 January]

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