Emails outside working hours: are they against employment law?

Posted in Legal issues, Life on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It is common for many employees to send, read and reply to work emails at all hours of the day and night, including weekends. This change in work culture developed in recent decades and has accelerated with the advent of smartphones. But is this a breach of employment law? …” (more)

[Darius Whelan, The Conversation, 6 December]

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‘Does Academia Still Call? Experiences of Academics in Germany and the United States’

Posted in Life on December 7th, 2019 by steve

InternationalAbstract: Given the significant transformations underway in academia, it is pertinent to ask whether the traditional notion of entering the profession in response to a calling is still relevant. This article draws together hitherto unconnected strands of German and Anglo-Saxon literature on callings, then analyzes biographical narratives of 40 social scientists in Germany and the United States. The comparative analysis of the timing, sources, and nature of the respondents’ decision to become academics finds that almost all exhibit a calling orientation. However, their responses no longer correspond to the classical, passive notion; instead, callings in academia have become agentic. In the context of a wider societal trend to self-realization, academia has been transformed to an activity that people pursue because they want to rather than because destiny or an external force pushes them to make such a commitment. The recognition of the social nature of callings is underscored by the significance of professional mentors and family. The unexpected predominance of similarities in the cross-national comparison of calling orientation suggests that the internationalization of academic standards and procedures and the high level of competition for few positions in both contexts may outweigh the effects of culture and tradition.

Ariane Berthoin Antal and Jan-Christoph Rogge, Does Academia Still Call? Experiences of Academics in Germany and the United States. Minerva. First Online: 7 December 2019.

Trinity has a seagull problem

Posted in Life on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students are living in fear. In the Arts Block, students whisper in huddled groups. At lunchtime, they sit on the floor together and cry into their Sprout salad boxes. In between lectures, they rush from one building to the next, anxiously looking over their shoulders at every turn. Students are being plagued by a winged monster: namely, the herring gull …” (more)

[Hugh Whelan, Trinity News, 2 December]

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Two Years in Maynooth!

Posted in Life on December 1st, 2019 by steve

IrelandMí na Nollag (the Month of Christmas) is how you say December in the Irish language. Today is the first of that month, which it makes it precisely two years to the day since I started work at Maynooth University …” (more)

[In the Dark, 1 December]

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Student poverty ‘a massively underestimated issue’ as 20 avail of UCC food bank

Posted in Life on November 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Up to 20 students every week are availing of a Food Bank that’s been set up at University College Cork. The parcels are a direct response to those experiencing poverty but who the student union couldn’t immediately offer financial help to …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 15 November]

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Are you ready for what it takes to get a graduate job nowadays?

Posted in Life on November 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Job applications can be stressful. First there’s the pressure of making sure the CV has highlighted all the right skills, and there are no spelling mistakes. Then there’s the first and second round of interviews and, often, a long wait to hear back …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 12 November]

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UCC Food Banks Are A Symbol Of The Increasing Hardships Students Face

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on November 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week, University College Cork (UCC) became the first Irish university in modern times to open a food bank for struggling students. The organiser, University College Cork Students’ Union (UCCSU), follows in the footsteps of several smaller institutes, which have recently reported on the success of food bank initiatives in their colleges. That such measures are needed, however, no doubt sounded alarm bells for many …” (more)

[University Times, 4 November]

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Graduates here can expect pay to start at €31,000

Posted in Life, Research on October 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland ranks 13th out of 23 European countries when it comes to pay levels for graduates with a bachelor’s degree. Those leaving college here can expect to earn around €31,075, just over a quarter more than the average salary of someone who finishes their education after secondary school. The figures come in a report from insurance and consulting group Willis Towers Watson …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 25 October]

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Should UCD make its prices for student accommodation proportional to parental income?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on October 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“To ensure accessibility of education and the well-being of its students, UCD should make its fees proportional to parental income. Not all fees are covered by the free fees initiative and Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). The most daunting factor of university is accommodation. With the rising cost of living in Dublin, any undue financial burden could keep a student from being able to attend school …” (more)

[University Observer, 12 October]

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‘Peer learning in international higher education: the experience of international students in an Irish university’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life, Teaching on October 12th, 2019 by steve

IrelandAbstract: Some of the main concerns in international higher education are the feeling of isolation among international students and their inability to adapt to the host environment, which may result in sub-optimal academic performance. Theoretically, peer learning can be an effective method to reduce these problems since it has the capacity to address isolation and adaptability issues among international students in a way that improves their learning experience and outcomes. Given the above, our study was designed to investigate this topic, focusing on the experience of international students. In this exploratory case study of a leading Irish university, we adopted a survey method via questionnaire to quantify and compare the experiences of a sample of international students at the said university. Five aspects of peer learning were explored, namely usage rate, current practices, outcomes, challenges, and coping strategies. We also included an open-ended section in the survey instrument for respondents to offer qualitative suggestions to the host institution. Through methodological triangulation of the quantitative and qualitative data, we discovered diverse practices, challenges, and outcomes of peer learning across different groups of international students in this university. The paper concludes with a discussion of research implications and suggestions for future studies.

Idris, A, Ion, G, Seery A Peer learning in international higher education: the experience of international students in an Irish university, Irish Educational Studies, 2018, 38, 1, 1-24.

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UCD represent highest level of sign ups to ‘sugar-baby’ website in 2018

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Leading sugar baby website, Seeking Arrangement, has reported that UCD had the highest number of new sign ups to their site in 2018, with 93 students registering stating they attended the university. UCDSU Welfare Officer Úna Carroll has described the surge in sign ups as ‘not surprising at all’ …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey and Aoife Mawn, University Observer, 8 October]

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How Luxury Student Accommodation Conquered Dublin

Posted in Life on October 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Julia Bochenek, a second-year English Literature student at Trinity, is one of the many international students living in one of Dublin’s – and Ireland’s – many deluxe purpose-built student accommodation complexes …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 5 October]

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San Oideachas, Ní Féidir Luach a Bhunú ar Deiseanna Fostaíochta

Posted in Life, Teaching on October 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Agus mé níos mó ná leathbhealach tríd mo chúrsa fochéime, éiríonn an cheist faoin bplean atá agam i ndiaidh an choláiste níos práinní gach lá. Táim cráite ag na comhráite a bhíonn agam faoin todhchaí atá romham ar bhonn rialta. Comhráite ainniseacha atá iontu – pléitear intéirneachtaí, taithí oibre, cúrsaí iarchéime agus an saol oibre go minic …” (more)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 4 October]

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Graduates entering the best Irish jobs market in over a decade

Posted in Life on September 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Some graduates can’t get out of college fast enough. They run out through the gates and into the independent adult world of rent, bills, responsibility – but it’s worth it, they think, for the freedom. Others have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, away from what may have been the best years of their life, and stitched into a desk for the daily grind of work …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 27 September]

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‘The way universities are run is making us ill’: inside the student mental health crisis

Posted in Life on September 27th, 2019 by steve

“When he started working at Brunel University in London 19 years ago, Terry Vass, who is now head of security, recalls that most of his work involved breaking up drunken fights outside the bars and nightclub on campus. Over the two decades he has been in the job, he has noticed a shift. Now, an increasing number of calls are for mental health incidents …” (more)

[Samira Shackle, Guardian, 27 September]

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In College, Sex and Drugs are the Rule – Not the Exception

Posted in Life on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last week, while waiting outside a tutorial, I met a fellow second-year arts student. We struck up a conversation about the similar tote bags we both carried and the conversation – although very surface-level – was rather pleasant. Things took a strange turn, though, as within a matter of minutes she was divulging to me an incredibly detailed story about how she had been on ketamine at Trinity Ball and lost a small bag …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 24 September]

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Graduate salary hits €30k as students target tech jobs

Posted in Life on September 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The average graduate salary has topped €30,000 for the first time, according to a nationwide survey of new graduates. The survey also shows that Ireland’s young job-seekers increasingly want to work for multinational tech companies and consultancies, not Irish brands or the public sector …” (more)

[Shawn Pogatchnik, Independent, 24 September]

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University and Happiness: A look at student mental health during the transition and experience of third-level education

Posted in Life on September 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Upon beginning in UCD as a freshman, what will be surprising to many is the degree of loneliness that can be felt on campus. Compared to a school environment, it’s suddenly a lot harder to catch up with friends. As well as the largeness of campus, clashing timetables can quickly become a hindrance to staying in touch with pals as much as we’d like to. It happens …” (more)

[Eva Earner, College Tribune, 21 September]

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One third of students rely on parents to pay college fees and have less than €100 to splash a month

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“One in three students rely on their parents to pay their college fees, according to new research. A new study from the Bank of Ireland shows that 36% of students rely on their parents to contribute towards college fees, which can reach the maximum of €3,000 per year. While Irish students have an average income of €9.20 a day, or €258 a month, 35% have less than €100 of disposable income per month …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 19 September]

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Are freshers the new realists when it comes to mental health support?

Posted in Life on September 17th, 2019 by steve

“‘I had an issue in Freshers’, said Lucy, ‘so this was like three days into me moving into the university house and I just had a meltdown and I had no idea what to do. So I was literally, like, I have known these people for 48 hours, where do I go?’ …” (more)

[Jenny Shaw, Wonkhe, 17 September]

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