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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An Academic Sabbatical: Ten Reasons Why it works

Posted in Life on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fashion designers, world leaders, chief executives and academics have long recognised the importance of sabbaticals of varying duration (normally weeks to a year) to provide clarity of thought. However, before their first sabbatical, I doubt any of them could truly gauge the profound impact it would have on them …” (more)

[Peter Francis,, 15 May]


University exam stress: ‘I’ve seen many of my friends turn to ADHD drugs’

Posted in Life on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Your university years may be the best of your life, but they will also be peppered with exam stress. Exams loom large in the lives of students and I’m writing this to bring some attention to the unhealthy and outdated term structure in our universities …” (more)

[, 14 May]

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RAG week ‘shenanigans’ not unique to Ireland

Posted in Life on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘There was shenanigans in Galway again this year during Rag Week.’ That is the oft-repeated statement which I was confronted with yet again at a recent family gathering. Previously, I would have taken the easy option by simply nodding as if in agreement. However, having completed one exciting Erasmus semester at a University in Germany, one of the many changes that I noticed within myself is that the nod had developed into an emphatic shake of the head …” (more)

[Alison O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 May]

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Tributes paid to former UCD registrar Caroline Hussey on her death

Posted in Life on May 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Tributes have been paid to former University College Dublin registrar and academic Dr Caroline Hussey who has died following a short illness. A former lecturer in biochemistry, she made an early transition to academic administrator and served as registrar and deputy president of UCD from 1994 until her retirement in 2004 …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 13 May]

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Some Lesser-Known Truths About Academe

Posted in Life on May 9th, 2017 by steve

“Asking a professor whether you should pursue a PhD is a little like asking The Rock — aka Dwayne Douglas Johnson, the world’s highest-paid actor last year — whether you should become an actor. Once you enter a doctoral program, the main problem isn’t necessarily that you can’t finish …” (more)

[Daniel McCormack, Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 May]

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