‘Frenzy’ Outside Library, As Reduced Opening Hours Leave Students Battling for Seats

Posted in Life on April 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students have blasted the College after the library’s opening hours were cut over the Easter weekend, with a crowd of more than a hundred left waiting outside this morning ahead of the start of exam season next Tuesday …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 19 April]

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The timing of Trinity’s construction works was nonsensical and inconsiderate

Posted in Life on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Despite having over 425 years of experience, Trinity still cannot seem to time things right. Works in Fellows’ Square, which necessitated the redirecting of students via the back of the 1937 Reading Room, began a week after students returned from the Christmas break …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Trinity News, 20 March]


‘Reading’ Week

Posted in Life on March 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Today is the start of Reading Week – no classes for four days following yesterday’s St Patrick’s weekend Bank Holiday. It is a welcome break for me after eight weeks in a row of classes. Most of this week for me will be spent grading Continuous Assessments. I also have the remainder of the semester to plan – though just four more weeks to go …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 19 March]


Student Commuters Are Often Left in the Lurch

Posted in Life on March 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As we partake in the annual trudge towards the end of the season of bleak and bleary weather, students across Trinity are gritting their teeth and persevering through the last of the dark and dreary mornings in anticipation of the inevitable radiance of exam season …” (more)

[Cian Crowe, University Times, 2 March]

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Influential University of Limerick academic and former Senator Noel Mulcahy passes away

Posted in Life on March 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A founding academic of University of Limerick, who acted as an advisory to the Government to introduce free education, has passed away. Prof Noel William Mulcahy served as vice-president of the former National Institute of Higher Education (NIHE) in Limerick – now University of Limerick – as well as serving as the institute’s dean of Engineering and Science in the 1980s …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 28 February]

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Radical days at UCD – the Gentle Revolution 50 years on

Posted in Life on February 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Whenever I walk or drive past that tall building in Ballsbridge, I see him staring right at me. This is despite the fact that he exists only in my imagination and mind’s eye. The individual in question happens to be my younger self, an arts student at University College Dublin in days gone by, and he is walking up and down on his own, carrying a placard …” (more)

[Deaglán de Bréadún, Irish Times, 25 February]

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The joys of mid term

Posted in Life on February 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Thank God for mid-term, or ‘reading week’ as it is known in some colleges. Time was I would have spent the week on the ski slopes, but these days I see the mid-term break as a precious opportunity to catch up – a nice relaxed week in which I can concentrate on correcting assessments, preparing teaching notes and setting end-of-semester exams …” (more)

[Antimatter, 22 February]


No deal Brexit hits Erasmus student exchanges

Posted in Life on February 22nd, 2019 by steve

“The Erasmus exchange programme changed my life. If you’re not familiar with it, it allows university students to swap a year at their home institution to study abroad in the EU. Exchange students pay only the fees they would normally pay at their home university, and receive a grant to help with costs …” (more)

[Naomi O Leary, Slugger O’Toole, 21 February]

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Overworked and isolated: the rising epidemic of loneliness in academia

Posted in Life, Research on February 17th, 2019 by steve

“Universities were created to be places where people learn and educate together. But a UK survey has found 46% of researchers feel lonely at work. Social isolation is particularly common among early career academics – 64% of PhD candidates report such feelings …” (more)

[Olivier Sibai and others, The Conversation, 29 January]


When enough is enough

Posted in Life on February 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Today (Friday) I came home from work at lunchtime. The reason: I was physically and emotionally drained. You see, this is the time of year when students who have sat exams in January want to review their scripts (‘I can’t believe I got no attempt marks!’) …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 15 February]

CAO points race ‘putting children’s health at risk’ amid fall in fitness levels

Posted in Life, Teaching on February 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The long-term health of teenagers is being put at risk by the race for CAO points, according to health and fitness expert Professor Niall Moyna. His warning comes as a new study shows a sharp fall in fitness levels among second-level pupils, particularly girls, after the age of 15 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 February]

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The Pressure Is Not Worth It: Exam Stress And The Effects On The Body

Posted in Life on February 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It is fashionable to be under pressure and to be working late and hard. This is often the status quo in the corporate world and work life. It is seen as a feat if you are doing everything until you are worn-out and exhausted and the implications of this on the individual are not taken into account …” (more)

[Cecily Nic Cionnaith, College Tribune, 9 February]

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The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act 2018

Posted in Legal issues, Life on February 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“IFUT have been receiving queries regarding the extension of the compulsory retirement age to 70, as a result of the Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act 2018, which came into effect from 26 December 2018. The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) has prepared the following FAQs which cover issues that have been arising since the enactment of the legislation, which members may find useful …” (more)

[IFUT, 7 February]

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Have your say: Have you ever taken part in an initiation ceremony?

Posted in Life on February 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Typically associated with the membership rites of some college societies, hazing or initiation ceremonies can sometimes overstep the mark …” (more)

[Irish Times, 1 February]

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No, students are not all ‘snowflakes’

Posted in Life on January 21st, 2019 by steve

“My friend sighed and stomped off. We were in a Mexican restaurant last week, meeting for the final time before heading back to university, and having a conversation about media ethics …” (more)

[Max Jeffery, spiked, 21 January]


Maynooth Library Cat Update

Posted in Life on January 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As I went for a quick coffee break this morning, I passed the local feline celebrity known as Maynooth Library Cat. That reminded me that quite a few people have asked me how said moggy is getting on. Well, here’s a picture I took this morning …” (more)

[In the Dark, 18 January]

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‘I’m in second year at Maynooth so this is just a weekend job!’ – 19-year-old student wins first ever race as jockey

Posted in Life on January 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It was a memorable racing debut for Emma Doyle in Dundalk last night as the 19-year-old student rode Northern Surprise to victory in the Bet Victor Handicap. The horse, owned by Emma’s mother Claire and trained by her father Tim, produced a brilliant performance …” (more)

[Independent, 5 January]

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UCD the most popular cycle destination in Ireland

Posted in Life on January 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A university is the most popular cycle destination in Ireland. University College Dublin (UCD) Estate Services, which compiled data over the past year, shows that the Belfield is the single biggest cycle destination in Ireland with more than 7,000 cycle journeys to the campus on an average term day …” (more)

[Sarah Slater, Irish Examiner, 2 January]

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How I Spend My Money: A Trinity PhD student on a €6,000 stipend who’s having second thoughts about moving to Ireland

Posted in Life on December 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Occupation: PhD student. Age: 31. Location: Dublin. Salary: €6,000. Monthly pay (net): €500. Monthly expenses: Rent: €700. Household bills: Included in rent. Transport: €24. Phone bill: £10 (so €11.27) …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 30 December]

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Posts of Professors Holding Babies in Class Often Go Viral. Is That the Reality of Students With Kids?

Posted in Life on December 20th, 2018 by steve

“The story is always the same. A professor tells a student with a young child that she (it’s always a woman) can bring her baby to class. The professor invariably holds the child, someone shares the image on social media, and the post goes viral …” (more)

[Cailin Crowe, Chronicle of Higher Education, 19 December]

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