Necessity and research are the mothers of invention

Posted in Life, Research on November 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Research opportunities for Irish Science graduates have never been better. Ireland is now home to some of the world’s largest biotech and pharma companies. After nearly 10 years studying to achieve a doctorate in science however, many graduates lack the inclination to make a switch from academia to corporate …” (more)

[Joyce Rubotham, Irish Times, 16 November]


What universities are for

Posted in Life on November 16th, 2017 by steve

“You can teach for almost 40 years in a university, and still find something new. I am not talking here about new courses and lectures (and despite the old rumours we do not recycles old lectures for decades on end …” (more)

[Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement, 15 November]


Former DCU president’s castle on sale for €13.5m

Posted in Life on November 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Westmeath family home of former DCU president Ferdinand von Prondzynski has been placed for sale on the international market seeking €13.5 million. The 19th-century Gothic Revival property on more than 1,000 acres near Mullingar has been owned by the academic’s family since his parents left their home in Germany …” (more)

[Madeleine Lyons, Irish Times, 16 November]

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Limited access through Front Arch this weekend as renovation works begin

Posted in Life on November 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Construction work on the pathway immediately outside Front Arch is set to begin this Saturday, as College plans to return the entrance way to the appearance it held 100 years ago. An email from Estates and Facilities stated that the entrance way will consist of smooth granite …” (more)

[Caroline Boyle, Trinity News, 9 November]


Wonderful Article on Micheline, her Tour and the Campaign in the Daily Mail Colour Magazine

Posted in Life on November 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There is an antique writing desk in the sitting room of Micheline Sheehy Skeffington’s home near Clarinbridge in Co Galway. It’s small by today’s standards, ornate and made in a dark wood …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 9 November]

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The Evolution of the Student Internship

Posted in Life on November 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cold mornings, spiced coffee beverages and autumnal colours mark this time of the year for students in Trinity – the beginning of internship application season. The year has only just begun and students are already thinking about what they’ll be doing after it ends. Increasingly, over the past couple of years, there is pressure mounting on students to fill their summer holidays with yet more work …” (more)

[Kate Lait, University Times, 3 November]

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High Prevalence and Poor Awareness of Ireland’s Mental Health Problem Clear in UCD

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Everyone who has attended a third level institution has heard the same mantra, that the years you spend in university will be ‘the best years of your life’. We are fed a certain image of university life, replete with parties, close friendships, and time spent ‘finding yourself’. Of course, what is never shown is the reality of student life for the vast majority of students …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey, University Observer, 3 November]

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Flyers on flirting? The tricky issue of sexual consent on campus

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The rules of the dating game are changing. For Trinity College students in Dublin nightclubs, it can help to have a flyer with advice on sexual consent close to hand. It spells out in an easy acronym: FRIES or ‘freely-given, retractable, informed, enthusiastic and specific’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Jenna Clarke-Molloy, Irish Times, 3 November]

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‘I’m not married, don’t have kids and don’t play golf’: Limerick professor opposed to compulsory retirement

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An Emeritus Professor said forcing people to retire from the public sector at a set age is ‘discriminatory’ and should be made optional as life expectancy increases …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 2 November]

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Campus confidential: the counsellors on the frontline of the student mental health crisis

Posted in Life on October 28th, 2017 by steve

“I am walking through Nottingham’s Arboretum park on a bright cold afternoon with 10 other people, all of us in complete silence. At first I find the whole thing so awkward I have to suppress an embarrassed laugh. But as we make our wordless way through the dappled shade, I feel an atmosphere of calm and thoughtfulness envelop us like a protective cloak …” (more)

[Moya Sarner, Guardian, 28 October]


What Should the University Be in a Time of Devastation?

Posted in Life on October 28th, 2017 by steve

“Last week marked one month since the beginning of the catastrophe caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. A catastrophe through which we are still living. As of this writing, only 20% of Puerto Rico has power. Our university campus, the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, is one of the lucky places that has electricity. We also have water …” (more)

[Catherine M Mazak, Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 October]

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Storm Ophelia Hits UCC

Posted in Life on October 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Late in the evening of Sunday 15th October UCC students received emails and texts from the university, alerting them to the status red weather warning put in place by Met Éireann for the following day regarding the then-Hurricane Ophelia …” (more)

[Michelle Beazley, UCC Express, 25 October]


The Clash at Trinity: an education in punk

Posted in Life on October 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The news broke just as the queue had started to form outside the exam hall of Trinity College Dublin on the evening of October 21, 1977. Half a world away, a plane carrying American classic rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd had crashed during landing, claiming the lives of several band members and backing crew …” (more)

[Ed Power, Independent, 21 October]


More Irish women than men have third-level qualifications

Posted in Life on October 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More Irish women than men had third-level qualifications in 2016, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Women represented 52.2% of all third-level graduates in Ireland in 2016 …” (more)

[, 18 October]


Erasmus: A trickle that turned to a flood

Posted in Life on October 17th, 2017 by steve

“Tens of millions of deaths in the first and second World Wars were young men who succumbed on the soil of foreign countries, miles from their homes. If a driving force behind the creation of the EU (formerly the EEC) was a closer, familial Europe, then there was a clear need to create an antithetical space to the battle field where the continent’s youth could engage …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 17 October]

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Woman threatened with gun in UCD campus shop raid

Posted in Life on October 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A woman working in a shop on the campus of University College Dublin (UCD) was threatened with a gun during a late-night armed raid. The incident happened at the Centra store on the UCD campus at Belfield, south Dublin, on Wednesday at about 10pm …” (more)

[, 6 October]


Is doing a PhD a waste of time?

Posted in Life on September 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“What use is a PhD nowadays? After almost two decades in education, is it really worth committing another three, four or even more years to a doctorate? Will it help you in your career, or are PhDs a frivolous extravagance for the rich? Once upon a time, the path for PhD students was clear: graduate and become an academic …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 26 September]

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Students sleep on couches and in hostels due to rental shortage

Posted in Life on September 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students unable to find rental accommodation have been left sleeping on friend’s couches and staying in tourist hostels in Dublin as the college term began this month …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 25 September]


Report finds Irish male graduates earn €80,000 more in their lifetime than female graduates

Posted in Life on September 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An Irish male graduate will earn, on average, €80,000 more in this lifetime than a female graduate, an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report has found. The report, which contains data on the state of education in countries around the world, also highlights a gender imbalance in a number of fields of study …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 21 September]

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Girls continue to outperform boys in Junior Cert

Posted in Life on September 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Girls continue to outperform boys at Junior Cert level, with more female than male students scoring A grades in 18 out of 21 higher-level subjects this year, according to the 2017 results. Girls also scored higher than boys in most subjects at ordinary level …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 15 September]

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