Black Cat Appreciation Day

Posted in Life on August 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Apparently today, August 17th, is Black Cat Appreciation Day, so I couldn’t resist acknowledging the contributions of Maynooth University Library Cat who I think is largely responsible for increase in the number of students coming to this University …” (more)

[In the Dark, 17 August]

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Third-level students facing expensive, long commutes as rents rise

Posted in Life on August 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“When Adrasteia Hughes accepted her offer of a place studying sociology and linguistics at UCD, she had no idea of just how draining the daily commute would be. She spends up to four hours each day on buses and trains in rush-hour traffic to get from her home in Co Kildare to the campus at Belfield and back again …” (more)

[Lynn Rusk and Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 17 August]

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8% Increase in Book of Kells Visitor Numbers

Posted in Life on August 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Visitor numbers to the Book of Kells exhibition in Trinity have increased by almost 8% since last year, with the site climbing one place in the list of Ireland’s top ten tourist attractions. 1,057,642 people visited the world-famous medieval manuscript and accompanying exhibition last year, an increase of 7.5% from 983,410 in 2017 …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 4 August]

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Over 90% of New Student Beds in Dublin Demand Rents Above €800

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on July 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Less than 7% of purpose-built student accommodation developed in Dublin since 2016 is available for less than €840 per month. The government today announced that 6,691 student beds have been created in Ireland since 2016, as part of its National Student Accommodation Strategy …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 26 July]

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Are you a student looking for a place to rent in Ireland? Tell us your story

Posted in Life on July 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Times is looking to speak with third-level students who rent accommodation or are seeking somewhere to rent for the upcoming academic year. This week, with many third-level students having already begun the search for a place to stay …” (more)

[Irish Times, 26 July]


Sausage Machines in the Academic Lab

Posted in Life on July 22nd, 2019 by steve

“There was a bit of a spat over Twitter last week regarding how many hours students (and postdocs) should be expected to do at the bench. This originated in a tweet from a professor of chemistry but I don’t think it is necessary to go through the exchanges in any detail. Suffice it to say that the originator believed that it was impossible to ‘do world class science in 38 hrs per week’. Others challenged him that work-life balance was important, amongst other complaints …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 22 July]

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CSO figures show men earn €1,055 a year more than women who graduated at the same time

Posted in Life on July 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Within a year, a pay gap emerged between male and female graduates, new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show. Men who graduated from higher education here in 2012 were earning an average weekly wage of €425 the year after they graduated – €1,055 a year more than women who graduated at the same time …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 18 July]

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Tech graduates earn most within five years of college exit

Posted in Life on July 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Technology graduates are earning significantly more than other graduates within five years of leaving college, according to major study by the Central Statistics Office. The CSO survey tracked the earnings of hundreds of thousands of graduates who left college between 2012 and 2016 using income recorded through the PAYE system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 July]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Life on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dr Brian Gormley, Head of Campus Life at TU Dublin City Campus, speaks to Mary about how the housing crisis impacts student life” (mp3).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 26 June]

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Birds of Play

Posted in Life on June 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As if it weren’t enough to have a celebrity cat, Maynooth University now also has a celebrity bird. Or birds. I’m not absolutely sure that it’s the same Jackdaw that is a frequent visitor to offices on the South Campus, as they are so many around, but here are a few pictures …” (more)

[In the Dark, 23 June]

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Penthouse unit in Cork student accommodation with ‘Instagramable views’ on offer for 10k a year

Posted in Life on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Almost half of all the rooms in Cork city’s largest student apartment complex, where €10,000-a-year penthouse units boast ‘seriously Instagramable views’ of the city, have been snapped up ahead of the new academic term …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 19 June]

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Mental health: Record numbers of third-level students seek help

Posted in Life on June 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Record numbers of third-level students are receiving counselling for mental health problems such as anxiety. Almost 12,000 students sought counselling in the last academic year, up from about 6,000 students in 2010, according to data compiled by Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education Ireland (PCHI) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 June]

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50% rise in students seeking counselling for mental health problems

Posted in Life on June 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There has been a 50% rise in the number of students receiving counselling for mental health problems in the past decade. Almost 12,000 students sought counselling in the last academic year, up from about 6,000 in 2010 …” (more)

[, 17 June]

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‘It’s 5 ft 6 so I could lie exactly width-wise in it’: This art student has created a replica of her student flat

Posted in Life on June 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin’s National College of Art and Design (NCAD) are looking at the housing crisis and Brexit for inspiration with their art and design work. Their showcase will display work from 225 emerging artists and designers, with social issues like migration and climate change also being explored …” (more, video)

[, 8 June]

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Here Comes the Summer! #exams

Posted in Life on June 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It must be summer time – the Leaving and Junior Certificate exams start today. Despite the wet weather we have been having recently, the coverage of the start of the exams and the multitudes of advice being given – tells us all that summer is on the way. At the National College of Ireland exams were over a couple of weeks ago and should be most graded by now – again, a feeling of summer is in the air …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 5 June]


Suddenly the End of Term

Posted in Life on June 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday I finished the last of my marking duties, and put away the exam scripts and other assessments. I had to rush to get them all done in time for this weekend because I will not be here for most of next week. That’s been quite difficult because of all the other things going on and has led to quite a few late nights! …” (more)

[In the Dark, 1 June]


Trinity Professor Fell After Unclipping Safety Rope on Mount Everest

Posted in Life on May 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Missing Trinity professor Seamus Lawless was blown off the side of Mount Everest after unclipping himself from his safety ropes to go to the toilet, according to a report in the Times Ireland edition, published this morning …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 28 May]


Search for Trinity Professor missing on Mount Everest called off

Posted in Life on May 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Lawless, an Assistant Professor at the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity, went missing last Friday after falling from an altitude of 8,300 metres on Mount Everest. The search party organised by Seven Summit Treks to find the Professor has been called off …” (more)

[Victoria Mitchell, Trinity News, 25 May]


‘If it wasn’t for college friends giving me couch, I’d have slept in the park’

Posted in Life on May 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Two 22-year-old DCU students have spoken about their experiences with ‘couch-surfing’ as a way to get through the academic year without paying extortionate rents. A student from Co Mayo found himself effectively homeless last summer after his accommodation fell through …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 25 May]

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The Case for Abolishing 9am Lectures

Posted in Life, Teaching on May 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Early-morning lectures are surely the bane of most students’ existence. Whether it’s essay deadlines, an active social life or simply spending a night waxing lyrical about a topic you don’t know much about with your flatmates, it seems that most students are in a perpetual state of being tired …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 21 May]

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