New research shows prevalence of sleep texting among college students

Posted in Life on December 14th, 2018 by steve

“Conditions like sleep walking and sleep talking are well known, there are even documented cases of driving and committing murder (homicidal somnambulism) while asleep. Sleep texting, however, is a fairly new area of inquiry but a new study from Villanova University in the United States claims that a significant number of young people are waking up to find they’ve messaged friends in their sleep …” (more)

[Marie Boran, Irish Times, 13 December]


16 years of precarious work in English language schools caused me to develop anxiety

Posted in Life on December 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“For 16 years I was a precarious worker. I was an experienced English language teacher but in all that time I never had a permanent contract. I never had sick pay, or holiday pay, unless it was ‘rolled into’ my hourly rate of pay. I never had guaranteed hours of work and for 16 years I didn’t get a pay rise …” (more)

[, 8 December]

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Understanding student loneliness

Posted in Life on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Some years ago, when I was President of Dublin City University, I decided to take a little time on Christmas Day to offer coffee and light Christmas snacks to students staying in the university halls of residence over the holiday period. A good number turned up …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 December]

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Influential Irish economist and TCD academic Louden Ryan dies

Posted in Life on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Louden Ryan, one of the State’s most influential economists and one of Trinity College Dublin’s most charismatic professors, has died, at the age of 95. Ryan played a seminal role in forming Irish economic policy in the 1960s, advising civil servant TK Whitaker and then taoiseach Seán Lemass on a series of economic plans that would reverse decades of protectionism and self-defeating economic policies …” (more)

[Eoin Burke-Kennedy, Irish Times, 21 November]

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Early career researcher support needs urgent attention, Workshop hears

Posted in Life on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Researchers face a wide range of issues that have been neglected for years but are now being acknowledged and addressed by relevant authorities due to work and pressure by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) …” (more)

[IFUT, 21 November]

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One in five postgrads consider quitting over financial or personal issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on November 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than two in five postgraduate research students have seriously considered dropping out of their degree, mainly because of financial or personal issues, a major national survey reveals. The study of nearly 3,000 masters, PhD, or other students on postgrad research programmes found that more than 61% are fully or partly funded by a scholarship, but the figure drops to 57% if non-Irish students are excluded …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 November]

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Queen’s University students targeted in fake email scam

Posted in Life on November 17th, 2018 by steve

“A large number of Queen’s University Belfast students have been targeted in a tax refund scam. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said that students across the UK were being targeted by scammers with fake tax refunds in an attempt to steal money and person details. HMRC confirmed that a large number of scams had been reported involving students at Queen’s …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 17 November]

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1 in 3 Galway students commuting to college this year

Posted in Life on November 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A recent survey published in the Connacht Tribune shows that 1 in 3 students are commuting to college in Galway. The survey was carried out with students of NUI Galway and Galway–Mayo Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Cathriona Coleman, SIN, 11 November]

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AIT takes top spot for student satisfaction and research

Posted in Life on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students studying at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) are among the most satisfied in Ireland, according to The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 released at the weekend …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 8 November]

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Why I blog

Posted in Life on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As of now my last two blogs are at number 1 and number 2 on the wonderful In the first blog I suggested that quality reviews had a fundamental weakness in that many of the proposals made by review panels were based on ideology or opinion rather than evidence. In the second I suggested that universities needed to be a lot more transparent about how they spend their money …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 7 November]


A welcome mid-term break

Posted in Life, Research on November 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Today marks the end of the mid-term break for many of us in the third level sector in Ireland. While a non-teaching week in the middle of term has been a stalwart of secondary schools for many years, the mid-term break only became common in the Irish third level sector as universities, Institutes of Technology (IoTs) and other colleges adopted the model of 12-week teaching semesters …” (more)

[Antimatter, 4 November]

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Why students feel so vulnerable

Posted in Life on October 31st, 2018 by steve

“I wasn’t at all surprised to read reports this week about more and more university students seeking mental-health support. Apparently the number has increased by more than 50% in the past five years in the UK. My research suggests that young people’s quest for identity has become entwined with ideas of emotional fragility and vulnerability …” (more)

[Frank Furedi, spiked, 31 October]


University Express Racism in UCC Survey: Upon Closer Inspection

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On October 3rd, The University Express compiled a survey entitled ‘Racism in UCC’, designed with the intent of highlighting instances of on-campus racism which would otherwise go unseen. The survey was sent out via e-mail to every student currently attending UCC …” (more)

[Fergal Smiddy, University Express, 30 October]

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University Express Racism Survey: 1 in 9 Students Suffer Racist Abuse at UCC

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At the beginning of October, the University Express launched a survey aimed towards students of University College Cork in order to determine whether students view racism as an issue in UCC, whether students have experienced or witnessed racism in or around the UCC campus, and how it affects students of all ethnicities and backgrounds …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, University Express, 30 October]

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The legacy of UCD’s ‘gentle revolution’

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In Paris, May 1968, a student protest over university reform drew a heavy-handed response from the authorities, leading to widespread worker strikes. Indeed, the entire decade was a time of change and turmoil: in Pakistan, Poland, the US, Mexico, Czechoslovakia, Italy and the UK, students were in the vanguard of a movement demanding civil rights and radical social and political change …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 30 October]


Erasmus diaries: The difference between Irish and German universities

Posted in Life, Teaching on October 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With the mid–term essays coming up, college life is actually getting serious now, and so does today’s column. I bet you feel the same. Today I want to talk to you about the difference between Irish and German universities (or specifically my university of Bonn) …” (more)

[Anne Rieger, SIN, 26 October]

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Conservatives on campus: ‘We’re imprisoned by liberals’

Posted in Life on October 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“… College campuses in the US and the UK have seen the rise of a new kind of provocateur-style conservative politics, opposed to what is described as the liberal bubble of left-wing ‘snowflakes’. But to what extent is there a growing popularity of right-wing politics on Irish campuses, or any kind of ‘alt-right’? …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 23 October]


At DCU, Tales of a Toxic – But Not Isolated – Culture

Posted in Life on October 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It would be naive to suggest that similarly dismal re-enactments of US frat culture do not occur on other Irish campuses. Grinding against another person, kissing a stranger, breaking up with your partner and stripping in front a room of raucous older students: this was hardly the process by which first-year students hoped they would obtain a spot on the committee of Dublin City University’s (DCU) Accounting and Finance Society …” (more)

[University Times, 21 October]


‘I can’t look towards a future here unless rent crisis is sorted’

Posted in Life on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I moved to Ireland from India to study a Masters in UCD because this country had been sold as a land of opportunity and there are many positives here. But the quality of life here isn’t good due to high rent and lack of homes. I spend 30% of my salary on rent …” (more)

[Shashank Kumar, Independent, 11 October]

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How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome

Posted in Life on October 9th, 2018 by steve

“Pathologized for a reason, ‘impostor syndrome’ runs thick in the veins of academics, from newly arrived graduate students to those nearing retirement (yes, really). It seems to be such a deep part of the ecosystem of the academy that it is hard to imagine faculty life without it. At the same time, it can be deeply painful and damaging, almost paralyzing …” (more)

[Sindhumathi Revuluri, Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 October]