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]


Cracking the College Code

Posted in Life on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. On this week’s programme I speak to Catherine O’Connor about making the transition from post-primary school to college. Catherine is author of the book, Cracking the College Code: Making the Most of the First Year College Experience …” (more, audio)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 3 October]


The mental and physical health cost of higher education

Posted in Life on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s not controversial to say that education is a boon to society. We dedicate years of our life to learning valuable skills which we then in turn use to benefit ourselves and those around us. But more and more we are seeing how the stress and immense pressure created by education, especially higher education, is having a severely detrimental effect on students …” (more)

[Mark Doran, University Observer, 1 October]

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I’ve just finished my PhD, and now I feel lost without academia

Posted in Life on September 28th, 2018 by steve

“I started my full-time PhD in 2014, and finally graduated this summer after having to extend it for health and financial reasons. I never thought I would succeed, but somehow I managed (even the dreaded viva examination wasn’t as scary as it sounds). For the first month or so after graduating, I basked in the relief and elation, absolved from all that pressure and expectation. But those feelings dissipated quickly …” (more)

[Guardian, 28 September]


There is no community at university

Posted in Life on September 28th, 2018 by steve

“I was recently engaged in a discussion on whether the university community might play a positive role in mental health when a contribution from a UK postgraduate startled me. ‘There is no community at university. We are individuals. We all compete for the same rewards and we can’t all share. I don’t care about my neighbour, the system doesn’t want me to …'” (more)

[Andy Pitchford, Wonkhe, 27 September]


Irish students reveal their definition of success is ‘being happy’

Posted in Life on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The definition of success according to the majority of Irish students is being happy, new research reveals. Irish students also rated their positivity towards career prospects in Ireland at 6.4 out of 10, research from One4all revealed …” (more)

[Aakanksha Surve, Irish Mirror, 27 September]

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Advice for college: never forget that social media never forgets

Posted in Life on September 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Choose your friends, clothes and politics wisely. They’ll come back to haunt you. The time when media fatheads humblebrag about doing badly in their Leaving Certificate has passed. We are now in the later stages of an equally infuriating season. For the last week or so, the same jerks have been offering unasked-for advice to those heading off to college …” (more)

[Donald Clarke, Irish Times, 21 September]


Trinity students rally against ‘gardaí and landlord alliance’

Posted in Life on September 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students rallied against the ‘gardaí and landlord alliance’ alongside housing activists this evening. Protesters engaged in a sit-down protest on O’Connell Street where they obstructed traffic at the Parnell monument at the north end of the street. Demonstrators met outside 34 North Frederick street earlier this evening to protest what many called was a violent response from Gardaí last night as occupiers were evicted from the property …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 12 September]

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‘Adderall’s quite popular in Trinity’: an interview with a student drug dealer

Posted in Life on September 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Mike dealt for almost an entire year. When asked about how it all started, he had the classic story of students roped into the illegal drug market: ‘First off I didn’t want to get into it, but my smoking habit had grown far out of reach of my budget … my dealer suggested I start to sell for him and that’s how it began’. Soon after, he was supplying drugs and at one point he had about 150 clients. Most were students with a few exceptions: ‘MDMA, LSD, and a shit tonne of weed in many different strains. Weed was always by far the most popular’ …” (more)

[Mary-Rose Beamish, Trinity News, 11 September]

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