Students Voice Concern, as IT Tallaght Announce Closure of Créche

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students have questioned the closure of the créche in Tallaght Institute of Technology (ITT), a move they say will place serious pressure on the college’s student parents …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 21 July]

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Keep women in academia by providing childcare, historian urges universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

“A leading British historian has called on universities to provide more support for childcare to reduce the number of women who leave academia before they reach the peak of their careers. Starting a family remains one of the greatest obstacles for women who are building their careers as university researchers, but too little is done to help them …” (more)

[Ian Sample, Guardian, 7 June]

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Figuring out the challenges of being a scientist and a mum

Posted in Life on April 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A couple of weeks ago, I received an invitation to give a talk at an event about the challenges of being a woman working in the field of science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem). However, not only am I a woman working in Stem, I’m also a parent working in Stem, and this event started at 6pm, clashing with a meeting at my child’s school …” (more)

[Jane Stout, Irish Times, 24 April]

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Is UCD doing enough for student parents?

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“While getting through university is a challenge for most students, few can imagine the difficulties faced by those who have to raise their own children while completing their studies. A third-level course is as demanding as a full-time job, except it costs money rather than providing it. On top of this, student-parents have to deal with the same childcare costs that overwhelm many dual-income households …” (more)

[Orla Keaveney, University Observer, 31 March]

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Could Parental Leave Actually be Good for my Academic Career?

Posted in Life on February 20th, 2016 by steve

UK“Last autumn, I started my research lab at the University of Cambridge’s Stem Cell Institute, but this coming summer I’m doing something completely different – I’m taking parental leave with my first child. I must admit that at least some inspiration came from my brother, who took a term off with his second child and said it was one of the best decisions he’d ever made …” (more)

[David Kent, SAS Confidential, 19 February]

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College to Introduce Lactation Spaces for Student and Staff Parents

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A number of lactation and breastfeeding spaces for the use of student and staff parents are in the process of being established in College. While the project is still in the early stages of development …” (more)

[Jack Hartnet, Irish Times, 16 December]

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How to break back into academia when you’ve had a baby

Posted in Life on November 19th, 2015 by steve

UK“Carving out a career in academia can be tough. Getting back in after taking a break can be even harder. Competition is fierce, so gaps in your publishing record or a lack of experience with the latest lab technology can put you at the bottom of the pile …” (more)

[Helen Lock, Guardian, 18 November]

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Do more to support student mothers, universities told

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2015 by steve

UK“Warwick study highlights high dropout rate and queries social mobility benefits. Universities should do more to support student mothers in order to reduce the number that drop out, a study says …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 19 August]

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Inequality In The Third Level Grant System

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 25th, 2014 by steve

“As a young parent I know what sort of hardships come with the package as soon as your little bundle of joy arrives. The stress, the worry – it can all take its toll on your physical and mental health. Of course, even with all the hardships of being a parent, it is one of the most rewarding jobs a person can have …” (more)

[Ashton Burke Doyle, Krank.ie, 25 September]

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Access to third-level education for women should be improved

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 22nd, 2014 by steve

“In 21st century Ireland women are still being excluded from access to third-level education …” (more)

[Marguerite Doyle, Independent, 22 September]

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Parenthood and academia: an impossible balance?

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2014 by steve

“Much ink is spilled over the so-called leaky pipeline that sees so many women drop out of the academy before they reach its senior ranks. The key issue is typically identified as the enormous difficulty of balancing the duties of motherhood with the demands of an academic career …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 4 September]

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Gender imbalance and top academic posts

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – Further to John Holden’s article ‘Imbalance at the top in third level’ (Education, March 18th), I write as one of the small handful of women professors at NUI Galway …” (more)

[Elizabeth FitzPatrick, Irish Times, 20 March]

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The macho world of scientific research

Posted in Research on September 26th, 2013 by steve

“I have spent over forty years in science and, I hope, have made a significant contribution to our understanding of the relationship between our genes and disease, particularly in relation to Duchenne muscular dystrophy. But it very nearly wasn’t so …” (more)

[Kay Davies, New Statesman, 26 September]

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Time and Haddington Road

Posted in Life on August 29th, 2013 by steve

“So Haddington Road’s extra working hours are now being done and the extra time being worked has impacted at all sorts of levels. The Croke Park extra hours were a nightmare for my own family …” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 29 August]

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Anti-family Croke Park ‘voted down by women’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2013 by steve

“The Government is examining whether the Croke Park II deal was voted down by women with children because of its adverse impact on childcare …” (more)

[Fionnan Sheahan and Charlie Weston, Independent, 19 April]

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A question of gender at third level

Posted in Life on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Prof Diarmaid Ferriter (Education, February 26th) describes his week. When I asked some colleagues what struck them about the article, they replied ‘he works so hard’, ‘he has a really interesting job’ and ‘he does his work very diligently’. All true …” (more)

[Molly Byrne, Irish Times, 28 February]

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Funding threat to VEC creches

Posted in Life on May 21st, 2012 by steve

“The Department of Children will not intervene to save childcare facilities in vocational colleges across the State, despite widespread calls for them to be saved …” (more)

[Kitty Holland, Irish Times, 21 May]

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Crèche closures will force students to drop out of education system

Posted in Life on May 15th, 2012 by steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has called for an urgent rethink on cutbacks that will force several crèches in further education colleges around the country to close in the coming weeks. The union today said that the most vulnerable students will suffer as a result of this retrogressive move. The closure is due to a cutback that formed part of the last Budget …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 15 May]

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Funding cuts force closure of college creches

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2012 by steve

“A number of creches in vocational colleges across the State are closing at the end of the academic year due to cuts in funding from the Department of Children. Creches in the Vocational Education Colleges in counties Cork, Clare, Limerick and Carlow will close in coming months, while the City of Dublin VEC confirmed it will close its three creches – in Ballyfermot, Cabra and Whitehall – at the end of June …” (more)

[Kitty Holland, Irish Times, 11 May]

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