University staff and students are at high risk of ill health. Here’s how to make sure they can cope

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

“University students are an at-risk population for many health issues. These include mental health, alcohol and substance use, sexual assault and harassment, poor diet and lack of exercise. Perhaps just as important, but more frequently overlooked, is the well-being of university staff. They exhibit similar risk factors for ill health …” (more)

[Brad Wright and Matthew Winslade, The Conversation, 20 August]

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Being Human: Weakness, Mental Health, & Academia

Posted in Life on March 31st, 2014 by steve

“My story of mental health and my PhD experience begins with a story about my physical health. I was about four weeks into the second quarter of my first year of graduate school when I suddenly found myself in the emergency room with crippling pain in my abdomen …” (more)

[Mara Suttmann-Lea, Dr Nadine Muller, 31 March]

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Uni cuts will lead to health problems for academics

Posted in Life on May 6th, 2013 by steve

Australia“The consensus on the recent A$2.3 billion funding cuts to the tertiary sector is they will do more harm than good …” (more)

[Nikki Sullivan, The Conversation, 6 May]

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Just Go to Bed

Posted in Life on March 1st, 2013 by steve

“I’m more or less perpetually awed by how poorly we academics take care of ourselves much of the time. Sometimes I think that, almost by definition, the typical scholar-teacher is a neurotic who routinely puts work before his or her own health …” (more)

[Nate Kreuter, Inside Higher Ed, 1 March]

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Our exam-obsessed education philosophy is a dismal failure

Posted in Life on September 11th, 2012 by steve

“Latin isn’t too fashionable these days but, back when I was a lad, teachers were fond of bellowing ‘Mens sana in corpore sano’ at us as we wheezily ran around the perimeter of the football pitch …” (more)

[John McKenna, Irish Times, 11 September]

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The higher education health effect

Posted in Life on March 2nd, 2011 by steve

“You knew that going to university is good for your intellectual health, but what you may not have known is that it is also good for your blood pressure …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 March]

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Do Higher Grades Mean Better Health?

Posted in Life on January 3rd, 2011 by steve

“The relationship between education and health has been discussed several times on this blog, most recently by Kevin. Kevin mentioned that there is a positive socioeconomic gradient: more educated people have better health on average …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 3 January]


Ulster Physicist Heads Connected Health Drive

Posted in Life on December 29th, 2010 by steve

“A University of Ulster research director has taken the helm at an international initiative that links technology and healthcare to improve patient treatment and ease pressure on scarce resources …” (more)

[University of Ulster, 29 December]

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Students in need of a dedicated health site

Posted in Life on March 3rd, 2009 by steve

“A ‘credible’ health information website for students could make a significant contribution to their welfare, a new report says. Alcohol misuse, mental health and sexual health are among the foremost issues which a central online health information resource could address, the report says. Currently, young adults are experiencing an ‘information gap’ in these areas, even though they are frequently online for both study and social networking, the report by NUI Galway’s (NUIG) health promotion research centre says. A feasibility study by the NUIG centre was carried out in conjunction with medical, research and health promotion professionals at University College Cork (UCC), Trinity College, Dublin (TCD) and the Health Service Executive (HSE). The report found that easily accessible, up-to-date, accurate and relevant information about key health issues, as well as information on local services, was ‘crucial’ in providing better support for students’ health …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 3 March]


Eyes wide shut

Posted in Life on March 1st, 2009 by steve

“Red Bull, ProPlus, sniffing eucalyptus oil, drinking shot after shot of espresso and taking ice-cold showers in the middle of the night – some students will do anything to stay awake when there’s last-minute cramming to be done. It’s not hard to realise that regularly overloading on copious amounts of caffeine in order to stay awake in the battle to finish tomorrow’s presentation or read through a tome of lecture notes in the dead of night will invariably take a toll on your brain, body and academic performance. And yet it’s something most students will have done at some point in their university career. In the final year of an art history degree at the University of Leeds two years ago, Chloe August found herself rushing to finish her dissertation on time. ‘Keeping the window open all night to keep cold, smoking cigarettes and taking ProPlus were all on the agenda,’ August says. ‘I also bought myself an espresso machine – the cheap ones that you could put on the hob – and at one point I was drinking 12 to 15 espressos a day …’” (more)

[Huma Qureshi, Guardian, 28 February]

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Clinics ‘ready for surge in students bingeing on sex, drugs and drink’

Posted in Life on September 7th, 2008 by steve

“The number of students seeking emergency contraception and treatment for drug and alcohol-related illness is set to soar this week after many headed back to college. Across the country’s campuses, instances of excessive drinking, sexually transmitted infection and illnesses associated with cocaine abuse have risen sharply, according to the university medical directors. The rate of sexually transmitted diseases in three of Ireland’s main universities is almost five times the national average, with UCD topping the list and being described as a major Chlamydia hotspot by doctors …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 7 September]

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