Student teachers may drop out due to financial difficulties – poll

Posted in Teaching on March 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trainee teachers who are required to carry out unpaid work in schools as part of their studies are suffering from severe financial difficulties, a new survey indicates. The poll of more than 3,000 student teachers indicates that close to half – 42% – consider dropping out due to financial pressures …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Nursing Students Criticise Trinity, Amid Placement Confusion

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Nursing students have accused Trinity of abandoning them today and ignoring the impact the snowy weather would have on students attending placement. With Trinity remaining resolutely open this morning, even as other colleges closed their doors, nursing students on placement were left unsure what to expect …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 28 February]

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Third Level Fees – Placement Years

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 8th, 2018 by steve

IrelandSenator Lorraine Clifford-Lee: I thank the Minister of State for attending the House today to respond to the issue I have raised on third level fees, specifically those charged to students undertaking a year’s internship as part of their course of study. The issue was highlighted to me by a student in north County Dublin who is in her third year in Maynooth. She is on work placement for the full year. She also has a friend who is in DCU who is on a full-year’s work placement. They both have to pay their full fees to their particular universities amounting to more than €3,000 each …” (more)

[Seanad Debates, 6 February]

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UL failed to inform students of Baldonnel chemical fears

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick failed to pass on health concerns about the Air Corps hangars to its work placement students, despite several warnings over chemical exposure fears. Although it was told that students ‘may have been exposed to toxic chemicals and organic solvents during the course of their work placement’, UL did not follow up on requests to inform the relevant students …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 19 April]

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Report finds 60% of Midwifery Students Bullied on Placement, and Breach of Working Hours Agreement

Posted in Teaching on June 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“TCDSU report finds far-reaching issues for midwifery student experience, with two-thirds reporting adverse mental health effects, as a result of financial, victimisation and responsibility pressures …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, Sinéad Baker and Dónal Ring, University Times, 5 June]

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Minister English launches German traineeships for Irish graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English, TD, today launched 40 traineeships / placements for Irish graduates. The initiative is funded from the Irish Erasmus+ budget and builds on a 2012 recommendation from the Forfás Expert Group on Future Skills Needs that the programme should be used to support employability and German language learning …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 November]

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Audiology students seek HSE placements as course cleared

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A class of 11 students who went to court last year to be allowed complete a cancelled audiology degree at Athlone Institute of Technology should be able to begin clinical placements with the HSE in January …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 October]

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‘I had no idea the housing situation was this bad’

Posted in Life on June 3rd, 2014 by steve

“When choosing my third-level course in public relations at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), I always knew I would spend the second half of third year on work placement …” (more)

[Derek Owens, Independent, 3 June]

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Student social workers slam proposed graduate scheme as ‘complete exploitation’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2014 by steve

“A proposal for a graduate placement scheme, similar to the one currently in place for nurses, has been slammed by a group representing students training in this area …” (more)

[, 9 March]

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The University of Limerick shortlisted for top award

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

“The University of Limerick is the only third-level Irish college short-listed for an international award for quality placement programmes. The institution has been selected as one of only five finalists from a total of 350 applications in the Best University Placement Awards …” (more)

[Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner, 20 January]

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Why more ‘helicopter’ parents hover in their children’s college life

Posted in Life on November 20th, 2013 by steve

“Alex White, the Labour Junior Minister, has been in a bit of hot water after he contacted his daughter’s university to try to change her work placement …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 19 November]

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NUI Galway not commenting on allegations of lobbying by Junior minister

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

“NUI Galway says it cannot comment on the Junior Health Minister allegedly lobbying the University to change a family member’s work experience …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 18 November]

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White admits email over daughter’s work placement ‘a mistake’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2013 by steve

“Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore is remaining silent on the case of a Labour junior minister who lobbied a university to change his daughter’s work placement …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 18 November]

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Students broaden horizons with foreign study – but is it worth it?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2013 by steve

“Nobody could accuse John Cummins of lacking an adventurous spirit during his course in languages at Dublin City University. The student from Dungarvan, Co Waterford, spent the third year of his degree on the other side of the world at Shantou University in South-East China …” (more)

[Independent, 6 November]

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UCC offers arts students chance to boost CVs

Posted in Teaching on September 27th, 2012 by steve

“Arts and humanities do not always have a work placement but hundreds at University College Cork will now be able to do so — without having to leave campus. The UCC Students Union has driven the initiative to give more balance to the CVs of humanities students …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 September]

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Key to boosting job hopes lies in training and placement

Posted in Teaching on November 3rd, 2010 by steve

“Jobs crisis: What can be done? Programmes matching graduates to companies for internships can be highly effective …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Irish Times, 3 November]


Recession hits student placements

Posted in Teaching on May 28th, 2009 by steve

UK“The economic downturn has hit student job placement programmes at Northern Ireland’s universities. The University of Ulster has said it will allow some students to skip placements because many businesses cannot take on students. Queen’s University said it was prepared to be more flexible about how students complete work placements …” (more)

[Maggie Taggart, BBC News, 27 May]

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