Time to talk about student mental health

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

“Many of the student mental health strategies being adopted by universities argue that it’s ‘time to talk’. But who are students talking to, and on what basis are people listening? …” (more)

[Phil Pilkington, Wonkhe, 3 April]

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Why are university students catching mumps?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2019 by steve

“Mumps – a contagious viral infection that causes swelling of the glands – has been in the news this week following a confirmed outbreak at two universities. A total of 223 suspected cases were reported, with 40 confirmed, across Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham …” (more)

[BBC News, 31 March]

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Students’ union calls for action over ‘twice as long’ mental health wait list

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students in Cork have had to walk peers who express suicidal thoughts to a support centre because of a lack of mental health resourcing at third level, a union has claimed. An official at Cork Institute of Technology’s student union says the waiting list to see a counsellor is so lengthy, some students who experience mental health issues are putting off seeking an appointment in case they take a place from someone suffering greater difficulties …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 26 March]

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UCD confirms one student has been diagnosed with mumps

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has confirmed one of its students has been diagnosed with mumps and has issued health advice to its student body on Tuesday. It comes after a number of cases of the virus were diagnosed at Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Students in south Dublin warned over mumps outbreak

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Health authorities have warned students in the Dublin areas to get vaccinated if they have not been immunised with the MMR vaccine in response to an outbreak of mumps. Trinity College Dublin has had a number of cases confirmed over the past week or so and has warned anyone who suspects they have the virus to stay away from university for five days …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 February]

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CAO points race ‘putting children’s health at risk’ amid fall in fitness levels

Posted in Life, Teaching on February 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The long-term health of teenagers is being put at risk by the race for CAO points, according to health and fitness expert Professor Niall Moyna. His warning comes as a new study shows a sharp fall in fitness levels among second-level pupils, particularly girls, after the age of 15 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 February]

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Colleges in capital affected by outbreak of mumps

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An outbreak of mumps has affected Blackrock and Trinity colleges in the capital, with students prompted to get vaccinated if they weren’t immunised with the MMR as children. Blackrock College has cancelled a rugby match against St Michael’s College tomorrow after the mumps alarm was raised in the school yesterday …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 9 February]

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Trinity warns of mumps outbreak after cases recorded in College

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has today warned students of an outbreak of mumps in the Dublin area which has seen students contracting the disease. According to an email sent by College today, there has been a ‘number of cases in the Dublin area recently and we have had some cases of mumps here in College over the past week or so’ …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 8 February]

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University switches off social media to help student well-being

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2019 by steve

“A university is switching off all its social media channels for a few days as an example to encourage its students to try their own ‘digital detox’. De Montfort University, in Leicester, wants to highlight how ‘unrestrained social media use’ can be harmful to the mental health of young people …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 15 January]

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Leaving Cert pressure causing stress and ‘burnout’ among pupils

Posted in Teaching on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The pressure of the Leaving Cert is causing stress, burnout and mental health problems among students, according to an official review of senior cycle education in secondary schools. The findings are contained in an Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) report …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 December]

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Almost 1,500 UCC students attended counselling services in 2017/18

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Almost 200 students from University College Cork were deemed to be self-harming or at risk of doing so in the 2017/18 academic year. A further 1,102 were suffering from anxiety while 510 presented with depression, anger and mood change disorders …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 22 November]

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Awareness Campaigns Are Not Enough. College Must Invest in Mental Health

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Do you feel woozy after one too many americanos outside the Arts Block? Is your relationship with your sister fraught at best? Do you find yourself surreptitiously picking your nose when no one is watching? Are you harbouring a disproportionate hatred towards the downstairs part of the Lecky library …” (more)

[Alanna MacNamee, University Times, 5 November]

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HealthyUCD and the University as public relations machine

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The HealthyUCD strategy was launched by UCD HR in March 2016 as both a ‘Health Promotion Strategic Plan’ and a public relations campaign and accompanied by a lot of high-flown and inspiring rhetoric. The objective? Nothing less than to ‘change the mind-set, culture and attitude of our community towards positive and beneficial health promoting structures, practices and policies across the full spectrum of physical, mental, spiritual and emotional wellbeing’ …” (more)

[University Observer, 4 November]

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HealthyUCD and the University as Public Relations Machine

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

Ireland“The following is the original version of our Op-Ed that was published in highly-truncated form (with anything that could be taken as direct criticism of the administration excised) by the University Observer …” (more)

[Facebook, 1 November]

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Healthy UCD is a trick of smoke and sugars

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

Ireland“In 2014, the first step of UCD’s smoke free campus was rolled out, with the banning of the sale of cigarettes on campus. Since 2015, the University has been announcing further steps in this policy, with maps showing which areas are smoke free. In reality only the first of these rules is known by the majority of smokers, which is the prohibition of smoking within 10 meters of the entrance of a building …” (more)

[Nathan Young, University Observer, 31 October]

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NUIG students secure extra €5,000 for counselling services following protest

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Counselling services in the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) have secured an additional €5,000 after more than 50 students staged a protest in response to the alleged underfunding of the university support service. The new funds are set to allow an extra four drop-in slots per day for students, bringing the number of drop-in appointments each day up to 12 …” (more)

[Lily Rice, Trinity News, 23 October]

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University of Limerick is currently the only Irish university without a psychiatrist

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick (UL) have not reappointed a consultant psychiatrist, it was reported earlier this week – making it the only Irish university without an on-campus psychiatrist. In a statement, the university said: ‘UL remains fully committed to ensuring an adequate provision of on-campus psychiatry services as part of the wider range of support services to its student community’ …” (more)

[Aisling O’Connor, Limerick Voice, 12 October]

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Student march highlights lack of mental health support services

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The rightful entitlement to democratic freedom of expression was reflected on the streets of Athlone on Wednesday afternoon when students from Athlone Institute of Technology marched, in peaceful protest mode, from the education establishment to Burgess Park in the centre of town, expressing their immense dissatisfaction at the lack of funding allocated to third level institution mental health counselling services …” (more)

[Ronan Fagan, Athlone Advertiser, 11 October]

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Mumps Outbreak among UL Students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A number of students in the University of Limerick (UL) have been diagnosed with mumps in recent days, according to a statement released on the Facebook page of UL Student Life …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 2 October]

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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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