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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Healthy University Champions

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2018 by steve

“Like most of my colleagues, I was until recently unaware of the changes the University of Essex is planning to make to its provision of support for students suffering from mental illness. In general, we hear about such changes only once they are a fait accompli, and are told that it is too late to do anything about them. If we pick up rumours earlier in the process, we are told that it is too early: the idea is still just an idea, still at the ‘consultation’ stage, nothing has been decided yet …” (more)

[Lorna Finlayson, LRB Blog, 27 July]

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International students may face insurance hikes following High Court case

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on June 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Health Insurance Authority (HIA) are currently involved in a High Court case to determine the insurance requirements of international students. Study and Protect are opposing this case, alongside their underwriters Chubbs, as they insure the majority of international students in Irish universities. Should the HIA be successful, it will lead to increased financial pressures on international students …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 27 June]

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Go-ahead for survey on colleges mental health services

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2018 by steve

“Students and staff are to be asked about the standard and level of mental health supports in colleges to help inform possible improvements. Growing demand for supports has seen some colleges increase their provision, but counselling and other services have been restricted or cut elsewhere due to funding problems over the past decade …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 June]

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Labelling universities ‘toxic’ for mental health ‘is harmful’

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

“Labelling universities as ‘uniquely toxic environments’ could do more harm than good to student mental health, a leading psychiatrist has warned. There is growing concern about the prevalence of mental health conditions among students, but Sir Simon Wessely, Regius professor of psychiatry at King’s College London, questioned the value of campaigns that aimed to raise awareness of the mental health challenges associated with higher education …” (more)

[Sophie Inge, Times Higher Education, 9 March]

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374,000 students get access to free online GP consultations

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Third level students throughout Ireland will have access to free online GP consultations for the rest of the academic year. All 374,000 student members of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will be able to access VideoDoc – an online GP service – from now until June …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 February]

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Helping universities combat depression with mobile technology

Posted in Governance and administration on January 13th, 2017 by steve

“Depression is the leading mental health issue on college campuses in the US. In 2015, a survey of more than 90,000 students at 108 American colleges and universities found that during the previous year, more than one-third of them had felt so depressed at some point that it was difficult to function …” (more)

[Mi Zhang and others, The Conversation, 13 January]

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‘There is a tsunami of third-level students with mental health problems’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of third-level students seeking help with depression, anxiety, relationships problems and academic issues has reached unprecedented levels, according to counsellors working on Irish campuses …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 10 January]

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Universities must ‘gather round table’ to discuss mental health

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2017 by steve

“Student mental health may be on the agenda, but some argue that support is uncoordinated and insufficient to meet rising demand …” (more)

[Hilary Lamb, Times High Education, 5 January]

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DIT students with mental health issues up 700% in four years

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The number of students registering with mental health issues at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has increased by 700% in the past four years. The sharp rise is regarded as a positive indicator that efforts to address the stigma surrounding mental health issues among young people are paying off …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 19 August]

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‘Students have a fairly healthy attitude to alcohol’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Anne Cooney is the ‘healthy campus’ co-ordinator at Athlone Institute of TechnologyAnnie Cooney, health co-ordinator at Athlone Institute of Technology. I bring more than 30 years of experience in healthcare to my position as healthy campus coordinator in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) …” (more)

[Arlene Harris, Irish Times, 27 October]

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56% of college kids hide eating disorder fears

Posted in Life on October 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“New figures have revealed that 56% of college students are concealing worries about their eating habits. Although the majority generally disclose their concerns to a friend or family member, new research from Bodywhys – The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland – shows that 32% hide their difficulties ‘due to a fear of judgement’ …” (more)

[Claire Mc Cormack, Independent, 11 October]

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Concern at rise in students seeking help from ‘underfunded’ services

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The number of third-level students seeking counselling is increasing every year, but services remain overstretched and underfunded. That is according to the Irish Association of University and College Counsellors. In the academic year 2012/13, more than 8,000 students sought counselling — attending around 36,000 consultations nationally …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Irish Examiner, 10 April]

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DIT’s free GP care for students under threat

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“DIT Student Services are under pressure to keep the service free ahead of talks on the merger with ITT and ITB, which will see the three IT’s become Technological University for Dublin. DIT’s free doctor for students is under threat due to the TU4D merger with IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown, which is set to be made official in August …” (more)

[Ryan Nugent, Campus.ie, 20 March]

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Crossing the line with study drugs

Posted in Life on January 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“For some students, the side effects of concentration-enhancing drugs like Adderall are a risk worth taking …” (more)

[Daire Collins, Trinity News, 7 January]

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Ten UCC students get mumps in past week

Posted in Life on December 16th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“UCC students are being encouraged to avail of free MMR vaccinations given a recent outbreak of the mumps virus on campus …” (more)

[Audrey Ellard Walsh, Evening Echo, 15 December]

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Students wouldn’t cut drink for good of health

Posted in Life on November 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“As alcoholic liver disease rises, particularly in younger people, fewer than one in 10 college students said they would curb their drinking for the good of their health …” (more)

[Evelyn Ring, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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Surge in mumps cases hits university students

Posted in Life on November 5th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“At least six outbreaks of mumps have been reported among university students so far this year, it was confirmed yesterday …” (more)

[Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 5 November]

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Male students take better care of health at uni

Posted in Life on June 26th, 2014 by steve

“Male first-year students take better care of themselves than female undergraduates in terms of diet, health, activity and dealing with stress, according to research released today. An analysis of lifestyles of first-year students found males were more likely to keep up an exercise regime and reap the health benefits from it …” (more)

[Shân Ross, The Scotsman, 26 June]

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Teens develop drink habits before college years

Posted in Life on March 31st, 2014 by steve

“Students starting university have already developed disturbing patterns of alcohol use, according to the head of student health at University College Cork. Michael Byrne said that drinking was become ‘more and more prevalent’ among incoming students …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 31 March]

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