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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President urges students to speak out about mental health issues

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

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins has encouraged students to speak out about mental health issues and to be alert for signs that their friends might need professional support. Mr Higgins said any society that neglected mental health ‘loses a rich resource’ …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Trinity international students suffer health problems from mouldy apartment in Kavanagh Court

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Two international students living in Kavanagh Court have suffered health problems due to mould growing in their apartment according to the Irish Independent. The claims emerged this morning when the Irish Independent published images showing the extent of the mould …” (more)

[Ciaran Sunderland, University Times, 15 September]

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Schools and colleges at risk of escalating the spread of measles

Posted in Life on August 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Schools and colleges are at risk of becoming a hotbed for measles outbreaks, public health officials have warned. They have reported that 13 cases of the highly contagious disease have been diagnosed in Dublin’s north inner city …” (more)

[Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 23 August]

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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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