Student Issues Discussed just Four Times by University Management Team in 2016

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThe College Tribune has obtained the summary minutes of the University Management Team for 2016, the UMT is the key decision making authority in UCD. The minutes dating from January to May were gained through the Freedom of Information Act …” (more)

[College Tribune, 11 October]

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The value of student engagement

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2016 by steve

Scotland“One of the questions the academic community should be asking itself more regularly is what exactly they think is the student’s stake in the higher education framework, beyond that of a learner. Some of this debate would probably these days focus on whether students are …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 May]

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‘Government cares more about seagulls than students’ – IT Head paints bleak picture of third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A higher education boss today launched a scathing attack on the Government over third-level funding as he claimed politicians were more concerned about ‘savage seagulls’ than 215,000 college students …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 September]

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For Students, Part-Time Work Comes With Perks and Pitfalls

Posted in Life on April 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The classic college stereotype is of parties and drinking and all-night essay sprints, not the humdrum responsibility of a part-time job. And yet, for many of us, this responsibility has been reality for some part of our university lives, funding those lush lifestyles we’re alleged to have …” (more)

[Aisling Curtis, University Times, 6 April]

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Aldi promises a shuttle bus for every college campus

Posted in Life on March 9th, 2015 by steve

UK“Discount chain Aldi is planning to roll out a free shuttle service to every Irish campus to entice students to shop at its stores. The German supermarket giant said it expects to have the service, which will bring students to and from their nearest Aldi for free, running at all third level campuses by the end of 2015 …” (more)

[David Kearns, Independent, 8 March]

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Unthinkable: Are elite students just excellent sheep?

Posted in Teaching on September 30th, 2014 by steve

USA“Today’s elite students are technically gifted but risk-averse and typically stressed, says former Yale professor William Deresiewicz. Former Yale professor William Deresiewicz has sparked a fiery debate in the US about the point of higher education …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 September]

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10 Things Every College Lecturer Hates! (via @lisawade)

Posted in Life on September 15th, 2014 by steve

“The new academic year starts today in the National College of Ireland – new and continuing students are getting lots of advice about everything. Here’s some more advice from Dr Lisa Wade, via Business Insider …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 15 September]

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Taking the news badly

Posted in Life on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“In the course of a recent conversation if had with a group of students while visiting another town (which I won’t name), I suddenly became aware of the fact that none of them knew anything about a story that had been dominating the news headlines for about two days …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 February]

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I’m a 30-year-old man but I still dress like a student

Posted in Life on October 1st, 2012 by steve

“Dear Rosemary, I’m turn 30 next birthday and work as a graphic designer in a young agency in the southeast. I tend to dip in and out of various trends but have no real ‘look’. My wardrobe is a mish-mash of stuff I’ve picked up over the years …” (more)

[Irish Times, 1 October]

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DSM 5 Could Mean 40% of College Students Are Alcoholics

Posted in Life on May 16th, 2012 by steve

“Are you or have you ever been a college binge drinker? Welcome to alcoholism, a diagnosis your college self could qualify for under the changes proposed to the next edition of psychiatry’s diagnostic manual, the DSM 5 …” (more)

[Maia Szalavitz, Time, 14 May]

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A simple formula for education

Posted in Teaching on February 20th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – Ivan Yates’s opinion piece (Education Today, February 14th) made a lot of good, and spurious, points, but it was disappointing in one major respect. The entire focus was on the teaching side with not one mention of the student population …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 20 February]

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If students are consumers, why doesn’t HE practise good customer service?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 16th, 2011 by steve

“A point of contention in higher education following Lord Browne’s review is whether the sector should be thinking of the student as a consumer, and many academics – justifiably proud of their teaching role – object to a mindset equating education to a business transaction. However, the real question is not if we are comfortable with the ‘consumer’ tag, but in actuality, how will students view themselves in the light of the fee increase in 2012? …” (more)

[Eric Bohms, Guardian Professional, 16 September]

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Universities must learn to cope with students as consumers, says expert

Posted in Legal issues on March 22nd, 2011 by steve

“From September 2012 universities in England and Wales will be able to charge up to £9,000 in tuition fees per year, and many universities have already signalled their intention to charge the full amount. This will change the way that students see their universities. As costs rise for so will expectations. Students will be more focused on making sure they get their money’s worth. How? One way will be by looking to enforce their contractual rights …” (more)

[Julian Sladdin, OUT-LAW News, 22 March]

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Big babies: the university as a crèche

Posted in Life on December 8th, 2009 by steve

“This is not an easy article to write, not because the argument is complicated or will come as a surprise to anyone but because it is exactly the kind of complaint that I myself would have rejected as nonsense just a few years ago. ‘Typical nostalgia-infused reactionary whinging,’ I would have said. Still, I have already crossed this particular bridge so, if you’re seated comfortably, we shall begin. Today’s university students are children. There, I’ve said it …” (more)

[Forth, 8 December]

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Money worries are damaging the mental health of students

Posted in Life on August 11th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“The mental health of one in three university students is showing cause for concern – and money worries may be part of the problem, groundbreaking new research has revealed. The psychological well-being of students is lower than the average person, or other 18 to 26-year-olds. Researchers say more work needs to be done to understand the reasons, but point to a possible link with high levels of financial strain …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 August]

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Survey adds weight to those tales of university woe

Posted in Life on August 11th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Students are bound to say, ‘I told you so’. Parents will be familiar with cries such as ‘college is stressful’ and ‘I don’t have enough money’. But now the results of new research focusing on, among other things, their psychological well-being and finances, add weight to their complaints. The scale of the research and methodologies used provides robust information about aspects of life for university students in Ireland today …” (more)

[Independent, 11 August]

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Research study conducted with policies in mind

Posted in Life on August 11th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Study (IUS) is new web-based research aimed at gathering substantial information about undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers in the country’s seven universities: Trinity College Dublin; University of Limerick; Dublin City University; National University of Ireland Maynooth; University College Dublin; University College Cork and National University of Ireland Galway. The findings published in the Irish Independent today are from the first module, conducted in 2008 among almost 3,500 students …” (more)

[Independent, 11 August]

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Do students read?

Posted in Teaching on July 14th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Recently I had an opportunity to chat with a group of law students from a number of different universities. I mentioned to them a book considered to a legal classic, and was astounded that not one of them had ever heard of it, much less read it. I then asked them about a number of other seminal books, about some famous cases – and when again none of them had read any of these, I turned it around and asked them to tell me what they had read or were reading. There was a good deal of hesitation, but when some of them started to tell me what they had read it became clear to me that they were mainly reading standard textbooks, but no monographs, no classics …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 July]

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Study Finds Drinking by College Students on the Rise

Posted in Life on June 16th, 2009 by steve

USA“Despite university campaigns to discourage alcohol abuse, a new study shows that drinking-related activities among college students have increased over the last decade. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, which used figures from government databases and national surveys, the number of alcohol-related deaths among 18- to 24-year-olds rose from 1,440 in 1998 to 1,825 in 2005. Binge drinking, more formally titled ‘episodic drinking’, saw a 3-percent increase in the same time frame …” (more)

[Ashley C Killough, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 June]

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Students ‘working harder on their own’

Posted in Teaching on May 7th, 2009 by steve

UK“University students study for two hours 12 minutes more a week now than they did two years ago, a report suggests today. But the time they spend in lectures and seminars is the same as it was three years ago. The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) quizzed 2,000 undergraduates on their degree workload, the size of their classes and their contact time with lecturers. The think-tank found that on average the students, who were first and second years at universities in England, spent 29 hours per week studying for their degrees, compared to its survey two years ago when a similar cohort of 15,000 students told HEPI they spent 26.8 hours studying per week …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 7 May]

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