University of Limerick appoints Professor Kerstin Mey as president for 10-year term

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) has appointed Professor Kerstin Mey as its president for a 10-year term. Prof Mey has held the role on an interim basis since Septmber 2020, after the early retirement of Prof Des Fitzgerald took on the job in May 2017 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 October]

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Sinn Féin budget will take the pressure off students – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has brought forward proposals in her party’s alternative budget that include reducing fees for all and extending SUSI support to 15,000 additional students while also tackling the issue of core funding. Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 8 October]

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Study reveals 83% of girls fear gender inequality in science and tech careers

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A lack of subject choices in school is a clear barrier to pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and maths, according to four in five (78%) of girls surveyed. And a remarkable 83% of Irish teenage girls also warned there is a widespread perception of a lack of gender equality in the STEM careers area …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 8 October]

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‘Students who are coming to us are very hungry,’ says Cork Penny Dinners coordinator as cost of living soars

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The coordinator of a charity which provides cheap dinners in Cork City has said ‘students who are coming to us are very hungry’. Penny Dinners Trustees volunteer coordinator Caitríona Twomey said the high cost of rent and utilities means some students in Cork have ‘nothing left over for food’ …” (more)

[Paul Hyland, Independent, 8 October]

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Up to 750 students did not get college offers due to errors in CAO applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Up to 750 college applicants did not get college places in round one of this year’s CAO offers due to errors or commissions in their applications. Students reported last month that they had failed to spot ‘urgent’ emails from the CAO alerting them to issues with their applications …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 October]

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Demand for UCC food bank highlights ‘reality of student poverty’

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has acknowledged the hardship faced by college students in the wake of a UCC food bank running out of supplies in less than 50 minutes …” (more)

[Ellen O’Regan, Irish Examiner, 7 October]

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Student sex work is happening, and universities need to respond with health services

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2021 by steve

“As university and college semesters unfold, a small but increasing percentage of students will likely also be taking on a largely under-reported and overlooked form of part-time employment: sex work …” (more)

[Aaron Brown and Elizabeth Buckner, The Conversation, 7 October]

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‘The level of need is ridiculous’: Students’ unions respond to surge in requests for help

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Across college campuses, students’ unions are used to dealing with emergency appeals for help – but this year, they say, there are more requests than ever before. The ripple effects of rising rents or long-distance commuting costs mean more students have less to spare for food and other essentials …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 October]

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