What do university Covid outbreaks mean for Scotland’s students?

Posted in Life on September 24th, 2020 by steve

“More than 1,000 students across Scotland are self-isolating after cases of Covid-19 were identified in student accommodation in Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen. So what do students need to know about life on campus in the time of coronavirus? We’ve put together the answers to some key questions …” (more)

[Claire Diamond and Chris Sleight, BBC Scotland, 24 September]

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Fresher approach: How college clubs are adapting to Covid

Posted in Life on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student life has as much to do with the extracurricular activities – the clubs and societies you join and the people you meet through shared activities on campus – as it does with the academic side of things …” (more)

[Kathy Donaghy, Independent, 23 September]


Students often embarrassed to raise issue of sexual consent, study shows

Posted in Life on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Young people overwhelmingly believe in the principle of sexual consent, but sometimes feel embarrassed about raising the subject, a new study has found. A survey of college students has found 37% of female college students and 53% of male college students gave a ‘neutral’ or ‘agree’ response when asked whether asking for consent is awkward …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 21 September]


Dutch Education Minister Wants Academics to Have Weekends

Posted in Life, Research on September 17th, 2020 by steve

“Academics should not be forced to squeeze their research into weekends and holidays, according to the Dutch education minister, who admitted that pressure on some researchers had become intolerable and that professional competition had gone ‘too far …” (more)

[David Matthews, Inside Higher Ed, 17 September]


Missing NCI

Posted in Life, Teaching on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday I was in Dublin City Centre for the first time since mid-March, and I happened to be close to the National College of Ireland so I called by to see it. The College is closed on Sundays and I made no attempt to go in …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 14 September]

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‘We did the maths … it’ll be cheaper to stay in hotels if we have lectures a day or two a week’

Posted in Life on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students are planning to stay in a hotel or in bed-and-breakfast accommodation several nights a week when they have on-campus lectures to save money on rent this academic year …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 14 September]

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Students should consider not returning home at weekends – CAO board chairman

Posted in Life on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students should consider not returning home at the weekends during the academic term, in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19, the chairman of the CAO board has said. The suggestion has been challenged by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), which said visiting family is important for the mental health of young people …” (more)

[Shauna Bowers and Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 11 September]

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The social side of third level: what will become of it?

Posted in Life on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Every year, as a new batch of first years hit third level, college and national newspapers publish freshers’ guides. The advice is usually timeless. College is about so much more than academia. Get involved in student clubs and societies, or throw yourself into the students’ union, college newspaper or student radio station …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 11 September]


Campus Naming and Shaming

Posted in Life on September 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Why wouldn’t we? What’s to stop us from ‘speaking out’? Especially if, in Ireland’s small world, we have made something approaching a name or a voice for ourselves. And if one fine day we were beset by a distressing on-campus stalking campaign that wasn’t taken seriously enough by our employer and so eventually escalated out of control …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 6 September]


Students in accommodation limbo as many lectures go online

Posted in Life on September 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Kasia O’Connor will fly into Dublin this Sunday with a few pangs about leaving Crete – and not just because the temperature is currently a sizzling 36 degrees. A third year English, Drama and Film student at UCD, she’s been wondering all summer whether the gamble of booking accommodation in Dublin last May for the year ahead would pay off …” (more)

[Marese McDonagh, Irish Times, 5 September]

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Students face accommodation and fees concern ahead of return to college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third level students in Cork are preparing for a return to college amid concerns over fees and accommodation costs. With some third level institutes opting largely for supporting students to learn from home, calls have been made for student contribution fees to be reduced …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 31 August]

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College during Covid: Why students have every right to be angry

Posted in Life on August 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Covid-19 has affected our entire world, sweeping across class divisions, occupations and all age groups. But I think it is safe to say that we are all united in our empathy for one particular group in Irish society, the students entering college next year – and not just in an ‘Ack, poor things missing the Leaving Cert’, type of way …” (more)

[Martha Brennan, Irish Times, 28 August]

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Two-thirds of students are nervous about returning to third-level education

Posted in Life, Teaching on August 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“2020 has been a challenging and uncertain time for us all, but particularly for Irish students. With schools and colleges closed for over 5 months, it’s only natural that the new academic year will be a daunting one …” (more)

[Waterford Live, 28 August]

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Tributes Paid to ‘Irreplaceable’ Professor Brian Fynes

Posted in Life on August 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Last week, University College Dublin’s (UCD) College of Business announced the passing of Professor Brian Fynes following a short illness. The professor of Supply Chain Management, whose connection to UCD stretched back to his days as an undergraduate, had been a cherished faculty member of the College since 1990 …” (more)

[Gemma Farrell, College Tribune, 24 August]

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The Week Ahead

Posted in Life on August 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Friday I finished correcting the batch of Repeat examinations that were within my remit. I think the other staff have done likewise. All the marks now get uploaded and cross-checked and before another meeting of the Exam Board the year’s examination process to an end …” (more)

[In the Dark, 23 August]

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Majority of Irish students fear they won’t have enough money to stay in college this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Four in five students fear they won’t have enough money to stay in college this year. And Covid-19 is to blame because of falling incomes in families and the complete collapse of summer work that normally allow students to build a nest egg for the year …” (more)

[Ferghal Blaney, Dublin Live, 20 August]

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Majority of students not receiving enough government support

Posted in Life on August 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish students are reporting they are not receiving enough support from the government support during the pandemic. Research has found there are fears and uncertainty among college students and those entering third-level education. Their mental health has also been affected during the pandemic …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 12 August]

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Why has a gap suddenly become such a risky option?

Posted in Life on August 12th, 2020 by steve

“On my first night at a former poly in the mid-90s, I somehow managed to find myself in a dreary conversation in the SU bar with some posh people trying to outdo each other with tales of them taking a year out to build schools and going ‘interrailing’ …” (more)

[Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe, 12 August]

International Students Long for College Experience and People More than Degree

Posted in Life on July 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is considered Ireland’s largest international university. It is home to over 6,000 international students that make up 29% of the student population, according to then most recent registration figures …” (more)

[Danielle DerGarabedian, College Tribune, 26 July]

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Life on Campus in September: What We Know So Far

Posted in Life, Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Life at University College Dublin will be remarkably unusual for students in the upcoming academic year, as staff, lecturers, clubs, societies, and the government try to implement new public health restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is everything we know so far about what college life will be like this September …” (more)

[Ann Jaffray and Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 21 July]

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