Trinity students march on the Dáil in continued protests over reopening of the university

Posted in Life on October 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students today marched on the Dáil to protest what they call major shortfalls in the student experience. Led by members of Students4Change and the Graduates Student Union (GSU), the students marched from the Front Square of the university to outside Leinster House at 4pm this afternoon …” (more)

[Ellen Gough, Hot Press, 16 October]

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Concerns that SUSI grants system is failing students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on October 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“At lunchtime today, the main quad at TU Dublin’s new Grangegorman campus was buzzing with students. A welcome sight given the devastation of campus life last year. However, a lecturer who works at the college told me that the college is concerned that not all students are throwing themselves back into college life as they once would have …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 14 October]

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Dublin council chief criticised over ‘snide’ comments to students

Posted in Life on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of Dublin City Council has been criticised for ‘snide and dismissive’ comments to a students’ union that raised concerns over the use of purpose built student accommodation by tourists. In a tweet on Monday, the president of the University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) Ruairí Power posted a short excerpt from a letter signed by Owen Keegan addressing the issue …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Campus Return Sparks Commuting Hell

Posted in Life on October 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Last month marked the return to students to the UCD campus. It also coincided with the return of full capacity public transport and the carnage that is commuting to UCD. Anxiety struck me last week as I approached the N11 bus stop heading towards town at 4 pm …” (more)

[Conor Paterson, College Tribune, 10 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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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]


Maynooth University Library Cat Update

Posted in Life on October 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“On my way through the drizzle to my 2pm lecture today I happened to see Maynooth University Library Cat at his usual position so stopped to take a snap …” (more)

[In the Dark, 6 October]


Adjusting back to the ‘old normal’ might be easy for some, but not for all

Posted in Life on September 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“With streets bustling, pubs and restaurants rebounding and schools resuming in-person lessons, we can take a deep breath, relax, and welcome back the ‘old normal’. Or can we? For some it won’t be that easy. While we craved all the hallmarks of our normal lives with its foreign holidays and weekend getaways for 18 months, now that we can gradually reintroduce those aspects to our lives, many will experience what has been termed as post-pandemic anxiety …” (more)

[Trudy Feenane, The College View, 29 September]


Penny Dinners: Cork college students quitting studies due to hunger

Posted in Life on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“College students have been turning to a Cork soup kitchen as a last resort before quitting their studies due to extreme hunger. Caitríona Twomey from Cork Penny Dinners on Little Hanover Street said that they have always welcomed university students. However, this new college term has seen growing numbers as a result of serious financial hardship among young people …” (more)

[EchoLive, 27 September]

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Appreciation: Lawrence John Crane

Posted in Life on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Lawrence John Crane, who died in March 2021, aged 89, was one of the leading applied mathematicians of his day in Ireland. His lifelong enthusiasm for the subject was appreciated by his students and colleagues in Trinity College, where he lectured for over 40 years …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 September]

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Students on campus for handful of days ‘opting to commute’

Posted in Life on September 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Many students who are on campus for just three days a week are opting to commute long distances to college rather than pay for housing, according to an accommodations officer at Munster Technological University (MTU) in Cork …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 23 September]

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College students in Limerick staying in hotels due to lack of accommodation

Posted in Life on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students in Limerick are staying in hotels because they cannot find suitable accommodation in the city. In a sign that the student accommodation crisis has spread this year beyond the larger university cities such as Dublin or Cork, students studying in Limerick are paying up to €390 weekly for five nights in a hotel as part of a deal struck between Mary Immaculate College and three city hotels to accommodate students …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 14 September]

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One week to go …

Posted in Life, Teaching on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It’s Monday 13th September 2021 which means that teaching begins a week today. Gulp. We still don’t really have any idea how many students we’ll have on our courses in the first year …” (more)

[In the Dark, 13 September]


The Self on the Shelf

Posted in Life on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In this Weekend’s Financial Times there is an article (above) about why some of us find it hard to throw away old books. This range home to me because the work involved in packing and shipping my possessions to Ireland recently would have been considerably reduced had I thrown away my books, all 25 boxes of them …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 September]


Student behaviour has caused Limerick landlords ‘to exit rental market’

Posted in Life on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Limerick property letting agent has suggested the anti-social behaviour of some students has resulted in many landlords either selling up, or renting to professionals instead. This week, the Limerick Leader has highlighted a surge in demand for student accommodation units, with suggestions demand has spiked 30% since 2016, while the supply of property has fallen …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 9 September]

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Student housing crisis sees landlords seeking up to €1,200 per room per month

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on September 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A student housing crisis is forcing some students to defer third-level education until they have saved enough money to cover escalating accommodation and college costs …” (more)

[Liz Dunphy, Irish Examiner, 6 September]

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Redevelopment of old DIT Kevin Street gets go-ahead

Posted in Life on September 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Plans to construct a €475 million redevelopment of DIT’s former Kevin Street Campus in Dublin have secured the green light. This follows An Bord Pleanála granting a 10 year planning permission to Shane Whelan’s Westridge Real Estate for the development of 53,110 sq tf of office accommodation in two 11-storey blocks alongside 299 build to rent apartments across three buildings of up to 14 storeys in height …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 September]