Are freshers the new realists when it comes to mental health support?

Posted in Life on September 17th, 2019 by steve

“‘I had an issue in Freshers’, said Lucy, ‘so this was like three days into me moving into the university house and I just had a meltdown and I had no idea what to do. So I was literally, like, I have known these people for 48 hours, where do I go?’ …” (more)

[Jenny Shaw, Wonkhe, 17 September]

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Behind the Lace Curtain

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on September 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The term ‘lace curtain poverty’ was coined to refer to situations where the objective reality of being impoverished is compounded by the additional complication whereby your circumstances are assumed by neighbours and the wider community to be at a much more comfortable (even prosperous) level than they actually are …” (more)

[IFUT, 16 September]

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Students charged €5.5k each up-front for accommodation in one popular Limerick district

Posted in Life on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In a week which saw thousands of students flock to Limerick for the start of the new academic year, a landlord has charged a number of students €5.5k each up-front for privately rented accommodation near UL campus …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 12 September]

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Gender pay gap: Females with a degree earn significantly less than male peers, report reveals

Posted in Life on September 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Despite being better educated overall – women aged 25-64, with a degree in Ireland earn 28% less than their male counterparts, according to a new report. This is among the findings in an annual overview of structure, finances and performance of education systems in the developed world, by the international think-tank OECD …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 September]

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High gender pay gap among degree holders – OECD

Posted in Life on September 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland has the largest pay gap between men and women with third level qualifications in the OECD. Education at a Glance, which was published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, shows that men educated to third level in Ireland earn more than their female peers …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 September]

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Students struggling to find accommodation as cost continues to rise

Posted in Life on September 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“College students are being distracted from their education by looking for accommodation. Many students are still trying to find somewhere to live for this academic year. It comes as every college in the country has hiked its student living fees …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 6 September]

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Active Consent Programme to Tour Colleges Across Ireland with Play titled ‘The Kinds of Sex You Might Have At College’

Posted in Life on September 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Alumni of NUI Galway’s Drama and Theatre Studies will perform an original play, The Kinds of Sex You Might Have at College, as part of a limited national tour to Irish universities between September and October 2019 …” (more)

[NUIG, 2 September]

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‘I’ve had enough’ – Trinity PhD student writes to minister demanding rent subsidy

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Trinity College Dublin (TCD) student has penned a letter to the minister of third level education claiming that PhD students are forgotten in Ireland. The letter asks for an accommodation subsidy to be provided to students as the maximum stipend of €18,000 per year makes living in Dublin difficult to afford …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 3 September]

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Students allegedly given sponge sheets for beds and told they can only cook instant noodles while renting Dublin city centre ‘apartment’ hidden in tiny industrial unit

Posted in Life on August 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Four Malaysian students are locked in a bitter deposit dispute after leaving what might be Dublin’s most shocking rented accommodation. Unbelievable photos show what appears to be a small industrial lot that has now been converted into an ‘apartment’ in the capital’s city centre …” (more)

[Gavin O’Callaghan, DublinLive, 29 August]

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The average graduate starting salary is now over €30,000

Posted in Life on August 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The averge graduate starting salary has now exceeded €30,000, according to a new report. The average starting salary is now €30,409, up from €29,060 last year, figures in the latest GradIreland salary and recruitment trends survey show …” (more)

[Órla Ryan, TheJournal.ie, 28 August]

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10 third-level students have their say about mental health

Posted in Life on August 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Tuesday, a report published by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) – and funded by the HSE – claimed that one third of students are experiencing ‘extremely severe levels of anxiety’. The National Report on Student Mental Health in Third Level Education surveyed students on their experiences with mental health and mental health services …” (more)

[Damian Cullen, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Almost a third of students in Ireland depressed

Posted in Life on August 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A third of students are experiencing ‘extremely severe levels of anxiety’ and have had a formal diagnosis of a mental health difficulty at some point in their lives, according to a report by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). The National Report on Student Mental Health in Third Level Education surveyed 3,340 students on aspects of their experiences with mental health and mental health services in third level education. It was funded by the Health Service Executive …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Skipping College for Work is a Slippery Slope Towards Undervaluing Education

Posted in Life on August 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Figures released this week, showing that over half of Irish students skip classes for work, will hardly have come as a surprise to anyone. While we may not have had the official statistics before, the anecdotal evidence on this has long been readily available. Perhaps the only shocking thing about this latest study is that it confirms once and for all just how ubiquitous the practice has become …” (more)

[University Times, 25 August]

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An inspirational sculpture

Posted in Life on August 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – What a great gesture by Dublin City University to commission a Sandra Bell sculpture on behalf of teachers in Irish society (Julien Behal photograph, page 4, August 22nd). Míle buíochas dóibh! I’ve been a teacher and principal for most of my adult life and I’m delighted we have a beautiful image dedicated to us, the educators of Ireland’s children …” (more)

[Brenda Morgan, Irish Times, 24 August]

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Graduates overlooking Irish companies in favour of multinationals, survey finds

Posted in Life on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish companies need to do more to attract top home-grown talent, a new survey has found. According to research carried out by Universum on behalf of IrishJobs.ie, graduates are overlooking Irish companies in favour of large-scale multinationals based here. The survey of 11,000 graduates found Irish businesses are lagging behind their international counterparts when it comes to who they would choose to work for …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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More than half of students skip class to work so they can pay for rising rents

Posted in Life on August 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 50% of students reported skipping lectures to work, as they struggle to pay soaring rents. Some 15% of students said they would cut down on food to afford living costs and 11% admitted avoiding medical check-ups to deal with the financial burden. The number of students missing lectures to earn money rose by 33 percentage points compared to the 22% figure in 2017, according to the Irish League of Credit Unions survey …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 19 August]

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Black Cat Appreciation Day

Posted in Life on August 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Apparently today, August 17th, is Black Cat Appreciation Day, so I couldn’t resist acknowledging the contributions of Maynooth University Library Cat who I think is largely responsible for increase in the number of students coming to this University …” (more)

[In the Dark, 17 August]

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Third-level students facing expensive, long commutes as rents rise

Posted in Life on August 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“When Adrasteia Hughes accepted her offer of a place studying sociology and linguistics at UCD, she had no idea of just how draining the daily commute would be. She spends up to four hours each day on buses and trains in rush-hour traffic to get from her home in Co Kildare to the campus at Belfield and back again …” (more)

[Lynn Rusk and Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 17 August]

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8% Increase in Book of Kells Visitor Numbers

Posted in Life on August 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Visitor numbers to the Book of Kells exhibition in Trinity have increased by almost 8% since last year, with the site climbing one place in the list of Ireland’s top ten tourist attractions. 1,057,642 people visited the world-famous medieval manuscript and accompanying exhibition last year, an increase of 7.5% from 983,410 in 2017 …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 4 August]

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Over 90% of New Student Beds in Dublin Demand Rents Above €800

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on July 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Less than 7% of purpose-built student accommodation developed in Dublin since 2016 is available for less than €840 per month. The government today announced that 6,691 student beds have been created in Ireland since 2016, as part of its National Student Accommodation Strategy …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 26 July]

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