80% of Irish Students Happy With College Experience Pre-Covid-19, Says Survey

Posted in Life, Teaching on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In a survey conducted before Covid-19 restrictions were put into place, 80% of Irish students said they were satisfied with their college experience. Students post-implementation of restrictions have told The College Tribune that they are significantly less satisfied with their college experience …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 26 November]

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Academic burnout in all its forms

Posted in Life on November 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Academic burnout can be defined as a negative emotional, physical or mental reaction to prolonged study that results in exhaustion, frustration, lack of motivation and reduced ability to perform in academia. It’s normal to feel stressed, anxious and nervous at university, especially at the start of the year or around exam periods …” (more)

[Ella McKee, Trinity News, 25 November]

For university students, COVID-19 stress creates perfect conditions for mental health crises

Posted in Life on November 24th, 2020 by steve

“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of most, if not all, individuals living in Canada. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the mental health of younger populations (ages 18-25) has been particularly affected …” (more)

[Kim Hellemans and others, The Conversation, 24 October]

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More than 4 in 10 students feel college does not prepare them for work

Posted in Life, Teaching on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than four in 10 students in Ireland believe they acquire very little or just some skills at university and college that will help them get a job, a survey has found. The Irish Survey of Student Engagement, or StudentSurvey.ie, polled 44,707 first year and final year undergraduate students as well as post-graduate students attending third-level institutions this year …” (more)

[Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 24 November]

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College in a time of Covid: Are third-level students being short-changed?

Posted in Life on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In late September, hundreds of students gathered at Spanish Arch in Galway. They were widely condemned for breaching Covid-19 regulations. While student leaders say large gatherings and house parties should not have happened, they point out that the vast majority of students are quietly giving up at least a chunk of their student years to support the battle against coronavirus – and getting little credit for it …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 24 November]

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Sinn Féin says 35% of students expected their course to be entirely online

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life, Teaching on November 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students have expressed feelings of having been “misled into securing accommodation” despite the move of most learning online in a new report published by Sinn Fein. Sinn Féin Higher and Further Education Spokesperson Rose Conway-Walsh has published the results of the Sinn Féin Student Accommodation Survey 2020 …” (more)

[Connie Roughan, Trinity News, 21 November]

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UL lecturer discusses working from home

Posted in Life, Teaching on November 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Due to the government’s Covid-19 guidelines that higher education should be primarily online where possible, the vast majority of third-level institutions have moved online for not only this semester but the whole year. University of Limerick (UL) has decided to move the majority of courses online ‘minimising on-campus activity to essential on-campus learning activities’ …” (more)

[Katie O’Donovan, Limerick Voice, 18 November]

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On social welfare, unable to buy a house: The reality facing Ireland’s academics

Posted in Life on November 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘I’ve never settled down. You can end up not having a family. I don’t have pets – I foster – as you just don’t know if you’re going to be around or not.’ Dr Ingrid Holme, adjunct research fellow in sociology at UCD, has worked as a lecturer and researcher in universities across Ireland and the UK for more than the past decade …” (more)

[Maria Delaney, Noteworthy.ie, 15 November]

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COVID-19 bears down on the weight already shouldered by international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on November 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the university campus and accommodations emptied on March 12th upon the announcement of a global pandemic and college closure, the international student population had more decisions to make than the average student – how to get home, and how to return to UCC when or if the need arose. Students from overseas make up 15.6% of the overall UCC student population …” (more)

[Maeve McTaggart, University Express, 10 November]

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Covid-19: universities can’t fix everything and that should be OK

Posted in Life on November 9th, 2020 by steve

“University communities have been thrust into perpetual crisis mode – but staff burnout is counterproductive, says Simone Buitendijk. We can’t go on like this. By striving to create an unachievable perfect replica of the past in a volatile, unstable present, we risk doing a disservice to the longer term future of our students and our wider academic communities …” (more)

[Wonkhe, 9 November]

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Concerns about holiday travel, accommodation brought to light in international students’ survey

Posted in Life on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Concerns about exams, accommodation and travel during the Christmas period have been highlighted by the first responses recorded in a survey of international students on challenges posed by Covid-19 regulations. Last week, international students were alerted to the release of a virtual, anonymous student survey in order to determine the status and response of international students amidst Level 5 restrictions …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 8 November]

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The changing scope of students’ welfare needs

Posted in Life on November 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘One student described how the isolation period on campus could be “profoundly lonely” and that, “There have been days that have taken a toll on mental health.”’ ‘First year students, who by all rights should be swirling in a whirlwind of free wine and pizza from societies, pouring their heart out to a new best friend as they stumble back to Dartry from town, are instead restricted from the mill of new people that typically makes first year so exciting …'” (more)

[Jack Ryan, Trinity News, 6 November]

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Students are unfairly vilified for spreading Covid-19

Posted in Life on November 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“You only have to look at the comment section of any recently published Covid-19 scandal in any news outlet to see which demographic is on the receiving end of the public’s blame for spreading the virus. We have been treated to videos of house parties and mass gatherings in areas with high concentrations of students …” (more)

[Laura Galvin, Trinity News, 6 November]

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Life at Trinity Halls: What happens to a social hotspot when socializing is restricted

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tucked away into a corner of Rathmines, Trinity Hall is, for many, a sentimental milestone from first year, often associated with the rows of dimly-lit kitchens late at night, cold walks back along Dartry road, and the famously vibrant social scene …” (more)

[Olivia Flaherty-Lovy, Trinity News, 3 November]

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College September 2021: What will student life be like?

Posted in Life, Teaching on November 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“What will college be like in 2021? The class of 2021 – who may or may not sit the traditional Leaving Cert exam next June – are, along with the rest of us, hopeful that either a vaccine or effective treatment might allow a return to normal campus life and the familiar college experience …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 3 November]

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Dark academia

Posted in Life on November 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The description of where many of us who have or continue to work in third level have found ourselves? Not quite. From the people who brought you cottagecore, behold dark academia, an ‘aesthetic’, that seems determined to combine Harry Potter, preppy and Giles from Buffy in one curious mix …” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 1 November]

Students face a different connection issue: isolation

Posted in Life on October 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Throughout 2020, work, education, and social lives have been moved online for the majority of the population of this country. Everyone will be familiar with connection issues at this stage; the Wi-Fi dropping, audio or video issues, computers crashing in the middle of important classes or meetings …” (more)

[Ciarán van Dam, Limerick Voice, 30 October]

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Uni Life: Charleville student shines in new college TV series

Posted in Life on October 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A young woman from the Traveller community in Cork who is the first in her family to progress to third-level education features in a new documentary about access to higher education …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 27 October]

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Maynooth University Library Cat Update

Posted in Life on October 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As we enter a six week period of Level 5 restrictions in Ireland I thought I’d post a quick update about Maynooth University Library Cat just to reassure readers that he is doing fine. Yesterday I passed by his post on the way to my 2pm lecture in Physics Hall …” (more)

[In the Dark, 22 October]


Trinity Hall Like a ‘Prison’ Amid Harsh Coronavirus Rules, Say Residents

Posted in Life on October 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Hall – billed by College as ‘an ideal place to make friends and get acquainted’ – has become like a ‘prison’ during the coronavirus pandemic, in which students face threats of severe punishments, evictions and fines worth hundreds of euro for breaking the complex’s strict rules …” (more)

[Jane Cook and Amy Cox, University Times, 16 October]

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