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]


Maynooth University Library Cat Update

Posted in Life on September 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It occurred to me today that I haven’t posted anything about the famous Library Cat of Maynooth University for a while. He has generally been away on his wanders whenever I’ve passed his usual spot …” (more)

[In the Dark, 1 September]


College reopening

Posted in Life on September 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“John Cooke visits NUI Galway as students return to campus and reflects on recent Covid breaches (podcast).”

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 1 September]

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Spiralling college costs pricing out families on ordinary incomes – Kathleen Funchion TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD Kathleen Funchion for Carlow Kilkenny has accused the government of failing third-level students as college costs continue to spiral out of control and many are struggling to find accommodation …” (more)

[Sian Moloughney, Kilkenny People, 25 August]

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€14k Per Year for College is Far Too Much to Ask of Students and Their Families

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The breakdown of the cost of college will surprise few in third level. But at this time of year, when the cost of going back to school is all over the media, students deserve a look in, writes the Editorial Board. Going to college is now simply accepted as being expensive in Ireland. It shouldn’t be …” (more)

[University Times, 22 August]

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‘It’s just impossible to find anywhere to live’ – college students forced to commute

Posted in Life on August 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“High rental prices and a severe shortage of available accommodation is seeing more students opting to commute to their universities from next month onwards …” (more)

[Amy Blaney, Independent, 20 August]

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College costs jump to €14,000 for students living away from home

Posted in Life on August 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The cost of college will jump to up to €14,000 this year for students living away from home. After a year of studying from home, which kept a lid on outgoings, the return to campus next month will punch a hole in family finances. High rents and rising food prices are key contributors to the projected hike in living costs …” (more)

[Independent, 18 August]

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A period of readjustment …

Posted in Life, Teaching on August 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It’s been a rather busy weekend as I’ve tried to complete the grading my repeat examinations. I’m almost done but I have six more scripts to do, which I will finish tomorrow morning. Once again I’ve set a bad example by being later than everyone else, but at least I’m not going to miss the deadline …” (more)

[In the Dark, 15 August]

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Reflections – 30 thoughts on 30 years in academia

Posted in Life on July 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Next week, August, I celebrate? remember? reflect on? 30y in full-time academia, all that time (bar visiting stints in various places) spent in the Trinity Business School in Trinity College Dublin. I might do a reflection on how I see TBS, TCD and Irish academia (from my narrow lens) as having changed over time. but this here is a set of 30 thoughts, aphorisms, musings, fortune cookie sayings, whatever you wish, on academia, finance version. In no especial order …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 28 July]

All over higher education, mothers are exhausted

Posted in Life, Research on July 14th, 2021 by steve

“When the first England lockdown was announced in March 2020 we shared a sense of outright panic with many of our colleagues who are parents. But we are lucky to be part of Durham University’s Mothers and Mothers-to-be Support Network (MAMS), which was established in 2013-14 with the aim to support and advocate for mums who work at the university …” (more)

[Nicole Westmarland, Wonkhe, 14 July]

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Third of student teachers have financial difficulties

Posted in Life on July 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“More than a third of student teachers have experienced ‘serious’ or ‘very serious’ financial difficulties, to the extent where some have considered dropping out of the training process. The findings are based on the experiences of 391 second-level student teachers enrolled in the Professional Master of Education (PME) programme, with many having to resort to family and friends to help them out financially …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 5 July]


Pandemic pressures made parents consider quitting academia

Posted in Life, Research on June 29th, 2021 by steve

“The stress of balancing work and home life during the COVID-19 pandemic has left many medical scientists with children questioning their future careers, and women are the hardest hit, according to a survey at a US university …” (more)

[Nature, 28 June]

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UCD professor of accounting Eamonn Walsh dies

Posted in Life on June 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Eamonn Walsh, professor of accounting at University College Dublin and a high-profile commentator on financial issues, has died. He was 60. Mr Walsh was a member of staff at UCD’s Michael Smurfit Graduate School of business for 22 years. He was a former dean of the school, and in recent years occupied a professor of accounting role that is supported by financial services firm PwC …” (more)

[Mark Paul, Irish Times, 28 June]

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