DCU bringing students back from China to Ireland due to coronavirus fears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin university has asked its students based in China to return to Ireland due to the spread of the coronavirus. DCU has a number of students that are based in China for the 2019/2020 academic year, though none are based in the Hubei region which is at the centre of the virus …” (more)

[Orla Dwyer, TheJournal.ie, 29 January]

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Free Condoms for Third Level Students

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dr Helen Deely, Acting Assistant National Director for HSE Health and Wellbeing, talks to Mary about the HSE’s announcement that it will make condoms and sexual health information freely available to third level students nationally.” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 6 November]

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Dublin universities send warnings to students over mumps outbreak in the capital

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Warnings have been issued to university students in Dublin after the HSE confirmed that mumps cases have increased as students return to schools and colleges. Earlier this month, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), Ireland’s specialist agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases, confirmed that the national mumps outbreak that started in 2018 is still ongoing …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 25 October]

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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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DCU president to lead HSE’s ‘rapid review’ into IT glitch that left 800 without smear test results

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of DCU is to lead an ‘immediate rapid review’, commissioned by the HSE, into the latest Cervical Check controversy. Professor Brian McGrath was appointed as the independent external chairperson for the review after it emerged that 800 women did not receive their smear test results because of an IT glitch at a US lab …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 July]

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Student Midwives Denied Placement Expenses Amid Confusion Over HSE Rules

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s student midwives are being forced to work 13-hour shifts with no financial compensation during their placements, amid ongoing confusion and disagreement between the College and its affiliated hospitals over the HSE’s rules on travel costs for midwifery students …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 21 June]

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Plan for vending machines to give out free condoms in universities and pubs

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Vending machines could be used to dispense free condoms in a drive to reduce crisis pregnancies and promote sexual health. The HSE is seeking to provide free condoms in colleges and among ‘at risk’ groups. The installation of machines in pubs and clubs has emerged as one of the options to be investigated as the HSE researches the best way to distribute the condoms …” (more)

[Laura Larkin, Independent, 31 December]

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Latest: Less than a third of nursing graduates offered contracts by HSE

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Just 30% of final year nursing students have been offered contracts by the HSE. Meanwhile 70% have been contacted by overseas recruiters. A new INMO survey also shows that 78% of nursing students are considering emigrating when they finish their degree …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 25 April]

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Outgoing UCC President calls for major changes in the Irish health system

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCC president Dr Michael Murphy has called for major changes in the Irish health system in an effort to retain graduates. Speaking to the Evening Echo, Dr Murphy, a former Head of UCC’s College of Medicine and a former board member of the HSE, argued for improved training and incentives to ensure better leadership in the health service …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 19 January]

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University of Limerick working with HSE after ‘outbreak’ of STIs on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has said it is working closely with the HSE following ‘an outbreak’ of sexually transmitted diseases on campus. An email which warned ‘urgent alert to all students’ was issued to the student population by the UL Student Health Centre advising of ‘an outbreak of Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia on campus’ …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 14 December]

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Mental health at UL is a ‘mounting crisis’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Up to 1,000 students at the University of Limerick are expected to avail of counselling services this year, but students say a lack of funding is leaving counsellors struggling to cope with demand …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 27 July]

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Expert finds AIT audiology degree to be on a par with international programmes

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s first degree in audiology, offered by Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), is on a par with the standards of similar UK and other international programmes, according to a report …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 17 October]

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Audiology students seek HSE placements as course cleared

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A class of 11 students who went to court last year to be allowed complete a cancelled audiology degree at Athlone Institute of Technology should be able to begin clinical placements with the HSE in January …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 October]

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HSE’s top HR chief set to take up role at UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A top HSE official, head of human resources Barry O’Brien, is to leave the organisation in the coming months, it was confirmed last night. Mr O’Brien, a regular attendee at the Oireachtas health committee and a key negotiator in the Haddington Road talks, is understood to be taking up a role in the HR department of University College Cork …” (more)

[Mary Regan and Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 16 October]

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Stemming the brain drain

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – The current medical brain drain and the large number of unfilled consultant and GP positions in Ireland make it clear that this is not an attractive place for medics to take up work …” (more)

[Steven Maloney, Irish Times, 2 September]

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UCC students more likely to have taken drugs than others

Posted in Life on July 8th, 2014 by steve

“UCC students are more likely to have taken illegal drugs, are less likely to be teetotallers, are more sexually active and are more financially independent than students of UCD or Trinity College …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 8 July]

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Harvard professor to get €50,000 for six-hour HSE class

Posted in Teaching on May 3rd, 2014 by steve

“A Harvard professor is being paid $70,000 (€50,489) to give a two-day masterclass in Dublin to the Health Service Executive on Value in Healthcare. Prof Robert S Kaplan will participate in eight sessions at the event between May 15th and May 16th for a total of almost six hours …” (more)

[Tom Lyons, Irish Times, 3 May]


CEOs must get approval for lecture top-up cash

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2014 by steve

“Three hospital chief executives will have to seek approval from the Department of Health for payments they receive for lecturing in universities …” (more)

[Philip Ryan, Independent, 15 April]

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The future for Irish nurses

Posted in Life on October 29th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – As a newly-qualified nurse, with a first class honours degree in general nursing, I find it hard to take any satisfaction or even be proud of my hard-earned achievement due to the nursing graduate scheme that the HSE is introducing …” (more)

[Ciara Mulvaney, Irish Times, 29 October]

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Three more TB cases identified at DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2013 by steve

“Three cases of tuberculosis have been identified at Dublin City University after students and staff were screened as part of an investigation into a case diagnosed earlier this year …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 27 September]

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