NUI Galway reports on-campus racial abuse to Gardaí

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) has contacted An Garda Síochána over the harassment of a student on campus. In a video posted to Twitter on Wednesday, a man can be seen shouting racial slurs and other abuse at the student, who filmed the incident and shared it online …” (more)

[Jack Kennedy, Trinity News, 14 August]

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10 Educators to follow on Twitter

Posted in Teaching on June 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Being on Twitter has been a huge learning experience for me. There are so many brilliant teachers and scientists on the platform that I would never have come across if I had adopted the attitude that it’s all just people taking photos of their dinner. Oh for the good old days, you might say, before that totalitarians escape! …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 10 June]


Investigation after creepy online posts target over 20 female UCC students

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“UCC are investigating after some online posts were made targeting a number of female students. A probe has been launched after over 20 women had their pictures posted on an Instagram account which appeared to run a competition where viewers could rate them based on their looks …” (more)

[Gavin O’Callaghan, CorkBeo, 3 April]

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Thousands of students petition UCC to adopt ‘fair’ approach to exams during pandemic

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“Students of University College Cork (UCC) are calling for a fair approach to upcoming final examinations which are due to be sat online. UCC students are continuing to study from home as measures taken by the Government led to the further closure of universities across the country …” (more)

[Breda Graham, EchoLive, 1 April]

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Recent petitions on

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve is emerging as a significant forum of protest for those dissatisfied with the state of Irish higher education. Here are petitions for the last month:

‘No Detriment’ Policy for Technological University Dublin (31 March)

“No detriment” Policy for UCD (31 March)

“No Detriment” policy for the Waterford Institute of Technology (31 March)

“No Detriment” Policy for Trinity College Dublin (31 March)

Show Compassion: Refund UL Students no longer using on-campus accommodation 2019/20 Sem. 2 (30 March)

Protect Academic Freedom at University College Dublin! (30 March)

“No Detriment” Policy for Cork Institute of Technology (30 March)

“No Detriment” policy for Maynooth University (30 March)

‘No Detriment’ Policy for Dublin City University (30 March)

“No Detriment” Policy for University College Cork (30 March)

Establish a “No Detriment” policy in UL (30 March)

Ulster University: Introduce a ‘safety net’ mitigation system for summer assessments (27 March)

Queen’s University: Introduce a ‘safety net’ mitigation system for summer assessments (26 March)

To ensure students are given Rent relief given the Covid-19 situation! (25 March)

Queen’s University: Give Students the Option to Keep Current Grade as Final Mark (25 March)

10% added to Degree Classification for Final Year Students in COVID-19 Pandemic (24 March)

Urging Ulster University to reconsider the tuition fees for the year of 2019/2020 (23 March)

Maynooth University Student Accommodation Refund (23 March)

No online exams for QUB Students (19 March)

Suspend Student Accommodation rent for those who have had to return home due to COVID-19 (19 March)

Extend the History Dissertation Deadline at QUB (16 March)

Airlift Indian Students from Ireland (16 March)

Kylemore Reinstate Staff during Coronavirus #BoycottKylemore #BoycottKSG (13 March)

Queens University Belfast- Shut Down Lectures (12 March)

Close NUIG, Keep Sult Open (9 March)

Petition for Online Teaching in QUB under COVID-19 Threat (7 March)

Stop Unionists interference in QUB students voice. Support Grian Ni Dhaimhin as President (3 March)

Stop the 12% rent increase in UCD (2 March)

End the Sectarianism towards Protestants and Unionist Students at QUB! (1 March)

DCU Students’ Union urge the University to reverse its decision to increase rents by 4% (1 March)

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QUB coronavirus expert Broadbent steps back from media after online abuse

Posted in Research on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“A leading virologist has pulled back from speaking to the media about the spread of coronavirus after she was targeted by online trolls. Dr Lindsay Broadbent posted on Twitter over the weekend that she is stepping back from commenting publicly on the health crisis in order to preserve her own mental health …” (more)

[Lisa Smyth, Belfast Telegraph, 16 March]

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DCU Denies Coronavirus Case on Campus, Amid Social Media Rumours

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has denied any cases of coronavirus on its campus after rumours circulated on social media that a student had contracted the disease. The rumours started after an image of an ambulance, which appeared to be on DCU’s campus, was posted on Instagram and then shared on Twitter …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 3 March]

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Google Scholar, Web of Science, and Scopus: Which is best for me?

Posted in Research on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

“Being able to find, assess and place new research within a field of knowledge, is integral to any research project. For social scientists this process is increasingly likely to take place on Google Scholar, closely followed by traditional scholarly databases. In this post, Alberto Martín-Martín, Enrique Orduna-Malea, Mike Thelwall, Emilio Delgado-López-Cózar, analyse the relative coverage of the three main research databases, Google Scholar, Web of Science and Scopus, finding significant divergences in the social sciences and humanities and suggest that researchers face a trade-off when using different databases: between more comprehensive, but disorderly systems and orderly, but limited systems …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 3 December]

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No female students insulted on students’ WhatsApp group, says Law Society

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A review of a law students’ WhatsApp group called ‘Tits and Filth’ has uncovered no evidence of disparaging references to female trainee solicitors, the Law Society has said. The body, which trains and represents solicitors, launched an investigation into the group after receiving complaints from several members …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 14 October]

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Law Society say no reference made to female students in WhatsApp group

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Law Society of Ireland has said there were no references to female trainees in a messaging group that is being investigated by the solicitors’ training body. It comes after a number of messaging apps were blocked as it was reported that inappropriate content was posted onto a WhatsApp group entitled ‘tits and filth’ …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Belfast Telegraph, 14 October]

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‘We’re not 15’ – Female trainee solicitor hits out at ‘highly offensive’ Whatsapp messages among law trainees

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A trainee solicitor has said she feels disgusted that female students are being objectified by their male counterparts. The Law Society has launched an investigation after ‘highly offensive’ messages were found to be circulating in a Whatsapp group among some first-year law trainees at Dublin’s Blackhall Place …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 12 October]

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€8 a page – the price of cheating

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“News in today’s Guardian that ‘US essay mill firm targets new students through WhatsApp’ does not really surprise me – I’m sure essay mills have many clever ways to attract the attention of students who choose not to write their own essays. What does surprise me is the price, it is £7 per page (just over €8) …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 8 April]

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Maynooth apologise for tweet sent to student

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University’s Department of Law has apologised to a student following a reply they received on Twitter. The response a student was given when they asked about the exam timetable has received criticism online …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 31 March]

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University switches off social media to help student well-being

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

“A university is switching off all its social media channels for a few days as an example to encourage its students to try their own ‘digital detox’. De Montfort University, in Leicester, wants to highlight how ‘unrestrained social media use’ can be harmful to the mental health of young people …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 15 January]

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DCU students campaigning to prevent deportation of student

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University have begun a campaign on social media to prevent the deportation of an asylum seeker student at the college. According to the college’s students’ union, Shepherd Machaya has been issued with a deportation order which requires him to leave the state by next Sunday …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 18 October]

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The unexpected delights of working in academia, according to Twitter

Posted in Teaching on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Academics have been sharing the parts of their job which make them feel warm and fuzzy inside, sparked by a post from historian Dr William Pooley. He told of his ‘joy’ about writing a reference for one of his brightest students …” (more)

[Nicola Irwin, Independent, 21 September]

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Advice for college: never forget that social media never forgets

Posted in Life on September 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Choose your friends, clothes and politics wisely. They’ll come back to haunt you. The time when media fatheads humblebrag about doing badly in their Leaving Certificate has passed. We are now in the later stages of an equally infuriating season. For the last week or so, the same jerks have been offering unasked-for advice to those heading off to college …” (more)

[Donald Clarke, Irish Times, 21 September]


‘That’s me sorted for the Listowel Races!’ wrote student showing charity cheque

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“St Vincent de Paul cancels cheque it gave student to secure college place after message posted on Instagram. An ‘act of bravado’ by a college student has seen a cheque he received from St Vincent de Paul to secure his college place being cancelled. The young man had told a specially convened conference of a St Vincent de Paul education committee in Kerry that he would lose his place in college if he did not get emergency funding …” (more)

[Anne Lucey, Irish Times, 10 September]

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UCC cuts the jargon in new Instagram campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has successfully launched a social media campaign aimed at presenting complex ideas and research in a straightforward way to a general audience. It featured attention-grabbing portraits of researchers taken by Cork-based photographer Clare Keogh, accompanied by accessible explanations of their work …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 30 August]

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Students deserve better than student newspapers profiting off the housing crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“When the University Times posted an advertisement for the private luxury student accommodation bloc #LIVStudent on its Instagram account this week, many students were shocked. Such was the strength of the criticism to this post, the University Times felt that it was necessary to turn off comments underneath. And that isn’t the only instance of the University Times advertising luxury student accommodation …” (more)

[Muireann McGlynn, Trinity News, 26 August]

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