Almost 20% of students in health-related courses in UCC suffer extreme stress

Posted in Research on March 20th, 2020 by steve

“Almost one-in-five students across a range of medical third level courses suffer extreme stress according to a new study, with an academic supervisor claiming stress during training can help once they are working in frontline fields …” (more)

[Noel Baker,, 20 March]

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Survey of academics finds widespread feelings of stress and overwork

Posted in Research on February 29th, 2020 by steve

“Many people imagine universities to be calm and relaxed places of work, populated by academics who have long holidays, small workloads and obsessions with obscure subjects. But our new research paints a very different picture …” (more)

[Mark Erickson, Carl Walker and Paul Hanna, The Conversation, 28 February]

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University counselling services ‘inundated by stressed academics’

Posted in Life on May 23rd, 2019 by steve

“Stressed out academics are inundating university counselling services as they grapple with heavy workloads and oppressive management, a report says. Referrals to such services had risen by three-quarters between 2009 and 2015, the study for the Higher Education Policy Institute indicated …” (more)

[Hannah Richardson, BBC News, 23 May]

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Universities extend closing times to early hours of morning to cope with demand

Posted in Life on May 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Universities are increasingly extending their main library closing times into the early hours of the morning to cope with a surge in demand for late-night study. Colleges say they are responding to demand for extra study time in the run-up to the exams, while trying to balance this with student welfare …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 May]

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‘Students are under so much pressure – they’re like zombies’

Posted in Life, Teaching on May 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s midnight outside UCD’s James Joyce library and hundreds of bleary-eyed students are trailing out the main door. Some have been here since first thing in the morning in order to grab a coveted seat with a socket to plug in their laptops …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 May]

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The Pressure Is Not Worth It: Exam Stress And The Effects On The Body

Posted in Life on February 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It is fashionable to be under pressure and to be working late and hard. This is often the status quo in the corporate world and work life. It is seen as a feat if you are doing everything until you are worn-out and exhausted and the implications of this on the individual are not taken into account …” (more)

[Cecily Nic Cionnaith, College Tribune, 9 February]

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Leaving Cert stress and strains

Posted in Teaching on December 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your front page headline ‘Leaving Cert causes stress and burnout in students’ (December 17th), while partly true, is likely to add to the stress of those students who are working away preparing for their exams with support from their parents and teachers …” (more)

[Breda Lynch, Irish Times, 18 December]

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Stressed by the Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on December 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As the mother of three teenage boys I concur with the findings of the ESRI’s report on the Leaving Cert (Carl O’Brien, Front page, December 17th). Students, parents and teachers are under huge pressure in the senior cycle. Schools and teachers do an exemplary job but the system pushes them to ‘teach to the test’ …” (more)

[Gillian Buckley, Irish Times, 18 December]

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The mental and physical health cost of higher education

Posted in Life on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s not controversial to say that education is a boon to society. We dedicate years of our life to learning valuable skills which we then in turn use to benefit ourselves and those around us. But more and more we are seeing how the stress and immense pressure created by education, especially higher education, is having a severely detrimental effect on students …” (more)

[Mark Doran, University Observer, 1 October]

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For Puppy Rooms, No Bark or Bite, Just Simply Bad Taste

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Everyone loves dogs. More than ever with online crazes from WeRateDogs™ to Doge, dogs have become one of the most universally wholesome and inoffensive hobbies to have. And who wouldn’t love them? …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 25 October]

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University exam stress: ‘I’ve seen many of my friends turn to ADHD drugs’

Posted in Life on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Your university years may be the best of your life, but they will also be peppered with exam stress. Exams loom large in the lives of students and I’m writing this to bring some attention to the unhealthy and outdated term structure in our universities …” (more)

[, 14 May]

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Women in STEM ‘more likely to burn out’

Posted in Life on January 26th, 2017 by steve

“Women working in university science departments report higher levels of job-related burnout than men, suggests new research. The study points to reasons why women working in science might leave academia and offers ways for universities to better support them …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 25 January]

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Stress being placed on young people by points race raises risk of suicide

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on May 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An obsession with getting the highest points possible is putting huge pressure on the mental health of our children, a leading child psychiatrist has warned …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 17 May]

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Colleges focus on helping students to relieve stress

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Playing with puppies. Free yoga classes. Social media ‘holidays’. Mindfulness tips. These are just some of the ways colleges and universities are trying to ease the frazzled nerves of students as they face into their end-of-year exams …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 May]

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New teachers in mentoring scheme showing reduced stress levels

Posted in Teaching on March 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“New teachers who have taken part in a new mentoring programme show greater levels of improvement and lower levels of stress than other newly-qualified teachers, research shows. An ESRI report published on Wednesday examines the performance of the Droichead programme in which experienced teaching staff play a key role in supporting and assessing new teachers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 March]

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‘Email overload’ risks ’emotional exhaustion’ for academics

Posted in Life on January 8th, 2016 by steve

UK“A culture of being ‘always available’ can have a devastating impact on the stress levels, work-life balance and job performance of those working within universities. That was the central contention of Gail Kinman, professor of occupational health psychology …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 8 January]

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High costs stressing students out

Posted in Life on October 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“More than seven in 10 students said the high cost of college causes them anxiety or stress. And 95.3% of students think the cost of college is too high at €11,000 per year …” (more)

[Independent, 20 October]

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Aidan Kenny, ‘Work-related Stress: Survey of academic staff in the Institutes of Technology sector’

Posted in Life on July 13th, 2015 by steve

IrelandAbstract: This article presents findings from a survey of professional workers in the institutes of technology sector in Ireland regarding work-related stress. The research instrument was based on a work-related stress questionnaire developed by the UK Health and Safety Executive, augmented with a specific subset of questions relevant to the Irish higher education sector. The questionnaire format was modified to enable online delivery. It was distributed to a sample population in 2014 with a response rate over 30% (n=1,131). The research provides baseline data on work-related stress levels experienced by workers in this sector. The results associate increased levels of risk of work-related stress in circumstances of poor consultation, lack of engagement with staff, excessive workload, demanding task with unrealistic deadlines and lack of support provided by management. Low risk levels were associated with peer support and relationships. Good social relations between workers seem to assist in the alleviation of the risk. The results support established research into work-related stress which claims that developing supportive working environments and work cultures can greatly assist in the reduction of risk levels.”

Recommended Citation: Kenny A. (2015) Work-related Stress: Survey of academic staff in the Institutes of Technology Sector, DIT Level3, Issue 13, June 2015.

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TUI Study on Work-related Stress Experiences of Academics in the Institutes of Technology Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The study is the preliminary phase of a campaign on work-related stress seeking to inform members, advise branches and seek employers to fulfil their obligations. The survey results will be used as baseline data for comparative analysis …” (more, download)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 18 June]

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Trinity College’s puppy room proved to be a huge success again

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Over 400 students visited the puppy and dog room set up by the Students’ Union at Trinity College Dublin last week. It was the second year in a row that this event – organised by Peata Ireland, a voluntary organisation that arranges pet visits to caring institutions – took place on Trinity campus …” (more)

[Gianluca Avagnina,, 19 April]

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