Trinity warns of spike in number of mumps cases in College

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The College Health Service has warned that there has been an increase in the number of cases of Mumps in Trinity. In an email sent to all staff and students, the health service director, Dr David McGrath said that there has been a ‘spike in cases’ across the college and advised that students take the necessary preventative measures. The College Health Service also expects to see more cases over the next few weeks due to the long incubation period of the virus …” (more)

[Patrick Coyle, Trinity News, 29 October]

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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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UL Student Health Centre issues advice to take against mumps and flu risks

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Due to increased mumps activity on University of Limerick campus, the Student Health Centre has issued advice on Wednesday afternoon for students. In an email sent campus-wide, Clinical Nurse Manager Claire Kearns said that there has been a number of mumps cases on college campuses in Ireland and this is due to a possibility of a low uptake of the relevant vaccine in the 1990s …” (more)

[Kathleen O’Sullivan, Limerick Voice, 16 October]

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UL warns students of high number of mumps cases on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is warning its students after a number of people have been diagnosed with mumps on campus. Mumps is a viral infection which in general terms presents with a swelling of one of the salivary glands or more in the neck …” (more)

[Niamh Delmer, Limerick Voice, 30 September]

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‘The way universities are run is making us ill’: inside the student mental health crisis

Posted in Life on September 27th, 2019 by steve

“When he started working at Brunel University in London 19 years ago, Terry Vass, who is now head of security, recalls that most of his work involved breaking up drunken fights outside the bars and nightclub on campus. Over the two decades he has been in the job, he has noticed a shift. Now, an increasing number of calls are for mental health incidents …” (more)

[Samira Shackle, Guardian, 27 September]

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In College, Sex and Drugs are the Rule – Not the Exception

Posted in Life on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last week, while waiting outside a tutorial, I met a fellow second-year arts student. We struck up a conversation about the similar tote bags we both carried and the conversation – although very surface-level – was rather pleasant. Things took a strange turn, though, as within a matter of minutes she was divulging to me an incredibly detailed story about how she had been on ketamine at Trinity Ball and lost a small bag …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 24 September]

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UL president calls for calls for vaping ban on all college campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A university president says vaping should be banned on all college campuses. Dr Des Fitzgerald, President of University of Limerick, wants the government to implement a ban due to newly discovered health risks associated with vaping. UL is the only college in Ireland that has already stopped the use of e-cigarettes …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 September]

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University and Happiness: A look at student mental health during the transition and experience of third-level education

Posted in Life on September 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Upon beginning in UCD as a freshman, what will be surprising to many is the degree of loneliness that can be felt on campus. Compared to a school environment, it’s suddenly a lot harder to catch up with friends. As well as the largeness of campus, clashing timetables can quickly become a hindrance to staying in touch with pals as much as we’d like to. It happens …” (more)

[Eva Earner, College Tribune, 21 September]

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Are freshers the new realists when it comes to mental health support?

Posted in Life on September 17th, 2019 by steve

“‘I had an issue in Freshers’, said Lucy, ‘so this was like three days into me moving into the university house and I just had a meltdown and I had no idea what to do. So I was literally, like, I have known these people for 48 hours, where do I go?’ …” (more)

[Jenny Shaw, Wonkhe, 17 September]

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Third level mental health support needed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Enniscorthy TD, James Browne, has said the Government is failing third level students when it comes to mental health support. He made his comment in the wake of a study that revealed a significant number of third level students were reporting mental health issues …” (more)

[Brendan Keane, Wexford People, 7 September]

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It’s Good We’re Talking About Mental Health. But the Road Ahead is a Long One

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The results of a Union of Students in Ireland (USI) survey on mental health this week are at once unsurprising and deeply alarming. Nearly a third of the 3,340 students surveyed had received a formal diagnosis of a mental health condition – a shocking figure by any standards …” (more)

[University Times, 2 September]

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Student mental health is vital but survey doesn’t add up

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland is to be praised for its interest in mental health in the group it represents. I am a psychiatrist providing a service to one of the universities in Ireland. I work closely with the university welfare officers, the general practitioners on campus and the counselling and psychological services. There are several other psychiatrists who provide a similar service to universities in Ireland …” (more)

[Patricia Casey, Independent, 31 August]

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Minister ‘offering vague solutions’ to mental health crisis among students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has been accused of ‘offering sympathy’ but ‘only vague solutions’ to what has been described as a mental health crisis among college students. The claim, from Fianna Fáil mental health spokesman James Browne, came after the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) published a report showing 38% of students experience extreme levels of anxiety …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 28 August]

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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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Almost a third of students in Ireland depressed

Posted in Life on August 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A third of students are experiencing ‘extremely severe levels of anxiety’ and have had a formal diagnosis of a mental health difficulty at some point in their lives, according to a report by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). The National Report on Student Mental Health in Third Level Education surveyed 3,340 students on aspects of their experiences with mental health and mental health services in third level education. It was funded by the Health Service Executive …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 27 August]

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UCD’s SU can no longer confirm the availability of cost free PrEP

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

Ireland“Talks to provide UCD students with free pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) are still ongoing, despite confirmation of cost-free availability of the drug on July 1st. A press statement released on Monday July 1st by UCD Student Union announced that PrEP medication would be available from the UCD on-campus pharmacy, free of cost to any student with a prescription, come September …” (more)

[Sally Madden, The College View, 7 July]

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UCD to Offer Free PrEP Medication to Students

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) today announced that Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) medication – which significantly reduces the risk of contracting the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) – will be available free of charge on UCD’s campus from September 2019 …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 1 July]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor holds consultation to address student substance abuse

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

Ireland“Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, held a consultation to address the issue of substance abuse in higher education. Representatives of colleges, leaders from students’ unions, Gardaí from the National Drugs Strategy Unit, and individuals working on the issue of drug rehabilitation were all invited to the discussion …” (more)

[Jessica Hobbs Pifer, Trinity News, 25 June]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor convenes a consultative meeting on substance abuse in Third Level Education at The Writers Museum, Parnell Sq

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills with special responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD is today (24 June) bringing together higher education representatives, students’ unions, leaders in the area of drug rehabilitation and Gardaí from the National Drugs Strategy Unit, for a consultative meeting to discuss substance abuse in higher education institutes …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 June]

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IT Carlow says claims made by TD about rise in STIs on campus are completely false

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The head of student services at IT Carlow says a claim that STIs are on the rise in the college doesn’t correlate with the information they have whatsoever. Rosemary Flynn responded this morning to Stephen Donnelly’s claims that there had been an increase in Sexually Transmitted Infections on the campus …” (more)

[MaryAnn Vaughan, KCLR96FM, 19 June]

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