Demand for mental health support doubles in some universities

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Demand for mental health support in some universities has doubled as students struggle with isolation and the shift to online learning. Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity College Dublin, told an Oireachtas education committee on Thursday that a lack of personal contact with other students was affecting the mental health and wellbeing of many students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 December]

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Mental Health Policy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDenis Naughten (Roscommon-Galway, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the policy on mental health support services in relation to third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 November]

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For university students, COVID-19 stress creates perfect conditions for mental health crises

Posted in Life on November 24th, 2020 by steve

“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of most, if not all, individuals living in Canada. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the mental health of younger populations (ages 18-25) has been particularly affected …” (more)

[Kim Hellemans and others, The Conversation, 24 October]

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If College Wants Strict Rules in Halls, It Must Work With Students – Not Against Them

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week, eight students spoke with The University Times about a culture of intimidation and fear at Trinity Hall during the coronavirus pandemic. Students are facing evictions and threats of fines worth hundreds of euros if they break the complex’s strict rules, making residents feel afraid, unwelcome and as if they are in ‘prison’ …” (more)

[University Times, 18 October]

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Minister Harris launches €5 million National Student Mental Health Framework

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The National Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Framework has been launched by Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris, in response to the growing concern surrounding student mental health and suicide, especially in the wake of COVID-19 isolation and uncertainty …” (more)

[Iseult O’Callaghan, College Tribune, 15 October]

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Social isolation causing psychological distress among university students

Posted in Life on September 26th, 2020 by steve

“Surprisingly, university students without pre-existing mental health concerns seem to be suffering greater psychological distress during the pandemic than their peers with pre-existing mental health problems according to a study of close to 800 university students in Toronto carried out by researchers from McGill and University of Toronto …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 25 September]

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Minister Harris announces €5 million in Student Supports

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has today announced a comprehensive financial package of €5 million to support students’ wellbeing and mental health …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 24 August]

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Dear Universities, You’re About to Cause a Greater Public Health Crisis Than Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on July 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There were sniggers this week as Trinity reported an increase in applicants due to Normal People’s romanticism of Irish university life. Most of the Twitter mockery was justified; Marianne’s Victorian townhouse, for instance, is certainly far from your average Dublin student accommodation. But there is one aspect of Irish student life which the show really nailed on the head: Connell’s appalling mental health …” (more)

[Bláthnaid Corless, College Tribune, 13 July]

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USI expresses concern over programme for government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has expressed concern about the lack of a plan to reduce Irish student fees in the programme for government put forward by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, and the Green Party this week. In a statement issued today, USI said that while some elements of the programme were promising, there was a lack of detail on how a number of actions will be taken …” (more)

[Patrick Coyle, Trinity News, 18 June]

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‘Programme for Government: Our Shared Future’ (June 2020)

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research, Teaching on June 17th, 2020 by steve

IrelandThe full (draft) Programme is here; extracts related to third level are here.

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Cork residents urge gardaí to use 1947 Act to stop house parties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Residents living near University College Cork have called on the HSE and gardaí to use powers available under health legislation to stop students and others having house parties. Magazine Road and Surrounding Areas Residents Association spokeswoman Catherine Clancy said the gardaí and the HSE should use the 1947 Health Act to stop parties in the area in the interest of public health …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 8 June]

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Students most worried about families’ health and work uncertainty amid crisis

Posted in Research on April 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The health of family members and employment uncertainty are the biggest worries third-level students in Ireland have amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new survey. The online survey was conducted by GradIreland from 25 March to 1 April and 716 university students responded …” (more)

[, 14 April]

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UCC confirms second coronavirus case

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has confirmed its second case of Covid-19. Students were informed via email that a student has contracted the virus and contact tracing is underway. They did not specify the department the student was in. They said anyone deemed to have had close contact with the student is being contacted directly by HSE Public Health and people do not need to make contact with them …” (more)

[, 18 March]

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Students Unable to Find Travel Can Extend Move-Out, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Students unable to make travel arrangements to get home can extend their deadline for moving out of Trinity’s accommodation, Provost Patrick Prendergast has said …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 17 March]

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Coronavirus: Trinity students criticise move to shut campus housing

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Students living in Trinity College Dublin accommodation have described the university’s decision to shut student housing and force residents to vacate rooms within 24 hours notice as ‘egregious’. The decision was taken in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus among students living in close-quartered accommodation …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 17 March]

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Coronavirus: UCD to open library for students without internet access

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“University College Dublin (UCD) is to open one of its libraries on campus for students without internet or laptop access at home, despite a two-week shutdown of schools and colleges ordered in response to the coronavirus outbreak …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 17 March]

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By Forcing Students to Leave, Trinity is Knowingly Throwing Them to the Winds

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College’s decision to give its student residents so little notice of their eviction is hard to fathom. By now, life as we know it is well on the way towards changing beyond recognition, as the coronavirus sows chaos in almost every sector of Irish society …” (more)

[University Times, 17 March]

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UCC confirms visitor tested positive for Covid-19; Contact tracing underway

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Contact tracing activities are underway after a case of COVID-19 was identified in a person who had visited UCC. According to a statement on the University’s website and on its social media channels, the individual had visited the Western Gateway Building on the Western Road in recent days …” (more)

[EchoLive, 17 March]

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‘Questionable at best’: Politicians criticise Trinity decision to remove students from campus accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Politicians have criticised a decision to remove students from university accommodation with 24 hours notice. Trinity College in Dublin took the decision yesterday that all students must leave campus accommodation, Trinity Halls, and other linked private student accommodation in an effort to tackle the coronavirus …” (more)

[Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner, 17 March]

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USI President Hits Out After Trinity Tells Student Residents to Vacate

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“The president of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has criticised Trinity’s decision to instruct students to leave College accommodation this week, calling the move ‘extremely concerning’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 16 March]

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