We should take the opportunity to break the cycle of harmful student behaviours

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2021 by steve

“When pandemics end, the young take risks. That’s the simplified story that the media and the history books would have us believe as they predict a summer of hedonism to follow the fifteen months of isolation we’ve all just experienced …” (more)

[Libby Farrier-Williams, Wonkhe, 14 May]

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Third Level Education – COVID-19

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her views on whether many third-level students face challenges during the Covid-19 restrictions, such as issues of mental health and well-being, access to on-campus support services, challenging home lives and access to the internet for remote learning; if she has considered encouraging third-level institutions to consider allowing students to use work done during the year to contribute towards their final grade, particularly for students that for a variety of reasons failed their final exam in the summer; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 July]

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Students’ welfare is at risk as funding cuts of €550m bite

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student welfare services in third-level colleges are “overburdened” as a result of Government cuts to funding and day-to-day running costs, now €550m less than in 2007. The strain is among concerns raised at recent meetings of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) about how long the system has to wait before the funding issue will be sorted …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 February]

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Academic staff should receive mental health training – report

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

Ireland“Obligatory training for academic staff and proper peer support should be put in place by all higher education institutions to help students with mental health difficulties, a new report recommends. Mental Health Matters : Mapping Best Practices in Higher Education said action was needed to tackle the increasing number of students experiencing such issues …” (more)

[The report is here]
[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 1 November]

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University Tutors ‘Should Be Evaluated On How Well They Spot Depression In Students’

Posted in Life on October 19th, 2015 by steve

UK“University tutors should be trained and evaluated on how well they deal with students’ mental health issues, a vice chancellor has urged. Sir Anthony Seldon, former head of Wellington College, has urged. Sir Anthony Seldon, former head of Wellington College, has said large universities should emulate the US collegiate system, meaning students are in smaller units and don’t get ‘lost’ in big institutions …” (more)

[Lucy Sherriff, Huffington Post, 19 October]

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Puppy power helps UCC students to destress

Posted in Life on March 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Cute rescue puppies took the lead at a special stress-busting session for college students just weeks ahead of their end-of-year exams …” (more, video)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 19 March]

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Róisín Meets … Lynn Ruane, elected TCD SU president

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Podcast: Ruane, who left school at 15 when she became pregnant, is a former addiction worker. President-elect of Trinity College Students’ Union Lynn Ruane has criticised cutbacks in student services, describing them as ‘mimicking the community sector’ …” (more, audio)

[Irish Times, 21 February]

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One in four female TCD students sexually assaulted – survey

Posted in Legal issues on January 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“One in four female students at Trinity College who responded to a students’ union survey has had a non-consensual sexual experience. The soon-to-be-released study, which surveyed 1,038 male and female students online …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 20 January]

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Online service for students combats strain of transition

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Worries about ‘fitting in’, finances and family expectations register as the top concerns of first-year students but the good news for those feeling stressed, says Carmel Sayers, is you’re not alone …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 7 November]

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Colleges ‘could do better’ helping students to socialise

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Students in Ireland are generally positive about their third-level experience, but a new report highlights how colleges could do better when it comes to socialising …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 November]

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Third of college students feel no academic support

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“More than one in three college students in a national survey do not feel well supported by academic staff. The college experiences of 20,000 students who took part in the poll are mostly positive and the majority feel they are being well prepared for future jobs, the 2014 Irish Survey of Student Engagement found …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 November]

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How academics can help ensure students’ wellbeing

Posted in Life on October 1st, 2014 by steve

“Academic staff can play a central role in identifying struggling students and encouraging them to access support. Here are 10 things to bear in mind …” (more)

[Claire Shaw, Guardian Professional, 1 October]


Encourage students’ identities to flourish, says Galway academic

Posted in Life, Teaching on September 7th, 2014 by steve

“Students who already feel marginalised before they attend university are being further alienated because of the divides that exist within institutions, a conference has heard …” (more)

[Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, 7 September]

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20% of students are now in ‘serious financial difficulty’

Posted in Life on June 30th, 2014 by steve

“The numbers going to college continue to rise, but almost one in five Irish students say they are in serious financial difficulty. The sense of well-being among Irish students is also a cause for concern. These are among the findings of a major, 10,110-student survey across Irish third-level colleges …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 June]

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Student mental health: minding the gap

Posted in Life on December 5th, 2012 by steve

“When, after a nine-year wait, the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) published an update to their comprehensive report into student mental health in September 2011, the paper was met with enthusiasm by the media …” (more)

[Edward Pinkney, Guardian Professional, 5 December]

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