Call for student nurses to be paid for placements during crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Student nurses and midwives completing unpaid placements during the Covid-19 pandemic should be taken on as paid employees during the crisis, the head of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has urged …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 23 March]

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‘Times are strange and we’re being thrown right in’: Student nurses joining the frontlines in Covid-19 crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“From this month, hundreds of student nurses across the country will begin their unpaid work placements amidst the coronavirus outbreak that is putting unprecedented spotlight and pressure on our health services …” (more)

[, 23 March]

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Medical Students Remain On Placement Despite Covid-19 Threat

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing students claim they are facing difficulties in remaining on hospital placement. UCD and the HSE are insistent they continue with their placements. Medical students must complete mandatory ‘placements’ in Irish hospitals in order to progress through their degree, consisting of practical work in a clinical setting. In a statement from a 2nd year nursing student who wishes to not be named; the Tribune has been told of a ‘miscommunication’ from UCD on the decision to continue running medical placements …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 22 March]

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Many Nurses, Midwives Pulled from Placement, But Interns Still Attending

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Many nursing and midwifery students have been pulled from their clinical placement this week, amid the ongoing spread of the coronavirus pandemic, but final-year nurses on internships are still being required to attend …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 22 March]

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Student nurses should be paid for placements as they help to fight coronavirus, says TD

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

“Student nurses on work placements across the country should be paid for helping to fight the coronavirus outbreak, according to a Fianna Fáil TD in Kerry. Norma Foley says she has been in contact with nurses on placement who say they are working the same hours as qualified staff but without pay …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 17 March]

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Mandatory remuneration for student occupation

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

Ireland“Many college students are faced with compulsory placements and no guarantee of payment. A day’s work warrants compensation. In January 2019 pharmacy students took to the streets of Dublin to protest a ban on paid internship placements, required as part of the final two years of their degree. The group were successful with the ban being lifted but payment still remains optional …” (more)

[Niall Hurson, University Observer, 21 November]

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Don’t Do Striking Workers’ Jobs, Nurses Union Tells Placement Students

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s student nurses have been told to stand in solidarity with the 10,000 hospital staff participating in tomorrow’s 24-hour strike by refusing to do the support jobs of the striking workers …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 25 June]

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Student Midwives Denied Placement Expenses Amid Confusion Over HSE Rules

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s student midwives are being forced to work 13-hour shifts with no financial compensation during their placements, amid ongoing confusion and disagreement between the College and its affiliated hospitals over the HSE’s rules on travel costs for midwifery students …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 21 June]

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Farmers refusing to use ‘snowflake’ vets who have no background in farming

Posted in Teaching on May 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Farmers are refusing to take on ‘snowflake’ veterinary students who do not have a farming background. It is reported that a pig farmer in North Cork said he will no longer accommodate these students …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 16 May]

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Responses to Midwifery Bullying Report Set for Implementation Across Health Science

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Progress has been made on implementing recommendations that arose after a 2015 report found 60% of Trinity’s midwifery students had experienced bullying while on placement, including developing a support structure for students, with work also underway to see these safeguards implemented across health science …” (more)

[Philip McGuinness, University Times, 8 April]

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Pharmacy Students call on College’s Support to Oppose Surprise Fees and Unpaid Placement

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s pharmacy students have called for Provost Patrick Prendergast’s support in lobbying against the double financial blow of increased final-year tuition fees and an unpaid placement in their final year …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 1 February]

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‘Is There a Role for Higher Education Institutions in Improving the Quality of First Employment?’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2017 by steve

Abstract: This paper examines the potential role of higher education institutions in reducing labour market mismatch amongst new graduates. The research suggests that increasing the practical aspects of degree programmes, irrespective of the field of study, will reduce the incidence of initial mismatch. In terms of routes into the labour market, higher education work placements with the potential to develop into permanent posts and the provision of higher education job placement assistance were found to have substantial impacts in reducing the incidence of graduate mismatch. The use of private employment agencies was found to significantly heighten the risk of subsequent mismatch.

Seamus McGuinness, Adele Whelan and Adele Bergin, Is There a Role for Higher Education Institutions in Improving the Quality of First Employment? The BE Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy (December 2016),

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Arts universities oppose unpaid internships

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2014 by steve

“Careers departments won’t advertise work that involves students supplying their skills for free. If you’re an arts student you will probably have experienced unpaid internships first hand. But is your university doing anything to tackle the issue of unpaid work? …” (more)

[Libby Page, Guardian, 9 January]

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Student call on work placements

Posted in Life on April 24th, 2012 by steve

“Plans to increase work placements for students must lead to real jobs and not cheap labour, their representatives have said. Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry launched a higher education strategy aimed at boosting teaching and learning, but also to help meet the needs of industry …” (more)

[Herald, 24 April]

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