November 2011

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. At TEDxSydney, Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

Staff Picks:

Your child has dyslexia? She could grow up to be a star. . .

Exploding the Lecture

Is this place accessible?

Educating Irish people to live and work success


Higher & Further Education News & Views

National Moot Court winners

Retail ‘legend’ honoured at DIT ceremony

Quinn refuses to rule out blanket cull of postgraduate grants

Student registration fees to rise for four years in row

Future of VECs and SOLAS explained at Oireachtas Committee meeting

Middle-class schools tighten their grip on college places

MY EDUCATION WEEK: Gary Redmond President, USI

UL medical school chief to earn €240,000 per annum

Huge salary ‘out of our hands’ says UL

Cuts ‘will perpetuate two-tier school system’

Irish shy away from EU study scheme

What courses does the ‘Free Fees Scheme’ actually cover?

Report: Academic standards slipping

Students to stage ‘funeral’ protest

Flagship DIT site to proceed if planning granted

Students pay respects to education

Senior figures in education echo Hunt’s view that there is no case for more universities – technological or otherwise

Private backers for DIT campus


Disability Headlines

‘I know where I’m going, who I am – that makes me strong’

Opening doors to the disabled

When Popular Novels Perpetuate Negative Stereotypes: Mark Haddon, Asperger’s and Irresponsible Fiction

Guardian wins people’s choice award for excellence in disability journalism

Insulin pump access limited

Fertility clinics may offer embryo genetic screening

Rise in autism ‘may be linked to clever parents’ say scientists

Hearing tests for newborns at Waterford Regional Hospital

Stroke survivors honoured for courage

Special Olympics Ulster awarded almost £2.3m of government funding

Boy’s education ‘impeded by layers of bureaucracy’

Department of Justice withdraws 2012 funding for People with Disabilities Ireland (PwDI)

Is the changing role of women in our society behind the rise in autism in the past 30 years?

Cut closes disability organisation

Boy denied HSE care costing just €300 a week


General Education Stories

School principals call for overhaul of board structures

Galway literacy plan linked to ocean race

Court to hear case for tendering out school bus scheme

Will our fee-paying parents be squeezed until the pips squeak?

‘I was lectured on my sexuality’

Study guides – who’s best?

Education: It’s a question of faith

Failure to grasp nettle on maths a national shame

No fees, full marks: secrets of school success revealed

Protestant school pupils lose bus appeal

How the Inter Cert’s domestic goddess is making a comeback

In My Opinion: Ministers, do your homework and extend free pre-school scheme


Mental Health in the Media

‘Cuts will fuel long-term social issues’

Rise in number of people seeking suicide counselling


Employment Features

Teaching union orders members to refuse intern scheme job offers

€200k start-up scheme at core of jobs plan for South-east

Experts call for privacy on personal genetic testing

Over 100 jobs set to be created in technology sector

Statutory sick pay could form part of social welfare system reform, says Burton

Surgeon and engineer Todd Kuiken is building a prosthetic arm that connects with the human nervous system — improving motion, control and even feeling. Onstage, patient Amanda Kitts helps demonstrate this next-gen robotic arm.

Staff Picks:

French film wins award at Cork festival

‘I’m so glad I didn’t take Greek’

The Top Eight Rules of Networking

Recession had no major effect on workplace equality – study

Myopic government failing to make the grade on third-level education

Tech-savvy Harry the world’s youngest app maker


Higher & Further Education News & Views

Human rights activist Ken Saro Wiwa’s letters donated to NUI Maynooth

Institute to continue campus project despite funding cuts

College Fees ‘are necessary’

What Spurs Students to Stay in College and Learn? Good Teaching Practices and Diversity

Grant cut would force emigration, say students

Cork students to ride the waves of cosmic storms with launch of giant satellite dish

Dance like a liquid anyone? Action-packed event at Sligo campus

Sparking interest with slime, smoke and forensics

Fury over Quinn’s plan to axe grants for post-graduates

Genetic discrimination conference

Quinn favours increase in €2,000 student fee

Minister says fee promises ‘would be misleading’

Gilmore refuses to be drawn on fees

Quinn: I did not lie about student fees

Quinn ‘examining’ education funding report

The student protest: it’s not just about fees

Combine research with teaching – Quinn

Student grants applications to be processed online

70,000 students face cut in college grant

‘I’ll have to drop out if I don’t get a grant’

Disability Headlines

‘Lukewarm’ commitment to rights convention

Online tool launched for neurological conditions

Diabetics at risk due to lack of awareness, survey shows

Game-changing discovery if trials can be reproduced

Part settlement of €1m approved for boy aged 7 with spastic cerebral palsy

General Education Stories

Kids carry secret burden of cyberbullying perpetrated outside the school gates

Martin to resist cuts to education in budget

New study finds quarter of youngsters bullied

A new leaf: all you need to know about the new Junior Cert

Excessive homework ‘a pointless exercise’ for students

Wealthier schools benefit from tax breaks

School principals call for change

School with no pupils closes doors — seven weeks into term

Advisers urge phased transfer of schools

Quinn deserves credit for establishing forum even if timeline was unrealistic

Locations identified for schools handover

Educate Together in secondary school move

Mental Health in the Media

Expert: Ban psych labels such as ADHD

Poverty has impact on mental health, says TD

Most farmers would hide mental illness

Employment Features

Three Types of People to Fire Immediately

The Question That Will Change Your Organization

Coming out in the workplace

Plan for employers to pay for sick leave draws criticism

Sick pay changes ‘to cost thousands of jobs’

That elusive work/life balance is harder to achieve if you work from home – ESRI

Employees should pay for sick leave, says Healy Eames

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

A day early as we’re all off to Building the Future tomorrow!

Staff Picks:

Cap on student numbers proposed for third level

US envoy says voices of disabled must be heard

Call to enlist teachers’ views in deciding college entry

Total Amelia teen lauded for efforts in community

Irish students lost in translation

We must take the burden off young shoulders


Higher & Further Education News & Views

Developing higher education management: live chat best bits

Students challenge higher university fees in UK courts

Winning the double: Dublin’s key mentor picks up two university honours

Students say cap on third-level numbers would be disastrous

Entry to third level – Assessment is worth considering

Macro, micro and neutrino

Judge IT crowd by the same standards

UCC could clean up with its non-stick gum

Galway scientists help unravel genetic code of food crop

No decision on cutting student numbers

Stay in touch, NUIG asks graduates

New site for DIT faces the axe in cutbacks


Disability Headlines

Disability hate speech has no place anywhere – not even online

Report: 4,500 more intellectually disabled to seek assistance

Judge calls for sex offence law to be consolidated with reform

Transplant patient inspires Taoiseach to be an organ donor

A disability that nobody can see

What is life like for a teenage prodigy?

Fewer support marriage rights for those with disabilities

New cystic fibrosis inhaler hailed as a revolution for patients

Fewer support marriage rights for those with disabilities

DPP urges reform of disability sex laws

‘Protection’ breaches human rights

‘Locked-in’ patients still aware, test shows

British amputee first to be fitted with bionic leg


General Education Stories

Teachers warn Quinn they won’t assess work by their own pupils

Key changes to junior syllabus

Primary school transport charges set to double

Talk of job cuts is ‘soul-destroying’ for teachers – union

To Be Honest: An unheard voice in education

Quinn resolute on Junior Cert reform

Fast-food ban near schools proposed to fight child obesity

In My Opinion: Tackling our insecurites about languages is vital to the economy

Harsh lessons lie ahead for our graduate teachers

Kenny says work being done on education return scheme


Mental Health in the Media

Restoring lives as a mental health survivor

Shedding light on seasonal depression

Comedian felt it ‘was the end’ during years when business dried up

Schools play vital role in mental health

Strain on mental health services expected to grow


Employment Features

Four Destructive Myths Most Companies Still Live By

Consultants to review intern ‘job’ scheme

Neuroscientist and inventor Christopher deCharms demos an amazing new way to use fMRI to show brain activity while it is happening — emotion, body movement, pain. (In other words, you can literally see how you feel.) The applications for real-time fMRIs start with chronic pain control and range into the realm of science fiction, but this technology is very real.

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