Staff Picks:

State of our education system is a national emergency

Response to Job Bridge ‘significant’

Startup Hires Autistic Adults

RTE Player – Two for the Road: Episode 3

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Funding crisis pushing Ireland down global college tables, warns provost

Timeline for upgrade of Waterford IT to university sought

Irish universities have said there is a need to reassess the third level points system and its impact on learning at second level.

We’ve got to look at CAO system, but there might be nothing better – universities

Course choices influenced by race for CAO points

Call for college year to be extended

Cork has its head firmly in the clouds

Mexican government honours UCC academic

NOBEL WINNER HONOURED UCD AWARD FOR SCIENTIST

Students missing career chances by working for money rather than experience

College staff face Garda checks under bill terms

Number of courses puts pressure on students

UCD engineers a better entry route for students

Disability Headlines

Hear the word on the street

People with autism thrive as software testers

Doting father’s ‘crusade’ for daughter with CF

Asperger’s syndrome gets in way of work? Not at this startup

1 in 5 has long-term disabilities

Burton highlights isolation of young disabled people

Cork blind solicitor to feature in documentary

Forever young: Scientists figure out how to renew muscle tissue

General Education Stories

Still waiting for a classroom

In defence of fee-paying schools

Time to end this divisive debate on private education

Teachers Pet Column

Almost 50% of Leaving Cert pupils take grinds

‘Lack of consultation’ on points system review

80pc of students pick ‘easy’ Leaving Cert subjects, says study

Leaving Cert students study 4 hours a night

Entry system puts students ‘constantly under strain’

Points system ‘has negative impact’

1,000 primary teachers out of work due to cutbacks, says INTO

School boards decide who to hire and fire, says Sherlock

Quinn wants CAO forms filled after exam results out

Delay filling 475 special needs posts defended

Grinds ‘give unfair advantage’

Science is a rap for science students

It’s the final chapter for bulky textbooks

In my opinion: The problem is not maths itself, but the culture of fear growing around it

 

Mental Health in the Media

TDs attend suicide awareness workshops

Employment Features

Questions raised over Tesco eligibility for intern scheme

Teachers bring touch of Silicon Valley to Shannonside school

Who wants to be an agripreneur?


Another Friday, another week in review!

This week we want to say a MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS to all involved in the Special Olympics Ireland Team who have been winning medals left, right and centre in Athens!

Our pick of the week showcases their achievements:

Gaining momentum: Ten more medals for Ireland at Special Olympics

 

 

 

Readers should also take a look at this commentary by renowned blogger Maman Poulet on the recent Springboard and Jobbridge Initiatives: Jobs Initiative – will be work and how it’s unattainable for some

 

Our video of the week is a pretty cool stunt in an airport in Germany – make sure to check it out!

AHEAD also launched Student Voices: Two Reports on the Experiences of Students with Disabilities in Higher Education in Ireland. Photos from the event are available on the website. If you would like a copy of these reports, please email publications@ahead.ie

Niamh Hayes & Ann Heelan (AHEAD) with Declan Treanor (Head of TCD Disability Service) at the launch of Student Voices

Siobhan Barron (NDA) with Ann Heelan & Niamh Hayes (AHEAD) at the launch of Student Voices

Niamh Hayes (GET AHEAD), Vivian Rath (UCD), Brian Power (Dept of Education) & Ann Heelan (Director of AHEAD) at the launch of Student Voices

All that remains to be said is ‘Happy Reading!’

Further & Higher Education News

Time for Quinn to prove that education is truly for everyone

University chiefs warn MLAs of £40m deficit

Higher education: Student expectations for 2012 are higher than ever

Education crisis puts us all to test

Higher Education White Paper: universities to be ranked on job prospects

Student number surge to spark funding crisis

Ex-NCAD head and champion of disability design

NUI volunteer project for Galway festival

Union defends salaries of €100,000 paid to 1,000 university lecturers

Bar raised for students hoping to get medicine

DCU journalism course to allot more time to basic writing skills

Making doctors do the rounds

Halving number of VECs will save €3m, says Quinn

Radical plan will cut number of VECs from 33 to 16

College launches media masters

 

Disability Headlines

Team Ireland to fore once again as Athens medal haul increases

Carers strategy ‘by end of the year’

Homes for 3,500 with disabilities branded ‘horrible’

Congregated Settings Report on the Transition to Community Living for People with Disabilities

SNAs vow ‘summer of discontent’

HSE report details institutional living conditions

Rate of diabetes doubles since 1980 to hit 347 million

First day goes swimmingly as Special Olympics team win gold

Most of disability funds go on wages

Silver and bronze add to laurels for Special Olympics swimmers

Special Olympics team medal tally now three

Government needs to move on mentally disabled

Homes for mentally disabled to close

€7.5m settlement for woman paralysed ‘by parrot disease’

General Education Articles

FF backs multi-faith primary schools

Irish teens’ online literacy above average

Catholic schools ‘need faith communities’

Parents criticise Minister for change to school transport

Celebrations for class act: students set attendance record

40 new schools to be built by 2017

Primary schools get nod on 2,000 temporary jobs

David Quinn: We need to know how far we’ll go to take religion out of schools

Parental demand at heart of school patronage, says Quinn

Cuts to €1m a day school bus system must go ahead – Minister

40 schools to be built to meet pupil numbers rise

 

Mental Health in the Media

2,500 young people on waiting list for mental health services

Flanagan accused of ‘suicide’ comment

Ming: I did not tell official to commit suicide

Drop in number of suicides to 8% welcomed by research group

Drugs and drink key factors in North’s suicide rate, study finds

Boy among 11 suicides in city area since April

 

Other bits and bobs

Charting the way forward on human rights

Firms urged to take on interns paid by state