Pick of the week:

Reading, writing and washing-up

 

TED Talk:

Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

NUI draft charter on human rights welcomed

Why Bahraini human rights matter in Dublin

Funding cuts force closure of college creches

Major science forum for Dublin

A key to Cork’s educational past turns up after 100 years

Ireland ranks 16th for higher education

 

Disability Headlines

Major delay in assessing disabled children

New MS oral drug still not available

McKillop sets the trend with world record

Ten NI Paralympic hopefuls in contention for London

A robot, a song and a royal visit: big plans for Joanne O’Riordan

Captain Courage: Amputee Football Association of Ireland

Festival Announced Assisted Performances

 

General Education Stories

Review says Department of Education has ‘no sense of the bigger vision’

Time we relied on our own expertise

Sixteen and pregnant: what’s a school to do?

A pioneering approach to development

 

Mental Health in the Media

Pieta House reports rise in young people seeking help

Drawing away depression

Higher risk of schizophrenia for teenage cannabis users

Mental health services allowed to ‘go into freefall’

Mental health service cutbacks leading to suicides, nurses’ conference hears

 

Employment Features

Further 1,000 places to be added to JobBridge scheme

Is the Government jobs initiative a bridge to nowhere?

Staff Picks:

Inside third level

Teachers must come from all sections of society

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Minister snubs key education reform plan

Where science meets business

Farmers battle college grant plans

IT Sligo appointment to Higher Education Authority Board

Flying the Galway flag in the US

CIT strike off after last-minute talks

Pupils pit wits against language puzzles

News diary from 1916 in DCU media history collection

Shakespeare scholars to defend the Bard

Students look past recession towards hi-tech horizons

CAO points scramble strategy doesn’t add up

New science chief is all fired up

 

Disability Headlines

Harsh cuts loom for the intellectually disabled but there is a smart option

Where the horses are the healers

Blue is the colour for World Autism Awareness Day

Duffy and soccer stars to saddle up and raise funds for autism

‘Macbeth’ to come to life for audience with sensory impairments

Let us have new MS treatment, plead sufferers

‘Without him my life wouldn’t be the same’

Teenage autism crusader leaves powerful legacy

General Education Stories

Strong differences persist over school patronage

More than 200 teenagers take part in triathlon as part of school year

Four questioned over violent incident at Ennis school

Pick up skills in lifelong learning week

Surge in uptake of higher-level LC maths

Project Maths is not the answer to tough question

Music helps children learn maths

 

Mental Health in the Media

‘Walk In My Shoes’ mental health drive

Lynch to meet group to discuss anti-depressants

Stars step up to support mental health campaign

Can Goldie Hawn make Irish children happier?

Debate on antidepressants needed

Rugby star O’Driscoll urges men to open up

 

Employment Features

50 leading social innovators to participate at Change Nation event

WAM (Willing Able Mentoring) Programme Briefing

Staff Picks:

Disabled people’s magazine taps a ‘niche for positivity’

The Journal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Education

Got a science problem? Give it a hack

Why most employers fear to hire people with disabilities

Take a leaf out of the book for mindful children

Patrick’s doodle clocks up €10k grant

No Irish universities make top 100 list

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Cork university to honour ‘public-spirited’ people for donating bodies to science

Savvy college applicants get the message that future careers are in smart economy

CAO surge in student demand for science, computing and agriculture courses

We’re studying social science, business and law, says report

Queen’s gives students long weekend to avoid repeat of last year’s lost weekend

‘The cost of going to college here is similar to what it would be in the US’

Strike notice served on CIT

MA Funding News 2012.2013

University rankings played down

Quinn defends proposed means test changes for student grants

Call for grant system ‘equality’

ICMSA attack college asset test proposals

 

Disability Headlines

Groups to rally for vital welfare benefit

Man with locked-in syndrome wins right to hearing for assisted suicide

James to star for Ireland at amputee tournament

Plan to cut time limit on disabled parking

People with disabilities lose ‘pocket money’ in charity cuts

Voluntary disability services provider must pay ex-worker €116k

Glove could transform treatment of arthritis

 

General Education Stories

Government announces €1.5bn schools programme

Sick pay alert for 1,000 teachers who took 90-260 days off

Open debate on future of teaching

Falling behind on literacy

Insufficient cash to add Chinese to second-level curriculum

Thousands march in protest at school cutbacks in Donegal

30 retired inspectors not replaced

Building new schools

Minister accused of ‘spin’ on school plan

Five-year plan gets a guarded welcome

16-year battle for new building finally pays off

Joy as pupils get to wave goodbye to prefabs

Educational evolution – It’s time for a new round of benchmarking

The private primary: can it survive?

A blank slate to reinvent secondary schools

Waiting’s over for some but others have dreams dashed

Principal: It’s not acceptable to be sitting in squalor for another four years

Quinn reversed €120,000 school aid refusal after Kenny pressure

What Taoiseach said, and when, about Holy Family School project

Budget ‘damaging’ C of I schools

Principal: It’s not acceptable to be sitting in squalor for another four years

 

Mental Health in the Media

Hundreds turn out to ‘mental wellness’ exhibition in Kerry

GAA stars back suicide prevention

Book highlights ‘taboo’ issue of suicide in Ireland

Director of mental health post not yet filled

President praised for putting suicide on national agenda

‘Smelly and drab psychiatric wards beyond belief’

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Smaller third-level colleges face end of public funding

Colleges face performance-related funding cuts

Institutes face high standards process

Education targets – Academic autonomy is essential

Is new General Secretary ready for fire fighting?

Art college appoints head of design

Colleges given six months to spell out their strategic plans

Colleges in race to gain university status

University criteria dismissed by college president

‘Shag’ week survey reveals that seven out of ten students have unprotected sex

Probe finds poor practices in VECs across country

Anatomy of a medical class: minister opens TCD’s €131m institute

Dublin college chief defends policy on Bahrain

Students could afford €10k fees, says UL study

In My Opinion: New kind of technology university will address the needs of society

Reach for the stars with UCD’s elite performance programme

Warning of ‘mediocrity’ if higher education not funded

Higher education funding crisis will ‘damage’ students

VEC has brief discussion on audit

 

Disability Headlines

Parents of young disabled shocked at cuts in services

Parents of children with autism in major fundraiser to expand facilities

Lauren’s video role raises awareness of rare diseases

Valentine, not just the patron saint of romance, but also of epilepsy

Epilepsy still has strong social stigma for sufferers

Work scheme targeted at people with disabilities

Reilly calls autism claims outrageous

Working disabled allowed to draw welfare

Reilly: Humphreys’ autism comments ‘outrageous’

Judo Assist Ireland

Deaf girl held as slave tells court of years of beatings and rape

Man up, Tony

Northern Ministers hear each other’s pain

 

General Education Stories

Parents campaign over cuts to career guidance

Teacher allowances cut ‘would be end of Croke Park reform’

The formula is simple: real change

Kicking exam pressure to touch

Lessons to be learned from case in Clonmel

Nine jailed for failing to send children to school

Irish girls in top 20% of fitness level study

Speed limit outside six schools cut to 30kph

Watch out Ruairi! Cuts to small schools spell big trouble

No method in madness behind school guidance cuts

Parents in Kildare furious as children of gaelscoileanna ignored

Salaries linked to success in education

School principal challenges removal

 

Mental Health in the Media

After years of self-harm, my life has changed so much

Conquering your personal Everest

Acting fast against teenage depression

 

Employment Features

500 college places for jobseekers

Initiatives aim to deliver 100,000 jobs by 2016

Mastercard to create 130 Irish jobs

Recruiters to get paid for placing workers

New IT jobs after US deal welcomed