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

AHEAD in the News:

UCC head’s views are ‘widespread’

Heated argument

 

Staff Picks:

Back to the future – where are they now?

Death of tireless campaigner for the vulnerable

Most influential and finest journalist of last 25 years

The Case for a Four-Day Work Week

The only way is up when you upskill

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Entry points for colleges to rise

Seven steps to CAO success

Colleges spend €750k on taxis in two years

Sporting chance beckons in NY

UK academic to head science body

DCU to lead €3.75m science initiative

Irish mathematician cracks immunity code

UCC head rejects criticism from staff over speech

Disabled or disadvantaged?

Jobs boost is reason to go to college

The rule is simple: list CAO courses in order of preference

Help your children in the career process

Are you eligible for a grant or a scholarship?

DARE Application Advice Clinics

 

Disability Headlines

Offering stepping stones to local manufacturing

Race against time to fund ‘bubble’ boy’s life-saving surgery

Life-changing op to help Casey dance after €30,000 raised

Cerebral palsy boy’s assistance dog banned from school

Dental care for disabled kids

I was told I’d never walk again — today I’m aiming for the Olympics

Isolated twins now talking to world thanks to student project

Hospital doesn’t have to revive disabled boy

We’ve got wheels

Hands On

 

General Education Stories

Budding boffins put projects under microscope

Science & Innovation – Embracing change is key

Opposites do not subtract

Science key to future of State – Kenny

Minister calls for review of teacher cuts at disadvantaged schools

Rabbitte leads delegation to lobby Quinn

Prioritise maths in primary school, says NCC report

At-risk school schemes improve learning

Primary school prepares for the worst

Principal offers to buy e-voting machine — for €1

Ruairi Quinn admits DEIS cuts mistake

 

Mental Health in the Media

Suicide agency names ambassador

Senator: Suicide policy not working

Suicide debate highlights mental health

I needed a break from ‘me’

HSE trains groups in suicide prevention

Mental hospital ‘should remain in public hands’

 

Employment Features

Man with a plan to get people ‘back to work’

Bruton says new initiative aims to generate thousands of jobs

Courses encourage jobless into education

Waterford firm to create 250 jobs

Hey Everyone,

 

A day early as I’m jetting off into the sun for my holidays tomorrow! Week in review will be back on the 2nd Sept!

 

Linda

 

Picks of the week:

The Irish Examiner did a big feature on Mental Health this week that we would really recommend reading. The links are below under ‘Mental Health in the Media’

Small talk at the movies: cinemas let autistic children make some noise

Supporting vocational learners: a focus on transition from FE to HE (from the Guardian Blog)

 

Further & Higher Education News

College closure leaves 20 staff without jobs and 360 students without classes

Language teaching sector worth €274m

‘They are robbers. They stole my money. I want my €2,300 back…but I don’t know what I can do’

Company had over €200,000 in bank just six months ago

Demand for college places falls

Points for science and tech courses to rise as student demand shifts

Kenny Dalglish Endorses Boccia World Cup

Colleges seek bond to protect students

Innovation in part-time study: adapting to the needs of professional learners

Student income has fallen by 33%

‘Back to Education’ payments double as jobless rate soars

 

Disability Headlines

How rock’n’roll can take its toll

North has highest rates of post-traumatic stress

Surviving a Long-Lasting Battle with Severe Depression

Colin Farrell opens up about his sons disability

Bacon ‘increases risk of diabetes’

 

General Education Articles

Cost of uniforms and books anger parents.

Free schools outperform fee-paying schools

A dozen ways to take the edge off back-to-school expenses

Transport to school: Counting costs of getting there

 

Mental Health in the Media

Head of suicide office threatens to resign

Suicide prevention – A service undermined

Finding a path to recovery

Bridging the divide between one reality and another

A broader platform to discuss mental health service concerns

Our mindset, rooted in a biomedical approach, needs a radical overhaul

MyMind: Mental Health Matters

National suicide prevention director threatened to resign in staffing row

€9.6m to house 60 troubled teenagers last year

€22m spent on mental health agency staff, overtime

Patients ‘not able to access’ psychologists

 

Employment Issues

Employers exploit internship scheme to get free workers

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