Staff Picks:

How Chuck’s cash changed Irish research

Rights-based approach needed in new law on legal capacity

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

IT Sligo and Citrix in joint skills initiative

Swotting hard for the HPAT

How to make the best Leaving Cert choices

The world’s top 10 Universities to study law

Top earning academics reject pay cut request

 

Disability Headlines

President calls for change in attitudes towards autism

Boy (3) to undergo bionic ear operation

Tragedy of MS sufferer who rode wheelchair for two hours to kill herself

Wheelchair beauty queen crowned

New hope in ‘floppy baby’ treatment

Disabled Rehab workers faced with redundancy

Special needs facility opens

Living with ball and chain of pain

The painful part of the human condition

Boy (11) crosses Atlantic in bid to walk

Brave Aryana is a cut above at helping her little brother

Trigger Warning: Adults With Disabilities More Likely To Be Abused Than Non-Disabled Adults: Study

 

General Education Stories

Jerome Reilly: Take away the school, kill the local community

Hard lessons we need to learn from the legacy of foolishness

Colm O’Rourke: Ireland can come top of the class again

Deis may expand to help more schools

Transition year students gather for drama festival

Children may get option of school across the border

Parents emphasise maths as an aid to career prospects

Coalition pursuing ‘scorched earth’ policy on rural schools, says principal

Guidance counsellors have nothing to fear

Making sure rebel-speak isn’t lost in translation, like

Just half of Traveller children in secondary school

Teacher’s pet

Almost 25% of pupils attending Protestant schools are Catholic

€35m set aside for 200 schools to replace prefabs with classrooms

Buttimer says roles of teachers are more flexible

Tackling legacy of school prefabs may yield 800 jobs

 

Mental Health in the Media

Just a teenager trying to make sense of his life

‘I don’t think I am normal. I have excluded myself from the world’

Surge in self-harm incidents linked to effects of recession

Psychiatric unit closure postponed

Close to 3,000 cases of physical restraint

 

Employment Features

€15k each on offer to new generation of entrepreneurs

Students should do 10-week summer internship, report recommends

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Staff Picks:

Sports broadcaster Colm Murray’s battle with motor neurone disease, and his determination to contribute to efforts to find a cure.

MND – The Inside Track

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Third-level presidents oppose new university

Newspapers cleared of breaching student’s injunction

Over 50,000 apply for college places

Filling out the CAO form – Tick the Box!

University heads deny accusations of elitism

Sugar-coated bacteria may help in fight against cancer, says UCC

Third-level rift as university heads labelled ‘arrogant’

President calls for response to ‘intellectual crisis’ in society

My life started at 39 — when I finally sat my Leaving Cert

UCC withdraws far-right politician’s invitation

 

Disability Headlines

Parents now ‘less tolerant of disabled children in same class’

How An Asperger Syndrome Diagnosis Saved My Marriage

Rehab welcomes reversal of training bonus cuts

Seeing their lives change before your eyes

‘Parliament must rule on disabled man’s death bid’

How a dog’s life can transform others

UK operation may enable Cavan girl (6) walk unaided

Disability rights campaigner joins Labour

 

General Education Stories

Up to 1,600 teachers to retire before changes to pensions

Gaeltacht parents oppose teacher ratio changes in smaller primary schools

Many students cannot add without calculator study shows

Some small rural schools are being put in immediate jeopardy by staffing cuts

Synge Street – where did it all go right?

‘Raise the bar and close the gap’

Students ‘will not be hit by exodus of teachers’

‘Double whammy’ payment to rehired teachers criticised

Dáil protest at staffing plan for smaller schools

Rural schools must take ‘share of burden’

DEIS schools still face cutbacks, admits Quinn

Falling budgets see class resources cut

 

Mental Health in the Media

Powerful voice for mentally ill people

‘The depth of my depression was irrational . . . Give yourself time. Get the support you need’

TDs in calls to reinstate advocacy worker

Suicide crisis – So much more to do

Magic mushrooms ‘could treat depression’

Slow progress on mental health policy criticised

Closure of psychiatric unit ‘set in blood’

Whistleblower who raised concerns over patients’ welfare gets job back

Voluntary mental patient not being held unlawfully

 

Employment Features

77% of jobseekers lie on CV, survey finds

Staff Picks:

Year in, year out

Ruairí Quinn seeks expressions of interest for State boards

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Academics awarded nation’s highest honour

Review may force arts students to move colleges

Skills shortages can be addressed

 

Disability Headlines

No limits as Joanne shines on Late Late

Extravaganza in store for visually impaired people

NDA Disability Equality Training

 

General Education Stories

Anxious teens bearing the brunt of cuts, say guidance counsellors

‘The wonder is eternally fresh’

Plans for 35 schools unveiled by Minister

Spending on school buildings faces €70m cut

‘All we’ll be left with is bigger class sizes’

Quinn backs Leaving points overhaul

Leaving Cert to be less predictable and more general

Reform of Leaving Cert high on Minister’s agenda

Pupils call on Santa to save school from new staff ratio

New teacher-TDs holding on to their school jobs

Education reform – It’s time for an honest discussion

 

Mental Health in the Media

Suicide body calls for drink awareness

Greek suicide rate now the highest in Europe

Calls to reform mental health detainment law

Man detained after GP wrote letter without ever seeing him

A quarter of Irish have experienced mental illness

Mental health abuse – Better care needed

 

Employment Features

IHRC video on human rights

Human Rights Training & Education Project

Announcing UEmploy – Promoting employment for European citizens with disabilities

Hack Your Productivity: A Time-Management Geek’s 10-Minute Solution

Staff Picks:

Life and love

Column: My long journey out of the darkness

Universities will lose their way if they put commercial activities ahead of the education of students

Motivation key to repeating Leaving Cert

Ellie Simmonds: ‘When we’re in the pool, it’s war’

RTE Documentary: Two for the Road Episode 1

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Colleges warned to stop duplication of courses or face cuts to funding

Take-up of college offers hits a high

UCC staff to test out hybrid vehicles

Figures suggest tight battle for college places

Probiotic bacteria may help treat anxiety, says team

Fees may be key to future, says new TCD provost

Little change in CAO points for courses

Quinn must get tough on the reform of our education system

3,300 get second-round CAO offer

The consequences of increasing access to education

 

Disability Headlines

Family win fight to access son’s benefits

Questions raised over HSE fund after court case

Event in aid of motorneuron sufferers

Web brings thalidomide couple together

Chilling with the Built Environment

US stem cell hope for blind assault victim

Teacher shortage leaves nine special needs children without school place

The Big Picture on The Silver Screen

Mother hits out as SNA cuts take away ‘safety net’

Inspiring life leaves a beautiful legacy

‘Mini-pill’ may help prevent blindness…

Autistic boy refused full-time place at school

 

General Education Stories

Quinn criticises ‘voluntary’ pressure

Cut to Leaving Cert Applied criticised

Former hotel becomes centre of learning as pupils check in and leave prefabs behind

A new chapter: iPads in and books out

Sense of prestige and better exam results driving fee-paying boom

Cut your prices: Quinn issues ultimatum to publishers

School absenteeism – Education for everyone

Substitution funding decision ‘a planning nightmare’

Retirements will cause crisis in pastoral care, managers warn

Shutting loophole would help fight truancy, says expert

INTO issues strike threat over unqualified people

Quinn in the dark as maths crisis deepens

Standing up for our schools

Teachers will have to register by law

 

Mental Health in the Media

30,000 claim sickness benefits for depression

Teenager ‘begs’ for help in open letter to Health Minister

 

Employment Features

Entry rules for free courses to be eased

Finding a course that gives the best chance of landing a job

Minister Quinn announces eligibility change to Springboard – Six-month unemployment requirement waived for final course places

A little bit later than usual as I was out of the office on Friday. Happy Reading!

My pick of the week is actually a video this week: The Others

Number of students finishing second level at all-time high

Calls for probe into third-level spending after new revelation

Number sitting Leaving Cert rises

Rugby star opens up about how he tackled bouts of depression

Orgy of expenditure by WIT boss amounts to a €6.7m splurge

Review of funding for fee-paying schools

Disclosing a mental health problem to employers

Back to basics

I’m quite soft. I get emotional

Rugby star opens up about how he tackled bouts of depression

How can we tackle the rise in self-harm?

Must try harder: this year’s report card for the key figures in higher education

Waking up to the use and abuse of ‘study drugs’ in Irish colleges

Autistic boy’s father threatens legal action

Demand for college places growing

Schools hit hard with special needs cap

The REAL star of the Royal Wedding: How Kate Middleton’s brother recited Bible passage off by heart to overcome dyslexia

Quinlan bares his soul over illness

Early school play is the key to a higher standard in young adults

Body clock drug as good as standard anti-depressants

Google’s search for self-drive cars

Respite services restored for those with intellectual disabilities

The last thing the Junior Certificate needs is a quick fix – it’s not entirely broken

Teacher’s pet

Mental health job fear for one in five with stress

Student abuse of wakefulness drug leads to restrictions

Cuts to special needs teaching may be avoided next autumn

Special needs – Education is sacrosanct

Starbucks sued for firing woman because she was a dwarf