Higher & Further Education News & Views

Surprise at decision to invest €40m in St Patrick’s teacher training college

Europe’s top ten MBA schools favoured by employers

In My Opinion: First-year students entering third level have been taught to learn — not to reason

Trinity encourages kids from all social groups to aim high

 

Disability Headlines

‘The HSE is denying me a proper way of life’

Hopes are high after ‘bionic ear’ op

Scientists developing device to restore sight

BAI new rules on subtitling criticised

Disability benefits to be slashed (UK)

 

General Education Stories

Cyber-bullying concerns Quinn

School which expelled pupils over abusive Facebook posts won’t comment

Time to end silent suffering of gay students

End meritocracy myth and drop subsidies to fee-paying schools

Protestant schools ‘weary’ following cuts, synod is told

Forum to hear ideas on better ways to tackle school bullying

50% of parents have complained to school about bullying

Bullying ‘costs over €100m every year’

How to survive exam fever — a guide for anxious parents

Quarter of pupils have experienced web abuse

School faced dilemma over pupil expulsions

Parents’ council head resigns over Facebook expulsions row

Teachers know social media can be both friend and foe

 

Mental Health in the Media

Mental health survey – Listen to Irish youth

Lynch affirms commitment to mental health strategy

Senator hopes to inform efforts to combat suicide

One in five youths engage inself-harm

 

Employment Features

The Benefits of Disability in the Workplace

Rehab expansion to create 400 jobs

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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

AHEAD in the News

There are so many options for postgraduate study

 

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‘I use Braille to do my school work’

When access to college changes lives

Many hands make light work for students

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Colleges to face grilling on antisocial students

IT Sligo students to conduct study into smackin

VEC gets legal advice over reports

UCC honours top graduate

Minister wants to scrap test for medical schools

Students take case over grant cuts

Preparing to go places

Ireland needs, now more than ever, to evolve a new kind of technological university to take us forward

 

Disability Headlines

Genetics and man-made chemicals equally to blame, say researchers

Scleroderma affects everything that I do

Checklist can tell if toddlers’ language skills are up to scratch

Cannabis-based treatment could be cleared for MS patients

A helping hand

Doing the best for our children

State’s services must catch up with what parents already know

Huge generosity for ‘bionic ear’ boy

‘Life-changing’ results from spinal pain relief trial

Good vibrations: Deaf boy to show off keyboard skills

Isolating a Child With Disabilities Can Do Life-Long Damage

Patients with cystic fibrosis wait for beds

 

General Education Stories

Mentoring for migrants

A studied response: Minister replies to request to ban homework

Ruairí Quinn reverses 235 legacy post cuts from DEIS primary schools

Quinn: ‘I got it wrong on DEIS school cuts’

Mixed reaction to Deis cuts U-turn

Parents and schools criticise cuts to capitation grants

The Strength of people power

Disadvantaged schools

State retains teaching jobs but slashes school grants

Quinn ‘back of the class material’, say students

Martin calls for right to Catholic education to be respected

Quinn rules out teaching cash management at primary level

Libya looks to Ireland as a model for education reform

‘Primary teachers know how to teach children – secondary teachers know how to teach subjects’

In My Opinion: Time for fee-charging schools to take another look at their policies

The computer clubs training the whizz kids of tomorrow

 

Mental Health in the Media

Finding a light in the dark

Conference bids to remove ‘mental health stigma’

Irish people ’embarrassed’ about counselling

Gaelic players part of mental health partnership

 

Employment Features

Minister revives plan to shift sick pay burden

Burton: Employers should pay for sick leave

Law graduates urged to sign up to intern scheme

 


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

Staff Picks:

New Department of Education head

Professor Quinn – Appointee to the Council of State

Employ People with Disabilities

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

I haven’t a clue if lecturers are doing their jobs, says minister

Conditions agreed for universities of technology

UCD students union holds emergency meeting

NUI Galway Festival opens

Studying in the US – What you need to know

A strong case for a new university

Demand for college places up as more mature students join race

VEC funded sail programme while boat rotted

Value for money concern

Students go that extra mile to claim a free car

Technological universities

School blamed for demise of €161k IT contract

Committee considered it unnecessary to submit contract for legal checks

VEC signed away valuable property rights in venture

Trinity team helping develop fold-up TV

VEC accountability – Answerable to taxpayers

VEC forced to answer tough questions

VEC relocation plan to increase rent from €13.30 to €118,000

VEC criticised after €890k of IT budget paid to ex-employee

Former Student Leader At CIT Slams Quinn ‘U-Turn’

 

Disability Headlines

‘People used to call me the wibbly wobbly wonder’

Utter disappointment following Rehab decision

Autism controversy – The right to an opinion

Parents ‘never to blame’ for autism

Sit-in workers to help Calum

Comments ‘likely to cause upset’

 

General Education Stories

High-speed broadband for all secondary schools ‘by 2014’

Safety campaign aims to ‘wipe out’ online bullying

Special education – Cuts having deep impact

Certain schools are better squeezed than others

Students prepare to ditch books in favour of iPads

Back to prefabs and leaky roofs?

The project maths course divides teachers — but does it add up?

In My Opinion: Teaching languages at primary level will be a key to our economic future

Mock exam results can be a wake-up call for students

EU: Education cuts undermine potential

Disadvantaged school spend urged

 

Mental Health in the Media

Three people now die from suicide every day of the year

Widespread patient satisfaction with mental health services

Coroners reporting suicides

Warning over loss of 400 psychiatric nurses

10% of psych nurses to retire, survey suggests

‘Voluntary’ psychiatric patients need protection

Mental capacity Bill to be issued shortly

Warning of suicide increase over cuts

 

Employment Features

‘Colleagues retreated. A mix of embarrassment and fear of contagion. It hurt’

Four firms to create 550 jobs nationwide

Ireland ‘represents exceptional and unique opportunity for investment’

EU fund unspent due to ‘inexperience’

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Encounter on the Luas stops us in our tracks

Positions vacant – lacking talent

I’m jobless, so why am I excluded from JobBridge?

Wheelchairtaxi.ie

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Quarter of Fás trainees qualified at third level

Three Munster ITs want to unite as a large university

Student numbers in UK tumble 9%

Third level holds key to our recovery

A lecturer rejects the idea that his is a cushy job

University plan promises wider choice of courses

More than 750 places available on graduate ICT courses

IPA becomes recognised college of UCD

Quinn says online media as accountable as traditional media

College registration fees set to hit €3k, says Quinn

 

Disability Headlines

Top wheelchair basketball teams to use Northern Ireland event as London 2012 warm-up

They’re fighting for a real miracle…

Hiqa to assess Deep Brain Stimulation service

Cork twin (3) to be first Irish child with ‘bionic’ ear implant

 

General Education Stories

Quinn pledges to work with principals on saving schools

Quinn defends cuts to teacher numbers in smaller schools

Children’s grades get a boost from after-school activity

Quinn stresses role of parents in children’s development

Too many activities can damage school performance, says report

Denial of education to Roma child violates human rights

Art student doodles her way onto shortlist

School thrives after 60 years

Preparing for the Baccalaureate

Goodbye Mr – and Mrs – Chips

Up to 3,000 for protest over cuts which threaten future of rural schools

Schools may face litigation over poor guidance for pupils

New teaching entrants to earn 30% less than their colleagues

Protests and insults over school cuts

Parents in protest over ‘culture of fear’ at school

Teaching while the supports fall away

Teacher staffing changes to hit small schools

‘All the staff give an awful lot, nobody minds doing a bit extra’

Education gains ‘can be kept with small pay cuts’

FF condemn Quinn’s ‘sneaky approach’ to cuts

Minister still wants DEIS ‘economies’

Review of smaller schools due in months

Female principal for Rockwell College

Ministerial review won’t help 33 schools set to lose teachers

 

Mental Health in the Media

Keyes’s novel way of tackling depression.

‘Lives lost’ as mental health funds suffer cuts

Mentally ill prisoner found lying on floor of locked room

Prisons lack mental health expertise

Study finds suicide prevention strategies work

Mental health fund could get ‘hived off’ for other sectors

 

Employment Features

Job scheme helps 605 people back to work

New guide to help employers handle impact of suicide

Free tech courses set to meet job demand

Jobs centre pleads with unions for help after Fás fund cuts

Employer seeks Sudoku fans