Staff Picks:

Technology and Me! Speech by Joanne O’Riordan

Me and my shadow: all in a day’s work experience

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Call for colleges to be ‘unshackled’

Review of teacher training to back ‘institutes of education’

High Court dismisses students’ appeal against third-level grant reforms

New body sees value of research

No teaching, but the work goes on

Trinity newspaper scoops top prize in national competition

Fees for science courses should be scrapped — CEO

UL student scoops journalism prize for coroners expose

 

Disability Headlines

Access website gives better service to Ballymena’s disabled people

Taoiseach denies Government targeting autistic children

Father pleads for U-turn on SNAs

Training the brain to be alert

Charity to raise funds for autistic children

Niamh’s work for autism to be honoured by star

Cian takes heckling TDs in his stride and leaves Kenny in his shadow

Joanne hopes UN speech inspires people to believe they can achieve

Lise Hand: Beyond a ‘shadow’ of doubt, Cian makes Enda’s day

McDonagh aiming to trade silver for gold this time

Cork teen calls for robot technology

 

General Education Stories

Training teachers the Catholic way

Bullying in schools

Why the school patronage report is doomed to fail

Over 200 schools to keep teachers

Group: Primary schools face threat of ‘drip, drip’ closure despite U-turn

Should pupils get points for playing football and lifting weights?

Two thirds of schoolchildren ‘not getting enough sleep’

 

Mental Health in the Media

Walking back to happiness as odd shoes worn to support mental health

Clare ‘needs suicide intervention centre’

 

Employment Features

Boost for graduates with new jobs

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Higher & Further Education News & Views

 

Disability Headlines

 

Mental Health in the Media

 

Employment Features

 

General Education Stories

 

Teacher Conferences

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’

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

Another week down and the weather is looking up for the weekend!

This weeks pick of the week is Tony Bates Column in the Irish Times, the first of a two part series on suicide:

We must give young people a reason to live

Other articles of interest:

UN claims State’s poor hardest hit by low taxes

UN human rights expert calls for higher taxes for those who can afford it

Cut of 250 language support teachers

Special Olympics chief to decide on Aras run in days

‘Talk therapy’ options replace medication

‘Little evidence’ anti-psychotics help treatment of challenging behaviour

School’s out for the home-educators

Disability hate crime could lead to more suicides like Fiona Pilkington

It’s time to re-imagine the ways we teach our children

Focus on the task, not yourself. . .

Religion class must be easy to opt out of, says report

College offer to jobless in skills drive

Education report: rights body backs diversity in schools

Top ten tips from the experts to make the most of pre-exam time

University entrance scholarships explained

O’Reilly calls for radical reform of education

Foreign language for college may be ended

Quinn warns on rising pupil numbers

MS Ireland and UL join forces to further research

Scheme aims to reskill 6,000 jobless

We’re no longer the best: Quinn

Call to expand rehabilitation services for crash survivors

Employers want recruits to hold 2:1 honours degrees

Taoiseach commits to radical education reforms

Quinn: Education standards slipped

Judge warns parents about pupils missing school

Administrator welcomes debate on religion in schools

Pick of the week:

The points system fails students and the country, so replace it with a lottery

Higher Education News & Views

Mature students feel let down by ’empty pledge’

Colleges clamp down as students copy and paste their way to degrees

Colleges should be free to ‘hire and fire’

College president defends €100,000 spent on taxis

Universities should be free to ‘hire and fire’ and set pay

Warning over lack of funding at third level

WIT asked for report on spending

Quinn intervenes in reappointment of college chief

WIT board refuses to extend term of president

Mature student, 91, set for second term at university

Disability News & Views (General)

How my cousin Aimée, the first Down’s TV star, made me smile through the tears. . .

No fear of going to school with iScoil

Mum of autistic boy ‘in shock’ over stem-cell centre closure

Survivors’ group to protest against use of electroshock therapy

Does it work? Can flower remedies help with autism?

Teaching parents to accept

Hardest Hit march brings disabled people out on to the streets

Dear parent: why your dyslexic child struggles with reading

Ring finger length link to disease

Boy who can hear again hailed as medical miracle

Taking the long view of ageing in Ireland

Baby left deaf by meningitis can hear again

 

General Education News

Fee-paying schools lose building grants

Govt announces 15,900 extra training and education places

Keeper of the school gate

End is in sight for roll calls as schools face the future

Radio Captioning And Its Relevance To Education

 

Mental Health in the Media

Cost and stigma barrier to people seeking help with mental heath issues

Prospects for new Central Mental Hospital ‘hopeless’

Irish Examiner wins health award

Alcohol consumption has ‘significant’ influence on suicide rates

Bitter pursuit of debt ‘causing suicides’

Spate of teen suicides over May weekend

Listeners urged to ‘mind their mates’

Students rewarded for suicide campaign

Mental health fears for children in care

Remarks on suicide and debt welcomed

Bankers hit out at Honohan’s ‘emotive’ remarks on suicide

‘The most important thing is to reach out’