Marian McCarthy, Programme Coordinator for the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Teaching and Learning at UCC gave an incredible stage performance as coordinator of a simulated Major Disaster. From this, she explored the complex and multi-layered simulation afforded by role-playing. Marian’s interests include the role of Drama and Theatre in Education, Applied Drama/Theatre, the Visual Arts and Mime and Dance.

AHEAD in the News

There are so many options for postgraduate study

 

Staff Picks:

‘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

 


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

A day early as we’re all off to Building the Future tomorrow!

Staff Picks:

Cap on student numbers proposed for third level

US envoy says voices of disabled must be heard

Call to enlist teachers’ views in deciding college entry

Total Amelia teen lauded for efforts in community

Irish students lost in translation

We must take the burden off young shoulders

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Developing higher education management: live chat best bits

Students challenge higher university fees in UK courts

Winning the double: Dublin’s key mentor picks up two university honours

Students say cap on third-level numbers would be disastrous

Entry to third level – Assessment is worth considering

Macro, micro and neutrino

Judge IT crowd by the same standards

UCC could clean up with its non-stick gum

Galway scientists help unravel genetic code of food crop

No decision on cutting student numbers

Stay in touch, NUIG asks graduates

New site for DIT faces the axe in cutbacks

 

Disability Headlines

Disability hate speech has no place anywhere – not even online

Report: 4,500 more intellectually disabled to seek assistance

Judge calls for sex offence law to be consolidated with reform

Transplant patient inspires Taoiseach to be an organ donor

A disability that nobody can see

What is life like for a teenage prodigy?

Fewer support marriage rights for those with disabilities

New cystic fibrosis inhaler hailed as a revolution for patients

Fewer support marriage rights for those with disabilities

DPP urges reform of disability sex laws

‘Protection’ breaches human rights

‘Locked-in’ patients still aware, test shows

British amputee first to be fitted with bionic leg

 

General Education Stories

Teachers warn Quinn they won’t assess work by their own pupils

Key changes to junior syllabus

Primary school transport charges set to double

Talk of job cuts is ‘soul-destroying’ for teachers – union

To Be Honest: An unheard voice in education

Quinn resolute on Junior Cert reform

Fast-food ban near schools proposed to fight child obesity

In My Opinion: Tackling our insecurites about languages is vital to the economy

Harsh lessons lie ahead for our graduate teachers

Kenny says work being done on education return scheme

 

Mental Health in the Media

Restoring lives as a mental health survivor

Shedding light on seasonal depression

Comedian felt it ‘was the end’ during years when business dried up

Schools play vital role in mental health

Strain on mental health services expected to grow

 

Employment Features

Four Destructive Myths Most Companies Still Live By

Consultants to review intern ‘job’ scheme

AHEAD in the News:

Job seeking skills for graduates with disabilities

 

Staff Picks:

Students’ project wins science award

Is this Ireland’s best school?

Tackling disability discrimination takes more than wheelchair ramps

TCD AS Support Service

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

‘The potential is obvious’

Election promises must be kept

How does CAO system work with a FETAC qualification?

Shrouded in mystery

Resignation offers hope that mummy may stay in Cork

Higher education for all is under threat

Teacher’s Pet

Students brand government ‘liars’ over tuition fee promises

Election promises must be kept

Honorary degrees awarded at TCD

Egypt says mummy can stay at UCC — if it’s too fragile for travel

 

Disability Headlines

Thank You Timothy Geithner

 Two Steves Who Changed My Life

What’s life like after meningitis?

MS research project at UCD yields some surprising results

Disability charity Scope launches a new bond to raise £20m

 

General Education Stories

Stand up straight, girls, and drink your soup correctly

Private companies to complain over State school bus scheme

VECs set to speed up school building projects

Exam focus to be reduced in Junior Cert overhaul

Quinn supports proposal to abolish Junior Certificate

Teachers retiring mid-year can be re-employed until holidays – Quinn

Teachers take lessons in wind turbines

Information Service launched for People with Hearing and Speech Difficulties

 

Mental Health in the Media

Reach out to others before it’s too late

‘Dirt cheap’ alcohol linked to suicides in youth, says Shortall

Doctor says alcohol implicated in 45 per cent of all suicides

 

Staff Picks:

State of our education system is a national emergency

Response to Job Bridge ‘significant’

Startup Hires Autistic Adults

RTE Player – Two for the Road: Episode 3

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Funding crisis pushing Ireland down global college tables, warns provost

Timeline for upgrade of Waterford IT to university sought

Irish universities have said there is a need to reassess the third level points system and its impact on learning at second level.

We’ve got to look at CAO system, but there might be nothing better – universities

Course choices influenced by race for CAO points

Call for college year to be extended

Cork has its head firmly in the clouds

Mexican government honours UCC academic

NOBEL WINNER HONOURED UCD AWARD FOR SCIENTIST

Students missing career chances by working for money rather than experience

College staff face Garda checks under bill terms

Number of courses puts pressure on students

UCD engineers a better entry route for students

Disability Headlines

Hear the word on the street

People with autism thrive as software testers

Doting father’s ‘crusade’ for daughter with CF

Asperger’s syndrome gets in way of work? Not at this startup

1 in 5 has long-term disabilities

Burton highlights isolation of young disabled people

Cork blind solicitor to feature in documentary

Forever young: Scientists figure out how to renew muscle tissue

General Education Stories

Still waiting for a classroom

In defence of fee-paying schools

Time to end this divisive debate on private education

Teachers Pet Column

Almost 50% of Leaving Cert pupils take grinds

‘Lack of consultation’ on points system review

80pc of students pick ‘easy’ Leaving Cert subjects, says study

Leaving Cert students study 4 hours a night

Entry system puts students ‘constantly under strain’

Points system ‘has negative impact’

1,000 primary teachers out of work due to cutbacks, says INTO

School boards decide who to hire and fire, says Sherlock

Quinn wants CAO forms filled after exam results out

Delay filling 475 special needs posts defended

Grinds ‘give unfair advantage’

Science is a rap for science students

It’s the final chapter for bulky textbooks

In my opinion: The problem is not maths itself, but the culture of fear growing around it

 

Mental Health in the Media

TDs attend suicide awareness workshops

Employment Features

Questions raised over Tesco eligibility for intern scheme

Teachers bring touch of Silicon Valley to Shannonside school

Who wants to be an agripreneur?


Pick of the week: My brain had swollen up and crushed itself

Report of the week: Learning to Reach Out

 

Further & Higher Education News

Putting faith in a broader vision of religion

Disability law scholarship

Students Take Part in Deaf Support Summer School

Students launch High Court challenge against ‘savage’ cuts to grants

A driving ambition to win

Louth VEC get extra up-skilling places

 

Disability Headlines

Dyslexie is a typeface for dyslectics

Lady Gaga upsets disability campaigners

Stem cell find a boost to fighting incurable illness

Worried you’ll get Alzheimer’s? Then follow these seven steps

Are you in danger of becoming diabetic without knowing it?

Implant could ease arthritis suffering

 

General Education Articles

Back to school bill hits €400 per child

Public want schools to develop rounded students

Rabbitte criticises lack of action on broadband

 

Mental Health in the Media

Mental health: The overbearing weight of money woes

Central Mental Hospital case reviews rise by 22% last year

Young go online for mental health help

Online mental health service gets 3,000 hits a week

 

Disability in the Workplace

Diversity: interview with Fiona Cannon, director of diversity and inclusion at Lloyds Banking Group