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’

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?


Picks of the week:

When living with a disability, Ireland is a different country

Ten things not to say to a depressed person

 

Further & Higher Education News

Universities are best placed to take teacher training to the next level

Bill set to amalgamate education and training bodies

Limits on number of committee personnel

VEC staff may be moved to meet targets

Lecturers spend first year of college ‘deprogramming’ students

UCD scholarship student crowned South of Ireland Amateur Open Champion

Exam results helpline to be put to the test

Record rise in number of mature students

DCU president criticises Leaving Cert

University of Ulster hosts Paralympics Qualifying Tournament – Boccia World Cup 2011

 

Disability Headlines

Disability cases pending before the European Court of Human Rights

Ministers accused over autistic children as specialist schools forced to close

Warning over newer antidepressants pills

Dad (40) becomes first person in Britain to get artificial heart

Get me back to Aunty Em – one woman’s experience of Depression

 

General Education Articles

Parents struggling to cope with education costs

Families in need of back-to-school support failing to qualify for allowance, survey finds

Extra €4.6m set aside for parents struggling to afford uniforms

17 new schools to open as pupil numbers soar

Publishers help ease book cost burden for parents

Parents being forced to take out loans for school costs

14 second-level schools scheduled to open by 2014

Parents under pressure

Back-to-school aid criteria under fire

Families facing huge school costs, warns Barnardos

Quinn faces reality check in education reform drive

School class sizes set to increase

All-Irish secondary school for Carrigaline

Mayfield gaelscoil to appeal after council refuses planning

CIT gets new governing chair

Being creative teaches kids the art of keeping quiet

Class size dilemma

Schools will drop subjects if class sizes increased

Teachers angered by threat of increased class sizes

 

Mental Health in the Media

Don’t try to be something you are not

Don’t let anxiety get out of control

Psych nurses to strike over staff shortages

New Directorate to be appointed in autumn

5m drug prescriptions for mental health a year

Trapped in a system without hope

Treating depression – Drugs too prevalent in our system

 

Employment Issues

Only 23 out of 5,000 internships filled under initiative

I’m unemployed – can education get me out of here?

 

Have you ever seen a nurse in a wheelchair? Would you be concerned if they were looking after you? You immediate answer might highlight that mindsets are often closed to disability in certain arenas. It’s a hugely interesting area and I say that not just because I come from a health science background myself but because it has really made me think about how I view certain professions. Students with disabilities, particularly deaf/hearing impaired students are restricted from teaching professions and while there are no shortcuts to equality for these students, it’s great to be able to discuss the issues and move forward.

If you are a student in a health science area, I would really recommend coming to our annual conference on the 16th March. It’s absolutely free for students and you are guaranteed to come away from the day with a new perspective! You can book a place online at http://www.ahead.ie