Archive for 7 September 2008

Clinics ‘ready for surge in students bingeing on sex, drugs and drink’

Posted in Life with tags , , on 7 September 2008 by Steve

“The number of students seeking emergency contraception and treatment for drug and alcohol-related illness is set to soar this week after many headed back to college. Across the country’s campuses, instances of excessive drinking, sexually transmitted infection and illnesses associated with cocaine abuse have risen sharply, according to the university medical directors. The rate of sexually transmitted diseases in three of Ireland’s main universities is almost five times the national average, with UCD topping the list and being described as a major Chlamydia hotspot by doctors …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 7 September]

A Window to Irish Research: the Creation of a National Research Website

Posted in research with tags on 7 September 2008 by Steve

“Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Jimmy Devins will today open a Research Information Systems Conference at the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin. The conference is an integral part of the Irish Universities Association (IUA) project to develop a national research website. The goal of IUA’s National Research Platform Project is to provide a web based platform where all publicly funded research projects and information can be found at one location and will be ordered in a user-friendly way. This means that users don’t have to browse individual websites to find out what R&D is being undertaken in Ireland. The platform can be used to highlight the extent and quality of the Irish research effort to National and International audiences.” (more)

[IUA, 4 September]

Make doctors pay for their education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 7 September 2008 by Steve

“The soaring cost of third-level education has once again raised the issue of third-level fees. Unfortunately, fees are the wrong answer to the right question. It is students, whose earning power is massively boosted, and not their parents, who should pick up the tab for the cost of their education. Recently, the New Zealand newspapers carried a story about 11 newly qualified Irish doctors who had moved en masse to work in that country. While I don’t begrudge the freshly minted medics their trip down under, as a taxpayer I couldn’t help wondering why I should effectively be funding the New Zealand health service …” (more)

[Dan White, Herald, 2 September]