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Universities must learn to cope with students as consumers, says expert

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“From September 2012 universities in England and Wales will be able to charge up to £9,000 in tuition fees per year, and many universities have already signalled their intention to charge the full amount. This will change the way that students see their universities. As costs rise for so will expectations. Students will be more focused on making sure they get their money’s worth. How? One way will be by looking to enforce their contractual rights …” (more)

[Julian Sladdin, OUT-LAW News, 22 March]


Big babies: the university as a crèche

Posted in Life with tags on 8 December 2009 by Steve

“This is not an easy article to write, not because the argument is complicated or will come as a surprise to anyone but because it is exactly the kind of complaint that I myself would have rejected as nonsense just a few years ago. ‘Typical nostalgia-infused reactionary whinging,’ I would have said. Still, I have already crossed this particular bridge so, if you’re seated comfortably, we shall begin. Today’s university students are children. There, I’ve said it …” (more)

[Forth, 8 December]

Money worries are damaging the mental health of students

Posted in Life with tags , , on 11 August 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The mental health of one in three university students is showing cause for concern – and money worries may be part of the problem, groundbreaking new research has revealed. The psychological well-being of students is lower than the average person, or other 18 to 26-year-olds. Researchers say more work needs to be done to understand the reasons, but point to a possible link with high levels of financial strain …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 August]

Survey adds weight to those tales of university woe

Posted in Life with tags , , on 11 August 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Students are bound to say, ‘I told you so’. Parents will be familiar with cries such as ‘college is stressful’ and ‘I don’t have enough money’. But now the results of new research focusing on, among other things, their psychological well-being and finances, add weight to their complaints. The scale of the research and methodologies used provides robust information about aspects of life for university students in Ireland today …” (more)

[Independent, 11 August]

Research study conducted with policies in mind

Posted in Life with tags , on 11 August 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Study (IUS) is new web-based research aimed at gathering substantial information about undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers in the country’s seven universities: Trinity College Dublin; University of Limerick; Dublin City University; National University of Ireland Maynooth; University College Dublin; University College Cork and National University of Ireland Galway. The findings published in the Irish Independent today are from the first module, conducted in 2008 among almost 3,500 students …” (more)

[Independent, 11 August]

Do students read?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 14 July 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Recently I had an opportunity to chat with a group of law students from a number of different universities. I mentioned to them a book considered to a legal classic, and was astounded that not one of them had ever heard of it, much less read it. I then asked them about a number of other seminal books, about some famous cases – and when again none of them had read any of these, I turned it around and asked them to tell me what they had read or were reading. There was a good deal of hesitation, but when some of them started to tell me what they had read it became clear to me that they were mainly reading standard textbooks, but no monographs, no classics …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 July]

Study Finds Drinking by College Students on the Rise

Posted in Life with tags , on 16 June 2009 by Steve

USA“Despite university campaigns to discourage alcohol abuse, a new study shows that drinking-related activities among college students have increased over the last decade. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, which used figures from government databases and national surveys, the number of alcohol-related deaths among 18- to 24-year-olds rose from 1,440 in 1998 to 1,825 in 2005. Binge drinking, more formally titled ‘episodic drinking’, saw a 3-percent increase in the same time frame …” (more)

[Ashley C Killough, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 June]