USI Launch Mental Health Helpline

Writes Samantha Calthrop Mental health in students is an increasing problem, with growing pressure on counselling services at universities. That is according to the USI National Report on Student Mental Health in Third Level Education, which surveyed over 3000 students, found that 33% of participants had been diagnosed with a mental health problem, 70% of…

UCCSU Claim Huge Victory As Capitation Increase Reversed

UCC’s Students’ Union (UCCSU) have successfully reversed a €200 increase in the student capitation fee, reducing the cost to €170 for all incoming students. The increase was announced in June 2019, inciting protest from the Students’ Union, who staged a sit-in protest in the following days; following the increase being implemented, the UCCSU began negotiations…

For Tomen

My close friend Tomen passed away last week. I could talk at length about Tom’s qualities, our friendship, and how wonderful he was. But this is a news editorial, after all, so let’s talk about a piece of news: this week, the HSE admitted that it had misplaced referrals for 109 patients on the waiting…

Mayor of Belfast delivers lecture in move to deepen connections with Cork

Irish Times Photography Councillor John Finucane, Lord Mayor of Belfast, gave a public lecture— Belfast: A Brexit Perspective— as part of the Jean Monnet Lecture series, in UCC’s Centre for Executive Education on October 24th. “All parties on [Belfast City Council], irrespective of their view of a reunified Ireland, are of one mind in their…

Fine Gael Criticised after MEPs Vote Against Migrant Rescue Efforts

The European Parliament rejected an EU resolution to increase search and rescue operations of migrants in the Mediterranean. The resolution called on member states to “enhance proactive search and rescue operations by providing sufficient vessels and equipment specifically dedicated to search and rescue operations and personnel, along the routes where they can make an effective…

Busy, busy, busy

I happen to know someone who tutors at UCC’s Skill Centre, which offers classes on things like time management and essay-writing. He sent me a screenshot one of the slides on a presentation he was giving. “Busy isn’t a sign of success, it’s a lack of prioritising your own life,” Well, maybe he’s not wrong….