Seminar by Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen, Migration, Transnationalism & Diaspora Cluster, Maynooth University

Maynooth University Visiting Professor of Geography, Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen, will be giving a special seminar about her research this Wednesday 25th March at 4pm in the NIRSA/NCG Seminar Room, Maynooth University north campus. All are welcome! ”Try not to recall -- forget, that is the only way you will survive here”: Practices of institutional care & transcultural emotional ties among unaccompanied refugee minors  Unaccompanied refugee youth must confront the gap between institutional care (government agencies and NGOs) and their own existential subjectivities which include a complex of transcultural emotional ties, whether real or imagined. Recent changes to Finnish national immigration law has meant that family reunification is now almost impossible for minors; many unaccompanied Continue reading here [...]

Cheltenham 2015 and the boys are back in town….

 Tuesday March 10th and the magic that is national hunt racing is epitomised on day one of the Cheltenham Festival!.  The predictions were that it would be a day to remember, one for the history books and it did not disappoint.  Everything was in place on one of those beautiful Spring days when you cannot help feeling that all is right with the world. Yet even those with only a passing interest in racing could not help but be captivated by the events that were to unfold.     In the space of a couple of hours we were witness to the highs and lows that can only be experienced at the highest level of an elite sport.  Whether you are following the mesmerizing talent of Willie Mullins and his Clonsutton team or just like to bask in the glow of the collective talent displayed every year Continue reading here [...]

International Women’s Day 2015

To mark International Women’s Day 2015 a panel discussion on this year’s theme Make it Happen : Celebrate Women’s Achievements, Call for Greater Equality will take place in Maynooth University on Friday 6th March 2015, with an opening address by Joan Burton, TD, the Tánaiste, Minister for Social Protection, and Leader of the Labour Party. Other speakers include Dr. Shirley O’Dea, Co-founder, Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Profector Life Sciences, and Senior Lecturer in the Maynooth University Department of Biology; Jean O’Sullivan, Manager of Female Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Ireland; Giustina Mizonni, Global Development Lead, CoderDojo Foundation; and Caoimhe De Barra, Director International Division, Trócaire. Continue reading here [...]

Prof Anja Weiss meeting with Maynooth University Migration, Transnationalism & Diaspora Research Cluster

Prof Anja Weiss (https://www.uni-due.de/soziologie/weiss.php) is visiting Maynooth University (as part of the ‘New Deals’ research project) on Tuesday 24th February and will meet with the Migration, Transnationalism & Diaspora Research Cluster (https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/research/research-themes/people-place-and-environment) from 10:30-11:30 (venue: NIRSA seminar room, 2nd floor, Iontas Building). 
Her work is wide-ranging, but key areas of interest include skilled migration, (transnational) approaches to social inequalities, and the glocalisation of medical knowledge.

Publishing Pressures & the Job Demands-Resources Model… Demands Overload/Resources Shortfall in Academia

Some musings while I am working on a paper involving the Job Demands-Resources (JD-R) model... Discussions in academic institutions, at least among peers at the lower-to-mid hierarchical levels, centre on the increasing academic workloads - growing class sizes, burgeoning administrative duties - facing academics. Meanwhile, pressure (self-imposed and/or institutionally required) to consistently publish quality research in good quality journals is mounting higher and higher. Indeed, when it comes to promotion panels, generally more kudos is given to your publication record than to any other task performed. What is generally meant by 'good quality journals' are those that are ranked 3 or 4 star in the ABS peer journal ranking (for Business academics at least). For the non-academic readers, Continue reading here [...]

Study Abroad

As a student, I personally studied for one academic year at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany. It was an opportunity which was presented to me when I was an undergraduate following a 4-year Business Studies & German programme. And what an experience! Everything was new and exciting - from the huge number of university students at FU Berlin (over 60,000), to integrating and socialising with other international students and locals, to enjoying all 4 seasons (under -10 in the winter to over 30 degrees Celsius in the summer). The cultural opportunities of visiting the theatre, opera, museums, palaces, castles - all at reduced student rates - were amazing. Berlin is a fascinating city. And I got to travel by train throughout Eastern Europe with my band of international & German friends. Continue reading here [...]

Maynooth University Open Days 28 & 29 November 2014

Calling all potential future Maynooth University students! The university opens its doors to welcome the curious and enquiring potential future students and their families to look around the campus, to meet representatives from different departments to ask any burning or specific questions, and/or to listen to presentations on the different programmes on offer for the 2015-16 academic year. It's a busy day, and best to come prepared in terms of an idea which areas of further study (in terms of subject) you may be interested in. In that way, you can structure your visit to ensure you visit the stands displaying collateral and information on particular subjects and programmes, and to attend the presentations on those subjects/programmes. Representatives from academic department will be on the Continue reading here [...]