Read more: Inequalities in the Challenges Affecting Children and their Families during COVID-19 with School Closures and Reopenings: A Qualitative Study
This paper seeks to illuminate the policy implications of Covid-19 school closures and reopenings in Ireland through the voices and experiences of households, which reveals inequalities in terms of access to education and within home settings during school closures.[i] Using these insights, this paper identifies strategies and policy recommendations to mitigate inequalities throughout and beyond public health crises, including flexible working policies, parental access to external expertise, government supports to enhance school adaptability, dedicated stakeholder consultation during decision-making processes, and the regular use of qualitative interviews within school settings to better determine needs and inequalities requiring policy attention.
Read more: Pensions automatic enrolment reduces the mental health gap in retirement savings
Dr. Karen Arulsamy, Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen Prof. Liam Delaney, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, London School of Economics A pdf version is available here. Key Findings and Policy Recommendations Introduction Ageing populations and longer life expectancies mean that more people are retiring and spending more years in retirement. This trend […]
Read more: Higher Education Institution policies in the Climate and Ecological Emergency
This article aims to assist readers in understanding the relevance of utilising HEI-level policy and governance to advance environmental sustainability. Specifically, the contents may provide a bridge for those working on Irish HEI strategy/ governance / policy and those in sustainability planning in HEIs, by demonstrating that embedding environmental sustainability into existing and new policy instruments can deepen and broaden the embodiment of a HEI’s sustainability ambitions.
Read more: Metropolitanisation as pathway to more effective urban and regional development in Ireland: Policy lessons and reflections
This paper explores the evolving policy context and lessons learned in Ireland’s ‘metropolitanisation’ plans, through an examination of metropolitan governance, city regionalism, national, regional and local planning, resourcing, buy-in, and alignment of new approaches to urban and regional development. This research employs data and insight from an Irish Research Council funded project, Ireland in the Metropolitan Century, and assesses progress towards recognising metropolitanisation processes and implementing Metropolitan Area Strategic Planning (MASP)[i] as a core tenet of the new planning architecture in Ireland.
Read more: The Impact of ‘Gaisce – The President’s Award’ on Young Adults in Irish Prisons: A Qualitative Evaluation Report
Authors: Silvia Gagliardi, University College Dublin; Orlaith Rice, University College Dublin. The paper is available in pdf here. Key points Introduction and background ‘Gaisce – The President’s Award’ (hereafter Gaisce) is a youth self-development programme in Ireland. Young people who wish to participate in Gaisce must be at least 15 years old and apply before they […]
Read more: Assessing the policies to assist Disabled People to access Employment in Ireland
This paper will look at the current levels of disabled people working in Ireland, examine what supports currently exist for disabled people in the workplace, consider the possible reasonable accommodations that employees could expect to make, and the grants available to them. The paper will also examine other societal aspects that might prevent people from entering the workforce in the same way non-disabled people can. Lastly, this paper will explore the lessons learned from Covid-19 and examine whether the practices adopted during Covid-19 could allow disabled people to be more active in the workplace. The aim of this paper is to analyse if the current supports are fit for purpose.
Read more: Barriers to Investigation of Gender-Based Hate Crimes in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland: An Empirical Study
Gender-based hate crimes (GBHC) are an undefined and ambiguous category of hate crime and are thus a rapidly evolving area for academics and policymakers. This policy paper provides clarity on how GBHC are defined, identified, and investigated in both England and Wales, in the UK, and Ireland.
Read more: Supporting parents to enhance youth mental health and well-being
Adolescence is a time of growing independence from family for the majority of young people, however this does not mean that parents no longer play a significant supportive role in young people’s lives. Parents may be the first to notice changes in mood or behaviour that signal distress in a young person, and they are likely to be contacted if concerns are raised by teachers. The decision of whether or not to seek professional support then frequently rests with parents, and it is parents who must provide support to the young person as best they can while seeking support.
Read more: Postdocs: Who cares about their careers?
Neoliberalism and new public management began to impact on the Irish higher educational system in the late 1990s and became embedded at different times and to varying degrees in particular Irish universities (Lynch et al, 2012; Lynch, 2015; Mercille and Murphy, 2017). With it came a focus on research, and particularly on research outputs generated by competitive research funding.