Rental crisis, hit-and-run, Christmas frenzy, career discussions

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Have you had a bad experience  trying to rent while in college? Share  your story with us... Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Have you had a bad experience trying to rent while in college? Share your story with us... Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

 

Students are sleeping in cars and couch-surfing because of the housing crisis and the shortage of rental accommodation. Have you had to couch-surf or have you been forced to commute long distances to attend college? Tell us your story...

A college student found herself in a terrifying scenario after she followed a hit-and-run vehicle only to be chased down by the culprits as matters took “a sinister twist” on an unlit road in Co Kerry. For more read here.

We have, in these parts, managed to resist the annual hubbub surrounding the John Lewis Christmas advert. Nobody has talked much about the current incarnation that sees various versions of Elton John – receding in time as the hairline advances – playing increasingly crisper versions of Your Song. Donald Clarke on the pre-Christmas advertising build-up.

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A survey has found that more than 33% of students do not discuss performance with academic staff. Sarah Burns reports.

Whenever the Irish economy has run into difficulties, emigration of young people has risen sharply. We’ve seen this happen in the 1950s, again in the late 1980s and between 2010 and 2014, writes John FitzGerald.

Cheating is on the rise in Irish universities and colleges with business studies students most likely to be accused of “academic dishonesty”. Since 2010, there have been at least 2,300 cases of students cheating at universities and institutes of technology, according to information compiled by The Irish Times based on Freedom of Information requests. Carl O’Brien reports.

A centre for early childhood studies that aims to place Ireland at the centre of the global map of early childhood research has been formally opened at DCU’s Institute of Education, writes Éanna Ó Caollaí.

Last week we published an article by a student at NUI Galway in which she highlighted the conditions at the university’s Hardiman Library. We asked you to tell us what you think of your college libraries. This is what you told us...