Many of you reading may not have used the walk-in clinic available for students here in Maynooth University but it nonetheless remains an important resource for all of us. It is for exactly this reason that I feel it is important to address an upcoming and potentially significant issue relating to the clinic, the operating hours of the clinic will be changing from the 20th of March (which means that for some of you reading they will already have changed). The clinic’s hours were previously 9-10 am and 2-3 pm but are to be changed to 9:30-10 am and 2:30-3 pm. These changes in schedule, while clearly quite small, do have the potential to affect a selection of students.

As we can all tell simply by walking from lecture to lecture in Maynooth, we perform our studies in a very busy university, one which holds roughly 11,000 students (according to the Maynooth University website). On account of this large number of students we can reasonably expect that not everyone is going to be feeling one hundred percent all of the time, we can also take from a large number of students that a reasonable number of people will be feeling a little run down at any given time. In a clinic that works on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis we can use all of the active hours we can get, especially those living on campus, even if it is just a half an hour in the difference.

So, while I may come across as making a big deal out of nothing I do feel that it is important to be aware of news such as this that affects your university life. As I have said before, an awareness of the world around us can do us a world of good, in this case it might even be good for your health.