Man accused of sexually assaulting Tinder date at UCD ‘like a monster’, woman tells court

Posted in Legal issues on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A woman has told a court that a man she met through Tinder was like a ‘monster’ when he allegedly attacked her in his car. The 36-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexual assault of the foreign national at UCD campus, Belfield, south Dublin on July 23, 2014 …” (more)

[Declan Brennan, Independent, 22 November]

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87.8% of students believe consent workshops should take place every year

Posted in Teaching on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“87.8% of students who attended the consent workshops organised by Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) stated they believe the workshops should take place ‘every orientation’, according to feedback gathered by the Union …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 22 November]

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University Funding to be linked to Gender Equality

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Universities in Ireland will now risk losing funding if they fail to promote a sufficient number of women into higher roles, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has announced …” (more)

[Ekatherina Gillen, University Observer, 22 November]

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Niall Torris: Increase in Postgraduate Fees is ‘Cynical’ and ‘Cowardly’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Graduate Officer Niall Torris has come out strongly against rising postgraduate fees calling it a ‘very cynical move’ by UCD. Speaking to the Tribune Mr Torris said …” (more)

[College Tribune, 2 November]

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Ulster University’s £250m Belfast campus a year behind schedule

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

A £250m building project by Ulster University (UU) that will bring thousands of students into Belfast city centre has been delayed once again. The university had planned to open its new Belfast Campus by late 2018, but this newspaper can reveal that it will now not be completed until late 2019 …” (more)

[Mark Edwards, Belfast Telegraph, 22 November]

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Surgical training and the RCSI

Posted in Teaching on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof Damian McCormack’s description (November 20th) of surgical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) as a ‘monopoly’ that ‘degrades the quality … of the end product’ because it has no competition from other Irish universities and medical schools is an interesting perspective …” (more)

[Noreen O’Carroll and David Smith, Irish Times, 22 November]

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Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill undermines union rights

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – The silence from the trade union movement in response to the publication of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 is remarkable. This legislation, which will be debated in the Dáil this week, gives effect to the Public Services Stability Agreement (PSSA). It will compound and continue pay inequality for post-2011 public servants …” (more)

[Jana Lyons and others, Irish Times, 22 November]

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Smoke-Free Zones a Success, Says Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… The introduction of no-smoking zones in Trinity has been heralded as a success by members of the Tobacco Free Trinity Committee. The committee’s latest report, seen by The University Times, cites an average 81% decrease in smoking in the areas now categorised as smoke-free zones …” (more)

[Aaron Finnegan, Univiersity Times, 21 November]

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Man accused of Tinder sex assault at UCD campus

Posted in Legal issues on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A man has gone on trial charged with the sexual assault of a woman he met on Tinder at the campus of University College Dublin. The 36-year-old man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault of a woman at UCD campus, Belfield, in south Dublin, on July 23, 2014 …” (more)

[Declan Brennan, Independent, 22 November]

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School of public health launched at UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new school of public health that will seek to improve the health of the nation has been launched by University College Cork (UCC). The university’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health that grew considerably over the last number of years will become the School of Public Health …” (more)

[Evelyn Ring, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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