Petition: UCC. Freeze the Rent, Reverse the 3%.

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCC Campus Accommodation made the decision to increase rents yet again, now by 3%, which means in just three years rent for campus accommodation has increased by 19%. The prices of student accommodation have become increasingly inaccessible …” (more)

[change.org, 26 February]

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UCD campus first stop for drone takeaway food delivery

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Drone delivery company Manna plans to pilot its takeaway food delivery service on the campus of University College Dublin from the end of March. The fleet of drones will deliver food directly from the restaurant to the customer – staff and students on campus – transporting it inside the cargo area of the drone until it reaches its destination …” (more)

[Ciara O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 February]

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Students pitch tents on UCC quad in rent protest

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students protesting a proposed rent hike at University College Cork (UCC) occupied the Quad yesterday by pitching several tents and vowing to stay put until the policy is reversed. The group of students says it plans to continue its protest, day and night, until the university reverses a planned 3% rent increase for college-owned accommodation, due to be introduced in September …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 25 February]

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Union Theological College in Belfast to partner with Catholic university

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2020 by steve

“A Presbyterian-run college in Belfast plans to link up with one of the UK’s oldest Catholic universities. Union Theological College (UTC) is seeking to partner with St Mary’s University Twickenham to award undergraduate degrees …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 26 February]

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Graduates and the workplace

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Something about the recent Accenture report on graduates’ readiness for the workplace doesn’t add up (‘Graduates “not well-equipped” for future workplace’, Education, February 25th). The report suggests that just 13% of employers believe that current graduates are very well equipped to meet the future needs of business …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 26 February]

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Colleges must provide alcohol-free student accommodation under new rules

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges will have to provide drug and alcohol-free student accommodation and provide on-campus social spaces without access to drink under a new Government health initiative. The measures are contained in a ‘framework on tackling substance abuse’ which was sent to the presidents of all higher-education institutions in recent days …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 February]

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Universities put Irish students in Italy on high alert as number of coronavirus cases there rockets

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish students studying on Erasmus programmes in Italy have been put on alert by universities as the coronavirus continues to spread across Europe. Italy’s Civil Defence reported a surge in the number of confirmed cases of the virus, first reported in the northern parts of the country, but which has spread to southern parts in recent days …” (more)

[Conor McCrave, TheJournal.ie, 25 February]

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College to Apply for Equality Award by 2022, Despite ‘Disappointing’ Efforts so Far

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is to push ahead with plans to submit an application for an Athena SWAN silver medal by 2022, according to the College’s top gender equality official, despite an admission at College Board level that attempts so far have yielded ‘disappointing’ results …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 25 February]

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UL Under Fire for ‘Prison Cell’ Accommodation Proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) has come under fire from UL Student Life and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) for a new campus accommodation scheme that will see a second bed added to apartments originally designed for one person …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 25 February]

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