President Deeks Petitioned Government to Fast-Track 220 International Student Visas Last Summer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last summer UCD President Andrew Deeks petitioned the government minister for Education Richard Bruton and Justice minster Frances Fitzgerald to fast-track 220 international student visa applications …” (more)

[College Tribune, 28 March]

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Planned Private Staff ‘University Club’ and Restaurant ‘Number One’ Priority for President Deeks

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The planned University Club will provide fine dining and a formal bar reception for staff, alumni, and visiting guests, although students will not be given access. Other priorities include a large scale re-development of the Newman Building and James Joyce library, and a new three story extension of the Quinn school of Business building between Quinn and Sutherland …” (more)

[College Tribune, 25 January]

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President Deeks Travels to Meet Chinese vice minister of Education over Confucius Centre ‘Progress’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD President Andrew Deeks last month met the Chinese vice minister for Education Hao Ping in China, and reportedly discussed ‘the progress of the construction project’ on the UCD campus …” (more)

[College Tribune, 2 January]

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President Deeks Considering a Campus Referendum on Latin in UCD Degree Ceremonies

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCD President Andrew Deeks is considering putting the issue of whether to remove Latin from college degrees and conferring ceremonies to a campus referendum. Today at a meeting of the UCD Governing Authority (GA) it was proposed the decision to remove Latin should be reconsidered by the college management …” (more)

[College Tribune, 20 December]

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Students’ Union Claim President Deeks’ Actions an ‘Abuse of Power’ Over Changes to Graduation Ceremonies

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Plans to remove Latin from UCD degrees and conferring ceremonies by the President Andrew Deeks has caused a backlash among academic staff and the Students’ Union. Yesterday at the UCD Academic Council, which meets once a semester and deals with changes to academic issues and procedures the President brought forward a proposal to remove Latin from the UCD conferring graduation ceremony …” (more)

[College Tribune, 11 November]

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University to force through changes to graduation ceremony

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The use of Latin in conferring ceremonies and degrees is to be dropped in UCD following a decision by President Andrew Deeks and the University Management Team. The announcement was made today at academic council, which includes representatives from various schools and the students’ union …” (more)

[Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, University Observer, 10 November]

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President Deeks Claims Confucius Overrun ‘Will Not Impact’ other Campus Projects

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCD college President Andrew Deeks has issued a statement to staff on the Confucius Institute building revelations, claiming the increased €4.1 million UCD bill will ‘not impact on other capital projects on campus’ …” (more)

[College Tribune, 27 October]

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President Andrew Deeks ‘Favours’ Loan Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students’ Union President Conor Viscardi revealed that UCD President Andrew Deeks favours a loan-scheme solution to the problem of third-level funding. The minutes from the meeting of the UCDSU Executive from the 15th September outlined that UCD President Deeks ‘preferred an income-contingent loan scheme’ …” (more)

[College Tribune, 26 October]

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Over €7,600 in Expenses Paid out to college President Deeks and University vice-presidents

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The total amount of expenses claimed by the college President Andrew Deeks, and his vice presidents over 2014 and 2015 totalled to €7,669. President Deeks himself claimed €1,012 in expenses for 2014, and €945 in 2015. The figures for the amount paid out to the top tier of the University management were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the College Tribune …” (more)

[College Tribune, 23 September]

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Education Minister Richard Bruton tells committee to address third-level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Richard Bruton wants the Oireachtas Education Committee to urgently consider the question of how to find the €600m extra a year needed to fund third-level colleges. However, he is giving no clues if he will help address shortfalls in Budget 2017 next month, in which he is under growing pressure to begin reversing several years of public funding cuts to the sector …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 23 September]

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Irish universities continue to fall in global rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A decade of higher educational cutbacks means nearly all of Ireland’s universities are continuing to fall in international rankings and the decline will have damaging long-term effects, the heads of Trinity College Dublin and UCD have warned …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 6 September]

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Effects of Brexit for UK students in UCD will be ‘minimised’ says President Deeks

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCD President Andrew Deeks has said the college will act to ‘minimise’ any potential rise in tuition fees for British or Northern Irish students looking to study in UCD after Britain leaves the EU …” (more)

[College Tribune, 12 July]

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SU Occupation of President Deeks Office Abandoned Despite 7% Increase in On-Campus Costs

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCD on-campus accommodation prices are set to rise by 7% for the coming academic term, representing a 20% hike in fees in two years. The College Tribune can report a proposed occupation of university President Andrew Deeks’ office by the Students Union to protest rising on-campus accommodation rates, has been abandoned …” (more)

[College Tribune, 24 June]

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UCD President comments on Cassells Report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Last week, President of UCD Andrew Deeks called on ‘those with influence’ to act on the results of the upcoming Cassells report. He made the comments at UCD’s annual awards ceremony on Friday 11 March, at which around 300 students were recognised for achievements in academic life and student activities …” (more)

[Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, University Observer, 16 March]

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Consent classes to begin at UCD following allegations of ‘revenge porn’

Posted in Teaching on February 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCD Students’ Union confirmed yesterday that they have met with UCD President Andrew Deeks, and expect the University to begin consent classes from this September …” (more)

[Patrick Kelleher, University Observer, 9 February]

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Funding warning as top-placed Trinity slips down global university rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The ranking of some Irish third-level universities in a major global league table have shifted significantly after changes in the way they are measured …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 October]

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Peter Cassells: ‘We will have a final report by the end of the year’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Peter Cassells, the chair of the government higher education working group, has said that his group will report by the end of the year, despite ‘a lot of cynicism’ that it would be delayed until after the general election …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 23 September]

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With universities you get what you pay for

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Over the past 7 years exchequer funding to universities and colleges of education has fallen by 28% while student numbers have increased by 18%. Our student to staff ratio of 22 to 1 is now significantly behind the OECD average of 14 to 1. I continue to be surprised that some influential individuals believe that these cuts have enabled efficiencies to be realised in the system …” (more)

[Andrew Deeks, Irish Times, 23 September]

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UCD Students, Staff, and Stakeholders Say Gender Equality NOW

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“On the 22nd of May 2015 the Irish people voted for the most progressive change in equality of law in Irish history, the ‪#‎MarRef. Although 3rd level education is legitimately presented as a public good and the Irish state’s efforts since the 1990s to make 3rd level education affordable has contributed to this progressiveness in Irish society, there has not been significant and sustainable progress in the promotion of equality at institutional level within and supported by our universities themselves …” (more)

[Change.org, June]

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Berkeley tragedy

Posted in Life on June 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – This week, as the families of the six students lay their children to rest, we are once again struck by the genuine grief and sympathy expressed not just within their home parishes, schools and colleges but by the whole country and by the people of Berkeley, California …” (more)

[Andrew Deeks and others, Irish Times, 24 June]

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