UCD sees revenues grow with record year for research grants

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD has reported an increase in its annual surplus to €35.2 million for the financial year ending in September 2018 – up €3.1 million over the previous 12-month period. The university reported a successful financial year against a background of concern about funding for third-level education in the Republic …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Times, 10 January]

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UCD Head Calls for ‘Flexibility’ From Government on Hiring Regulations

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) President Andrew Deeks has called for more ‘flexibility’ from the government when it comes to the hiring of staff, in order to allow Ireland’s universities to compete with others around Europe …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 13 December]

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UCD president: ‘Employers nowadays want more rounded graduates’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“If there really is a funding crisis in higher education, you wouldn’t know it to look around UCD’s sprawling campus at Belfield, south Dublin. Cranes on the skyline are a sign that thousands of new student beds are under construction on campus …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 December]

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UCD plans to expand and become Ireland’s ‘largest’ third-level institution

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD is planning to enrol thousands of additional students and hire more than 500 academic staff over the coming years under expansion plans which, it says, will make it the largest third-level institution in Ireland. The university is projecting that its student numbers will grow by 25% over the next decade – up from about 25,000 to 32,000 – driven by a combination of domestic and international students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 December]

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UCD spend over €150,000 since 2017 on events held in University Lodge

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD has spent over €150,000 since 2017 on events held in University Lodge, the official residence of UCD President Andrew Deeks. The figures, obtained via a Freedom of Information Request, break down the spending for each year, as detailed in the table below …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey, University Observer, 26 November]

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Deeks’s new office symptomatic of callous spending

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last April it was revealed by the Irish Times that UCD president Andrew Deeks’ new office in Ardmore house, which was set to cost €900,000, is actually going to cost €7,500,000. Not only that, but Deeks had approved the cost himself under ‘delegated authority’ between meetings of the finance committee …” (more)

[Nathan Young, University Observer, 24 September]

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UCD develops digital-policy programmes to keep up with tech changes

Posted in Teaching on April 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A series of qualifications to improve the understanding of officials in digital policy creation are being developed by University College Dublin with support from Microsoft. The Republic’s first academic digital policy programme is going to be developed in partnership with senior policy officials in the public sector, industry representatives and with Microsoft’s backing …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 20 April]

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‘No rankings game’ in UCD global search for 500 staff

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A novel international recruitment drive by UCD to employ 500 more academic staff is well under way as part of an ambitious five-year development plan at Ireland’s largest university. There has been huge interest for the first 65 positions, which the university hopes to fill by September …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 April]

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Renovations for UCD president’s new offices to cost €7.5m

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The renovation of a period house on the University College Dublin (UCD) campus, to be used as new offices for the university president, is set to cost more than €7 million, confidential internal documents show. Renovation of Ardmore House, a historic 19th century villa-style property near the centre of the south Dublin campus, has been in train for the last two years …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 4 April]

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UCD President’s Mar-a-Lago

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Aussie go-getter and UCD president Andrew Deeks has caused academic eyebrows to arch with his grandiose projects, including the €48m creative design centre; a circa €200m new sub campus; and the Confucius Centre that recently ran €5m over budget …” (more)

[Phoenix Magazine, 30 November]

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Closure of Common Room ‘inevitable’ and will not be reversed, says Deeks

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD President Andrew Deeks has dismissed the possibility that a proposed boycott of the controversial €14 million University Club will have a material effect on the number of faculty and staff who use it …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 31 October]

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Deeks Responds to Common Room Complaints

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD President Andrew Deeks has responded to the complaints raised by the Common Room Club in comments to the Tribune. President Deeks said that while he understood the complaints of the Common Room members, he has received a measure of support from a number of staff members for the new UCD Club currently under construction …” (more)

[College Tribune, 17 October]

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Embattled Deeks will have little space to maneuver after Common Room campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Already, we have reached Week 5 of this semester, and as the countdown to the closure of the UCD Common Room sits at 10 weeks, it seems that time is running short for more than those cramming for midterms. While the pleas of over 400 staff members who signed the petition, in-person and online, to boycott the University Club have seemingly fallen on unsympathetic ears …” (more)

[University Observer, 16 October]

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‘President Deeks is evicting us’ – UCD staff launch bid to save Staff Common Room

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Members of the UCD Common Room Club held an EGM last night, Tuesday 11th September, to discuss the proposed closure of the Newman-based members-only club. The Common Room, which has 900 members made up of academic and administrative staff and has been operating since 1975, was served with notice to quit on 21st December 2018 …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 12 September]

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World-Class Universities: what are they, and why are they relevant?

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In this article, published in Ireland’s Yearbook of Education 2017-2018, Professor Deeks discusses the characteristics of world-class universities, how these are measured, the challenges facing universities, their core role and their contribution to the economy and society …” (more)

[Education Matters, 31 August]

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IFUT calls on UCD President to desist from appealing age discrimination ruling

Posted in Legal issues on April 27th, 2018 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called on UCD President, Andrew Deeks, to withdraw his statement that the college ‘does not accept’ a highly significant age discrimination ruling against UCD by the Workplace Relations Commission. In the case taken by IFUT regarding a Senior Lecturer promotion, the WRC ruled that the college breached Sections 6(2)(f) and 8(1)(d) of the Employment Equality Acts and issued an order for retrospective promotion and compensation …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 27 April]

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UCD to appeal WRC ruling over age discrimination

Posted in Legal issues on April 26th, 2018 by steve

“UCD is to appeal a Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) ruling that the university discriminated against a member of its academic staff on the ground of age. In a communication to staff, college president Andrew Deeks said UCD does not accept the finding and the university will be appealing the decision to the Labour Court …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 26 April]

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Deeks: Project Ireland 2040’s Capital Funding Projections may be ‘Inadequate’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD President Andrew Deeks has expressed concern that the government’s funding projections for capital developments in the education sector in its recent National Planning Framework – Project Ireland 2040 report may be ‘inadequate’. He made the comment, alongside other observations, to staff in a recent Presidential Bulletin …” (more)

[College Tribune, 27 February]

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UCD Launches Gender Identity and Expression Policy

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Last Thursday saw the launch of UCD’s Gender Identity and Expression Policy. At the launch, UCD’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) group joined with UCD’s LGBTQ+ Society, and at the same event, the LGBTQ+ Society presented LGBT+ rights activist Tonie Walsh with their Foy-Zappone award …” (more)

[Ruth Murphy, University Observer, 26 February]

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Governing Authority Approves €145 Million for Residence Masterplan

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD’s Governing Authority has formally approved spending €145 million on Phase 1 of UCD’s Residence Masterplan. It aims to have 924 beds across three buildings ready for September 2020. President Andrew Deeks confirmed the decision was made at yesterday’s meeting of the Governing Authority …” (more)

[College Tribune, 21 February]

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