UCD Confucius centre project runs another €2m over budget

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University College Dublin (UCD) Confucius Centre, a building part-funded by the Chinese Government, has now run €4.8 million over budget, following a recent €2 million increase in costs. At a meeting of the university’s governing authority, it was revealed the project would require an additional €2 million, following a dispute with the construction contractors Glenman Corporation …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 13 November]

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Student visa delays could cost UCD millions in fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Serious delays for international students acquiring visas could cost UCD €8.4 million worth of fees, the college’s president Andrew Deeks has told the Department of Justice. Mr Deeks said if international students did not receive visas in time to start their studies in September millions of euros in fees would be lost, causing major ‘reputational damage’ to Ireland’s universities internationally …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 5 August]

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7.5% rise in students offered early CAO courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of students offered college places in the early stages of the Central Applications Office (CAO) process is up 7.5% on last year. The categories of students who can be offered a third-level place before the main offers after the Leaving Certificate results in mid-August include overseas students coming to Ireland, who may require early confirmation to facilitate visa arrangements …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 August]

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Universities and Students are Facing a Perfect Storm of the Government’s Making

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It was not just candour, when the President of University College Dublin (UCD), Andrew Deeks, suggested the college might have to place a cap on Irish student places. Instead, it was the latest move in the long drawn-out game our universities are being forced to play with the Irish government – a government who seem unaware they are involved in any sort of gamble with our futures …” (more)

[University Times, 11 June]

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Universities’ funds for new staff eaten by State salary rises

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than half of the money universities got this year to employ extra staff to deal with rising student numbers was absorbed by the Government decision to bring forward the €1,000 pay rise in the public service to April. The university sector received about €7m in the Budget specifically to cater for growing enrolments as part of the first additional State investment in higher education in a decade …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 June]

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USI Condemns UCD’s Suggestion to Cut Irish Student Places

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Union of Students in Ireland (USI) President, Annie Hoey, condemned the suggestion made by University College Dublin’s (UCD) President Prof Andrew Deeks, that UCD may have to turn over places for Irish students to international students should the higher education funding crisis continue …” (more)

[Simon Foy, University Times, 8 June]

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UCD warns it may cut number of places available to Irish students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin has warned it may have to reduce the number of places available for Irish students if it does not get more funds. There is no threat to the intake for this year, but UCD president Professor Andrew Deeks has sent a clear signal that patience is running thin on the issue of sorting out the financing of higher education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 June]

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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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