DCU becomes University of Sanctuary for people in Direct Provision

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

Ireland“Refugees in Direct Provision will be the focus of attention in DCU this week when the facility becomes the first designated University of Sanctuary in Ireland. A series of events will take place, including sport and language practice opportunities. Some students at the university will try to live on €21.60 cents for the week – the amount received by those in Direct Provision …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 January]

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Comments on the new STEM policy document of the DES

Posted in Teaching on December 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The STEM Policy Document produced by the Department of Education and Skills was recently launched. It follows on from the report produced by an advisory group chaired by DCU President, Brian McCraith. That report was generally sensible and made some good suggestions about how science and technology education could be improved in schools …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 18 December]

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Call for review of Leaving Cert maths bonus over third-level fears

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There are concerns over the basic skills of Leaving Cert maths students who are passing the higher-level paper but struggling to cope at third level, according to a university president …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Students to get ‘living portfolios’ aimed at boosting job prospects

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of third-level students are to receive new online learning portfolios aimed at enhancing their job prospects when they leave college. Dublin City University has created a ‘living portfolio’ for its 17,000 students which, it says, will allow them to showcase their academic, professional and personal achievements …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 May]

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What are the must-have skills for today’s graduates?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Whenever he asks emplyers about the must-have skills they want in today’s graduates, Dublin City University president Brian MacCraith gets much the same answer …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 March]

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Brexit could lead to increase in CAO points for Irish students

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

Ireland“Brexit could lead to increases in CAO points if thousands of Irish students who study in the UK opt to remain at home, a university president has warned. Dublin City University president Brian MacCraith said up to 12,000 Irish students currently study in universities across the UK …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 March]

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DCU president says university rankings dip is wake-up call

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The fall of Irish universities in this week’s QS World University Rankings represents a ‘tipping point’ for the third-level sector, according to Brian MacCraith, president of Dublin City University (DCU). ‘This has to be a wake-up call to the Government’, he said …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 7 September]

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DCU Launches Flagship Lego® Education Centre

Posted in Teaching on January 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“DCU is partnering with Lego® Education to create an interactive learning hub that will help DCU student teachers and Irish schools develop innovative approaches to teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects in the classroom …” (more)

[Campus.ie, 14 January]

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Colleges may raise maths requirement due to high drop-out rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A number of third-level institutions are considering raising the entry requirements for a range of maths-related courses following concern over high drop-out levels …” (more)

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

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Maths simply fails to add up for third-level students

Posted in Teaching on December 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Students at third level are increasingly unable to cope with courses which require competence in maths and require extra support in order to pass their exams, according to the chair of Government education review group. Prof Brian MacCraith said there were frequently-voiced concerns among lecturers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 December]

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DCU named in league table of top universities in the world

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has secured a position in a league table of the top 50 young universities in the world. The QS Top 50 Under 50 ranks colleges established in the last half century on the basis of factors such as academic reputation, employer reputation and faculty-student ratio …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 November]

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New vision and ambition needed for Ireland’s education system – DCU president

Posted in Teaching on October 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new vision and ambition is needed for Ireland’s education system, rather than relying on a piecemeal approach to reform, according to Dublin City University president Professor Brian MacCraith …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 October]

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Ups and downs in universities league table

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“There were mixed fortunes for Irish universities in the latest global league table, with the two highest ranked, Trinity and University College Dublin (UCD), both slipping slightly down the ladder …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 September]

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CAO points increase in line with economic recovery

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Nervous Leaving Cert students have been able to access their college offers since early this morning. A total of 52,028 students will receive round one CAO offers today. Points for courses tied to the economy – such as science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects, plus construction, law and business – increased in line with expectations …” (more)

[Erin McGuire, Irish Times, 17 August]

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Impact of bonus points in Leaving Cert to be reviewed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The impact of bonus points in the Leaving Cert is under review following concerns that too many students are now opting to take higher-level maths. Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the introduction of bonus points in 2012 ‘achieved what we wanted’ in raising the ambition of students in a key subject …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys and Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 13 August]

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DCU launches new Future Media and Journalism institute

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“DCU has launched a new initiative called the Institute for Future Media and Journalism (FuJo) which will see students of the School of Communications learn new skills required in the profession.The institute will work to research the use of innovation in the digital space in journalism and social sciences …” (more)

[The College View, 24 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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DCU buys All Hallows College for student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A year ahead of its planned closure, All Hallows College in Drumcondra has been sold to near-neighbours Dublin City University. The 6.74 hectare (16.66 acre) site was put up for sale last September with a €14 million price tag …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 18 June]

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DCU signs deal to buy All Hallows following months of negotiations

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University is to buy All Hallows College, it was confirmed today. The deal, first revealed by independent.ie in February, was concluded last night following several months of negotiations …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 18 June]

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DCU jumps 20 places in global rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Dublin’s youngest university has jumped almost 20 places to 75th in the global top 100 list of third-level colleges that are less than 50 years old …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 April]

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