DCU announces multiple new scholarships for asylum seekers and refugees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has announced 15 additional scholarships for refugees, bringing the total number to 30 for the 2020 academic year. The announcement, which comes days before World Refugee Day, will allow more Irish-based refugees’ and asylum seekers to access higher education …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, TheJournal.ie, 18 June]

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DCU introduces flexible student housing system to accommodate for ‘new reality’ in coming year

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at DCU can avail of a new flexible housing system for the upcoming academic year. The university is delivering a hybrid model of teaching which includes online learning and on-campus lectures. DCU said it is highly unlikely that any student would need to be on campus for more than a small number of days per week, so the accommodation requirements will be very different …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 16 June]

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DCU students finding new ways to interact – President

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has found it can only fit 48 students in a 500-seat lecture hall under the social distancing measures currently in place. The university, which will accept returning students in September, says large lectures are simply impossible, and plans are being put in place for a mixed online and face to face learning scheme …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 6 June]

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DCU offers flexible accommodation to meet new Covid-19 arrangements

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University have been offered flexible accommodation for the upcoming academic year as it is ‘highly unlikely’ they will be on campus for full weeks. With the university planning a mix of face-to-face lab classes, practical sessions and online lectures in the coming academic year, not all students will be on campus at the same time …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 29 May]

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Covid-19 student days: Empty lecture theatres, online learning and micro-communities

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A few weeks ago. Dublin City University president Brian MacCraith requested experts to advise on how the capacity of its largest lecture theatre would be affected by social-distancing rules. ‘We have a 500-seat, tiered lecture theatre here’, says MacCraith. ‘When we measured it, we realised it would only accommodate about 50 people’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 May]

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DCU launches Covid-19 emergency fund as university sees 183% increase in students seeking financial help

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2020 by steve

“DCU has said it has seen a 183% increase in students looking for help from its Student Assistance Fund since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The Dublin university has today launched the Covid-19 Student Emergency Fund in response to the challenges and financial hardship facing students due to the Covid-19 global pandemic …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 20 May]

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DCU announces plans for the delivery of programmes in the 2020/2021 academic year

Posted in Teaching on May 17th, 2020 by steve

“DCU announced on Friday that there will be a combination of both online and face-to-face classes for the coming 2020/2021 academic year. In a statement, the university confirmed they would be providing a ‘hybrid delivery of programmes for students in [the] new academic year’ …” (more)

[Aoibhín Meghen, The College View, 16 May]

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DCU sets September 21 as start date for first year students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“Dublin City University (DCU) has set September 21 as the start date for first years, two weeks ahead of the general return of students on October 5. The September 21 date is provisional and will depend on the final timelines for the Leaving Cert results and CAO offers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 May]

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DCU and Maynooth University reverse student rent hikes

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has said it is reversing a plan to increase the cost of on-campus accommodation from September. This follows a similar decision by Maynooth University which announced in late April it would reverse a proposed 3% rent increase and introduce a freeze …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 3 May]

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DCU car park could be used as location for drive-thru COVID-19 testing

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“A Dublin university could be one of the locations used in the capital for drive thru COVID-19 testing. If the plans go ahead, the Dublin City University campus in Glasnevin will be establishing the coronavirus swabbing centre in one of its car parks …” (more)

[Laura Lyne, Dublin Live, 16 March]

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TCD and DCU make changes due to Covid-19

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

Ireland“Two third-level institutions in Dublin have decided to make changes to their schedules in reaction to the coronavirus. Dublin City University has postponed indefinitely Spring graduation ceremonies that were due to take place later this month …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 March]

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On-campus accommodation almost doubled since 2014

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The price of on-campus accommodation in DCU has nearly doubled since 2014 according to Cut the Rent. Back in 2014, Hampstead apartments cost €4,284 while College Park apartments were €4,824. They have since increased to €6,327 and €7,001 respectively …” (more)

[Brendan Fernando Kelly Palenque, The College View, 4 March]

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Dublin City University announces new president

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has announced the appointment of Prof Dáire Keogh as its new president. Prof Keogh, who is currently deputy president of DCU and a professor of history, will succeed Prof Brian MacCraith whose term of office ends in July next year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Gender gap in science, maths and tech subjects on offer in girls’ and boys’ schools

Posted in Research on November 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A stark gender gap between boys’ and girls’ schools in the number and choice of Stem subjects they offer their pupils is shown in new figures. While there is universal uptake in maths, and biology is popular among female pupils, other Stem subjects don’t get the same look-in at girls-only schools …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 November]

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‘Philistine’ Government Hindering Irish Research, Says Fianna Fáil

Posted in Research on September 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil has criticised Fine Gael’s ‘short-sighted and philistine’ approach to research funding in Ireland, after the country won just one of 400 grants from the European Research Council. Fianna Fáil spokesperson on science, technology, research and development James Lawless said the government’s approach is hindering research in Ireland …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 16 September]

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University Presidents Call for Urgent Changes to State Research Funding Following Poor Outcome from EU Programme

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Presidents of Ireland’s seven universities, represented by the IUA, have called on the Government and the national research funding agencies to urgently address strategic deficiencies in how Irish research is funded, following the outcome of the latest European Research Council (ERC) funding programme. Only one Irish-based researcher was funded out of a total of 408 grant awards from the €621 million funding programme …” (more)

[IUA, 13 September]

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IUA Calls for Funding Rethink, as Ireland Gets Only One EU Research Grant

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of all seven Irish universities today called for a rethink on how research is funded in Ireland after the European Research Council’s granted Irish-based researchers only one of its 408 grants …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 13 September]

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Universities Round on Joe McHugh After Government Fee Promise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have rounded on Minister for Education Joe McHugh after he pledged not to increase student fees in the next five years, calling for ‘positive solutions on funding’ from the government. In a statement released this afternoon, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) said that McHugh’s promise not to increase fees beyond €3,000, made in an interview with the Sunday Independent, ‘tells us what the Minister will not do’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 12 August]

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Government Hits Back at Fianna Fáil Higher Education Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The government has hit back at Micheál Martin’s proposal to create a new government department for higher education and research, questioning the feasibility of a plan mooted by the Fianna Fáíl leader at a higher education conference this morning …” (more)

[Ross Malervy, University Times, 17 July]

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DCU president to lead HSE’s ‘rapid review’ into IT glitch that left 800 without smear test results

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of DCU is to lead an ‘immediate rapid review’, commissioned by the HSE, into the latest Cervical Check controversy. Professor Brian McGrath was appointed as the independent external chairperson for the review after it emerged that 800 women did not receive their smear test results because of an IT glitch at a US lab …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 July]

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