Simulated terrorist attack exercise at Dublin City University

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

Ireland“A high profile, real-time simulated terrorist attack resulting in multiple civilian casualties, was dealt with Friday night by heavily armed members of the Garda Síochána, working in concert with other first responder agencies, during an exercise at Dublin City University …” (more)

[Peter Murtagh, Irish Times, 16 November]

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DCU student avoids jail after he admits to dealing drugs on campus

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“… He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at Hampstead House, Glasnevin, North Dublin on November 15 last year (2017). Garda Keith Morris told the court that gardaí raided the premises after receiving information about the presence of drugs on the campus. They found the drugs bagged up separately along with a weighing scales and a ‘tick list’ of names and values …” (more)

[Declan Brennan, Independent, 14 November]

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House students in prefabs, DCU chancellor suggested

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

Ireland“The Chancellor of Dublin City University (DCU), Dr Martin McAleese, suggested the college consider housing students in prefab accommodation to meet demand. Dr McAleese raised the idea at a governing authority meeting last year in response to the ‘acute shortage of student accommodation’, according to minutes …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 12 November]

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Populism poses ‘major threat’ to autonomy of universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Populism poses a major threat to research and the autonomy of universities, a conference has heard. The first ever Irish Postgraduate Research Conference heard of how jurisdictions such as Hungary have stopped universities offering courses in gender studies to help end the ‘domination of leftist intellectuals’ …” (more)

[Barry O’Rourke, Irish Times, 9 November]

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Dublin City University ‘reviewing relationship’ with Saudi university

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

Ireland“Dublin City University is reviewing its relationship with a Saudi Arabian University in light of the ongoing controversy over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 4 November]

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DCU student facing deportation granted stay until February

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

Ireland“A student at DCU who was facing deportation has been granted a stay until February 2019. Shepherd Machaya is a beneficiary of DCU’s University of Sanctuary status, a scheme that offers scholarships to ten asylum seekers every year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 4 November]

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The trouble with quality reviews

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“DCU has just undergone an institutional quality review and that’s fine. I’m all in favour of accountability. But I do have a serious problem with the whole issue of quality and it has caused me to have a disagreement or two over the years with external examiners …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 2 November]

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DCU Students’ Union condemns ‘rapist’ Mike Tyson’s visit

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University’s Students’ Union has spoken out against convicted rapist Mike Tyson’s visit to on-campus-venue, the Helix. The former world heavyweight champion is due to appear in the Helix’s Mahony Hall for their sold out event ‘An Evening with Mike Tyson’, but the representative body for the students of DCU, where the Helix is situated, has criticised the event …” (more)

[Mícheál Ó Scannáil, Independent, 2 November]

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DCU student settles case over exclusion for alleged inappropriate behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin City University student has settled his High Court case over a decision by college authorities to exclude him from his course over alleged inappropriate behaviour – which he said could be explained by ‘cultural differences’ …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 2 November]

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Irish universities open AI research doors to China with signing of agreements

Posted in Research on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish educational institutions have signed deals to make closer ties between Irish and Chinese research in computer science and AI. A number of Irish universities and institutes of technology have opened their doors to Chinese research as part of a series of new deals signed between them and Chinese universities …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 24 October]

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DCU student Shepherd Machaya’s deportation order extended following extensive campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The deportation order for DCU student Shepherd Machaya has been extended until February, according to Dublin City University Students’ Union (DCUSU) President Vito Moloney-Burke. Machaya received the news today at a meeting with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 24 October]

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At DCU, Tales of a Toxic – But Not Isolated – Culture

Posted in Life on October 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It would be naive to suggest that similarly dismal re-enactments of US frat culture do not occur on other Irish campuses. Grinding against another person, kissing a stranger, breaking up with your partner and stripping in front a room of raucous older students: this was hardly the process by which first-year students hoped they would obtain a spot on the committee of Dublin City University’s (DCU) Accounting and Finance Society …” (more)

[University Times, 21 October]

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The A&F hazing incidents proves why all colleges should have consent classes

Posted in Teaching on October 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Half naked students performing mock sex acts, some stripping down to their jocks, others breaking up with their other halves over the phone. This was an actual, real-life initiation procedure to get into the Accounting and Finance Society (A&F) at DCU for the 2018/19 academic year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 20 October]

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DCU president adds voice to calls on Justice Minister for review of deportation case of student

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“DCU president Professor Brian MacCraith has added his voice to the calls on Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan for a review of the case of a Zimbabwean student under deportation order. Shepherd Machaya is a second year student on a degree programme in management of information technology and information systems at DCU …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and David Fleming, Independent, 19 October]

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Videos reveal rats on DCU accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Two videos of rats in Larkfield courtyard have been circulating in a DCU Facebook group chat. DCU students, Maeve Fortune and Jane Coleman shared the videos into the residents chat last week. One video shows a rat running in the courtyard and the other shows a rat after being attacked by a magpie …” (more)

[Amy Donohoe, The College View, 19 October]

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DCU students campaign against deportation of ‘model citizen’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University are campaigning to prevent the deportation of a scholarship student who is mid-way through his college degree …” (more)

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

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DCU may discipline society members over ‘nude acts’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University is examining disciplinary action against students on foot of ‘nude acts’ which took place during a meeting of the college’s accounting and finance society. The university said it had initiated a process under its student code of conduct and discipline with a view to potential disciplinary action in relation to reports of ‘grossly inappropriate behaviour’ …” (more)

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

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DCU students campaigning to prevent deportation of student

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University have begun a campaign on social media to prevent the deportation of an asylum seeker student at the college. According to the college’s students’ union, Shepherd Machaya has been issued with a deportation order which requires him to leave the state by next Sunday …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 18 October]

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DCU students demand society resignations after ‘explicit acts’ row

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A group of DCU societies have called for the resignation of executive committee members of the Accounting & Finance (A&F) society after some of its members engaged in explicit frat-style games …” (more)

[Ryan Nugent, Herald, 18 October]

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Facebook defends role in project to tackle online bullying

Posted in Research on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Facebook has defended its role in a new campaign to provide anti-bullying and online safety training in every secondary school in Ireland. The social media firm has been at the centre of allegations that it is not doing enough to moderate harmful and illegal content …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 October]

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