Protecting our honour

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I’m about to make up a number here, but just work with me. Across the world in 2017, some 200,000 people were awarded honorary doctorates. A significant proportion these awards were handed to eminent academics, often at or near retirement, whose work was of real intellectual significance and produced wider benefits. Some were awarded to prominent people who showed their support for higher education activities and values. Some … – well some, you just don’t know why they got them …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 10 September]

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New thinking on funding for fairer tuition fees is needed, says DCU chief

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A university president has called for a radical new approach to third-level funding that would limit the number of students paid for by the State, while others, who could afford it, would be liable for full fees. Professor Brian MacCraith of Dublin City University (DCU) said there were ‘people who can afford to go to university, in the same way as they can afford to pay for private schools’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 September]

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DCU approves additional €3.75m spend by innovation centres

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University allocated an extra €3.75 million for the expansion of its innovation centres last year. The university authorised total future capital expenditure of €4.4 million for its DCU Invent DAC subsidiary at the end of last September, compared with just €664,408 a year earlier. The company manages the university’s two innovation centres – DCU Invent and DCU Alpha …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 23 August]

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Students’ silent protest to highlight accommodation crisis

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

Ireland“A silent protest by students demanding the Minister for Housing to build affordable accommodation was held on Friday. DCU Students’ Union, the Union of Students in Ireland along with volunteers from Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) group gathered outside new privately owned student accommodation New Mill on Merchants Quay …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 17 August]

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Former DCU president steps down from Scottish university role amid controversy

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2018 by steve

“The former president of Dublin City University (DCU), Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, is stepping down from his position as principal of Scotland’s Robert Gordon University (RGU) after a conflict of interest controversy …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 August]

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Leaving Cert system favours wealthier students, study finds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Certificate programme places problem solving, critical thinking and creativity secondary to rote learning and recall, a new five-year research study has found. The study indicated that skills such as remembering and understanding were prioritised above evaluation and creativity, which were found to be largely absent from the examination papers in many subjects …” (more)

[Louise Roseingrave, Irish Times, 13 August]

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Leaving Cert not preparing students for university, DCU study finds

Posted in Teaching on August 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A university study has found Leaving Cert students feel poorly qualified to identify sources of information in the era of fake news. The survey of 304 first year students in Dublin City University (DCU) found nearly two-thirds did not feel the Leaving Cert taught them how to think independently or identify sources of information …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 8 August]

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DCU announces Ireland’s first open access university press

Posted in Research on July 25th, 2018 by steve

“Dublin City University (DCU) has announced the launch of DCU Press, Ireland’s first open access university press. DCU Press aims to increase barrier-free access to university related publications. DCU Press is set to make university research available to the public without paywalls or subscriptions …” (more)

[Thomas O’Reilly, Trinity News, 24 July]

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IFUT supporting DCU former Heads of Department for career recognition and redress

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2018 by steve

“Twelve former Heads of Department who transferred from St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, as part of the college’s merger with Dublin City University, are seeking to resolve a serious loss of rights and career progress as a result of the incorporation in 2016 …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 17 July]

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DCU opens €11m expansion to engineering building

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2018 by steve

“Dublin City University (DCU) has opened an €11m expansion to its engineering building as part of its ongoing campus development. The four-story extension to its Stokes Building will provide lecturing facilities for up to 1,400 engineering students, as well as additional research space …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 July]


IFUT Pushes for Full Collective Bargaining Rights in DCU

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

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) is demanding urgent action to provide full collective-bargaining rights for its members in Dublin City University, following the merger of Mater Dei Institute of Education; Church of Ireland College of Education; St Patrick’s College of Education, Drumcondra and the original DCU. The merger process began almost two years ago …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 27 June]

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Ministerial order on primary school teacher training to be renewed

Posted in Teaching on June 27th, 2018 by steve

“The Minister for Education intends to renew an order which allows for separate entry routes into primary school teacher training depending on the religion of the applicant. An existing ministerial order, which runs out at the end of August, allows Protestants apply for teacher training at the country’s largest teacher training facility at DCU through a separate mechanism, which has a lower CAO points requirement, as well as a lower Leaving Certificate results threshold …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 27 June]

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DCU student challenging exclusion for ‘inappropriate behaviour’ will cite ‘cultural differences’

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

“A Dublin City University student has been given leave by the High Court to challenge a decision by college authorities to exclude him from his course over inappropriate behaviour, but what he says could be explained by ‘cultural differences’ …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin,, 14 May]

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‘Colleges need extra funding to train more teachers’

Posted in Teaching on April 25th, 2018 by steve

“Third-level colleges will not be able to train more teachers to address shortages in key subjects unless the Government provides more funding, the Oireachtas Education Committee has been warned. Dublin City University (DCU) plans to run a new post-primary teacher training programme for Irish and modern languages, but now it is worried about having the necessary money for lecturers, classrooms, library spaces and support staff …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 April]

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DCUSU’s Limp Protest Didn’t Exactly Help the Student Movement

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2018 by steve

“On Tuesday, barely a dozen students from Dublin City University Students’ Union (DCUSU) turned up to the union’s own protest against price hikes for student accommodation on Kildare St. It was an embarrassment for several reasons …” (more)

[University Times, 22 April]

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Student Accommodation should be included in rent pressure zones

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

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the Government should ensure that student accommodation should be included in rent pressure zones. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘Today, while the Cabinet approved legislative proposals to strengthen the Residential Tenancies Board, hundreds of students were protesting accommodation hikes in DCU outside the Dáil …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 17 April]

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Sinn Féin supports DCU students protesting against rent hikes in student accommodation – Eoin Ó Broin TD

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has offered his support for students protesting outside Leinster House today against a 27% rent hike for accommodation in Shanowen student halls near Dublin City University. Deputy Ó Broin said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 17 April]

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DCU students to protest 27% rent hikes at student accommodation

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

“DCU students will be protesting outside the Dáil dressed as cattle today, claiming the Government see them as nothing more than cash cows. It is to highlight 27% rent hikes at the Shanowen student accommodation site near the university …” (more)

[, 17 April]

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DCU president calls for government intervention as student complex hikes rents by 27%

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2018 by steve

“The President of DCU has called on the government to regulate the student accommodation sector after students staged a sleep out last night to protest rising rents. A group of students staged the protest last night in response to plans by Shanowen Student Residences in Santry to hike rents by 27% for the coming term …” (more)

[, 6 April]

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DCU students protest rent hikes

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2018 by steve

“Students from Dublin City University (DCU) plan to stage an overnight ‘sleepout’ protest on Thursday night outside privately owned student accommodation beside the college, where operators plan to raise rents by almost 30% next year …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 5 April]

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