Learning Outcomes – A confession

Posted in Teaching on December 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Over the last three years I have been responsible for guiding quite a few proposals for new academic programmes through the various validation and accreditation processes required in DCU. In all cases, I, along with my colleagues on faculty teaching committee, have carefully scrutinised documents for evidence of strategic fit, viability and academic coherence …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 14 December]

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‘Students all over the country are dissatisfied with their Student Unions’ – DCU the latest to question union’s abortion stance

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) students have become the latest to question their Students’ Union’s stance on abortion. As Ireland prepares for an abortion referendum next year, students across the country are questioning their SU’s stance …” (more)

[Fionnuala Walsh and Kyle Ewald, Independent, 3 December]

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DCU to provide app to students and staff to boost campus safety

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University is to provide around-the-clock emergency supports to staff and students through a new safety app, which links users with the college’s emergency response team. The SafeZone app is being made freely available to DCU students and staff – almost 19,000 people – across its Glasnevin, St Patrick’s and All Hallows campuses …” (more)

[Shaune Bowers, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Former DCU president’s castle on sale for €13.5m

Posted in Life on November 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Westmeath family home of former DCU president Ferdinand von Prondzynski has been placed for sale on the international market seeking €13.5 million. The 19th-century Gothic Revival property on more than 1,000 acres near Mullingar has been owned by the academic’s family since his parents left their home in Germany …” (more)

[Madeleine Lyons, Irish Times, 16 November]

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Reflections on being an associate dean

Posted in Teaching on October 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Today I finish a three-year term as the Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in our Faculty of Science and Health. The ADTL role is probably one of those admin roles that are seen as representing university bureaucracy gone mad and associate deans as a group are routinely lampooned on Twitter …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 31 October]

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Hurricane Ophelia damage in DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There was minor damage to a building and two trees down across the three campuses in DCU after hurricane Ophelia passed through Dublin on Monday. A tree fell and hit the side of the Bea Orpen building near the postgraduate residences on the Glasnevin campus, damaging part of the roof and gutting …” (more)

[Fionnuala Walsh, The College View, 18 October]

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The crisis in student accommodation continues

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It goes without saying that students who are not from Dublin or the surrounding area must avail of student accommodation if they want to attend DCU or any other university in Dublin such as UCD or Trinity. This necessity is already over-priced, but are the living conditions students receive worth the extremely high amount charged? For some people yes, but for many students this is not the case …” (more)

[The College View, 18 October]

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Bill Clinton to receive honorary doctorate at DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Former US President Bill Clinton will be conferred with an honorary doctorate at Dublin City University this morning for his contribution to peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 October]

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Teen held over DCU student union office burglary

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A man in his late teens has been arrested by gardaí and brought before the courts in connection with a burglary at Dublin City University (DCU) student union offices. The man was arrested over a break-in at the offices in which a number of items, including a drone device worth some €1,500 were taken …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 26 September]

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Employers Giving Lectures – whatever will they think of next?

Posted in Teaching on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Katherine Donnelly writes in yesterday’s Irish Independent in an article entitled ‘DCU invites employers in to lecture its students’ about an interesting idea to get employers to ‘to deliver master classes to undergraduates about the realities of the fast-changing workplace’ …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 22 September]

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DCU invites employers in to lecture its students

Posted in Teaching on September 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) is to hand over lecture theatres to major employers to allow them to deliver master classes to undergraduates about the realities of the fast-changing workplace. The move is aimed at ensuring that third- and fourth-year students on technology-focused degree programmes are up to date with current thinking and equipped for what lies ahead …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 September]

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DCU plans new ‘cultural quarter’ for north Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University is planning to create a ‘North Dublin cultural quarter’ as part of new five-year plan for the development of the college. The plans form part of a wider blueprint to place a greater emphasis on culture and creativity in a college traditionally associated with science and technology …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 September]

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DCU innovation campus looks to expand as it reaches capacity

Posted in Research on August 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University’s innovation campus is looking to significantly expand and is also in talks about a private-public partnership (PPP) to create a new co-working space for companies at the facility. The move comes as Invent DCU and its sister centre DCU Alpha have reached full capacity …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 24 August]

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Testing times in higher education

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I want to thank Dr Greg Foley (Letters, August 7th) for his list of review processes at DCU. It should be required reading for anyone considering adding to the list …” (more)

[James Quinn, Irish Times, 14 August]

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Testing times for quality teaching

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – With the news that the Minister for Education is considering the introduction of a UK-style Teaching Excellence Framework (Home News, July 25th) it is worth considering some of the quality processes that currently exist in the third-level sector, specifically my university, DCU …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 7 August]

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A TEF for Ireland?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With the news that the minister is considering the introduction of a UK-style TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) it is worth considering some of the quality process that currently exist in the third level sector, specifically my university, DCU …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 31 July]

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DCU names three buildings after women scientists

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Six buildings at Dublin City University have been renamed today, with three now named after Irish female scientists. The move is part of the DCU Women in Leadership initiative that was announced by the university last year …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 July]

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So I’m a professor now!

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last week we got an email from our HR department informing us that we are adopting the American ‘professor’ system of academic titles. So now I’m an Associate Professor! Personally, I’m glad this change has been made and it’s not because I’ve always fancied being a professor …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 19 June]

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College ‘sorry’ for homophobic email about Zappone and wife

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone and her late wife Dr Ann Louise Gilligan were the subject of a homophobic email the same day the respected lecturer passed away. Dr Gilligan was cremated following a humanist ceremony held in The Helix auditorium on Saturday …” (more)

[Sarah Slater, Independent, 19 June]

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DCU suspends account over retiree’s ‘offensive’ email in response to death of Katherine Zappone’s wife

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has suspended the email account of a retired staff member who sent an ‘offensive’ message in response to the death of Ann Louise Gilligan, wife of Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone. Dr Gilligan had taught at St Patrick’s College Drumcondra and DCU, and both institutions were merged last year …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 17 June]

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