Full Steam Ahead at DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Following discussions between IFUT and SIPTU a joint agreement has been reached on representation of staff in Dublin City University (DCU). The new agreement provides a very strong mandate for working together in a spirit of partnership to advance the cause of all trade union members in the university …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 11 March]

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Bringing sustainability in universities up to the next level

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sustainability has become a buzzword in universities around the world as third-level institutions write sustainability strategies and policies into their strategic plans – and pit themselves against each other in international ranking systems …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 28 February]

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DCUSU senior executives have been criticised for bypassing class representatives to call a referendum on USI membership

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student societies have condemned Dublin City University Students’ Union (DCUSU) for showing ‘a clear disregard for democracy and transparency’, after the union executive voted to support disaffiliation from the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) without consulting class representatives …” (more)

[Jack Synnott and Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 23 February]

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Concern over Queen’s University’s Saudi partnership

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2019 by steve

“Concerns have been raised over Queen’s University’s plans to enter a partnership with a Saudi Arabian university. The move will see a number of Queen’s academics provide training to staff at Princess Nourah Bint Abdulraham University (PNU) …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 February]

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CAO points race ‘putting children’s health at risk’ amid fall in fitness levels

Posted in Life, Teaching on February 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The long-term health of teenagers is being put at risk by the race for CAO points, according to health and fitness expert Professor Niall Moyna. His warning comes as a new study shows a sharp fall in fitness levels among second-level pupils, particularly girls, after the age of 15 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 February]

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DCU purchased rodents for scientific research

Posted in Research on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The university bought 1790 mice and rats between 2016 and 2017 for scientific research purposes, The College View has learned. Mice took up the majority of the purchases with 1,296 of the 1,790 rodents. The other 494 were rats. DCU also declined to provide the name of the supplier of the rodent …” (more)

[Brian Mahon, The College View, 6 February]

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How Dublin’s ‘young’ university expanded by fostering 700 tech jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“What is Dublin City University? Is it a business college? A technology-focused one? This is one of the first questions I put to Professor Brian MacCraith, the university’s energetic president. ‘Believe it or not, our biggest faculty is now humanities and social sciences’ …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Independent, 31 January]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the capital investment allocated to each institute of technology and university for the years 2019 to 2021, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 January]

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Minister launches new Irish Sign Language Bachelor of Education programme for deaf students

Posted in Teaching on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today formally launched a new undergraduate programme in DCU that enables deaf and hard of hearing people who use Irish Sign Language (ISL) to enter primary teaching. The programme is receiving funding from the Department of Education and Skills under the PATH 1 inclusion programme …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 January]

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DCU Paid for a Square on the Dublin Monopoly Board

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) paid to prevent any other universities from appearing on the new Dublin version of Monopoly, repeatedly requesting confirmation from the game’s makers that “no other third-level partners” aside from DCU would appear on the famous board …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 19 January]

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DCU exams to be held before Christmas break from 2020

Posted in Teaching on December 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The DCU academic calendar is on the road to change in 2020 when semester one exams will take place before the Christmas break as opposed to afterwards, according to DCU Students’ Union VP for Academic Affairs Callaghan Commons …” (more)

[Ciara O’Loughlin, The College View, 12 December]

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IMI makes FT’s business school rankings for the first time

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

Ireland“The Irish Management Institute has entered the Financial Times’ European Business Schools Rankings for the first time, becoming the highest new European entrant in this year’s list. The IMI, which merged with University College Cork in 2016, was ranked in 76th place out of 95 in Europe, in what is seen as a ‘ranking of rankings’ that measures the quality and breadth of programmes at various business schools …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 3 November]

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DCU launches Ireland’s first dedicated early childhood research centre

Posted in Research on November 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A centre for early childhood studies that aims to place Ireland at the centre of the global map of early childhood research has been formally opened at DCU’s Institute of Education. The Early Childhood Research Centre, the first such dedicated research centre in Ireland, will promote collaboration in research, policy and practice in the field of early childhood studies …” (more)

[Irish Times, 20 November]


Someone Who Should Know Better Spectacularly Misses the Point of Consent Workshops

Posted in Teaching on November 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“You’d be forgiven for thinking that the argument in favour of mandatory consent workshops has been won – and resoundingly so. After all, even national politicians – people we wouldn’t normally consider to be ahead of the times – warmly received the presidents of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union and the Union of Students in Ireland when they asked for increased funding for consent education …” (more)

[University Times, 19 November]

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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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