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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University suspends former lecturer’s email account over ‘offensive’ comments about death of Katherine Zappone’s wife

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A former lecturer accused of making ‘offensive’ comments in an email to Dublin City University (DCU) staff concerning the death of Dr Ann Louise Gilligan has had his account suspended, the university has confirmed …” (more)

[Daniel O’Connor, Independent, 16 June]

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Dublin City University unveils over 50 gender neutral bathrooms

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has opened 54 gender neutral bathrooms across its three campuses. The Universal Access Bathrooms were introduced on May 15th after the students’ union was mandated by class representatives in the 2015/16 academic year to implement gender neutral bathrooms …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 2 June]

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Lecturer made a lasting contribution to Irish musical life

Posted in Life on May 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Donal Colum O’Cleirigh, who has died aged 84, was senior lecturer in music at St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University, and contributed significantly to the musical life and musical education of Ireland, and in particular to the Cork Choral Festival, in the course of a long and fruitful professional career …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 May]

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Students to get ‘living portfolios’ aimed at boosting job prospects

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of third-level students are to receive new online learning portfolios aimed at enhancing their job prospects when they leave college. Dublin City University has created a ‘living portfolio’ for its 17,000 students which, it says, will allow them to showcase their academic, professional and personal achievements …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 May]

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‘DCU had to be a university that could take in young people from the local areas’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“During the 1980s, university was a pathway open to the elite, upper-middle class and those academically fortunate to win a scholarship. Free fees were still a few years away and programmes for young people traditionally locked out of third-level education were non-existent …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 21 May]

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Creating an autism friendly campus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Going to college can be a difficult transition for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In school they may have received special support, but they can struggle when they have to make the change to third level, even if they are academically gifted …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 27 April]

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UCD Signs up to Campaign Tackling Sexual Harassment in Irish Colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD is partnering with the National Women’s Council of Ireland and several other universities for a campaign looking to tackle sexual harassment and assault on college campuses. UCD was the first major university to come on board, and now UCC, DCU and the University of Limerick have signed up to the ‘It Stops Now’ campaign …” (more)

[College Tribune, 11 April]

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