DCU offers flexible accommodation to meet new Covid-19 arrangements

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University have been offered flexible accommodation for the upcoming academic year as it is ‘highly unlikely’ they will be on campus for full weeks. With the university planning a mix of face-to-face lab classes, practical sessions and online lectures in the coming academic year, not all students will be on campus at the same time …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 29 May]

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Covid-19 student days: Empty lecture theatres, online learning and micro-communities

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A few weeks ago. Dublin City University president Brian MacCraith requested experts to advise on how the capacity of its largest lecture theatre would be affected by social-distancing rules. ‘We have a 500-seat, tiered lecture theatre here’, says MacCraith. ‘When we measured it, we realised it would only accommodate about 50 people’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 May]

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A question of loyalty

Posted in Teaching on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Let’s suppose your institution is promoting ideas that you believe are potentially damaging. What should you do? It’s a tricky question, especially if you have a certain degree of attachment to your institution, as I have …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 25 May]


The unsurprising performance of our work placement students

Posted in Teaching on May 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In my school in DCU we spend an awful lot of time angsting about our students. We worry abut how much they study. We worry about their writing skills, their attention to detail and their numerical skills …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 21 May]

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DCU launches Covid-19 emergency fund as university sees 183% increase in students seeking financial help

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2020 by steve

“DCU has said it has seen a 183% increase in students looking for help from its Student Assistance Fund since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The Dublin university has today launched the Covid-19 Student Emergency Fund in response to the challenges and financial hardship facing students due to the Covid-19 global pandemic …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 20 May]

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DCU announces plans for the delivery of programmes in the 2020/2021 academic year

Posted in Teaching on May 17th, 2020 by steve

“DCU announced on Friday that there will be a combination of both online and face-to-face classes for the coming 2020/2021 academic year. In a statement, the university confirmed they would be providing a ‘hybrid delivery of programmes for students in [the] new academic year’ …” (more)

[Aoibhín Meghen, The College View, 16 May]

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Students Should Not Choose Degree Until End of First Year, Says DCU Professor

Posted in Teaching on May 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Incoming first year university students should ‘not be admitted to a particular degree programme until the end of their first year in college’, according to an Associate Professor in Dublin City University. Dr Greg Foley, a historically outspoken Irish academic from DCU’s School of Biotechnology made the statements in a letter …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 16 May]

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DCU sets September 21 as start date for first year students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“Dublin City University (DCU) has set September 21 as the start date for first years, two weeks ahead of the general return of students on October 5. The September 21 date is provisional and will depend on the final timelines for the Leaving Cert results and CAO offers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 May]

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DCU establishes Research and Innovation Hub to tackle Covid-19 challenges

Posted in Research on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“DCU has established a new research hub focused entirely on finding solutions to challenges posed by Covid-19. Dublin City University (DCU) has established the Covid-19 Research and Innovation (R&I) Hub, which will support 16 multi-disciplinary projects focused exclusively on challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 13 May]

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UCD Spent €1.3 Million on Exams Last Year

Posted in Teaching on May 7th, 2020 by steve

“Figures for Irish universities’ expenditure on exams have indicated that UCD spent €1.3 million on exams for the 2019/2020 academic year, according to figures revealed by The College Tribune in a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. UCD’s spending on exams per student represented the largest in the country according to these figures …” (more)

[Alex Lohier, College Tribune, 7 May]

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DCU and Maynooth University reverse student rent hikes

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has said it is reversing a plan to increase the cost of on-campus accommodation from September. This follows a similar decision by Maynooth University which announced in late April it would reverse a proposed 3% rent increase and introduce a freeze …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 3 May]

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DCU reverse plan to increase on-campus accommodation rent for the 2020/2021 academic year

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2020 by steve

“DCU has reversed its decision to implement a 4% rent increase on campus accommodation for the 2020/2021 academic year, DCU Students’ Union announced. DCUSU posted on their social media pages that the university will not proceed with the initially planned rent increase. The increase of 4% would have meant that DCU’s on-campus accommodation would have been increased to the maximum amount legally allowed under rent legislation …” (more)

[Shauna Burdis, The College View, 1 May]

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DCU new academic year plan revises academic calendar, programme structures and campus activities

Posted in Teaching on May 2nd, 2020 by steve

“DCU released a statement to confirm that they are ‘planning for dual-mode delivery of teaching, involving both online and face-to-face delivery as appropriate’. The new plan will see revisions to the academic calendar, changes to programme structures, and also new approaches to the use of campus space …” (more)

[Shauna Burdis, The College View, 1 May]

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DCU Scraps Planned 4% Rent Increase on College Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2020 by steve

“Dublin City University (DCU) has reversed its decision to implement a 4% rent increase on campus accommodation for next year, the college’s students’ union announced tonight …” (more)

[Danielle Varley, University Times, 30 April]

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DCU opens Covid19 Assessment Unit on Glasnevin campus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“With the assistance of Dublin City University, the HSE has opened a Covid19 Assessment Unit in the Healthy Living Centre on the DCU Glasnevin Campus. The Assessment Unit is designed to assist patients who need assessment but who do not need immediate hospital care. This is to avoid referrals to acute hospitals where possible …” (more)

[DCU, 22 April]

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DCU continues to use Zoom amid security concerns

Posted in Teaching on April 15th, 2020 by steve

“DCU will continue to use Zoom for online lectures despite ongoing security issues with the free version of the service. Despite being aware of ongoing security issues DCU will continue to use zoom services for online lectures, with a spokesperson for the university saying they’re satisfied all its ‘IT systems have appropriate cybersecurity protection in place’ due to them using a licensed version of the remote conferencing service …” (more)

[Jonathon Lynam, The College View, 15 April]

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DCU’s lack of clarity over how final year exams will take place is worrying

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“With a nationwide lock-down resulting in the closure of schools, libraries and co-working spaces, where do DCU expect students to prepare for examinations? There has been a lot of uncertainty among students and lecturers alike regarding how DCU will hold this year’s summer examinations. For final year students especially, this has been a most stressful time in our entire university experience …” (more)

[Joy Nwagiriga, The College View, 14 April]

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DCU signs on to No Detriment policy

Posted in Teaching on April 9th, 2020 by steve

“More than 3,300 DCU students have signed a petition online safeguarding a ‘No Detriment; policy for third level students. Universities across Ireland have been closed since mid-March to accommodate government social distancing measures and students are yet to receive concrete information as to how this pandemic will affect their final grades …” (more)

[The College View, 9 April]

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Coronavirus Ireland: DCU to bring in flexible exam deadlines

Posted in Teaching on April 9th, 2020 by steve

“Dublin City University (DCU) is introducing flexible exam deadlines this year after a survey found that one in five of its students faced significant internet access difficulties. It is among the measures being implemented to support students as traditional face-to-face exams give way to online assessments in the face of the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 April]

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DCU has begun producing Personal Protection Equipment for frontline medical staff

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2020 by steve

“Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) has been in high demand in Ireland due to the recent coronavirus pandemic. Researchers and engineers from the DCU School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and I-Form, the Science Foundation of Ireland (SFI) Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing at DCU have already produced goggles and facemasks for frontline medical staff …” (more)

[Róisín Phelan, The College View, 4 April]

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