Teachers at DCU English school say offer of 50c pay increase is ‘a slap in the face’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers at Dublin City University’s English language school have said an offer to increase their pay by 50 cents an hour is ‘humiliating’ and ‘insulting’. Teachers at the school are looking to increase their pay from €24.60 to €35 per hour, close to what they were paid before the recession …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 16 September]

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Irish universities tread water while rivals make waves

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The flaws with college rankings are well documented. They are produced by commercial organisations which sell their expertise on how to perform better. They ignore key aspects of college life such as the quality of teaching and learning. And the science behind some of the indicators is suspect, at best. But there is no denying their influence …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Trinity College calls for university rankings strategy after falling 44 places in worldwide list

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has called for a ‘national strategy for university rankings’ after dropping 44 places in the World University Rankings today. The university is now rated as 164th best in the world in the Times Higher Education list compared with 120th last year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 September]

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DCU Should Be Fighting To End Unpaid Internships, Not Encouraging Them

Posted in Teaching on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An annual Irish League of Credit Unions survey published on August 19 revealed some dismaying statistics on the financial struggles of third-level students in Ireland. While 74% of students having to work during the college term to cope with costs is generally manageable, 55% of students say they often skip lectures in favour of paid work …” (more)

[Lucien Waugh-Daly, The College View, 1 September]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor opens the inaugural REACT [Responding to Excessive Consumption of Alcohol in Third Level] awards in DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today, 28 August, visited DCU and presented the students and staff in 10 of Ireland’s 3rd level institutions with awards in recognition of their efforts to reduce harm experienced by students from excess use of alcohol. The Minister said: …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 28 August]

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An inspirational sculpture

Posted in Life on August 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – What a great gesture by Dublin City University to commission a Sandra Bell sculpture on behalf of teachers in Irish society (Julien Behal photograph, page 4, August 22nd). Míle buíochas dóibh! I’ve been a teacher and principal for most of my adult life and I’m delighted we have a beautiful image dedicated to us, the educators of Ireland’s children …” (more)

[Brenda Morgan, Irish Times, 24 August]

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Library services

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your guide to college life in Ireland (August 13th) details the realities of student life and includes ‘what’s hot’ and ‘what’s not’ for a number of university campuses. For DCU the author unfortunately notes in the latter category, that one would ‘have conquered Everest sooner’ than walk to the library. I can only deduce that he is referring to the O’Reilly Library on the Glasnevin campus …” (more)

[John McDonough, Irish Times, 19 August]

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DCU president to lead HSE’s ‘rapid review’ into IT glitch that left 800 without smear test results

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of DCU is to lead an ‘immediate rapid review’, commissioned by the HSE, into the latest Cervical Check controversy. Professor Brian McGrath was appointed as the independent external chairperson for the review after it emerged that 800 women did not receive their smear test results because of an IT glitch at a US lab …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 July]

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Minister welcomes Ireland’s success in selection for the European University initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin successful in the first round of European University funding. The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today welcomed the announcement of the first round of successful applicants in the European University initiative …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 26 June]

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DCU Launches New Scholarships for Asylum Seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has announced 20 new scholarships for asylum seekers, including five offering fee waivers for on-campus undergraduate degrees. A tweet from DCU yesterday said the new scholarships, which will offer 15 online courses to refugees and asylum seekers and 5 fee waivers …” (more)

[Andy Keenan, University Times, 21 June]

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UCC and DCU defend late filing of annual accounts

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

Ireland“University College Cork has told the Dail’s spending watchdog that it is ‘fully financially sustainable’ despite failing to file its 2018 financial accounts on time, it can be revealed. A number of the country’s leading universities, including UCC and Dublin City University, have had to defend the late filing of their annual accounts in correspondence sent to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 20 June]

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DCU’s ‘major, once off’ accounting issue caused delay in filing financial statements

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University suffered a ‘major, once off’ accounting issue last year which prevented it from filing its financial statements to the State’s spending watchdog on time. The issue arose from the consolidation of different parts of the college, DCU has told the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 20 June]

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‘If it wasn’t for college friends giving me couch, I’d have slept in the park’

Posted in Life on May 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Two 22-year-old DCU students have spoken about their experiences with ‘couch-surfing’ as a way to get through the academic year without paying extortionate rents. A student from Co Mayo found himself effectively homeless last summer after his accommodation fell through …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 25 May]

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What ails the leading college of Irish athletics?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There is no such thing as the right way to finish a race, only the best way, and Infinite Tucker may well have found it. With a name like that who could forget him now? Caught somewhere between hope and the hope not, and the gravity which might pull him through, Tucker performed the perfect Superman dive to win a college 400m hurdles race in America last Saturday – the Southeastern Conference Championships, staged in Fayetteville, Arkansas …” (more)

[Ian O’Riordan, Irish Times, 18 May]


Enda Fitzpatrick expresses ‘hurt and disappointment’ over DCU decision

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Enda Fitzpatrick has expressed his ‘hurt and disappointment’ over Dublin City University’s (DCU) decision not to pursue an extension to his position as the university’s Athletics Academy director. Fitzpatrick, a former international 1,500m runner and sub-four minute miler, has held the full-time position since 2005, on a secondment basis, having previously worked as a teacher in Holy Faith secondary school in Clontarf …” (more)

[Ian O’Riordan Irish Times, 16 May]


Dublin lecture theatre to be named after Veronica Guerin

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A lecture theatre at Dublin City University is being named after journalist Veronica Guerin. It is part of the university’s Women in Leadership initiative, which plans to name half of its major buildings after inspiring females …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 May]

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Areas for improvement highlighted in new quality report card on DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Inconsistencies in the level of training and guidance provided to postgraduate research students who teach undergraduates at Dublin City University (DCU), have been highlighted in a new quality report card on the institution. Practice varies depending on individual programme chairpersons and module co-ordinators, according to a report carried out for the higher education regulatory watchdog, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 May]

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Concern over lack of training for doctoral students in teaching roles at DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Concern over the lack of training for doctoral students who are given teaching roles has been flagged in a new review of Dublin City University by the State’s regulator for higher education qualifications. It is the first wide-ranging quality review to be carried out of an Irish university by a team of academics commissioned by the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 May]

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DCU planning 1,240-bed student housing scheme

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

Ireland“Dublin City University is planning a significant new student accommodation building, with 1,240 bedspaces. It comes amid a surge in the number of such facilities being built around the capital …” (more)

[John Mulligan, Independent, 12 April]

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New Bus Route to Link Dublin’s Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new Dublin Bus route, stretching from Ballymun to Bray, will link Dublin’s three universities. Dublin Bus has already started operating the new 155 route, which will travel along the N11 from Bray until Dublin city centre, through Phibsboro and along Ballymun Rd as far as IKEA. This will create links between University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity, and Dublin City University (DCU). The service will also stop near some of the Technological University of Dublin (TUD) city campuses …” (more)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 4 April]

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