DCU beats London site in battle for top digital partnership

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Europe’s largest co-working and digital innovation network – Talent Garden – has selected DCU ahead of London for its new campus. Talent Garden (Tag) Dublin will provide capacity for 350 work spaces, the Talent Garden Innovation School, multiple corporate innovation labs, a large event space, and an Italian-themed café/restaurant …” (more)

[Jane Last, Independent, 7 March]


DCU rules out men in adverts for three academic posts

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has said it will consider only women candidates for three academic posts it has advertised in Saudi Arabia. The university plans to hire a lecturer in data analytics, an adjunct lecturer in advanced practice nursing, and an assistant professor in marketing. All will teach at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, or PNU, the world’s largest women-only college, in Riyadh …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 February]

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DCU becomes University of Sanctuary for people in Direct Provision

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Refugees in Direct Provision will be the focus of attention in DCU this week when the facility becomes the first designated University of Sanctuary in Ireland. A series of events will take place, including sport and language practice opportunities. Some students at the university will try to live on €21.60 cents for the week – the amount received by those in Direct Provision …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 January]

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What marking exams tells us

Posted in Teaching on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This is exam marking time in DCU and I’ve lost count of the number of conversations I’ve had with frustrated and slightly depressed colleagues who are walking around campus, slightly dazed, and saying things like ‘my students learned nothing from me!’ Of course, there are still lots of fantastic students in our universities; students who are hard-working, motivated and focused. But …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 24 January]

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DCU targets global diaspora with free Irish language course online

Posted in Teaching on January 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin university is targeting the global diaspora and new immigrants with its first online-only course which focuses on learning the Irish language. The ‘Irish 101’ course, developed by DCU, will teach students greetings, blessings and curses in Irish, along with the meaning of Irish names, mythology and other topics …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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‘Sanctuary’ UCC to give refugees full scholarships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has received ‘University of Sanctuary’ status and will provide seven asylum seekers and refugees with full scholarships from next September. Places of Sanctuary Ireland, a network of groups across the country that aims to raise awareness of asylum issues and aid refugees’ integration into Irish society by way of cultural engagement, has awarded UCC with the ‘University of Sanctuary’ status, along with Dublin City University and the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 19 January]

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Public funding of autonomous universities: living with the complexities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Some years ago, when I was still President of Dublin City University, I attended a meeting between Irish government officials and university heads to discuss national higher education strategy. At one point the conversation focused on university autonomy. Everyone agree that such autonomy is vital for an internationally successful higher education system; but what exactly did ‘autonomy’ mean? It quickly became clear that each of the the two groups had a very different understanding of the term …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 January]

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Anne Scott is Shepherding NUI Galway Towards Equality

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

Ireland“Anne Scott has listened to the critics and, as NUIG’s gender equality vice-president, is promising big changes. It was walking down a street in Kenya, surrounded by people with a different skin tone to her own, that Prof Anne Scott was struck by what it meant to be treated differently …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 3 January]

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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]


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]


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]


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]