DCU students from rural Ireland on what it would take to return home

Posted in Life on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“What would it take to make you move back home? Many third-level students from regional communities who attend Dublin City University say they would love to make a living close to family and friends. But few see any credible chance of making a living in the towns and villages where they grew up …” (more)

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

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University Staff Development and Flipped Classrooms

Posted in Teaching on January 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. On this week’s programme I speak with Dr Pip Bruce Ferguson who works in Dublin City University’s Teaching Enhancement Unit. In a wide-ranging discussion we cover the following topics: …” (more, podcast)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 4 January]

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Dublin City University designated as a University of Sanctuary

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has been designated as a ‘University of Sanctuary’ in recognition of a range of initiatives demonstrating commitment to welcoming asylum seekers and refugees into the university community and to fostering a culture of inclusion for all. DCU is the first Irish university to receive this designation …” (more)

[DCU, 21 December]

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Staff member ‘made homeless’ following Incorporation

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“DCU member of staff and their son were made homeless following the Incorporation Programme, which saw the Church of Ireland College of Further Education among others amalgamate into the university this year, according to TD Richard Boyd-Barrett …” (more)

[Aaron Gallagher, Irish Times, 14 December]

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DCU’s ‘indifference’ to student addiction

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The university also has a dedicated student bar on its Glasnevin campus. While most dangerous substances are outright banned, alcohol is sold in copious amounts to students every day. NuBar is not owned by DCU, and it is not being alleged that the university is in any way profiting from the sale of alcohol to students. The existence of the student bar is merely indicative of the double standard towards dangerous substances that exists in this country …” (more)

[Brion Hoban, Irish Times, 13 December]

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94% of DCU students vote to remain in USI

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University Students’ Union (DCUSU) has voted to remain part of the Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) by a margin of 94%. The result was announced this evening at the end of two days of voting. A total of 2,304 votes were cast, with 2,176 voting ‘Yes’ to staying in USI …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 2 December]

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Catholic library board members resign in row over DCU takeover

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Six board members of the loss-making Central Catholic Library in Dublin have resigned in protest over a decision to reject a take-over proposal from Dublin City University (DCU). Located at Merrion Square, the library has been in financial difficulty for some time …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 22 November]

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Higher Education Institutions Staff – Dublin City University

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2016 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that, as a result of the merger of the former Church of Ireland College of Education and other training colleges with Dublin City University, a person and their son (details supplied) have now been made homeless following eviction by the college from the person’s accommodation, despite assurances that accommodation, which had been part of their employment arrangements with the college, would continue to be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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DCU incorporation reaches official completion

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The DCU Incorporation Programme was finalised at the end of September, officially joining DCU, St Patricks College, Mater Dei and CICE as one legal entity …” (more)

[The College View, 26 October]

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Planning permission granted for 900 bed student accommodation in Docklands

Posted in Legal issues on October 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission has been granted for the construction of over 900 student bed spaces beside the Point Village as part of the ongoing regeneration of the docklands. Spaces for 935 students were planned across two separate seven storey blocks. One of the two blocks will have 589 bedspaces, with the other having 346 bedspaces alongside commercial retail floor space and community facilities …” (more)

[The College View, 12 October]

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AIB agrees five-year DCU partnership to fund chair in data analytics

Posted in Research on September 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“AIB is to fund Dublin City University’s first chair in data analytics as part of a five-year partnership to promote a sector that is predicted to generate 30,000 job opportunities out to 2020 …” (more)

[Ciarán Hancock, Irish Times, 12 September]

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DCU president says university rankings dip is wake-up call

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The fall of Irish universities in this week’s QS World University Rankings represents a ‘tipping point’ for the third-level sector, according to Brian MacCraith, president of Dublin City University (DCU). ‘This has to be a wake-up call to the Government’, he said …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 7 September]

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New DCU, old discrimination

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The newly formed DCU Institute of Education caused controversy only days into its existence. The faculty has been formed following the full incorporation of three educational institutes into the university, namely St Patrick’s College, Mater Dei and the Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE) …” (more)

[Brion Hoban, The College View, 27 August]

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Religious identity a determining factor in DCU primary school teaching courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University will offer two alternative pathways to students wishing to enter a primary school teaching course this year, with a determining factor in the review process being whether or not an applicant is of a Catholic, Protestant or other religious background …” (more)

[The College View, 26 August]

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DCU to rename half its buildings after inspirational women

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University is set to rename half of its buildings after women, Dr Christine Loscher announced at Inspirefest last week. As part of the campus redevelopment plans that are being implemented across the Glasnevin, St. Patrick’s College, Mater Dei and All Hallows’ campuses, all of the University’s buildings are to be renamed …” (more)

[Irish Times, 24 August]

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Looney to head DCU education faculty

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dr Anne Looney has been appointed as head of Dublin City University’s new Faculty of Education. The new faculty is the result of the incorporation into the university of three formerly independent colleges of education: the Catholic St Patrick’s and Mater Dei teacher training colleges, and the Church of Ireland College of Education. Dr Looney is currently CEO of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 August]

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Different points to enter Teacher Training College

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“RTÉ revealed that DCU’s newly formed Teacher Training course, which amalgamated 3 previous colleges of education into its campus, has two separate CAO entry points. In order to get their Bachelor of Education degree, there is the normal route for everyone, which requires 465 points. However, according to their current Prospectus, there is also a ‘restricted entry’ version of the degree …” (more)

[Anseo.net, 23 August]

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Religion a factor in teacher and nursing training

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The dominance of the churches in primary education here has led to an unusual situation at Dublin City University, writes RTÉ Education Correspondent Emma O Kelly. This year sees the full incorporation into DCU of three former colleges of education – the Catholic St Patrick’s and Mater Dei …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 August]

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Colleges ‘must be more age conscious’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Colleges are heading down the path to extinction unless they become more age conscious, one of the world’s leading experts on older people claims. Higher education has yet to focus on this change — including the huge increase in potential students in their 50s and beyond …” (more)

[Sarah Slater, Irish Examiner, 11 August]

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First ever Irish university taught course on sexuality and sexual health education will begin in September

Posted in Teaching on July 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The first ever Irish university taught course on sexuality and sexual health education will begin in September at Dublin City University. Running parallel to that programme will be another first — this autumn, DCU will also offer a taught course on relationships and sexuality for people with intellectual disability …” (more)

[Áilín Quinlan, Irish Examiner, 7 July]

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