DCU students demand society resignations after ‘explicit acts’ row

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A group of DCU societies have called for the resignation of executive committee members of the Accounting & Finance (A&F) society after some of its members engaged in explicit frat-style games …” (more)

[Ryan Nugent, Herald, 18 October]

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Facebook defends role in project to tackle online bullying

Posted in Research on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Facebook has defended its role in a new campaign to provide anti-bullying and online safety training in every secondary school in Ireland. The social media firm has been at the centre of allegations that it is not doing enough to moderate harmful and illegal content …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 October]

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DCU says €330k Facebook sponsorship deal does not compromise independence of its research

Posted in Research on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) says a €330,000 sponsorship deal with Facebook for an online safety training programme for parents and teachers does not compromise the independence of its research work. The three-year initiative, led by National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC) at DCU, will offer training to teachers and parents of 12-17-year-olds in every post-primary school in the country, starting in January …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 October]

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DCU students may face disciplinary action after frat-style games involving ‘nude acts’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“DCU has initiated a process under its ‘Student Code of Conduct and Discipline’ with a view to potential disciplinary action in relation to reports of ‘grossly inappropriate behaviour at a meeting of the Accounting and Finance student society’. In a statement, DCU pointed to a clause in the code of conduct, which states that ‘students must conduct themselves in such a way as not to bring themselves or the University into disrepute’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Ian Begley, Independent, 17 October]

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‘People were incredibly uncomfortable in that room’: USI cannot condone ‘hazing’ event at DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has said it can’t condone the targeting of first year students for a ‘number of very ridiculous stunts’ at a meeting of the Accounting and Finance Society (A&F). A&F has been banned from hosting social events this semester …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 October]

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Organisers of ‘hazing’ event in DCU to attend respect and dignity training

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Organisers of a ‘hazing’-type student society event are to attend respect and dignity training at Dublin City University. The college has suspended all social activities by the Accounting & Finance Society for the rest of the term because of ‘misconduct’ at the October 4 event …” (more)

[Niall Murrary, Breaking News, 17 October]

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‘Shocked and disappointed’: DCU society suspended from hosting social events over inappropriate conduct at meeting

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

Ireland“A Dublin City University (DCU) society has been banned from hosting social events following reports of inappropriate conduct at its Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM). DCU’s Accounting & Finance (A&F) Society was in the process of electing first year reps at its EGM on 4 October when …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 16 October]

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DCU launch new €15 million student centre

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has launched a new student centre worth €15 million. The centre, known as the “U”, includes a student leadership and life skills centre, which is designed to aid students in developing essential life skills …” (more)

[Alex Letona, Trinity News, 28 September]

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President urges students to speak out about mental health issues

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins has encouraged students to speak out about mental health issues and to be alert for signs that their friends might need professional support. Mr Higgins said any society that neglected mental health ‘loses a rich resource’ …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Brexit deal: DCU institute to be backed by Grant Thornton

Posted in Research on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Grant Thornton has signed a three-year deal to sponsor the DCU Brexit Institute. Under the partnership, Grant Thornton joins AIB and Arthur Cox as an official sponsor of the Institute at a time when Brexit negotiations are intensifying …” (more)

[Independent, 26 September]

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Protecting our honour

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I’m about to make up a number here, but just work with me. Across the world in 2017, some 200,000 people were awarded honorary doctorates. A significant proportion these awards were handed to eminent academics, often at or near retirement, whose work was of real intellectual significance and produced wider benefits. Some were awarded to prominent people who showed their support for higher education activities and values. Some … – well some, you just don’t know why they got them …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 10 September]

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New thinking on funding for fairer tuition fees is needed, says DCU chief

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A university president has called for a radical new approach to third-level funding that would limit the number of students paid for by the State, while others, who could afford it, would be liable for full fees. Professor Brian MacCraith of Dublin City University (DCU) said there were ‘people who can afford to go to university, in the same way as they can afford to pay for private schools’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 September]

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DCU approves additional €3.75m spend by innovation centres

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University allocated an extra €3.75 million for the expansion of its innovation centres last year. The university authorised total future capital expenditure of €4.4 million for its DCU Invent DAC subsidiary at the end of last September, compared with just €664,408 a year earlier. The company manages the university’s two innovation centres – DCU Invent and DCU Alpha …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 23 August]

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Students’ silent protest to highlight accommodation crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A silent protest by students demanding the Minister for Housing to build affordable accommodation was held on Friday. DCU Students’ Union, the Union of Students in Ireland along with volunteers from Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) group gathered outside new privately owned student accommodation New Mill on Merchants Quay …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 17 August]

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Former DCU president steps down from Scottish university role amid controversy

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2018 by steve

“The former president of Dublin City University (DCU), Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, is stepping down from his position as principal of Scotland’s Robert Gordon University (RGU) after a conflict of interest controversy …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 August]

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Leaving Cert system favours wealthier students, study finds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Certificate programme places problem solving, critical thinking and creativity secondary to rote learning and recall, a new five-year research study has found. The study indicated that skills such as remembering and understanding were prioritised above evaluation and creativity, which were found to be largely absent from the examination papers in many subjects …” (more)

[Louise Roseingrave, Irish Times, 13 August]

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Leaving Cert not preparing students for university, DCU study finds

Posted in Teaching on August 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A university study has found Leaving Cert students feel poorly qualified to identify sources of information in the era of fake news. The survey of 304 first year students in Dublin City University (DCU) found nearly two-thirds did not feel the Leaving Cert taught them how to think independently or identify sources of information …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 8 August]

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DCU announces Ireland’s first open access university press

Posted in Research on July 25th, 2018 by steve

“Dublin City University (DCU) has announced the launch of DCU Press, Ireland’s first open access university press. DCU Press aims to increase barrier-free access to university related publications. DCU Press is set to make university research available to the public without paywalls or subscriptions …” (more)

[Thomas O’Reilly, Trinity News, 24 July]

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IFUT supporting DCU former Heads of Department for career recognition and redress

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2018 by steve

“Twelve former Heads of Department who transferred from St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, as part of the college’s merger with Dublin City University, are seeking to resolve a serious loss of rights and career progress as a result of the incorporation in 2016 …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 17 July]

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DCU opens €11m expansion to engineering building

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2018 by steve

“Dublin City University (DCU) has opened an €11m expansion to its engineering building as part of its ongoing campus development. The four-story extension to its Stokes Building will provide lecturing facilities for up to 1,400 engineering students, as well as additional research space …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 July]

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