UCC Welcomes New President: Patrick O’Shea

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCC welcomed a new university president in February 2017, Professor Patrick O’Shea, who replaced Dr Michael Murphy following a ten-year stint in the prestigious role. Professor O’Shea, the fifteenth President of UCC, graduated with a degree in physics from the university, and went on to become Vice President and Chief Research Officer at the University of Maryland before returning to Cork …” (more)

[Michelle Beazley, UCC Express, 20 February]

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Reflecting on 10 years as President

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Floods, ash clouds, and the recession were just some of the more challenging aspects of Dr Michael Murphy’s 10-year term as President which is due to come to a close tomorrow. Dr Murphy took office in 2007 when the Celtic Tiger was ‘in its last fling’ …” (more)

[UCC, 30 January]

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Business ‘has too much say in our universities’, says departing UCC president

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on January 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Departing UCC president, Michael Murphy, welcomes funding from industry but worries it dictates research decisions, he tells Education Correspondent Niall Murray. The business community has too much influence on Ireland’s research agenda, at the expense of non-scientific disciplines, the outgoing president of University College Cork, Michael Murphy, says …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 25 January]

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Outgoing UCC President calls for major changes in the Irish health system

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCC president Dr Michael Murphy has called for major changes in the Irish health system in an effort to retain graduates. Speaking to the Evening Echo, Dr Murphy, a former Head of UCC’s College of Medicine and a former board member of the HSE, argued for improved training and incentives to ensure better leadership in the health service …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 19 January]

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Historian warns of limits on freedom of expression in universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The historian and former independent senator, Prof John A Murphy, has warned that a new puritanism is creeping into Irish universities. Prof Murphy said it was important that students were not limited in their freedom of expression but he feared that puritanism among students and some well-meaning staff was as limiting as the religious conservatism that existed in University College Cork (UCC) in the mid 20th century …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 17 January]

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UCC planning €241m revamp

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

Ireland“University College Cork’s unprecedented €241m outlay on capital expenditure is a ringing endorsement of the institution, according to college president Dr Michael Murphy. Dr Murphy will today welcome officials from the European Investment Bank to UCC, and the delegation is expected to officially sign off on a €100m loan to the college tomorrow …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 24 November]

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Fianna Fáil think-in hears education investment must be prioritised

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cork is in danger of falling behind unless significant investment is made in restoring funding to University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and other third level institutions …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 20 September]

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Why university rankings may be harming higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Another week, another set of university rankings as the Times Higher Education releases it league table. It follows others recently published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai) …” (more)

[Grainne Loughran, Irish Times, 19 September]

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UCC president criticises Bruton’s funding comments

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton’s order that Irish universities conduct significant reforms before getting extra State funding has been attacked by the president of University College Cork, Dr Michael Murphy …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Petition: UCC: Revise decision to name building after Dr James Watson

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2016 by steve

IrelandTo: Dr Michael B Murphy, President of University College Cork and Governing Body. Following the decision to name a new building after the controversial scientist, Dr James Watson, we want University College Cork to revise and change the name of the building …” (more)

[UCC Feminist Society, Uplift, 16 June]

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UCC sparks row over name of new building

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Academics and students have united to criticise University College Cork for naming a new research building after Nobel laureate James Watson, who has been roundly condemned for his racist and sexist views. They spoke out yesterday as Dr Watson, 88, the US scientist who co-discovered the structure of DNA, delivered a lecture in Cork to celebrate the naming of the Watson Building on UCC’s Brookfield medical campus …” (more)

[Eoin English and Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 16 June]

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UCC President describes allegation of ‘shambolic selection process for posts’ as ‘an outrage’, High Court hears

Posted in Legal issues on April 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The President of University College Cork has described an allegation the selection process for the appointment of senior posts at UCC’s school of business is ‘shambolic’, as ‘an outrage’, the High Court heard today …” (more)

[Saurya Cherfi and Aodhan O’Faolain, Independent, 1 April]

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UCC President defends interview selection process in court

Posted in Legal issues on April 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The President of UCC has today defended the selection process used to create a shortlist of candidates for 10 professorial roles in its business school. The High Court has been listening to Dr Michael Murphy’s sworn statement as part of a legal action taken by a lecturer who was not called for interview …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 April]

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UCC lecturer takes UCC to High Court after failing to secure interview for position as professor

Posted in Legal issues on March 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A senior UCC lecturer is trying to stop the university’s business school from conducting interviews to hire ten professors …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 24 March]

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UCC president threatens to issue apology over appointments

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The head of University College Cork (UCC) has threatened to issue a public apology to the people of Waterford for misleading them over false promises from the Government …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 21 Janauary]

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Student apartments planned for the former Coca-Cola Bottling site

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A planning application has been lodged to demolish the former Coca-Cola Bottling Plant on the Carrigrohane Straight Road to build 92 students apartments in buildings ranging in height from four to seven storeys …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 5 January]

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UCC head silent on student loan idea

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“UCC president Dr Michael Murphy said he wasn’t going to waste a minute thinking about ‘kite flying’ when asked his opinion on the student loan system being explored by an expert group due to report to the Minister for Education next month …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 18 December]

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UCC highlights need for funding and says student fees must increase

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“One of the country’s leading universities has warned it is ‘at the end of the line’ in terms of being able to absorb funding cuts without damaging the quality of education provided to students. The president of University College Cork said that students will have to pay more to help fund third-level education and ensure universities can meet the needs of an ever-changing workforce …” (more)

[Peter O’Dwyer, Irish Examiner, 8 December]

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UCC president Dr Michael Murphy explains why dropping out of college might be a good idea

Posted in Research on October 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In fostering an entrepreneurial spirit among students and graduates at University College Cork (UCC), university president Dr Michael Murphy explains why the university is actually encouraging students to drop out and form start-ups …” (more, video)

[Connor McKenna, Silicon Republic, 10 October]

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UCC boss Michael Murphy backs academics on Cork council merger stance

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The President of University College Cork (UCC) has backed his academics who have spoken out against the Cork super-council plan. But Dr Michael Murphy said the university itself will take time to consider its position on the Cork Local Government Review (CLGR) group’s city and county council merger proposal …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 18 September]

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