Rising numbers and cuts to funding push universities into ‘danger zone’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The twin pressures of funding cuts and growing student numbers sees Ireland’s university system classed as being in the ‘danger’ zone, according to an analysis by the European Universities Association (EUA). Ireland is rated with Iceland and Croatia as in the most perilous position in terms of public funding, in a review of 34 European countries and regions in the EUA Public Funding Observatory 2017 report …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 September]

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Irish universities must be ‘freed from the grinding levers of State control’ if they are to compete with the best in Europe – IUA Chief

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

Ireland“Irish universities say they must be ‘freed from the grinding levers of State control’ if they are to compete with the best in Europe. The call has come as the country’s seven universities launched a joint Charter, their first ever, in which they commit to transforming capability and performance across the sector …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 September]

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Colleges call for flexibility to meet staffing targets

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

Ireland“Universities insist they need greater flexibility around staffing and more public money to deliver the changes needed to meet the Government’s ambitions for the education system. A six-point charter launched by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) commits the seven colleges to delivering on Government aspirations to have Europe’s best education system by 2026 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 September]

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At Charter Launch, IUA Calls on Government to ‘Step Up’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) today called on the government to ‘step up to the challenge and match the ambition’ of Irish universities, at the launch of a charter designed to make Ireland’s education system the best in Europe by 2026. University autonomy was at the core of the charter, as well as student accessibility …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 17 September]

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UCC-based developer of Ireland’s first webpage logs off

Posted in Life on August 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Tributes have been paid following the retirement of the man who developed Ireland’s first webpage. UCC president Patrick O’Shea, described Peter Flynn, who worked at UCC for more than 30 years and who has retired as manager of the IT Services Unit’s Academic and Collaborative Technologies Group, as a ‘true pioneer’ …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 24 August]

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Third Level Expenditure: UCC’s President’s accommodation, Cork Opera House

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

Alan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether the payment of €3,000 a month by University College Cork, UCC, for rental accommodation for its president is an appropriate use of taxpayer’s money; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 June]

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UCC pays €3,000 a month for president’s housing

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2018 by steve

“Students and taxpayers might find it strange that University College Cork is paying €3,000 a month on rental accommodation for its president, a TD says. The €36,000 annual cost, based on a current three-year lease, was revealed by UCC chief financial officer Diarmuid Collins in response to a question by the Tipperary Labour TD Alan Kelly at a meeting with the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 25 May]

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More than 90% employment for UCC graduates

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

“University College Cork graduates and postgraduates are finding employment at rates of over 90% while the university itself is employing 15,000 and contributing over €850 million to the Irish economy through expenditure and tax payments, a new study has found. According to a 142-page report to be launched on Monday by UCC president Prof Patrick O’Shea …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 14 May]

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UCC head says fees debate has to move on

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A debate about more than just student loans is needed to advance decisions about funding third level, says a university president. The issue has been stalled at a political level as no recommendation on how to boost higher education funding has emerged from the Oireachtas education committee. It had been asked by Education Minister Richard Bruton 18 months ago to come up with proposals …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 February]

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Don’t forget importance of the arts, warns UCC President

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The importance of the arts to the economy and the country generally must not be underestimated when the distribution of third-level funding is being decided, the president of University College Cork says. Patrick O’Shea was speaking at the announcement of a €60,000 annual investment by UCC in a collaboration with Cork Opera House that will expand training for future performers and arts organisation leaders …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 February]

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Alleged victims in UCC harassment case asked to sign confidentiality agreements

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has asked two staff members who complained of sexual harassment by a lecturer to sign confidentiality agreements. The lecturer has been accused of making inappropriate comments towards the two female members of staff and of attempting to engage in inappropriate conduct with a female student on campus grounds …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 12 February]

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UCC Rag Week clampdown

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) President Patrick O’Shea is preparing a major clampdown on student anti-social behaviour by introducing new fines and restrictions that aim to ease the longstanding concerns of local residents. Community gardaí and college chiefs have been working to ease the fears of residents ahead of RAG week in February …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 29 January]

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Christmas is cancelled at UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Next year’s UCC ‘Christmas Day’ college celebrations have been cancelled following a flood of complaints from residents near the college. A meeting of the city’s Joint Policing Committee heard that the student event caused havoc in the residential area around University College Cork on November 23 and as a result, the UCC Students’ Union have promised the event will not return next year …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 19 December]

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UCC plans €350m investment to increase campus space by 20%

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) hopes to expand its campus space by 20 per cent in the next five years as part of a €350 million investment programme. The plan will create 500 new construction jobs, and is part of a wider strategy by the college to grow student numbers to 23,000 by 2022 …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 26 September]

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Colleges’ research partnership with navy ‘disbanded’

Posted in Research on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A partnership between two third-level colleges and the Irish Naval Service to promote commercial maritime research has been mothballed for ‘not being fit for purpose’. A review, last year, of the Irish Maritime and Energy Research Cluster, in Ringaskiddy, concluded that its operations were ‘creating difficulties’ and would damage the original aim of its sponsors …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 14 August]

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Brexit and higher education: ‘The interest in Ireland is amazing’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“While most university presidents smoulder over Government cuts to funding and serious threats to quality of education, University College’s Cork’s new president is in upbeat mood. ‘Ireland is in an extraordinarily strong position internationally’, says Patrick O’Shea, who returned from the US earlier this year to head up his alma mater …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 August]

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UCC head plans US link-ups due to transatlantic flights

Posted in Governance and administration on July 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The president of University College Cork has begun forging links with some of America’s top universities thanks to Cork Airport’s first transatlantic service. Patrick O’Shea was one of the passengers on board Norwegian Air’s inaugural Cork to Providence flight on Saturday — the airport’s first direct scheduled service to the US …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 4 July]

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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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Universities need to be creative to survive, says new UCC president

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities must find new ways of generating revenue to sustain themselves in the future, the new president of University College Cork, Prof Patrick O’Shea, has said …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 1 February]

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New UCC president Patrick O’Shea sees Brexit dividend

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The chance to attract more research funding and international investment because of the fallout from Brexit are to be a key focus of University College Cork’s new president. However, Patrick O’Shea also wants to widen the scope of an existing Brexit committee at the university to take advantage of growing numbers of researchers seeking to move away from the US …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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