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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New UCC President Patrick O’Shea – ‘It’s not rocket science to fund universities’

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

Ireland“He fears being likened to John Wayne’s Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man — but it is more than an accent that Patrick O’Shea brings home from the US to the president’s office at University College Cork. After 37 years away from his alma mater, the former vice-president and head of research at University of Maryland sees little reason why some of the philosophies underlying American higher education can not be applied here …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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Incoming UCC president open to Israel conference

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

Ireland“The incoming president of University College Cork has no opposition to a controversial conference on Israel taking place on the campus but he supports last week’s decision that forced its postponement. UCC has been accused of bowing to pressure over claims of an anti-Israeli imbalance in the list of speakers for the event …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 January]

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UCC appoints first external president in 50 years

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

Ireland“The Cork-born head of research at a United States university is to become president of University College Cork (UCC) next February. The approval of Professor Patrick O’Shea’s selection by UCC’s governing body is the first external appointment to the role in 50 years …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 June]

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UCC physics graduate named university’s next president

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

Ireland“UCC physics graduate Professor Patrick O’Shea has been appointed president of his alma mater with effect from February 1st 2017. Prof O’Shea is currently Vice President and Chief Research Officer at the University of Maryland, USA, one of the world’s leading research institutions …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 14 June]

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