UCD Spent €1.3 Million on Exams Last Year

Posted in Teaching on May 7th, 2020 by steve

“Figures for Irish universities’ expenditure on exams have indicated that UCD spent €1.3 million on exams for the 2019/2020 academic year, according to figures revealed by The College Tribune in a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. UCD’s spending on exams per student represented the largest in the country according to these figures …” (more)

[Alex Lohier, College Tribune, 7 May]

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Coronavirus: Construction industry collapses as restrictions take hold

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2020 by steve

“Construction collapsed at record speed to its lowest level in 11 years as Covid-19 restrictions halted building across the Republic last month, the latest figures show. Work on big projects – including the National Children’s Hospital, Grangegorman Technological University Campus, new roads such as the Macroom-Ballyvourney route in Co Cork – and house-building stalled across the Republic last week, hitting up to 30,000 jobs …” (more)

[Barry O’Halloran, Irish Times, 6 April]

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DIT Aungier Street campus hits the market at €110m

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The opportunity to deliver a brand new urban quarter at the heart of the most sought-after area in Dublin city centre is expected to see significant interest from an array of developers and investors in the sale of DIT’s Aungier Street campus. The property is being brought to the market today by agent CBRE on behalf of the DIT’s successor – Technological University Dublin – at a guide price of €110 million …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 4 March]

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Sharp Drop-Off in Student Satisfaction With Experience of Trinity

Posted in Research on February 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student satisfaction with Trinity has fallen sharply in recent years, a survey has shown, with 37.5% more students than in 2016 admitting they would pick a different college if they were choosing again …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University Times, 27 February]

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DCU bringing students back from China to Ireland due to coronavirus fears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin university has asked its students based in China to return to Ireland due to the spread of the coronavirus. DCU has a number of students that are based in China for the 2019/2020 academic year, though none are based in the Hubei region which is at the centre of the virus …” (more)

[Orla Dwyer, TheJournal.ie, 29 January]

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Women-only Professorships

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Yvonne Galligan, TU Dublin Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, speaks to Philip about the introduction of women-only professorships …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 6 January]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce €10m capital grant scheme for institutes of technology and TU Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced €10 million funding in capital grants for the country’s 11 institutes of technology (IOT) and TU Dublin. The investment is being made under Project Ireland 2040 for the current academic year and the money will be used on small-scale and necessary infrastructure works and improvements …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 December]

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Ireland’s newest university TU Dublin spent almost €200,000 on their logo and branding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s second largest and newest University, Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), spent almost €200,000 on their branding and logo. The university, which was launched in January of this year, is an amalgamation of Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Tallaght and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown …” (more)

[Dan Grennan, Extra.ie, 21 November]

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Dublin universities send warnings to students over mumps outbreak in the capital

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Warnings have been issued to university students in Dublin after the HSE confirmed that mumps cases have increased as students return to schools and colleges. Earlier this month, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), Ireland’s specialist agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases, confirmed that the national mumps outbreak that started in 2018 is still ongoing …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 25 October]

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More room for the National Archives

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your Commercial Property supplement carried a report about the proposed sale of the Aungier Street campus currently owned by the Technological University Dublin (formerly DIT) (‘DIT tees up €100 million sale of Aungier Street campus’, September 25th) …” (more)

[James Paul McDonnell, Irish Times, 30 September]

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DIT tees up €100m sale of Aungier Street campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The process of selecting an agent to handle the sale of the DIT’s Aungier Street campus is underway, with expectations that it will be brought to the market shortly at a guide price of around €100 million. The move by the DIT’s successor – Technological University Dublin – to dispose of the property forms part of its wider plan to relocate its entire student body and faculty to its new centralised campus at Grangegorman in Dublin 7 …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 25 September]

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Tallaght village lands zoned for residential development guiding at €5m

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Developers involved in the delivery of student accommodation and apartments for the private rented sector will be interested in a well-located residential site in south Dublin, which has been brought to the market at a guide price of €5 million …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 25 September]

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Irish universities tread water while rivals make waves

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The flaws with college rankings are well documented. They are produced by commercial organisations which sell their expertise on how to perform better. They ignore key aspects of college life such as the quality of teaching and learning. And the science behind some of the indicators is suspect, at best. But there is no denying their influence …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Trinity College calls for university rankings strategy after falling 44 places in worldwide list

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has called for a ‘national strategy for university rankings’ after dropping 44 places in the World University Rankings today. The university is now rated as 164th best in the world in the Times Higher Education list compared with 120th last year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 September]

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Ministers attend Topping Out Ceremony at Grangegorman Central Quad for TU Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe today attended a topping out ceremony at the Grangegorman Central Quad to mark a significant milestone in the project at the site for Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 4 September]

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DIT facility sold for over €5.5m to tourist accommodation provider

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The DIT’s former premises at 6-12 Sackville Place in Dublin city centre has been sold to a tourist accommodation provider for more than €5.5 million …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Life on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dr Brian Gormley, Head of Campus Life at TU Dublin City Campus, speaks to Mary about how the housing crisis impacts student life” (mp3).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 26 June]

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College will cost an average of €12,171 for students living away from home as experts share tips for big savings

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Going to college will cost an average of €12,171 in the upcoming academic year, for students living away from home, but there are big savings to be made by going for the ‘digs’ accommodation option. Students can save up to €378 a month by living with a host family rather than in rented accommodation, according to the Technological University (TU) Dublin annual Cost of Living guide …” (more)

[Independent, 24 June]

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Government announces €7.5 million capital funding to support Apprenticeship Programmes

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, together with the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development John Halligan TD today announced capital funding of more than €7.5 million for nine Institutes of Technology and the Technological University (TU) Dublin …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 June]

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More student housing planned close to Grangegorman campus

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A housing complex for more than 140 students has been proposed for a site close to the Grangegorman university campus, in Stoneybatter, Dublin, previously designated for 40 standard residential apartments. The five-storey development beside Tommy O’Gara’s pub on Manor Street would bring the number of students living within half a kilometre of the TU Dublin campus (formerly DIT) to more than 5,500, twice the number of permanent residents …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 8 May]

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