Student apartment development overlooking The Lough granted permission

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A controverisal student apartment complex overlooking The Lough has been granted planning permission following a redesign to protect views of the city’s northside. Lyonshall Developments had proposed to construct 49 student apartments with some 350 beds on the Bandon Road, prompting a huge outcry from locals leading to protest meetings, marches and numerous planning objections …” (more)

[Alan Healy, Evening Echo, 13 December]

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Opera House to put UCC’s name in lights as part of €600k partnership

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A creative partnership is set to see University College Cork’s name in lights in new signage over Cork Opera House from next year. It is understood around €600,000 is being paid by UCC as part of the deal that will see large Toyota signs on the Cork Opera House roof replaced after around 30 years …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 December]


Concern student building will negatively impact community

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Concerns have been raised about the impact of a 255-bed student development at Victoria Cross. UCC has unveiled plans for a multi-million euro, 255-bed student apartment development at the Crow’s Nest site. The university was recently given approval to lodge their plans through a new fast-track system …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 13 December]

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UCC’s Tyndall Institute seeks new €180,000 top executive

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

Ireland“University College Cork is to re-advertise the top job at a leading research institute after an international recruitment exercise failed to fill the €180,000-a-year role. Tyndall National Institute has an annual turnover of €32m and almost 500 research and other staff working in electronics and photonics …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 2 December]

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255-bed build proposed for UCC site

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

Ireland“A proposed new UCC student accommodation building — the 255-bed development at Victoria Cross — is set to rise to eight and up 10 storeys, across four linked blocks, on the former western suburban site of the Crow’s Nest bar. UCC, which acquired the assembled Victoria Cross site from a private developer last year, has just now been allowed to submit the multimillion-euro project directly to An Bord Pleanála, after the board ruled it qualified for rapid planning consideration under new strategic housing development (SHD) terms …” (more)

[Tommy Barker, Irish Examiner, 1 December]

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School of public health launched at UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new school of public health that will seek to improve the health of the nation has been launched by University College Cork (UCC). The university’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health that grew considerably over the last number of years will become the School of Public Health …” (more)

[Evelyn Ring, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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Government plans for €250,000 a year trophy-staff will further undermine Third-Level Education, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Government plans to pay exorbitant salaries to attract a small number of ‘top researchers’ to Ireland is like lighting matches to drive away the cold and will further exacerbate the crisis in Third-Level Education, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said that …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 10 November]

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Storm Ophelia Hits UCC

Posted in Life on October 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Late in the evening of Sunday 15th October UCC students received emails and texts from the university, alerting them to the status red weather warning put in place by Met Éireann for the following day regarding the then-Hurricane Ophelia …” (more)

[Michelle Beazley, UCC Express, 25 October]


Women and third-level posts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Mary Horgan is to be congratulated on becoming the first woman to be elected president of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (RCPI). Interviewed to mark this feat, she claims that, ‘If you do your job properly I don’t think gender matters, quite frankly’ (‘First female president of Royal College of Physicians is set to take office’, News, October 16th) …” (more)

[Clare O’Halloran, Irish Times, 23 October]

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Storm Ophelia: UCC to close tomorrow (Monday, Oct 16)

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork will be closed tomorrow to ensure the safety of students and staff following a status red weather warning issued by Met Éireann. There will be no access to any of the UCC campuses …” (more)

[University College Cork, 15 October]


University College Cork needs to invest in cycling – says Green Party branch

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Members of the UCC branch of the Green Party have called on University College Cork to prioritise cycling infrastructure as part of its recently announced €350 million investment plan …” (more)

[Mary Bermingham,, 6 October]

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UCC’s €350m expansion plan will create 500 construction jobs

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

Ireland“One of Ireland’s leading universities is to invest €350m in the biggest expansion plan in its history.University College Cork (UCC) today confirmed the €350m expansion which will create 500 construction jobs and support an expansion of its student population from 21,000 to 23,000 …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 26 September]


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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UCC strategy may hinge on extra €100m from philanthropy

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

Ireland“Plans by University College Cork to expand student numbers, reduce dropout rates and improve its world standing could depend on another €100m from philanthropy being raised over the next five years …” (more)

[Niall Murray,, 26 September]


Third Level Institutions: IMERC

Posted in Research on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to the decision by University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology to withdraw staffing and funding from the Irish marine and energy research cluster IMERC in Ringaskiddy, County Cork (details supplied); and the future of the research facility, in view of this withdrawal by same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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Medical entry exam does measure ‘emotional intelligence’, say operators

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Research on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The group behind the Hpat assessment, which is taken by students hoping to pursue a career in medicine, has defended the test’s ability to assess emotional intelligence, saying it successfully examines candidates’ ‘thoughts, feelings and behaviour’. Research published last week by doctors from University College Cork found that Hpat assessment results were not consistent with students’ self-reported empathy levels …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Study finds HPAT does not accurately measure empathy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new study has shown that the Health Professions Admission Test (HPAT) does not accurately test empathetic or interpersonal skills. The study, which was published in the British Medical Journal Open, assessed empathy levels in 290 undergraduate medical students from University College Cork …” (more)

[Aoife Ní Chadhain, Trinity News, 8 September]

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UCC used more than 4,000 live animals for research last year

Posted in Research on August 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Rabbits, birds and guinea pigs were among more than 4,100 live animals used in research experiments at University College Cork (UCC) last year. The animals were sourced through specialist suppliers in Ireland, the UK and the US at a cost of almost €200,000. A further €3,000 was paid to dispose of carcasses …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Chaplain: Majority of UCC students ‘not anti-Church’

Posted in Life on August 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The chaplain at one of the country’s biggest universities has said only a small number of students are ‘anti-Church’ and ‘make a lot of noise’ and that many are ‘not completely disconnected’ from their faith. Fr Marius O’Reilly, the chaplain at University College Cork, admitted that when he was appointed to the position three years ago he was ‘a bit afraid’ … ” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 24 August]

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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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