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 hit by €110,000 attack from cyber gang

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cyber criminals mounted a major attack to steal €110,000 from University College Cork (UCC), the Sunday Independent can reveal. The revelation comes as a global cyber attack struck a number of Irish businesses last month …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 23 July]

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Student bed crisis in Cork as accommodation is already snapped up

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

Ireland“More purpose built student accommodation is needed for students as frantic searches get underway in the City. Student accommodation in Cork is currently fully booked for September, more than one month before the first round of college places are offered to students …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Evening Echo, 22 July]

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UCC students under investigation over project cheating fears

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on July 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Several University College Cork business information systems (BIS) students are awaiting the outcome of a probe into allegations that they cheated on a final-year project. While more than a dozen are understood to have been subject of an initial complaint, the number being investigated is thought to be significantly less after initial consideration of the matter …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 July]

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UCC withholds some results amid allegations of cheating

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on July 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has withheld the results of a number of final-year degree students amid allegations of cheating and breaches of exam procedures. Students from the business information systems course are alleged to have ‘outsourced’ key aspects of a final-year project which involved computer coding, according to college sources …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 July]

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Third Level Expenditure: University College Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a copy of the funding statement from University College Cork for 2015 and 2016 that is provided by the college to his Department showing the way in which the resources provided by his Department to the college have been utilised; the way in which this information is examined by his Department prior to commencing the Estimates process for 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 July]

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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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RTÉ stands over university spending probe

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“RTÉ is standing over an investigation on spending and governance at third-level colleges as it prepares responses to complaints from two universities. University College Cork and NUI Galway have submitted complaints over its May 25 RTÉ Investigates programme, Universities Unchallenged …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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PAC to resume hearings on Third Level Education Financial Statements

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Public Accounts Committee will continue its hearings on the financial statements of third level bodies tomorrow, Thursday, 22 June 2017 when it meets with representatives from the University of Limerick, University College Cork, Dublin Institute of Technology and Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 21 June]

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‘Depopulation’ in city blamed on UCC growth

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A former Lord Mayor of Cork has hit out at what he calls the ‘disintegration of communities’ caused by the spread of University College Cork. Toddy O’Sullivan, a former Labour TD and junior minister, who was also Lord Mayor of Cork in 1980, said families have been pushed out of residential areas of the south side of the city due to the rise in student accommodation …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Evening Echo, 12 June]

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Lough to step up fight against student plan

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Residents of The Lough will not give up on their fight against a student high-rise in their area, according to local Independent Councillor Paudie Dineen. ‘The Lough area is already absolutely saturated with student accommodation and it’s definitely affecting the quality of life of a lot of people living here’, he said …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Evening Echo, 26 May]

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Student unit plan

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

Ireland“Details of new supported student accommodation in Bishopstown were revealed this week. Cork City Council has acquired seven housing units which will provide 39 bed spaces and ancillary office premises at Bishopsgrove on the Curraheen Road. It will provide a bed for students who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless …” (more)

[Niamh Aine Ryan, Cork Independent, 25 May]

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More student apartments granted permission on Coca-cola site

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission has been granted for more student apartments in Cork. Permission is already in place for a 92 student apartments on the former Coca-Cola bottling site on the Carrigrohane Straight Road in buildings ranging from four to seven storeys …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 16 May]

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200 say no to high-rise student block proposal at Lough protest

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A former Lord Mayor has hit out at the Diocese of Cork and Ross for selling land to developers who want to build a student high-rise at The Lough, dubbing the move ‘a betrayal’. Toddy O’Sullivan, a former Labour TD and junior minister, who was also Lord Mayor of Cork in 1980, argued that the land in question …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Evening Echo, 15 May]

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Fury over student Lough house plans

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

Ireland“Student developments are suffocating residential areas of the city and choking the life out of once-vibrant parishes and communities, it has been claimed. Residents of The Lough parish have said they are incensed over plans to erect a four storey student apartment block in the area …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 13 May]

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UCC bought private college without liability for pensions

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

Ireland“University College Cork acquired a private business college without picking up the tab for its pension scheme, which previously had a deficit of more than €10m. The takeover of the Irish Management Institute (IMI), in Dublin, late last year, has raised concerns within UCC, and senior management were quizzed on it by the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in late March …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 May]

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Call to put student housing in Cork City on hold

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

Ireland“There have been calls for a halt on the development of student accommodation in residential areas of Cork City until a coherent planning policy on such projects is adopted. Cllr John Buttimer (FG), who said allowing large-scale student housing in certain residential areas was like ‘ethnic cleansing’ and was ‘choking and suffocating traditional residential communities’, said a temporary ban on planning decisions on these schemes is vital to prevent a ‘developer-led free-for-all’ …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 10 May]

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Developers lodge student apartment plans for Square Deal site

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The company behind the planned conversion of the old Square Deal building on Washington Street into student apartments have described the plan as a ‘landmark development in the city centre’. The former furniture shop is a protected structure but will be transformed internally into a 242-bed student apartment block, close the both University College Cork and the city centre …” (more)

[David Linnane, Evening Echo, 8 May]

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Maltreatment of researchers ‘no longer tolerable’, says IFUT President

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

Ireland“The continued maltreatment of researchers in the university sector can no longer be tolerated and must be urgently addressed by the Department of Education and universities alike, Michael Delargey, UCC-based President of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, said at the 2017 Conference of IFUT in Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 6 May]

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