Consent on campus: ‘We’re building zero tolerance to sexual harassment’

Posted in Teaching on March 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“One of the most ambitious attempts to create a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to sexual harassment in Irish third level is unfolding on the campus of University College Cork (UCC). A few years ago, it began piloting a compulsory series of workshops on ‘bystander intervention’ during the first year of its law, nursing and applied psychology classes …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Students better behaved

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Residents living near UCC have breathed a sigh of relief as students living around the college are behaving better. Locals living along College Road and the surrounding streets told a community forum this week that this year’s Raise And Give (RAG) Week was the best it’s been for them in years, as there was hardly any parties and very little anti-social behaviour to report …” (more)

[Niamh Aine Ryan, Cork Independent, 13 March]

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Bringing sustainability in universities up to the next level

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sustainability has become a buzzword in universities around the world as third-level institutions write sustainability strategies and policies into their strategic plans – and pit themselves against each other in international ranking systems …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 28 February]

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UCC to develop huge sports campus

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCC has unveiled plans to develop a massive sports park on the western fringes of Cork City as part of an ambitious four-year sports strategy. The new sports campus has been earmarked for development on part of an eight-acre UCC-owned landbank at Curraheen, next to the Munster Agricultural Society showgrounds site …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 27 February]

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2021 opening date slated for Cork’s largest student apartment development

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The developers of Cork’s largest student accommodation development planned for the Carrigrohane Straight Road said they open to be open in time for the 2021/2022 academic year. Planning permission is already in place since 2017 to build 484 student beds on the former Coca-Cola bottling site in buildings ranging from four to seven storeys …” (more)

[Alan Healy, EchoLive, 18 February]

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UCC staff welcome removal of Watson’s name from building

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork staff have welcomed the decision by the university authorities to remove the name of American geneticist and Nobel Prize winner Dr James D Watson (90) from one of its buildings after he re-iterated racist comments on a recent documentary …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 18 February]

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RAG Week was much quieter than normal …

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“… but there were still 15 public order offences, 20 drug incidents, 20 house parties and 61 on-the-spot fines. New UCC regulations and increased cooperation with residents are being hailed as the main reasons for a quieter RAG week …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 16 February]

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UCC to cut ties with nobel winner Dr James Watson over ‘deplorable’ comments

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on February 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has cut ties with a Nobel Prize winner after what the university described as ‘deplorable’ comments on the subject of ethnicity and genetics. Dr James Watson, who helped discover the structure of DNA, has been criticised for ‘racist’ comments in a recent documentary, which sparked international outrage. A New York laboratory recently said it was revoking all his titles and honours …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 15 February]

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22,000 animals euthanised at UCC

Posted in Research on February 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 22,000 animals have been euthanised after being used in scientific research at University College Cork in the last three years. Almost half of the animals euthanised after being used in research were mice, while fish also comprised a significant portion …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 12 February]

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University College Cork nears deal in baseball name battle

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork says it expects to resolve a trademark dispute with a US baseball giant shortly. It has been engaging in discussions with the Chicago Cubs baseball team over the establishment of a trademark for its Cork University Business School. The school, founded in 2015, is referred to by the acronym CUBS …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 9 February]

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Gardaí warn students over drinking on the street during RAG week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students caught drinking on the street during next week’s RAG week event in Cork will be fined, gardaí have warned. And those who step out of line could also face internal college sanctions, up to and including fines …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 7 February]

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UCC Students Launch Petition to Rename Watson Building

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) students have launched a petition calling for a change to the name of the Watson Building, following racist comments made by the Nobel Prize winner …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 7 February]

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UCC to open business school for 4,000 students in city centre

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is to open a 4,000-student strong Business School in Cork city centre in what is another huge boost for the region. An artist’s impression of University College Cork’s proposed 4,000-student strong business school in Trinity Quarter, South Terrace, Cork. UCC has chosen the Trinity Quarter site, previously Brooks Haughton’s builders’ yard, as the location for its new Cork University Business School (CUBS), for 20 staff and 4,000 students …” (more)

[Tommy Barker, Irish Examiner, 7 February]

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UCC offers support to lecturer following claims of drunkenness in class

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students at University College Cork (UCC) have raised concerns with college management amid allegations that a lecturer arrived drunk to a class and had to be escorted from the room by security. A UCC student representative for the class wrote to their department head to express their anger at the incident …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 6 February]

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Bystander intervention programme launched for UCC students

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An online bystander intervention programme against sexual harassment and violence was launched in University College Cork on January 28th. The programme was launched by Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor. It is an online project taught through six one-hour workshops available to 22,000 UCC students …” (more)

[Orla Dwyer, The College View, 6 February]

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UCC to Review Ties with Nobel Prize Winner

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Calls have been made for University College Cork to cut its ties with well-known scientist and former Nobel Prize Winner, Dr James Watson. This comes in light of comments repeated by Watson, 90, in which is claimed that there is a correlation between race and intelligence. In 2007 Dr Watson, who helped discover the structure of DNA, said that …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, University Express, 5 February]

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NUI to maintain requirement for mandatory Irish

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland – which includes UCD, UCC and NUI Galway – is to maintain its requirement that students applying to its colleges must have a pass in Leaving Cert Irish. The NUI’s long-standing policies on Irish have been under review in light of the growing diversity of students progressing to higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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UCC students unveil mural against sexual violence in college

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork students will unveil a mural on Monday calling for an end to sexual violence and harassment in third-level institutions. It is part of a campaign by the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) to create a culture of zero tolerance towards such behaviours …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 28 January]

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UCC to expand anti-harassment programme

Posted in Teaching on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A culture of zero tolerance to verbal or physical sexual harrassment is to be encouraged at one of the country’s largest universities by the expansion of an intervention programme to all 22,000 students …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 January]

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Pharmacy Regulator Declines to Support Paid Placements, As Students Blast Working Conditions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fate of unpaid pharmacy placements remains unclear, after the Pharmacy Society of Ireland (PSI) declined to offer support for paid placements in spite of a march by hundreds of students from all over the country from the Dáil to the offices of the PSI this morning …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 24 January]

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