Inquest jury advises UCC to carry out safety review after student drowns

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A jury at the inquest into the death of a Cork student who went missing before being found in a river near student accommodation has recommended that University College Cork carry out a safety review of the grounds of the site …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Examiner, 16 February]

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Investigation Underway At UCC Into Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

Posted in Legal issues on February 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Under the Freedom of Information Act (2003), new information has been released that highlights 3 allegations of sexual harassment made by staff members in UCC last year. UCC has declined to comment further on the nature of the allegations, and did not maintain whether the complaints were made against the same individual …” (more)

[Molly O’Rourke, UCC Express, 15 February]

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RAG Week and the Community

Posted in Life on February 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“When you likely read this, it will be the middle of Raise and Give Week. An annual event to raise money for various charities, it is also seen, by some, as an excuse for drinking, debauchery and vandalism. There are three constants to RAG Week, it seems: money is raised for some fantastic causes, house parties spill out onto the streets of College Road, and perturbed residents ring up the likes of Neil Prendeville and PJ Coogan to complain about ‘those feckin students’ …” (more)

[Rob O’Sullivan, UCC Express, 13 February]

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UCC Taking Hardline Approach To Anti Social Behaviour During RAG

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCC’s Raise and Give (RAG) Week has in the past brought negative attention to the university through disruptive behaviour, and this year UCC has told the Evening Echo that they will be taking a more ‘hardline approach’, namely introducing a number of initiatives to respond swiftly and decisively to students who are in breach of university rules …” (more)

[Michelle Beazley, UCC Express, 13 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 Feminist Society launch petition for mandatory consent classes

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students in University College Cork (UCC) have launched a petition to make consent classes mandatory for all incoming first year students. Launched yesterday by UCC Feminist Society, the petition currently has over 700 signatories, surpassing the original aim of 500 set by the committee …” (more)

[Seana Davis, Trinity News, 8 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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‘Sanctuary’ UCC to give refugees full scholarships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has received ‘University of Sanctuary’ status and will provide seven asylum seekers and refugees with full scholarships from next September. Places of Sanctuary Ireland, a network of groups across the country that aims to raise awareness of asylum issues and aid refugees’ integration into Irish society by way of cultural engagement, has awarded UCC with the ‘University of Sanctuary’ status, along with Dublin City University and the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 19 January]

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UCD and UCC apply to fast track student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) and University College Cork (UCC) are among applications made directly to An Bórd Pleanála in a new fast-track planning system, as reported by The Irish Times. Three fast-track planning applications for student accommodation are currently active in Dublin and Cork …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 16 January]

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Councillors object to Lough apartments

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Five Cork City councillors are set to lodge appeals to An Bord Pleanála against the granting of planning permission for a controversial four-storey block of student apartments overlooking The Lough. The councillors joined around 40 residents at The Lough Community Centre last night, for a meeting held to organise a response to City Hall’s decision to give the go-ahead to developers Lyonshall Ltd for a 324-student apartment block on a site adjacent to the northern end of the popular amenity …” (more)

[Ellie O’Byrne, Evening Echo, 10 January]

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Work nearing completion on new bridge at UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Work is nearing completion in UCC on Cork city’s 29th bridge to cross the River Lee. The new pedestrian bridge over the south channel of the river will connect with a new entrance to the campus off the Western Road. The bridge will cross the river from the rear of the Aula Maxima to a green space at Perrotts Inch, approximately halfway between Gaol Cross and the main entrance to UCC …” (more)

[Alan Healy, Evening Echo, 2 January]

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‘People are at their wits’ end’ – Families ‘sold homes’ to escape anti-social students, says senator

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

Ireland“A Fine Gael Senator has said families in his constituency have been forced to sell their homes due to anti-social behaviour by college students. Jerry Buttimer raised the issue at the Cork City Joint Policing Committee recently. ‘This term has been the worst term I’ve seen in recent years in terms of anti-social behaviour of some students’, he said, according to the Irish Examiner …” (more)

[Independent, 21 December]

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Houses sold over Cork students’ behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Families have been forced to sell their homes in Cork’s university quarter because of a surge in anti-social student behaviour, the leader of the Seanad has claimed. However, it has emerged that UCC student leaders have decided to cancel future ‘Christmas Day’ events after a flood of complaints from residents about student drunkeness after this year’s event last month …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 20 December]

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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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Navy unhappy UCC and CIT shut joint effort on research facility

Posted in Research on December 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Naval Service (INS) was disappointed by the decision of UCC and Cork Institute of Technology to shut down earlier this year a maritime research facility on which the three collaborated. Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show the INS claimed a report used by the two colleges to justify the closure of the Irish Marine and Energy Research Cluster (IMERC), in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, contained ‘inaccuracies and unsubstantiated assertions’ …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 18 December]

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Work to begin on UCC’s new Business School at the former Cork Savings Bank

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

Ireland“Work will begin in the coming weeks to convert the former Cork Savings Bank building on Lapp’s Quay and Parnell Place into UCC’s new business school. The university acquired the building from Cork City Council last year for €1.4m. Work will now commence in the first week of January to convert the building for use as the Cork University Business School (CUBS) …” (more)

[Alan Healy, Evening Echo, 15 December]

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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]

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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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