600 student bed scheme planned for Cork

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

Ireland“Provision of Cork’s largest single student accommodation development, with 600 beds, is promised by a UK-based company, which has just taken over the moth-balled Coca Cola bottling plant by County Hall on the Carrigrohane Road. In its first move into Ireland, UK-based firm Future Generation …” (more)

[Tommy Barker, Irish Examiner, 8 November]

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1,500 students attend counselling services at UCC in less than a year

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Almost 1,500 students attended counselling services at University College Cork between September 2017 and May 2018, it has been revealed. Information obtained by the Evening Echo showed that 1,455 attended for counselling in the previous academic year, for a variety of reasons …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 3 November]

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Developers looking to increase apartments at Lough development

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The developer behind controversial plans to build student apartments at The Lough has entered into talks with An Bord Pleanála to dramatically increase the size of the project. The construction of apartments for 320 student beds at The Lough was approved in August, despite fierce local opposition …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 30 October]

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University Express Racism in UCC Survey: Upon Closer Inspection

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On October 3rd, The University Express compiled a survey entitled ‘Racism in UCC’, designed with the intent of highlighting instances of on-campus racism which would otherwise go unseen. The survey was sent out via e-mail to every student currently attending UCC …” (more)

[Fergal Smiddy, University Express, 30 October]

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University Express Racism Survey: 1 in 9 Students Suffer Racist Abuse at UCC

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At the beginning of October, the University Express launched a survey aimed towards students of University College Cork in order to determine whether students view racism as an issue in UCC, whether students have experienced or witnessed racism in or around the UCC campus, and how it affects students of all ethnicities and backgrounds …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, University Express, 30 October]

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Supreme Court to hear appeal by UCC over flooding at campus in 2009

Posted in Legal issues on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by University College Cork over findings the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) is not liable for extensive flood damage to campus buildings after floods affected Cork city in 2009. UCC’s action is among about 400 sets of proceedings initiated against the ESB arising from the flooding …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 25 October]

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UCC Set To Launch Drug Use Survey

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Drugs. Many people use them, for many different reasons. College life may expose students to more situations where drug use is taking place. Irish research indicates that over 80% of Irish students have used a drug at some point in their lives and 40% of students have used a drug in the last month …” (more)

[University Express, 24 October]

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Questions Surround Security Following Protest Disruption

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Enquiries have been made to various departments in UCC following a confrontation at a Young Fine Gael (YFG) society event involving An Tánaiste, Simon Coveney and two Connolly Youth Movement (CYM) protestors …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, UCC Express, 18 October]

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Protestors confront Tánaiste at UCC over housing crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Tensions around the housing crisis reached boiling point in Cork on Monday night after protestors interrupted a Brexit briefing from Tanaiste Simon Coveney. Security had to be called to a lecture theatre in University College Cork last night after a heated discussion on housing between the Tanaiste and members of the Connolly Youth Movement …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 3 October]

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Science Foundation Ireland Grants

Posted in Research on October 4th, 2018 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): I thank the Minister of State with responsibility for this issue for coming before the House today. I want to raise the issue of the defunding of the INFANT research centre, a perinatal healthcare centre in University College Cork. It is a Science Foundation Ireland funded research centre that is led by female investigators and the only one of its kind in the State. The centre deals specifically with ensuring better health outcomes for pregnant women and their children and babies, both in utero and after birth …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 3 October]

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Expert quit centre role after ‘flawed’ funding assessment

Posted in Research on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A leading expert in the health research landscape said she quit her governance position at a perinatal research centre because the university where it is based failed to challenge Science Foundation Ireland’s decision not to fund it …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan and Elaine Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 3 October]

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SFI decision to pull funding from INFANT centre follows ‘robust’ process

Posted in Research on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) said its decision not to provide a new round of funding for a high-profile research centre was made following a robust process. SFI has decided not to provide a new round of funding to the University College Cork-based INFANT centre once its current allocation comes to an end next year, RTÉ reported on Monday …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 1 October]

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‘Educate people about consent’ – student reps

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Student representatives of University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology have said they are ‘in the dark’ about the circumstances surround three alleged rapes that have taken place since the start of the college term. It was reported this week that three female students had informed Cork Sexual Violence Centre that they were raped since the college term began this month …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 27 September]

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UCC becomes first university outside the US to win top Green award

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has become the first third-level institution outside the US to get a major Sustainability accolade. The gold star rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) means UCC now joins Princeton, Cornell and UC Berkeley in getting the Gold ‘Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System’ (STARS) for excellence in sustainability …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 26 September]

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Cork’s Tyndall Institute secures €7m in Horizon 2020 funding

Posted in Research on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As one of Europe’s leading research centres and Ireland’s national institute for high-tech hardware, Tyndall has been awarded over €7 million for research projects in the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 25 September]

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Three college students raped in Cork, say Sexual Violence Centre

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Three teenage female college students have been raped in Cork since the start of the university term. Mary Crilly, the head of the city’s Sexual Violence Centre (SVC), revealed the shocking details of the assaults as she warned about ‘male predators’ who are targeting women as they leave pubs and nightclubs …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 25 September]

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UCC staff asked to rent rooms to students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCC staff members are being asked to consider offering up spare rooms for rent as over 40 UCC students remain without accommodation into the second week of the academic year. The college’s accommodation centre confirmed that 20 first years and over 20 postgraduate students are staying in short-term accommodation …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, BreakingNews.ie, 24 September]

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Students protest over price of apartments

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students in Cork have claimed they are being used as ‘cash cows’ for private developers who are charging up to €9,000 a year for a box room. Students from University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) turned out yesterday to protest against both the lack of student accommodation in Cork, and the price of the accommodation that is available …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 21 September]

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Rising numbers and cuts to funding push universities into ‘danger zone’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The twin pressures of funding cuts and growing student numbers sees Ireland’s university system classed as being in the ‘danger’ zone, according to an analysis by the European Universities Association (EUA). Ireland is rated with Iceland and Croatia as in the most perilous position in terms of public funding, in a review of 34 European countries and regions in the EUA Public Funding Observatory 2017 report …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 September]

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Irish universities must be ‘freed from the grinding levers of State control’ if they are to compete with the best in Europe – IUA Chief

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities say they must be ‘freed from the grinding levers of State control’ if they are to compete with the best in Europe. The call has come as the country’s seven universities launched a joint Charter, their first ever, in which they commit to transforming capability and performance across the sector …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 September]

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