Planning delay to UCC student housing

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A planning decision on a student accommodation project near University College Cork has been delayed as a number of details have to be clarified by the applicant. Cork City Council has asked Kevin Lynch for more information about the application to build a five-storey block containing around 120-bed spaces in 19 apartments …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 August]

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Working conditions for archaeologists

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

Ireland“Sir, – The Department of Archaeology in University College Cork wishes to express strong support for the position currently being taken by the trade union Unite in seeking better pay and working conditions for commercial archaeologists in Ireland (‘Archaeologists seek “appropriate” pay after site walk-off’, News, July 9th) …” (more)

[William O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Demand for student housing ‘at critical point’

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

“Demand for student housing is at a critical point and is a concern for third level institutes in Cork, it has been claimed. It was revealed last week that 34-bed spaces for students were delivered in Cork since the start of 2016. A further 788 have been earmarked for completion by the end of 2019 …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 17 July]

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Only 34 new student bed spaces delivered since 2016

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2018 by steve

“Just 34 new bed spaces for students were delivered in Cork since the start of 2016, as part of the Government’s National Student Accommodation Strategy, it has been revealed. However, a further 788 have been earmarked for completion by the end of 2019, including more than 400 at the proposed Event Centre site on South Main Street …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 13 July]

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Cork colleges told they must help tackle housing challenge

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2018 by steve

“UCC and CIT must step up to the plate and work with City Hall to address Cork’s student housing challenge. The call came from Fine Gael Cllr John Buttimer after councillors voted to adopt a variation in the City Development Plan 2015-2021 which he described as the ‘first step in re-balancing the rights between developers and local communities’ …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 12 July]

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UCC ranked in top 50 universities for teaching and learning in Europe

Posted in Teaching on July 11th, 2018 by steve

“University College Cork (UCC) has been ranked in the top 50 universities for teaching and learning according to new rankings released today. The Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings measured student teaching, learning environments and student outcomes at 250 universities in eight European countries …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 11 July]

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Surge in demand for counselling at UCC

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

“The number of students seeking counselling services in University College Cork has been increasing yearly by 10% to 15% for the past several years, according to one of its counsellors. Over the 2016/2017 term, a total of 1,351 students sought individual counselling sessions with Student Counselling and Development …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 3 July]

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Student apartments extended at Beamish site but no Event Centre

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

“BAM has been granted planning permission for extra student apartments for the northern end of the former Beamish and Crawford brewery site. Construction work is already well underway at the location where more than 400 student bedrooms are being built on the site referred to as Zone A …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 26 June]

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Third Level Expenditure: UCC’s President’s accommodation, Cork Opera House

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2018 by steve

Alan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether the payment of €3,000 a month by University College Cork, UCC, for rental accommodation for its president is an appropriate use of taxpayer’s money; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 June]

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UCC opens new hi-tech learning centre in Ballyferriter

Posted in Teaching on June 13th, 2018 by steve

“University College Cork is launching a new hi-tech learning centre in Ballyferriter. This September UCC students of Irish and History will spend a full semester in the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht as part of their degree course …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 13 June]

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Financial Statements 2016: Higher Education Authority, University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 31st, 2018 by steve

Seán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): We are joined today by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr Seamus McCarthy, and Mr Shane Carton, deputy director of audit. Apologies have been received from Deputies O’Connell and Catherine Murphy. We will deal with the business of the committee in the afternoon as we want to deal with the Higher Education Authority, University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology this morning …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 May]

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CIT paid extra €300k to buy city property

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 30th, 2018 by steve

“Competing bids by University College Cork was a factor in Cork Institute of Technology paying €300,000 over the asking price for a city centre property. It emerged at the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday that UCC was also interested in acquiring the 19th-century building on Cork’s Grand Parade, for which CIT paid €1.25m in 2015. It has paid around the same again to convert it from its most recent use as a bank and make it safe to hold classes for CIT’s Crawford College of Art and Design …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 25 May]

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UCC pays €3,000 a month for president’s housing

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

“Students and taxpayers might find it strange that University College Cork is paying €3,000 a month on rental accommodation for its president, a TD says. The €36,000 annual cost, based on a current three-year lease, was revealed by UCC chief financial officer Diarmuid Collins in response to a question by the Tipperary Labour TD Alan Kelly at a meeting with the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 25 May]

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Plans cleared for Cork City student apartment scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission has been granted for student apartments in Cork city centre. Although permission was previously given in March by Cork City Council, the decision in relation to the redevelopment of the former Square Deal furniture premises on Washington St West had been appealed …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 23 May]

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Cork student digs costing €225 per week

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

“UCC Students’ Union is taking a stand against the increasing cost of student accommodation in the city, saying ‘enough is enough’. Student apartments are already coming on stream for next term at prices greater than €900 a month for one-bed units, which are more expensive than mortgage repayments on many family homes. The Students’ Union has refused to endorse a new student accommodation complex on the Western Road, saying the prices are ‘far too high’ to promote to students …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 15 May]

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More than 90% employment for UCC graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2018 by steve

“University College Cork graduates and postgraduates are finding employment at rates of over 90% while the university itself is employing 15,000 and contributing over €850 million to the Irish economy through expenditure and tax payments, a new study has found. According to a 142-page report to be launched on Monday by UCC president Prof Patrick O’Shea …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 14 May]

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Concern at unprecedented growth of student housing

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The unprecedented growth of student accommodation in Cork City over the past two years has raised concerns. With demand for more of the several thousand students expected to enrol annually at Cork’s third-level colleges in the next decade to be accommodated in built-for-purpose housing, developers have responded with a raft of projects …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 May]

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UCC insurer considers appeal against flood damage ruling

Posted in Legal issues on April 26th, 2018 by steve

“University College Cork’s insurer Aviva is considering an appeal to the Supreme Court against a court ruling which held that the Electricity Supply Board is not liable for extensive flood damage to college buildings during the 2009 Cork flood. Last month, in what was a significant ruling, the three-judge Court of Appeal overturned a 2015 High Court finding that the ESB was 60% liable in respect of flooding and warnings …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 26 April]

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Forget the ivory tower – lecturers are working class too

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

“The ongoing pensions strike in the UK has brought renewed attention to an issue which, every few years, stirs unnecessary discord: public sector pay. It is a particularly fraught topic in Ireland, with the consensus being that educators are overpaid and underworked: ‘Sure look at the holidays they get’, being the common expression …” (more)

[James O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 25 April]

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New plan for student bed space schemes

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

“Cork’s city planners will consider purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) projects on a case-by-case basis rather than blocking them in certain areas. They said ‘occupancy restrictions and controls’ can be used instead as conditions of planning to protect the residential amenity of established residential areas …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 25 April]

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