Cork Mayor: Student accommodation plan gives ‘two fingers’ to locals

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

Ireland“Proposals to increase the scale of a student apartment development overlooking the Lough in Cork city has been described as giving ‘two fingers’ to locals by the Lord Mayor of Cork. Cllr Mick Finn has said that plans to build 57 student apartments, including some 419 student beds, on Bandon Road will create an imbalance that will threaten other communities in the area …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 18 January]

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UCC to review building name in light of comments on race by Nobel scientist James Watson

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

Ireland“It is expected that University College Cork will sever its ties with a Nobel Prize winner in the coming weeks following his controversial comments about race. Dr James Watson, whose name adorns a building at the Brookfield Health Science Complex at UCC, has been stripped of a host of honorary titles after making the remarks …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 18 January]

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UCC to examine its ties with James Watson

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The possibility of removing a Nobel Prize winner’s name from a building at University College Cork is to be discussed at a meeting in the coming weeks. UCC could cut ties with Dr James Watson, who helped discover the structure of DNA, over ‘racist’ comments, following a meeting of the governing body in the coming weeks …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 15 January]

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Businessman building bridge to a more equal Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Turin, Moscow and Havana are three iconic cities which helped shape the outlook and work of Tom Cavanagh, businessman, philanthropist and optimist. In December, University College Cork, his alma matter to which he has given so much time and support over the years, honoured the Fermoy man with a bridge in his family’s name on the grounds of the university …” (more)

[Graham Clifford, Irish Times, 4 January]

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UCC named one of the world’s ‘most sustainable’ universities

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has become the only university in Ireland to make the top 10 in a list of the ‘greenest’ universities in the world. According to the UI GreenMetric World University 2018 ranking, which measured more than 700 institutions across 81 countries on how they perform across operations, educational and research activities, UCC is ninth best in the world for sustainability …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 20 December]

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Irish university makes first Brexit-inspired academic appointment

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

Ireland“The first in a series of world-class academic appointments aimed at capitalising on Brexit and uncertainty in the US is to be announced on Wednesday. UCC has made a joint appointment with Oxford University of a leading experimental quantum physicist, Prof Séamus Davis …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 December]

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4,000 signatures raised against pharmacy students’ unpaid work placement

Posted in Teaching on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dissatisfaction with a new course structure for pharmacy students in Ireland is escalating around the country, with students launching a campaign against unpaid work placements. An online petition formed this weekend has received over 4,000 signatures at the time of publication …” (more)

[Yasmin Mello, Trinity News, 17 December]

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‘We’re unmotivated at placement’ – college to meet regulator over pharmacy students’ mental health fears

Posted in Teaching on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Officials at University College Cork are to meet with the pharmacy regulator amid concern about mental health issues and a lack of motivation among young pharmacists coming in to the industry. It comes as part of a remarkable row between the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and students coming into the industry …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 16 December]

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UCC names new bridge after philanthropist Tom Cavanagh

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

Ireland“University College Cork has named its new pedestrian bridge after philanthropist Dr Tom Cavanagh – the second campus structure to bear his surname. Dr Cavanagh, who graduated from UCC with a commerce degree in 1951, went on to have a successful career in the motor industry, and founded his first philanthropic trust in 1987, has worked tirelessly for the university for decades …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 13 December]


Terminally ill cancer patient to get UCC honorary degree

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

Ireland“A terminally ill Irish woman who won the biggest financial settlement for medical negligence ever in the Netherlands after a hospital lost her test results leaving her with incurable cancer is to be conferred with an honorary degree at UCC next Monday …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Examiner, 7 December]

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Smurfit School climbs in European business table

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

Ireland“UCD Smurfit School has climbed one place to 23rd in the 2018 ‘Financial Times’ European Business Schools Rankings. The standings measure a school’s quality and range of programmes across a number of courses, including Master of business administration (MBA) and Master in management …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 3 December]

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IMI makes FT’s business school rankings for the first time

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

Ireland“The Irish Management Institute has entered the Financial Times’ European Business Schools Rankings for the first time, becoming the highest new European entrant in this year’s list. The IMI, which merged with University College Cork in 2016, was ranked in 76th place out of 95 in Europe, in what is seen as a ‘ranking of rankings’ that measures the quality and breadth of programmes at various business schools …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 3 November]

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Almost 1,500 UCC students attended counselling services in 2017/18

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

Ireland“Almost 200 students from University College Cork were deemed to be self-harming or at risk of doing so in the 2017/18 academic year. A further 1,102 were suffering from anxiety while 510 presented with depression, anger and mood change disorders …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 22 November]

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UCC means business with launch of new Centre for Executive Education

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

Ireland“Ireland’s future strength in advanced business education will be reinforced with next Monday’s formal opening of the new UCC Centre for Executive Education at No 1 Lapps Quay. The new centre is Ireland’s biggest undergraduate business college, effectively combining the Irish Management Institute (IMI) and Cork University Business School (CUBS), and it is the second largest postgraduate business college in Ireland …” (more)

[Joe Dermody, Irish Examiner, 23 November]


Students arrested and fined over ‘Christmas Day’ public order incidents

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An unofficial student ‘Christmas Day’ event caused havoc in parts of the city last night with a number of public order arrests, drug detections and fines issued for public drinking. By lunchtime yesterday, there were longs queues of students in Christmas jumpers outside pubs in the college area and extra Garda patrols were deployed …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 23 November]

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UCC to open Cavanagh bridge next month

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Cork’s newest bridge, named after well known philanthropist, Dr Tom Cavanagh, will open next month. The 30th bridge in Cork, the Cavanagh Bridge has been constructed on the grounds of University College Cork, and will open on Wednesday, December 12 at 4.30pm …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 16 November]


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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