Irish universities tread water while rivals make waves

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The flaws with college rankings are well documented. They are produced by commercial organisations which sell their expertise on how to perform better. They ignore key aspects of college life such as the quality of teaching and learning. And the science behind some of the indicators is suspect, at best. But there is no denying their influence …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Trinity College calls for university rankings strategy after falling 44 places in worldwide list

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has called for a ‘national strategy for university rankings’ after dropping 44 places in the World University Rankings today. The university is now rated as 164th best in the world in the Times Higher Education list compared with 120th last year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 September]

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UCC Says No to Students Hoping to Hand Out Drug Testing Kits

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A group in University College Cork (UCC) planning to give out drug-testing kits to students have been refused permission to do so by the college’s authorities …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 10 September]

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New consent campaign launched across Cork colleges

Posted in Teaching on September 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new consent campaign, targeted towards students, has been launched in Cork city this week. The campaign has been initiated in response to a spike last September in the cases of rape reported to the the Cork Sexual Violence Centre (CSVC) by students during colleges’ Fresher’s weeks …” (more)

[Alfie Fletcher, Trinity News, 10 September]

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Drug-testing kits to be handed out to UCC students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Drug test kits will be handed out to students at UCC this week by a group pushing for harm reduction measures around drug-taking. The UCC Students for Sensible Drug Policy group will be handing out the kits on Tuesday and Thursday evening in the West Wing (W3) …” (more)

[Ann Murphy, EchoLive, 9 September]

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UCC issues 1,500 booklets to promote good relations between students and local residents

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As ‘Freshers’ Week’ gets underway at University College Cork (UCC), new information booklets encouraging students to respect their neighbours have been distributed to the surrounding areas of the university. Ahead of first-year orientation this year, 1,500 information booklets promoting good relations between students and local residents have been distributed throughout the surrounding areas of the university on College Road …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 9 September]

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Trinity Working With Chinese Universities Accused of Cyber Crime

Posted in Legal issues, Research on September 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is reportedly collaborating on research with Chinese universities that have been linked to cyber crime and international espionage. The Sunday Times today reports that Ireland’s Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation is financing research collaborations between Irish universities – Trinity, University College Dublin and University College Cork – and two Chinese universities accused of cyber attacks …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 8 September]

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Cost of UCC Accommodation Soars

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The cost of student accommodation for the year 2019/2020 has increased nationwide, with UCC introducing the highest price increase in Ireland. All five of UCC’s on-campus accommodation facilities – University Hall, Victoria Lodge, Castlewhite apartments, Victoria Mills, and Mardyke Hall – saw price increases between 10% and 11.5%, with the price range now €4029-€6179 yearly …” (more)

[Samantha Calthrop, University Express, 7 September]

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Tyndall National Institute secures additional €8m in EU funding

Posted in Research on September 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Tyndall National Institute has announced that it successfully secured over €8m in European funding as part of the Horizon 2020 programme. The institute was one of the biggest individual Irish beneficiaries of this significant round of 2019 funding, despite stiff competition from other European bodies …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 4 September]

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UCC to hold workshops for LGBT+ students focusing on coming out in college

Posted in Teaching on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“New workshops for LGBT+ students, focusing on coming out in college, are to take place as part of Freshers Week this year at University College Cork (UCC) for the first time ever. The two new facility-led workshops will be held for first-year LGBT+ students Saturday, September 7 during UCC orientation …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 2 September]

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State approves €100m for higher education building projects

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The State has approved €100m for five large higher education building projects. The funding is part of ongoing investment in the sector through Project Ireland 2040 and a fund known as the Higher Education Strategic Infrastructure Fund (HESIF) …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 30 August]

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St Vincent de Paul will spend €200k in Cork this year helping students in college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has said it expects to spend more than €200,000 in Cork by November this year, on assisting people in third-level education. South West Regional coordinator for SVP Gerry Garvey told The Echo that the organisation has seen a big increase over the last year in the number of people reaching out for help with back-to- education costs …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 26 August]

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Justice Minister and UCC President back Muslim lecturer at centre of sinister ‘execution’ call

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The respected Muslim lecturer who received a sinister voicemail calling for his execution says he takes huge encouragement from all the messages of support which include a phone call from Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan and a strong statement from the President of UCC …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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UCC stands against ‘ignorant shameful hate’ says president as lecturer receives threatening voicemail

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of University College Cork (UCC) says the university stands against ‘ignorant shameful hate’ after a respected Muslim lecturer received a sinister voicemail calling for his execution …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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Protest in the Quad in support of a UCC colleague

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“We’re standing here in the main quad in UCC in solidarity with our colleague and friend Aman De Sondy. Aman has received a horrible, racist threatening message, death threat, we’re here in this really lovely peaceful place, and yet things like this happen …” (video)

[YouTube, 22 August]

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Lecturer warns of anti-Muslim ‘network’ after anonymous threats

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer at University College Cork (UCC) has made a complaint to the Garda after receiving an Islamophobic death threat on Wednesday. Dr Amanullah De Sondy, a senior lecturer in contemporary Islam at the university since 2015, said he received a voicemail from an unknown individual, who called the academic a ‘scumbag’, and a ‘terrorist’ …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 21 August]

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‘I hope you are executed’ – Muslim university lecturer wants action taken after receiving chilling voice message

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Officials at an Irish university have expressed disgust at a sinister telephone message left for a respected Muslim lecturer. University College Cork (UCC) lecturer Amanullah De Sondy confirmed he received a chilling voice message which called for his execution …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 21 August]

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UCC Students Face Crippling Accommodation Rent Hikes

Posted in Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The cost of student accommodation for the year 2019/2020 has increased nationwide, with UCC introducing the highest price increase in Ireland. All five of UCC’s on-campus accommodation facilities – University Hall, Victoria Lodge, Castlewhite apartments, Victoria Mills, and Mardyke Hall – saw price increases between 10% and 11.5% …” (more)

[Samantha Calthrop, University Express, 11 August]

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UCC gets permission for new dental school at Curraheen sports grounds

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCC has been granted permission to build a new multi-million euro dental school in the western suburbs of Cork city. Permission has been granted by Cork County Council for the project at UCC’s sports grounds at Curraheen, Bishopstown …” (more)

[Sean O’Riordan, Irish Examiner, 9 August]

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Trinity Made €10.9m Profit from Student Accommodation in 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity received an income of €13 million from its student accommodation in 2018, a 33% increase from 2014. The Irish Independent today reports that College made a profit of €10.9 million from student accommodation last year, bringing in €13 million while spending €2.1 million on maintenance and refurbishment costs …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 9 August]

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