Warning for students after rise in cases of Mumps in UCC over last two weeks

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students are being warned about an outbreak of the Mumps in UCC in the last two weeks. UCC Student Health Services have alerted those attending the University that there has been a spike in both the Mumps and flu in recent weeks …” (more)

[Cormac O’Shea, CorkBeo, 20 November]

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UCCSU Claim Huge Victory As Capitation Increase Reversed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCC’s Students’ Union (UCCSU) has successfully reversed an incremental €200 increase in the student capitation fee, reducing the cost to €170 for all incoming students ahead of the 2020/21 academic year. The increase was announced in June 2019, inciting protests from the Students’ Union, who staged a sit-in demonstration in the following days …” (more)

[Samantha Calthrop, University Express, 19 November]

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After Legal Threats, UCC Reverses Capitation Fee Increase

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In a dramatic turn of events, University College Cork (UCC) has reversed huge capitation fee increases implemented earlier this year, as well as agreeing to refund affected students for the first increment of €80 charged in September. The news, which comes after threats of legal action by the college’s students’ union, overturns a decision that would have seen UCC’s capitation fee increase incrementally from €170 to €370 by 2023 …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University Times, 19 November]

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UCC business students to benefit from $1,000,000 philanthropic donation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cork University Business School (CUBS) have received a $1,000,000 philanthropic gift from an anonymous donor. The donation will support scholarships, learning through practical experience initiatives and entrepreneurship programmes for students …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 18 November]

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Student poverty ‘a massively underestimated issue’ as 20 avail of UCC food bank

Posted in Life on November 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Up to 20 students every week are availing of a Food Bank that’s been set up at University College Cork. The parcels are a direct response to those experiencing poverty but who the student union couldn’t immediately offer financial help to …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 15 November]

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Crow’s Nest site is being cleared ahead of student apartment development

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Preparatory work began yesterday at the Crow’s Nest site at Victoria Cross as crews gear up to begin construction on a new student development. Work has been undertaken in recent days to clear the site which is expected to house more than 200 student beds when completed …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 13 November]

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Cork students availing of food bank on weekly basis

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

Ireland“Up to 20 students at University College Cork are availing of a food bank service on a weekly basis. The UCC Students’ Union founded the food bank in response to the financial hardships expressed by students due to rising rents and static levels of student grant aid …” (more)

[Marian O’Flaherty, RTÉ News, 11 November]

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Proposed UCC dental school and innovation hub set to benefit patients and local industry

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

Ireland“Children and adults requiring special care dentistry whose needs have not been met in the past will be among those to benefit when Cork University Dental School and Hospital opens its doors in 2023. Helen Whelton, head of the College of Medicine and Health at University College Cork (UCC), said the new school will address the Government’s new national oral health policy which acknowledges the need to improve dental services for vulnerable people …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 8 November]

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UCC Food Banks Are A Symbol Of The Increasing Hardships Students Face

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

Ireland“This week, University College Cork (UCC) became the first Irish university in modern times to open a food bank for struggling students. The organiser, University College Cork Students’ Union (UCCSU), follows in the footsteps of several smaller institutes, which have recently reported on the success of food bank initiatives in their colleges. That such measures are needed, however, no doubt sounded alarm bells for many …” (more)

[University Times, 4 November]

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UCCSU Launches Food Bank for Struggling Students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork Students’ Union (UCCSU) has launched a food bank as part of its student hardship fund to help students in financial difficulty. UCCSU is seeking to address the issue of student poverty in a ‘tangible manner’, in the wake of reports showing an estimated 36% of students in Ireland are currently experiencing ‘severe financial problems’ …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University Times, 27 October]

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Student apartment owner cannot engage in short-term letting

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The owner of student accommodation on the Western Road will not be allowed to carry on letting apartments on a short-term basis outside of the third-level academic year after An Bord Pleanála overruled its own inspector …” (more)

[Robert McNamara, EchoLive, 25 October]

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Animal Experimentation

Posted in Research on October 25th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMaureen O’Sullivan (Dublin Central, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the action he has taken on the reports that UCC and Trinity College Dublin have been involved in experimentation on thousands of live animals each year; and his plans to deal with banning vivisection …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 October]

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College sweethearts return as UCC plans to name historic bridge

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Generations have walked over it and soon it will have a name, as University College Cork (UCC) today plans to brand the historic bridge at its ceremonial gate as the Alumni Bridge. The crossing, which was completed in October 1929, leads to the university from Western Road …” (more)

[Greg Murphy, Irish Examiner, 18 October]

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College students are still looking for accommodation in Cork a month into the new term

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students in both UCC and CIT are still trying to find a place to live for the college year. It is believed that tens of students are still looking for accommodation, amid record-high rents and lack of available rooms …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 13 October]

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Irish Hotels Federation seek to block student accommodation being rented to tourists in Cork

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

Ireland“The Irish Hotels Federation is attempting to block a large student accommodation facility in Cork being rented out on a short-term basis to tourists. The IHF has sought a ruling from An Bord Pleanála on whether the use of Amnis House on Western Road in Cork for year-round, short-term letting represents a material change of use of the building which requires planning permission …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 8 October]

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Higher Education Authority Funding: University College Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has received a request for funding for the renovation of the Kane Science Building in UCC; and the consideration given to it …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 October]

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Calls For UCC To Take Stance On Vaping

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Following University of Limerick’s President Dr Des Fitzgerald’s announcement that vaping on campus will banned , people in the UCC community are calling out for a similar action to be carried out, to restrict the usage of the addictive devices …” (more)

[University Express, 2 October]

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UCC to launch programme to support students through challenges of higher education

Posted in Teaching on September 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The first programme of its kind in Ireland to help students choose the right degree and get through the challenges of higher education is to be launched today. The Graduate Attributes Programme at University College Cork (UCC) is aiming to support students through their life cycle of study at university while also developing their skills …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 September]

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Cork’s Tyndall Institute calls on Govt to help establish quantum tech centre

Posted in Research on September 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland could become a world leader in the emerging quantum technologies market if a national centre is established, according to researchers from Tyndall National Institute in Cork. Dr Georgios Fagas and Dr Emanuele Pelucchi concluded that despite a slow start, Ireland is still in a unique position to become internationally competitive in the burgeoning field, which some analysts have claimed could be worth trillions by 2030 …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 September]

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Third Level Facilities: UCC Tyndall Institute

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Barry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the stage the upgrading of the Tyndall National Institute project is at; when the project will go out for tender; when construction will commence; when the project will be completed; the estimated cost of the project; the amount spent to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 September]

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