UCC Students Must Beat Fee Increases – Or Students Everywhere Could Suffer

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“If national media outlets this week dedicated unusually significant coverage to students in University College Cork (UCC) protesting a proposed 120% increase to their capitation fee, it was hardly any wonder. It’s not hard to see that the move, which would see students paying €370 each per year in capitated fees by 2023, has huge implications for students all over the country …” (more)

[University Times, 30 June]

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UCC posts €2.8m net deficit despite boost from IMI acquisition

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

Ireland“UCC’s acquisition of the Irish Management Institute (IMI) was a major driver of a 7.7% increase in the university’s income to €371.7m in 2017, according to its latest accounts. However, UCC still reported a net deficit of almost €2.8m for the year ending September 2017 after a sharp rise in staff costs and other operating expenses. It followed a surplus of €562,000 the previous year …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 28 June]

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UCC President Meets with Students’ Union Following Protests over Capitation Fee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Wednesday evening, members of the UCC Student’s Union met with the President of UCC, Prof Patrick O’Shea, following protests earlier in the day over the decision to increase the student capitation fee by 120% …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, University Express, 26 June]

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UCC student fee increase without referendum ‘sets a dangerous precedent’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Increasing the student capitation fees at University College Cork without a student referendum sets a dangerous precedent for the future, according to the president of the university’s Student’s Union. Alan Hayes was speaking at a protest outside the president’s office at UCC on Wednesday …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 26 June]

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UCC Students Occupy President’s Building in Capitation Fee Protest

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

Ireland“A small group of students are camped outside the president’s office in University College Cork (UCC) in protest at an increase to the university’s capitation fee. Around 20 students attempted to gain access to the offices of UCC’s President, Patrick O’Shea, but were prevented from entering by college staff …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 26 June]

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UCC Students Demand Referendum on Capitation Fee Increase

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork Students’ Union (UCCSU) has launched a petition calling for a student-wide vote on huge increases to the university’s capitation fees ahead of the coming year. The petition, launched yesterday, states that the fee increases – which will see UCC students charged an extra €80 this September and will rise to €370 by 2023 – ‘should only be brought in with consent from students’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 25 June]

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UCC students demand a referendum on fee increase

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Students’ Union at University College Cork has called for a referendum on plans to more than double the student capitation fee. UCC is planning to increase its fee from €170 per student per year to €250 for incoming first years this autumn …” (more)

[Darragh Bermimgham, EchoLive, 20 June]

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UCC and DCU defend late filing of annual accounts

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

Ireland“University College Cork has told the Dail’s spending watchdog that it is ‘fully financially sustainable’ despite failing to file its 2018 financial accounts on time, it can be revealed. A number of the country’s leading universities, including UCC and Dublin City University, have had to defend the late filing of their annual accounts in correspondence sent to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 20 June]

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Penthouse unit in Cork student accommodation with ‘Instagramable views’ on offer for 10k a year

Posted in Life on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Almost half of all the rooms in Cork city’s largest student apartment complex, where €10,000-a-year penthouse units boast ‘seriously Instagramable views’ of the city, have been snapped up ahead of the new academic term …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 19 June]

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‘Education is a right, not a privilege’ – UCC students hit out as college capitation fees double

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

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) students have hit out as their college capitation fees will more than double in the next four years. Each year, students must pay a capitation fee to cover the cost of things like membership of the Union of Students Ireland (USI) and recreational facilities and to cover the cost of counselling services …” (more)

[Callum Lavery, Independent, 18 June]

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Cork student accommodation to reopen after €25m upgrade

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

Ireland“A 265-room property for students in Co Cork will open this week after having undergone an extensive €25 million upgrade. The property at Copley Street in Cork city is controlled by Hatch Student Living with financial backing from Elkstone, a multi-family office based in Dublin …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 17 June]

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50% rise in students seeking counselling for mental health problems

Posted in Life on June 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There has been a 50% rise in the number of students receiving counselling for mental health problems in the past decade. Almost 12,000 students sought counselling in the last academic year, up from about 6,000 in 2010 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 17 June]

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UCC capitation fee to more than double

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork students have said they are ‘absolutely distraught’ at the university’s plans to more than double the student capitation fee. The fee is currently €170 per student per year but is increasing to €250 for incoming first years this autumn and will continue to rise until it reaches €370 in 2023 …” (more)

[Gráinne McGuinness, EchoLive, 16 June]

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College party clampdown ramps up

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students in UCC who engage in antisocial behaviour could have their landlord contacted by the college, according to radical new plans being explored. The plans, which were revealed at a community forum this week, are part of new attempts to clamp down on late-night partying by college students living in neighbouring areas …” (more)

[Ryan O’Neill, Cork Independent, 12 June]

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IMI and UCD Smurfit School among top 50 for executive education

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

Ireland“The Irish Management Institute (IMI) and the UCD Smurfit Executive Development Centre have both been ranked among the best business schools globally. This is according to the 2019 Financial Times executive education rankings, which assess business schools across a number of criteria, including course quality, faculty, facilities and diversity …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 3 June]

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Almost 2,500 student beds being developed in Cork as a fresh application is lodged with City Hall

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

Ireland“More than 2,000 student apartment bed spaces are currently under construction or planned in Cork. A fresh planning application lodged this week for another development will add a further 174 bed spaces if approved. Kevin Lynch has lodged plans for an eight-storey building on the site of the former Kelleher’s Tyre premises on the Victoria Road …” (more)

[Alan Healy, EchoLive, 14 May]

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How UCC’s Bystander Intervention Training Empowers Students

Posted in Teaching on May 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In a university context, we have the privileged opportunity to facilitate and support student development both academically and beyond. Traumatic incidents of sexual harassment and violence, unwanted advances and unsolicited abusive comments are a deeply ingrained societal reality and are no less prevalent among third-level students …” (more)

[Louise Crowley, University Times, 9 May]

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Cork’s largest student apartment development is granted planning permission

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans for Cork’s largest student apartment development has been granted planning permission. London company Future Generation has plans to build a flagship, 600-bed accommodation scheme on the former Coca-Cola bottling site on the Carrigrohane Straight Road …” (more)

[Alan Healy, EchoLive, 6 May]

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Student apartments near the Lough ‘sanctioned by people who are unaffected by it’

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

Ireland“The approval of a major student apartment development near the Lough in Cork city has been described as a ‘hammer blow’ to the area. An Bord Pleanála has approved the construction of 57 apartments in four and five storey buildings on a site overlooking the Lough. The development, located on Bandon Road, will have space for 419 students …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 2 May]

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Planning granted for 419-bed student apartments overlooking The Lough

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

Ireland“Planning permission has been granted for a 57-room student apartment development overlooking The Lough despite opposition from locals in the area. The development will be located at the O’Riordan’s Joinery site on the Bandon Road and on a portion of the lands associated with the Church of the Immaculate Conception …” (more)

[Alan Healy, EchoLive, 2 May]

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