Fury over student Lough house plans

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Student developments are suffocating residential areas of the city and choking the life out of once-vibrant parishes and communities, it has been claimed. Residents of The Lough parish have said they are incensed over plans to erect a four storey student apartment block in the area …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 13 May]

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UCC bought private college without liability for pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork acquired a private business college without picking up the tab for its pension scheme, which previously had a deficit of more than €10m. The takeover of the Irish Management Institute (IMI), in Dublin, late last year, has raised concerns within UCC, and senior management were quizzed on it by the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in late March …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 May]

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Call to put student housing in Cork City on hold

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There have been calls for a halt on the development of student accommodation in residential areas of Cork City until a coherent planning policy on such projects is adopted. Cllr John Buttimer (FG), who said allowing large-scale student housing in certain residential areas was like ‘ethnic cleansing’ and was ‘choking and suffocating traditional residential communities’, said a temporary ban on planning decisions on these schemes is vital to prevent a ‘developer-led free-for-all’ …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 10 May]

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Developers lodge student apartment plans for Square Deal site

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The company behind the planned conversion of the old Square Deal building on Washington Street into student apartments have described the plan as a ‘landmark development in the city centre’. The former furniture shop is a protected structure but will be transformed internally into a 242-bed student apartment block, close the both University College Cork and the city centre …” (more)

[David Linnane, Evening Echo, 8 May]

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Maltreatment of researchers ‘no longer tolerable’, says IFUT President

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The continued maltreatment of researchers in the university sector can no longer be tolerated and must be urgently addressed by the Department of Education and universities alike, Michael Delargey, UCC-based President of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, said at the 2017 Conference of IFUT in Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 6 May]

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UCC student leaves thoughtful note and gift for hardworking library staff

Posted in Life on April 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Many students around the country are going mad for studying at the moment as they face into end-of-year exams next week – and UCC students have been filling the campus’s main library every day …” (more)

[Denise O’Donoghue, BreakingNews.ie, 29 April]

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More UCC students are seeking counselling services but services need more resources

Posted in Governance and administration on April 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of third-level students seeking counselling at University College Cork is increasing every single year – yet those who deliver the service say it remains overstretched and underfunded. In the academic year 2015/2016 more than 1,170 students attended the university’s counselling service …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Evening Echo, 15 April]

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Is UCC using non-EU students as ‘cash cow’?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD Michael McGrath has accused University College Cork (UCC) of using non-EU medicine students as a ‘cash cow’ while Irish students are left without places. Non-EU students are liable for higher fees than EU students, and in recent years UCC has both increased their fees and taken in more of them …” (more)

[David Linnane, Evening Echo, 12 April]

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UCD Signs up to Campaign Tackling Sexual Harassment in Irish Colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD is partnering with the National Women’s Council of Ireland and several other universities for a campaign looking to tackle sexual harassment and assault on college campuses. UCD was the first major university to come on board, and now UCC, DCU and the University of Limerick have signed up to the ‘It Stops Now’ campaign …” (more)

[College Tribune, 11 April]

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UCC satisfied it paid market value for council-owned building

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has said it is satisfied it paid market value when it bought a former bank from a local authority for €800,000 more than its purchase price two years earlier. The college acquired the old Cork Savings Bank at Lapps Quay from Cork City Council for €1.42m last year and has received planning permission for modifications that will see it used for executive training provided by the Cork University Business School …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 April]

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The Race to be Ireland’s Top Business School

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With construction of Trinity’s new business school well underway, it has become evident that the battle to obtain educational excellence in the provision of business degrees is most definitely a race to the top. Over the past couple of months, both Trinity and University College Cork (UCC) have announced their plans for the futures of their respective business schools …” (more)

[Kate Lawler, University Times, 27 March]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the similar third level courses (details supplied) in different universities that are not both eligible for SUSI; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 March]

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UCC is planning a €100m expansion to draw thousands of extra students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is planning a major expansion of its business school in a €100 million project that it hopes will leave the institution recognised as one of the world’s top academies …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 March]

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UCC students reject €50 charge for enhanced sports facilities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork students have narrowly defeated a proposal to charge them €50 extra a year to improve and expand green spaces and sport facilities. The 54%-46% outcome followed two days of voting by almost 3,900 students in a referendum run by UCC Students’ Union (UCCSU) …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 March]


Controversial conference on Israel to go ahead in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The organisers of an academic conference on Israel and international law have said they are delighted that the event will go ahead at two venues in Cork city at the end of this month. The staging of the conference was in doubt after University College Cork objected to it, citing a number of concerns, including ones based on security …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 March]

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Students face extra €50 cost for sports and recreation facilities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students at University College Cork (UCC) could be paying an extra €50 a year to fund improved sports and recreation facilities if a vote that concludes today is passed. The referendum to increase the student capitation is backed by the UCC Department of Sport and Physical Activity, and the university’s clubs executive which represents almost 60 student sports clubs …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 March]

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UCC allowed to turn old bank into business school

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has been given planning permission to turn an old city centre bank into a premises for its business school. With no objections received by Cork City Council, the slim likelihood of appeals being allowed could mean work can begin within weeks …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 March]

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Cork events centre site to see more student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission has been granted for extra student accommodation on part of the former Beamish brewery site earmarked for Cork’s €65m events centre. However, it is unclear if BAM Property intends to begin work soon or will have to await the outcome of a possible planning application for changes to the concert and conference venue …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 25 February]

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UCC Welcomes New President: Patrick O’Shea

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCC welcomed a new university president in February 2017, Professor Patrick O’Shea, who replaced Dr Michael Murphy following a ten-year stint in the prestigious role. Professor O’Shea, the fifteenth President of UCC, graduated with a degree in physics from the university, and went on to become Vice President and Chief Research Officer at the University of Maryland before returning to Cork …” (more)

[Michelle Beazley, UCC Express, 20 February]

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University on red alert after student killed by meningitis

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students are on alert for the potential signs of meningitis after a deadly strain is believed to have claimed the life of one of their university classmates …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 18 February]