University College Cork nears deal in baseball name battle

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork says it expects to resolve a trademark dispute with a US baseball giant shortly. It has been engaging in discussions with the Chicago Cubs baseball team over the establishment of a trademark for its Cork University Business School. The school, founded in 2015, is referred to by the acronym CUBS …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 9 February]

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Gardaí warn students over drinking on the street during RAG week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students caught drinking on the street during next week’s RAG week event in Cork will be fined, gardaí have warned. And those who step out of line could also face internal college sanctions, up to and including fines …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 7 February]

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UCC Students Launch Petition to Rename Watson Building

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

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) students have launched a petition calling for a change to the name of the Watson Building, following racist comments made by the Nobel Prize winner …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 7 February]

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UCC to open business school for 4,000 students in city centre

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

Ireland“University College Cork is to open a 4,000-student strong Business School in Cork city centre in what is another huge boost for the region. An artist’s impression of University College Cork’s proposed 4,000-student strong business school in Trinity Quarter, South Terrace, Cork. UCC has chosen the Trinity Quarter site, previously Brooks Haughton’s builders’ yard, as the location for its new Cork University Business School (CUBS), for 20 staff and 4,000 students …” (more)

[Tommy Barker, Irish Examiner, 7 February]

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UCC offers support to lecturer following claims of drunkenness in class

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students at University College Cork (UCC) have raised concerns with college management amid allegations that a lecturer arrived drunk to a class and had to be escorted from the room by security. A UCC student representative for the class wrote to their department head to express their anger at the incident …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 6 February]

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Bystander intervention programme launched for UCC students

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An online bystander intervention programme against sexual harassment and violence was launched in University College Cork on January 28th. The programme was launched by Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor. It is an online project taught through six one-hour workshops available to 22,000 UCC students …” (more)

[Orla Dwyer, The College View, 6 February]

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UCC to Review Ties with Nobel Prize Winner

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Calls have been made for University College Cork to cut its ties with well-known scientist and former Nobel Prize Winner, Dr James Watson. This comes in light of comments repeated by Watson, 90, in which is claimed that there is a correlation between race and intelligence. In 2007 Dr Watson, who helped discover the structure of DNA, said that …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, University Express, 5 February]

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NUI to maintain requirement for mandatory Irish

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland – which includes UCD, UCC and NUI Galway – is to maintain its requirement that students applying to its colleges must have a pass in Leaving Cert Irish. The NUI’s long-standing policies on Irish have been under review in light of the growing diversity of students progressing to higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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UCC students unveil mural against sexual violence in college

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

Ireland“University College Cork students will unveil a mural on Monday calling for an end to sexual violence and harassment in third-level institutions. It is part of a campaign by the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) to create a culture of zero tolerance towards such behaviours …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 28 January]

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UCC to expand anti-harassment programme

Posted in Teaching on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A culture of zero tolerance to verbal or physical sexual harrassment is to be encouraged at one of the country’s largest universities by the expansion of an intervention programme to all 22,000 students …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 January]

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Pharmacy Regulator Declines to Support Paid Placements, As Students Blast Working Conditions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fate of unpaid pharmacy placements remains unclear, after the Pharmacy Society of Ireland (PSI) declined to offer support for paid placements in spite of a march by hundreds of students from all over the country from the Dáil to the offices of the PSI this morning …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 24 January]

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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]

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