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]


Terminally ill cancer patient to get UCC honorary degree

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A terminally ill Irish woman who won the biggest financial settlement for medical negligence ever in the Netherlands after a hospital lost her test results leaving her with incurable cancer is to be conferred with an honorary degree at UCC next Monday …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Examiner, 7 December]

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Smurfit School climbs in European business table

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD Smurfit School has climbed one place to 23rd in the 2018 ‘Financial Times’ European Business Schools Rankings. The standings measure a school’s quality and range of programmes across a number of courses, including Master of business administration (MBA) and Master in management …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 3 December]

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IMI makes FT’s business school rankings for the first time

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Management Institute has entered the Financial Times’ European Business Schools Rankings for the first time, becoming the highest new European entrant in this year’s list. The IMI, which merged with University College Cork in 2016, was ranked in 76th place out of 95 in Europe, in what is seen as a ‘ranking of rankings’ that measures the quality and breadth of programmes at various business schools …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 3 November]

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Almost 1,500 UCC students attended counselling services in 2017/18

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Almost 200 students from University College Cork were deemed to be self-harming or at risk of doing so in the 2017/18 academic year. A further 1,102 were suffering from anxiety while 510 presented with depression, anger and mood change disorders …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 22 November]

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UCC means business with launch of new Centre for Executive Education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s future strength in advanced business education will be reinforced with next Monday’s formal opening of the new UCC Centre for Executive Education at No 1 Lapps Quay. The new centre is Ireland’s biggest undergraduate business college, effectively combining the Irish Management Institute (IMI) and Cork University Business School (CUBS), and it is the second largest postgraduate business college in Ireland …” (more)

[Joe Dermody, Irish Examiner, 23 November]


Students arrested and fined over ‘Christmas Day’ public order incidents

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An unofficial student ‘Christmas Day’ event caused havoc in parts of the city last night with a number of public order arrests, drug detections and fines issued for public drinking. By lunchtime yesterday, there were longs queues of students in Christmas jumpers outside pubs in the college area and extra Garda patrols were deployed …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 23 November]

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UCC to open Cavanagh bridge next month

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Cork’s newest bridge, named after well known philanthropist, Dr Tom Cavanagh, will open next month. The 30th bridge in Cork, the Cavanagh Bridge has been constructed on the grounds of University College Cork, and will open on Wednesday, December 12 at 4.30pm …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 16 November]


600 student bed scheme planned for Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provision of Cork’s largest single student accommodation development, with 600 beds, is promised by a UK-based company, which has just taken over the moth-balled Coca Cola bottling plant by County Hall on the Carrigrohane Road. In its first move into Ireland, UK-based firm Future Generation …” (more)

[Tommy Barker, Irish Examiner, 8 November]

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1,500 students attend counselling services at UCC in less than a year

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Almost 1,500 students attended counselling services at University College Cork between September 2017 and May 2018, it has been revealed. Information obtained by the Evening Echo showed that 1,455 attended for counselling in the previous academic year, for a variety of reasons …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 3 November]

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Developers looking to increase apartments at Lough development

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The developer behind controversial plans to build student apartments at The Lough has entered into talks with An Bord Pleanála to dramatically increase the size of the project. The construction of apartments for 320 student beds at The Lough was approved in August, despite fierce local opposition …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 30 October]

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University Express Racism in UCC Survey: Upon Closer Inspection

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On October 3rd, The University Express compiled a survey entitled ‘Racism in UCC’, designed with the intent of highlighting instances of on-campus racism which would otherwise go unseen. The survey was sent out via e-mail to every student currently attending UCC …” (more)

[Fergal Smiddy, University Express, 30 October]

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University Express Racism Survey: 1 in 9 Students Suffer Racist Abuse at UCC

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At the beginning of October, the University Express launched a survey aimed towards students of University College Cork in order to determine whether students view racism as an issue in UCC, whether students have experienced or witnessed racism in or around the UCC campus, and how it affects students of all ethnicities and backgrounds …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, University Express, 30 October]

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Supreme Court to hear appeal by UCC over flooding at campus in 2009

Posted in Legal issues on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by University College Cork over findings the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) is not liable for extensive flood damage to campus buildings after floods affected Cork city in 2009. UCC’s action is among about 400 sets of proceedings initiated against the ESB arising from the flooding …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 25 October]

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UCC Set To Launch Drug Use Survey

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Drugs. Many people use them, for many different reasons. College life may expose students to more situations where drug use is taking place. Irish research indicates that over 80% of Irish students have used a drug at some point in their lives and 40% of students have used a drug in the last month …” (more)

[University Express, 24 October]

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Questions Surround Security Following Protest Disruption

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Enquiries have been made to various departments in UCC following a confrontation at a Young Fine Gael (YFG) society event involving An Tánaiste, Simon Coveney and two Connolly Youth Movement (CYM) protestors …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, UCC Express, 18 October]

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Protestors confront Tánaiste at UCC over housing crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Tensions around the housing crisis reached boiling point in Cork on Monday night after protestors interrupted a Brexit briefing from Tanaiste Simon Coveney. Security had to be called to a lecture theatre in University College Cork last night after a heated discussion on housing between the Tanaiste and members of the Connolly Youth Movement …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 3 October]

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Science Foundation Ireland Grants

Posted in Research on October 4th, 2018 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): I thank the Minister of State with responsibility for this issue for coming before the House today. I want to raise the issue of the defunding of the INFANT research centre, a perinatal healthcare centre in University College Cork. It is a Science Foundation Ireland funded research centre that is led by female investigators and the only one of its kind in the State. The centre deals specifically with ensuring better health outcomes for pregnant women and their children and babies, both in utero and after birth …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 3 October]

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