UCC stands against ‘ignorant shameful hate’ says president as lecturer receives threatening voicemail

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of University College Cork (UCC) says the university stands against ‘ignorant shameful hate’ after a respected Muslim lecturer received a sinister voicemail calling for his execution …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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Protest in the Quad in support of a UCC colleague

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“We’re standing here in the main quad in UCC in solidarity with our colleague and friend Aman De Sondy. Aman has received a horrible, racist threatening message, death threat, we’re here in this really lovely peaceful place, and yet things like this happen …” (video)

[YouTube, 22 August]

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Lecturer warns of anti-Muslim ‘network’ after anonymous threats

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer at University College Cork (UCC) has made a complaint to the Garda after receiving an Islamophobic death threat on Wednesday. Dr Amanullah De Sondy, a senior lecturer in contemporary Islam at the university since 2015, said he received a voicemail from an unknown individual, who called the academic a ‘scumbag’, and a ‘terrorist’ …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 21 August]

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‘I hope you are executed’ – Muslim university lecturer wants action taken after receiving chilling voice message

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Officials at an Irish university have expressed disgust at a sinister telephone message left for a respected Muslim lecturer. University College Cork (UCC) lecturer Amanullah De Sondy confirmed he received a chilling voice message which called for his execution …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 21 August]

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UCC Students Face Crippling Accommodation Rent Hikes

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

Ireland“The cost of student accommodation for the year 2019/2020 has increased nationwide, with UCC introducing the highest price increase in Ireland. All five of UCC’s on-campus accommodation facilities – University Hall, Victoria Lodge, Castlewhite apartments, Victoria Mills, and Mardyke Hall – saw price increases between 10% and 11.5% …” (more)

[Samantha Calthrop, University Express, 11 August]

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UCC gets permission for new dental school at Curraheen sports grounds

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCC has been granted permission to build a new multi-million euro dental school in the western suburbs of Cork city. Permission has been granted by Cork County Council for the project at UCC’s sports grounds at Curraheen, Bishopstown …” (more)

[Sean O’Riordan, Irish Examiner, 9 August]

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Trinity Made €10.9m Profit from Student Accommodation in 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity received an income of €13 million from its student accommodation in 2018, a 33% increase from 2014. The Irish Independent today reports that College made a profit of €10.9 million from student accommodation last year, bringing in €13 million while spending €2.1 million on maintenance and refurbishment costs …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 9 August]

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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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