UCC announces reopening date

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has announced it will reopen for the next academic year from September 28 with earlier starts for certain programmes such as medicine. The teaching will be delivered in a hybrid model of online and face to face classes, with online seminars for larger groups and face to face classes for smaller meetings such as tutorials and laboratories …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 5 June]

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‘We will continue to combat racism in our community and beyond’, says UCC President

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of University College Cork (UCC), Professor Patrick O’Shea has vowed that UCC will ‘continue to combat racism in our community and beyond’. In a message of solidarity with the black and minority ethnic community issued on Friday, Professor O’Shea said that he was saddened and angered by the violence against George Floyd and other people of colour that has been witnessed …” (more)

[Mary Corcoran, EchoLive, 5 June]

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Joint Communication Issued by both Presidents of UCC and CIT and the Presidents of both Student Unions

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The letter highlights their concerns about what they describe as ‘distressing incidents’ of anti-social behaviour particularly in the College Road and Magazine Road area …” (more)

[Red FM, 5 June]

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Muslim lecturer praises UCC as ‘way ahead of the curve’ as he is made head of religions department

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An ‘unapologetic Muslim’, who previously received anonymous death threats has been appointed the head of the Study of Religions Department at University College Cork. Glaswegian Amanullah De Sondy, a senior lecturer in contemporary Islam, joined the university in 2015 having taught Islamic Studies at Ithaca College in New York, and at the University of Miami …” (more)

[EchoLive, 1 June]


Cork residents protest over students partying near UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Over 60 people living near University College Cork held a silent gathering on Sunday to highlight what they claim are breaches of Covid-19 regulations by students holding parties in rented accommodation …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 31 May]

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UCC Suspends Study Abroad Scheme for First Semester Next Year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has become the latest university to partially suspend its international study abroad programmes, informing students that the programme will not run in the first semester of next year …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 29 May]

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Covid-19 student days: Empty lecture theatres, online learning and micro-communities

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A few weeks ago. Dublin City University president Brian MacCraith requested experts to advise on how the capacity of its largest lecture theatre would be affected by social-distancing rules. ‘We have a 500-seat, tiered lecture theatre here’, says MacCraith. ‘When we measured it, we realised it would only accommodate about 50 people’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 May]

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Application to increase size of Lough student apartments

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2020 by steve

“The developer behind plans to build student apartments overlooking the Lough in Cork city has applied to An Bord Pleanála to further increase the size of the development. Lyonshall has purchased additional land adjacent to the site it had earmarked for the development and is now seeking permission to increase the complex from 419 student beds to 554 …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 14 May]

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Irish Colleges to Struggle to ‘Compete’ With Online Teaching, Warns SFI Chair

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Teaching on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“Irish universities will struggle to ‘compete’ in the sphere of online learning when it comes to attracting students over the coming years, a top research official has warned. Peter Clinch, the chairman of Science Foundation Ireland, said the ‘centralised’ approach to IT of Ireland’s universities means it will be difficult for them to implement ‘blended learning’ – a combination of online and in-person learning – in the coming months and years …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 May]

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Micheál Martin Interview – Universities ‘Under Significant Pressure’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“Micheál Martin has been a TD for Cork South-Central since 1989. He is the current leader of Fianna Fáil and is currently in talks to form a Government with Fine Gael and The Green Party. The College Tribune’s Neil Stokes was very grateful for the opportunity to speak with him on a wide range of matters including education, government formation, climate change, housing and his lengthy political career …” (more)

[College Tribune, 14 May]

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Cautious welcome given to North Main Street plans

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“A cautious welcome has been given to the proposed plans for the development of North Main Street by traders. Developers BMOR intend to lodge plans for a mixed use development, which includes 280 student accommodation beds and two new retail units …” (more)

[Sarah O’Dwyer, EchoLive, 14 May]

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UCD and IMI make FT executive education rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2020 by steve

“The UCD Smurfit Executive Development Centre and Irish Management Institute (IMI) have both been ranked among the best business schools globally. This is according to the 2020 Financial Times executive education rankings, which assess business schools across a number of criteria, including course quality, faculty, facilities and diversity …” (more)

[Irish Times, 11 May]

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UCD Spent €1.3 Million on Exams Last Year

Posted in Teaching on May 7th, 2020 by steve

“Figures for Irish universities’ expenditure on exams have indicated that UCD spent €1.3 million on exams for the 2019/2020 academic year, according to figures revealed by The College Tribune in a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. UCD’s spending on exams per student represented the largest in the country according to these figures …” (more)

[Alex Lohier, College Tribune, 7 May]

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Financially hit universities consider recruitment freeze

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Recruitment freezes are on the cards at universities as the sector braces for the financial impact of Covid-19 on higher education. With the pandemic expected to have a major financial impact on the sector, universities are working through the many implications of the shutdown for all aspects of their operations …” (more)

[Jess Casey and Áine Kenny, Irish Examiner, 28 April]

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10,000 face masks sent to Cork from Chinese university

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“Ten thousand face masks have been sent to Cork by the Minzu University of China (MUC) in Beijing – a partner university to University College Cork (UCC). UCC and MUC have been partner universities for a number of years and together they organised the delivery to frontline healthcare workers in Cork. Separately, UCC alumni in China have also made donations so that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can be purchased for frontline healthcare workers …” (more)

[Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, 24 April]

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1,000 internships to be offered to graduating doctors in pandemic fight

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2020 by steve

“Almost every graduating doctor this year is to be offered an internship in a bid to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged. For the first time, more than 1,000 internships are to be offered to this year’s medical students as they graduate, according to Mr Varadkar …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 17 April]

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Taoiseach to address medical graduates at historic UCC graduation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2020 by steve

“The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar will address 197 medical graduates at University College Cork (UCC) in a special video message tomorrow (Friday, April 17th) as they take part in the University’s first-ever online graduation ceremony. Their graduation has been brought forward to assist the health service during the COVID-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Mary Corcoran, EchoLive, 16 April]

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UCC creates online hub to help families in crisis as domestic violence rises amid Covid-19 pandemic

Posted in Research on April 15th, 2020 by steve

“Community drug projects are warning of a ‘noticeable increase’ in domestic violence due to ongoing Covid-19 confinement restrictions. The local projects are also reporting greater alcohol consumption in the home, more use of drugs and alcohol in public spaces and reports of drug debts being called in by dealers …” (more)

[Cormac O’Keeffe, Irish Examiner, 15 April]

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Coronavirus has been like a huge heart attack to the system for UCC sports

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2020 by steve

“It was the conference call last week that brought home to Morgan Buckley the scale of the problem. The UCC head of sport was just one of over 30 people involved in the call, all of them managing sport in third-level institutions …” (more)

[Michael Moynihan, Irish Examiner, 15 April]


UCC must make ‘big choices’ to avoid a financial crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2020 by steve

“A Cork representative of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warned that ‘big choices’ will have to be made at University College Cork as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It comes as IFUT calls for the establishment of an all-stakeholder consultation process to address what it describes as the ‘education cliff around the corner’ …” (more)

[EchoLive, 14 April]

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