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]

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UCC student dies after contracting meningitis

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on February 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Cork student died today after contracting meningitis. In a statement, University College Cork (UCC) said …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 February]

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International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism and Responsibility

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Organising Committee of ‘The State of Israel and International Law: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism and Responsibility’ is delighted to confirm that the conference will take place in Cork March 31-April 2. We are aware that confusion has arisen about the timing and location of our event, due in part to inaccurate reporting in the press. We now warmly invite you to register …” (more)

[Conference website]

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UCC Students Warned of Legal Repercussions Ahead of Raise and Give Week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCC students have been warned by University management of the legal and disciplinary repercussions resulting from misbehaviour or from disrespecting local residents during Rag Week …” (more)

[Ciaran O’Halloran, UCC Express, 14 February]

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UCC warn students over Rag Week

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

Ireland“Students are being warned by University College Cork management of the disciplinary and legal repercussions of misbehaving or disrespecting local residents ahead of their annual fundraising week. Last year’s Raise & Give (Rag) Week raised €16,000 for charity and the 2017 events begin next Monday, with measures being taken by college management and UCC Students’ Union to try to ensure its success …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 February]

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Update on UCC Israeli Conference

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

Ireland“The status of the conference has been the source of some confusion over conflicting reports and statements both in the press and on social media in recent weeks. In response to the confusion, the University has released a statement following a meeting of the University Management Team on the 16th of January …” (more)

[Chris McCahill, UCC Express, 7 February]

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Universities need to be creative to survive, says new UCC president

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities must find new ways of generating revenue to sustain themselves in the future, the new president of University College Cork, Prof Patrick O’Shea, has said …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 1 February]

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New equality initiative at UCC aims for gender ratio of 60:40

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

Ireland“A new European Union-funded gender equality initiative at University College Cork (UCC) aims to achieve a gender ratio of 60:40, men to women, on all major decision-making bodies at the university. UCC is one of seven universities across Europe participating in the four-year GENOVATE initiative, which is aimed at achieving equal representation of women in research and innovation across all disciplines …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 1 February]

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New UCC president Patrick O’Shea sees Brexit dividend

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

Ireland“The chance to attract more research funding and international investment because of the fallout from Brexit are to be a key focus of University College Cork’s new president. However, Patrick O’Shea also wants to widen the scope of an existing Brexit committee at the university to take advantage of growing numbers of researchers seeking to move away from the US …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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New UCC President Patrick O’Shea – ‘It’s not rocket science to fund universities’

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

Ireland“He fears being likened to John Wayne’s Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man — but it is more than an accent that Patrick O’Shea brings home from the US to the president’s office at University College Cork. After 37 years away from his alma mater, the former vice-president and head of research at University of Maryland sees little reason why some of the philosophies underlying American higher education can not be applied here …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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Reflecting on 10 years as President

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Floods, ash clouds, and the recession were just some of the more challenging aspects of Dr Michael Murphy’s 10-year term as President which is due to come to a close tomorrow. Dr Murphy took office in 2007 when the Celtic Tiger was ‘in its last fling’ …” (more)

[UCC, 30 January]

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Academics and Israel

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

Ireland“Sir, – Dr Kevin McCarthy attacks the projected University College Cork conference on ‘International Law and the State of Israel’ on the grounds that ‘the right of scholars to debate and discuss each other’s work … cannot happen if academics from Israeli institutions are boycotted from participation simply because they are deemed by some to hold indefensible opinions’ (January 27th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Academic freedom demands academic balance

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Mike Jennings (January 26th), general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, has come out strongly against University College Cork’s decision to indefinitely postpone – on safety and security grounds – the proposed March conference, ‘International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism’ …” (more)

[Kevin McCarthy, Irish Times, 27 January]

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Incoming UCC president open to Israel conference

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The incoming president of University College Cork has no opposition to a controversial conference on Israel taking place on the campus but he supports last week’s decision that forced its postponement. UCC has been accused of bowing to pressure over claims of an anti-Israeli imbalance in the list of speakers for the event …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 January]

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Academic conference on Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Irish Federation of University Teachers is deeply concerned at attempts to block the holding of an important conference entitled ‘International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism, Responsibility’, which is scheduled to take place in University College Cork from March 31st to April 2nd …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 26 January]

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Conference on Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As one of the local organisers of the upcoming Cork conference on Israel (which will take place) I take exception to the headline over one letter in your Saturday edition ‘Conference against Jews not apt for UCC’ …” (more)

[Piaras Mac Éinrí, Irish Examiner, 24 January]

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Academic conference on Israel

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

Ireland“Sir, – It is disappointing and worrying that University College Cork has decided to prevent the academic conference ‘International Law and the State of Israel’ from taking place at the end of March. This appears to be part of a broader pattern of attempts to suppress debate on Israel and Palestine across Europe …” (more)

[Petra Schurenhofer, Irish Times, 25 January]

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