Man accused of sexually assaulting Tinder date at UCD ‘like a monster’, woman tells court

Posted in Legal issues on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A woman has told a court that a man she met through Tinder was like a ‘monster’ when he allegedly attacked her in his car. The 36-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexual assault of the foreign national at UCD campus, Belfield, south Dublin on July 23, 2014 …” (more)

[Declan Brennan, Independent, 22 November]

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Niall Torris: Increase in Postgraduate Fees is ‘Cynical’ and ‘Cowardly’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Graduate Officer Niall Torris has come out strongly against rising postgraduate fees calling it a ‘very cynical move’ by UCD. Speaking to the Tribune Mr Torris said …” (more)

[College Tribune, 2 November]

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Man accused of Tinder sex assault at UCD campus

Posted in Legal issues on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A man has gone on trial charged with the sexual assault of a woman he met on Tinder at the campus of University College Dublin. The 36-year-old man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault of a woman at UCD campus, Belfield, in south Dublin, on July 23, 2014 …” (more)

[Declan Brennan, Independent, 22 November]

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‘I Can’t See How They’d Enforce A Smoking Ban’

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

Ireland“Barry Murphy, UCD Students’ Union (UCDSU) Acting President, has expressed doubt over the feasibility of UCD’s Smoke-Free Campus Policy. Murphy explained that ‘our view on it is that students should be allowed to smoke wherever they want to, as long as it’s away from certain entrances …'” (more)

[College Tribune, 15 November]

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UCD Confucius centre project runs another €2m over budget

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University College Dublin (UCD) Confucius Centre, a building part-funded by the Chinese Government, has now run €4.8 million over budget, following a recent €2 million increase in costs. At a meeting of the university’s governing authority, it was revealed the project would require an additional €2 million, following a dispute with the construction contractors Glenman Corporation …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 13 November]

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Petition Launched To Make SU Membership Optional

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A group named Freedom of Choice Coalition of UCD (FOCC) are launching a petition this week to change Article 3 of the UCDSU Constitution which if passed would see membership of the SU become optional. In a press release, the group stated that their reason for launching the petition …” (more)

[College Tribune, 6 November]

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High Prevalence and Poor Awareness of Ireland’s Mental Health Problem Clear in UCD

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Everyone who has attended a third level institution has heard the same mantra, that the years you spend in university will be ‘the best years of your life’. We are fed a certain image of university life, replete with parties, close friendships, and time spent ‘finding yourself’. Of course, what is never shown is the reality of student life for the vast majority of students …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey, University Observer, 3 November]

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Removal of UCD students’ union president

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

Ireland“Sir, – I was utterly astonished to watch the unfolding removal of the UCD students’ union president by its own members. That a third-level institution would be the setting for such a spectacle of narrow-mindedness makes it even worse …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 1 November]

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After UCD Votes to Impeach, Ascough Comes Out Defiant

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

Ireland“An overwhelming majority of voters, 69%, chose to impeach University College Dublin Students’ Dublin (UCDSU) President Katie Ascough from her role. The result follows two days of voting which saw thousands of students participate …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee and Dominic McGrath, University Times, 26 October]

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UCD students vote to impeach union president Katie Ascough

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) students have voted to impeach their Students’ Union President Katie Ascough. In total 4,540 students voted to impeach Ms Ascough, out of 6,572 students who cast a ballot, meaning a majority of 69% were in favour of her removal …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 26 October]

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UCD SU president makes last plea ahead of impeachment result

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

Ireland“UCD Students’ Union president Katie Ascough has said the impeachment campaign against her is predicated on her pro-life views and refusal to break the law. Voting in the two-day plebiscite will continue until 8pm this evening after 1,200 students of the college signed a petition calling for an impeachment referendum to take place …” (more)

[Ciarán D’Arcy, Irish Times, 26 October]

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Hundreds of students take to the polls to vote in referendum to impeach UCDSU President Katie Ascough

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

Ireland“Hundreds of students have taken to the polls to vote in the referendum to impeach SU President Katie Ascough. Polling stations opened around campus yesterday morning and will close at 8pm on Thursday night …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 25 October]

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Impeachment vote a ‘freedom of thought’ issue – UCDSU chief

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

Ireland“University College Dublin Students’ Union president Katie Ascough said the referendum to impeach her is a ‘freedom of thought’ issue on campus. The move to impeach Ms Ascough began following her decision to remove a page in the UCDSU freshers’ Winging It magazine that contained information on abortion services abroad, and reprint the magazine at a cost of up to €8,000 …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 25 October]

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In UCD, Ascough Condemns Opponents, Student Media and More, But Stands Firm

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

Ireland“Tonight’s hustings in University College Dublin (UCD) came down to democracy, with both sides of the referendum arguing that they were more democratic. There were many accusations levelled on both sides and things ended on a sour note for University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) President Katie Ascough, who students are trying to impeach …” (more)

[Róisín Power, Isla Hoe and Aisling Marren, University Times, 24 October]

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Three UCD union officers campaign to impeach Katie Ascough

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Three colleagues of University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) president Katie Ascough have joined the campaign to impeach her …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 24 October]

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UCD to Risk Industrial Dispute Over Doubling of Permit Parking Cost

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

Ireland“UCD’s plan to double the cost of parking permits for next year could lead to another major labour dispute with some of Ireland’s biggest Trade Unions. The University wants to increase their price to €100 for the 2018/2019 academic year, then follow up with further increases to €125 in 2019/2020, and €150 in 2020/2021 …” (more)

[College Tribune, 17 October]

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UCD Smurfit School MBA ranked 74th best in world

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

Ireland“UCD Smurfit School’s executive part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) course has risen 15 places to be ranked 74th in the world. The Financial Times top 100 global executive MBA ranking, published Monday, ranks the Smurfit school as the 35th best in Europe and makes it the only Irish institution on the list …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 16 October]

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Revealed: Details of explosive UCD Students’ Union meeting as abortion controversy makes international headlines

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

Ireland“Members of an Irish university’s Students’ Union which is at the centre of an abortion stance controversy have now slammed their president in an explosive meeting. The latest comments come after a week which saw the President of the UCD Students’ Union hit international headlines as she is facing impeachment …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 14 October]

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Anti-abortion UCD students’ union president says she has been subject of ‘bullying campaign’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The president of UCD students’ union says she has been the subject of a ‘bullying campaign’ by a group of students who are determined to remove her from office. Katie Ascough, who is anti-abortion, is facing an impeachment referendum later this month following controversy over her decision to withdraw detailed information over access to abortion services in a student magazine …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 October]

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SU president at centre of anti-abortion stance controversy slams calls for her impeachment

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A students’ union president at the centre of a controversy over her anti-abortion stance has slammed calls for her impeachment as ‘bullying tactics’. President of UCD Students’ Union Katie Ascough is now facing a second impeachment vote after another petition on the campus collected 1,200 signatures …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 11 October]

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