New €6.5m Project to Expand NovaUCD’s Capacity

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD today announced that NovaUCD, the University’s Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs, is to expand its capacity to house early-stage start-ups by over 50% with a €6.5 million development project …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 16 August]

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How the housing crisis is hitting vulnerable students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students across the country are struggling to find accommodation as the annual start of college looms in September. A shortage of accommodation has driven prices upward to a point where many students – especially in Dublin – are simply not able to afford. The situation is becoming increasingly untenable for students …” (more)

[Patrick Kelleher, Irish Times, 16 August]

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Closing the gender gap

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Further to your article, ‘Glaring gender gaps found in academic posts’ (Home News, August 3rd). More than 50 years ago UCD boasted five outstanding women scientists who were professors and associate professors – Carmel Humphries (zoology), Eva Philbin (chemistry), Phyllis Clinch (botany), Dervla Donnelly (phytochemistry) and Sheila Tinney (mathematical physics). These women were widely known and highly respected in the academic world both nationally and internationally …” (more)

[Mary Toomey, Irish Times, 10 August]

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UCD’s nod to Giant’s Causeway

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I was disappointed to read that UCD had selected a New York based firm of architects to develop a €48 million centre for creative design and new entrance to the campus (‘Giant’s Causeway-inspired building for UCD’, Olivia Kelly, Home News, August 7th) …” (more)

[Edward Peregrin, Irish Times, 8 August]


Ireland’s first Black Studies module to launch in UCD

Posted in Teaching on August 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is introducing a new ‘Black Studies and Critical Race Perspectives in Education’ module, marking the first module of its kind at third level in Ireland. The module intends to explore the experiences of people of black African descent and examine their history, contributions to Africa and the wider world, social movements, and contemporary forms of Blackness …” (more)

[Alison Traynor, Trinity News, 7 August]


Giant’s Causeway-inspired building for UCD

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

Ireland“A New York-based firm of architects has been selected to develop a €48 million centre for creative design and new entrance at University College Dublin (UCD). Steven Holl Architects saw off competition from 98 teams from 28 countries with their design inspired by ‘the geometries of Giant’s Causeway’ …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 7 August]


Asylum seeker in Waterford seeks €3,000 in public backing for university studies

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A student living in direct provision in Waterford has made an online appeal for money so he can continue his university studies …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Former leading Irish agriculture professor passes away

Posted in Life on July 24th, 2018 by steve

“The founder of agricultural economics at University College Dublin, Seamus Sheehy has passed away. The former professor was a native of Ballyporeen in Co Tipperary and was a recipient of the Agricultural Science Association’s (ASA) Lifetime Achievement Award …” (more)

[Claire Fox, Independent, 24 July]

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UCDSU’s Plagiarism is a Tacit Acceptance of the Work That USI Does

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

“There were whispers of bemusement from many corners of the student movement this week when it was revealed that University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) had plagiarised almost the entirety of the Union of Students’ in Ireland’s (USI) pre-budget submission. It’s a strange move for a union that has defiantly declared over the years that it didn’t need USI to hold its hand on the national stage …” (more)

[University Times, 22 July]

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UCD reacting like a ‘dinosaur in distress’ on equality, say IFUT

Posted in Legal issues on July 13th, 2018 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has strongly criticised University College Dublin in a case involving age discrimination against a senior staff member, saying the approach of senior management more resembles a dinosaur in distress than a college seeking to address discrimination …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 July]

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Illiberal liberalism

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2018 by steve

“College campuses around the world are renowned as centres of free thinking, individuality, and acceptance of those from all walks of life. And they are; as long as you think the right way that is. In recent years, it has become more and more normalised for people to be silenced because their opinions are seen as unpopular …” (more)

[Dearbhla Gormley, Village Magazine, 5 July]

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Coca-Cola banned at UCD – but you can have a Coke Zero

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It has previously been banned from the campus entirely, but now the only Coca-Cola available at University College Dublin will be Coke Zero. The college has become the first third-level institution in Ireland to stop the sale of high-sugar drinks on campus …” (more)

[Independent, 28 June]


We’re All Out of Step but UCD, It Seems!

Posted in Legal issues on June 28th, 2018 by steve

“… It’s quite staggering then that the top echelons in UCD seem determined to so quickly squander tens of thousands of tax payers’ and student fee money to appeal a discrimination case awarded against them by the Workplace Relations Commission for age discrimination against a long-time female Lecturer in the college and a member of IFUT. Earlier this year the WRC ruled that age discrimination had occurred …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 27 June]

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UCD first college to ban sale of sugary drinks on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2018 by steve

“UCD has become the first third-level institution in the country to stop the sale of high-sugar drinks on campus. The decision followed a seven-week trial to curb the sale of unhealthy sugar-sweetened beverages across the university’s 16 food and drink outlets …” (more)

[Luke Byrne, Independent, 28 June]


Shortlist designs revealed for the UCD Entrance Precinct Masterplan

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2018 by steve

“A shortlist of 6 concept designs for UCD’s Entrance Precinct Masterplan and for the Centre for Creative Design have been released following an international competition that saw almost 100 teams from across 28 countries enter the first stage. The Entrance Precinct Masterplan is expected to cover an area of 23.8 ha, and with include up to 335,000 sq m for new development …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 27 June]


Tinder rapist remanded in custody pending sentence for UCD sex assault

Posted in Legal issues on June 23rd, 2018 by steve

“A Tinder rapist has been further remanded in custody pending sentencing for sexually assaulting a woman at the UCD campus at Belfield. Patrick Nevin (36) was found guilty by a jury last November of sexually assaulting the Brazilian language student …” (more)

[Eimear Cotter, Independent, 22 June]


UCD plans dedicated Chinese restaurant

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

“The country’s largest university has announced plans to build its own ‘authentic’ Chinese restaurant on its campus. University College Dublin confirmed that as part of its purpose built Confucius Centre, which has been co-financed between the Irish and Chinese governments, the centre will include a dedicated restaurant …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 8 June]

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UCD announces new business school boss

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2018 by steve

“University College Dublin (UCD) has appointed Prof Anthony Brabazon to head up its College of Business, which includes the well-regarded Lochlann Quinn School of Business and the Smurfit Business School. The university said Prof Brabazon had been appointed college principal and dean of its College of Business …” (more)

[Eoin Burke-Kennedy, Irish Times, 16 May]

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Obituary: Prof Tom Brazil

Posted in Life on May 6th, 2018 by steve

“Professor Thomas (Tom) Brazil was the in-situ President of the IEEE MTT (Microwave Theory and Techniques) Society – the world’s leading organisation of researchers into harnessing the power of microwaves which enable mobile phones and other devices to operate with ever-improving efficiency. He was a member of the Royal Irish Academy and was elected honorary secretary of the Academy …” (more)

[Independent, 6 May]

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Union calls on UCD to drop appeal on ageism ruling

Posted in Legal issues on April 28th, 2018 by steve

“The university lecturers’ union has hit back at plans by UCD to appeal a ruling that it discriminated against a female member of staff on age grounds in a competition for promotion when she was 61. The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) recently ordered UCD to pay lecturer Dr Anne Cleary €30,000 and to promote her retrospectively to senior lecturer grade …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 April]

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