Agriculture students sorry for ‘lewd’ remarks on college radio show

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

Ireland“Students at University College Dublin (UCD) have apologised for making offensive comments during a broadcast on college station Belfield FM. ‘Keepin’ It Country’ features a number of Agricultural Science students who put out a weekly show with agricultural news and commentary. The show came under fire after a number of lewd comments were allegedly made about female students …” (more)

[Conor McCrave and Rachel Farrell, Independent, 7 December]

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Smurfit School climbs in European business table

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD Smurfit School has climbed one place to 23rd in the 2018 ‘Financial Times’ European Business Schools Rankings. The standings measure a school’s quality and range of programmes across a number of courses, including Master of business administration (MBA) and Master in management …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 3 December]

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IMI makes FT’s business school rankings for the first time

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Management Institute has entered the Financial Times’ European Business Schools Rankings for the first time, becoming the highest new European entrant in this year’s list. The IMI, which merged with University College Cork in 2016, was ranked in 76th place out of 95 in Europe, in what is seen as a ‘ranking of rankings’ that measures the quality and breadth of programmes at various business schools …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 3 November]

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UCD President’s Mar-a-Lago

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Aussie go-getter and UCD president Andrew Deeks has caused academic eyebrows to arch with his grandiose projects, including the €48m creative design centre; a circa €200m new sub campus; and the Confucius Centre that recently ran €5m over budget …” (more)

[Phoenix Magazine, 30 November]

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Founder of UCD could be canonised next year

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The founder of University College Dublin looks set to become a saint. Cardinal John Henry Newman was the rector of the Catholic University of Ireland which later became UCD. According to the Catholic News Agency, a second miracle attributed to him has been approved by the Vatican …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 29 November]

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Panel Discusses Vision for Future Development of UCD Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD Students’ Strategic Vision, a student-led initiative that is preparing a vision for the future development of the UCD campus from a students perspective held a wide-ranging panel talk last week to discuss the ongoing development on and around campus …” (more)

[College Tribune, 22 November]


Students Uncertain about Tutorial Quality

Posted in Teaching on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Over the past number of weeks, the Tribune has conducted an investigation into Tutorial practices within the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences in UCD. The aim of this investigation has been to gain testimony from tutors regarding the tutorial process, and to gauge undergraduate students’ opinions on the status quo …” (more)

[College Tribune, 7 November]

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Accessibility Audit: Accessibility isn’t a joke, but UCD is

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On the 17th October, a group of us set out onto campus in UCD to test and experience what so many students in UCD have to deal with on a daily basis – relying on the ‘accessible’ ways around. Six able-bodied, opinionated women going across campus; testing every door ramp and elevator …” (more)

[Aoibhs Magills, University Observer, 6 November]

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UCD Agriculture Science ranked in top 20 in the world

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Agriculture Science at UCD placed 19th on the list which was compiled by US News and World Reports and was also named among the top five universities to study agriculture science in Europe. UCD was the only Irish institution to make the list …” (more)

[Claire Fox, Independent, 6 November]

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HealthyUCD and the University as public relations machine

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

Ireland“The HealthyUCD strategy was launched by UCD HR in March 2016 as both a ‘Health Promotion Strategic Plan’ and a public relations campaign and accompanied by a lot of high-flown and inspiring rhetoric. The objective? Nothing less than to ‘change the mind-set, culture and attitude of our community towards positive and beneficial health promoting structures, practices and policies across the full spectrum of physical, mental, spiritual and emotional wellbeing’ …” (more)

[University Observer, 4 November]

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Closure of Common Room ‘inevitable’ and will not be reversed, says Deeks

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD President Andrew Deeks has dismissed the possibility that a proposed boycott of the controversial €14 million University Club will have a material effect on the number of faculty and staff who use it …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 31 October]

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UCD Students Express Anger at Nighttime Construction in Residences

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD Students Union today hosted a Town Hall event to discuss the ongoing issues in student residences as a result of the ongoing construction of phase one of the residences master plan. Students in Merville, Roebuck and Glenomena accommodation had all reported that their study, sleep and health had all being affected by the ongoing construction …” (more)

[Aaron Bowman, College Tribune, 1 November]

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Leaving Cert results, CAO offers and appeal outcomes to be released earlier following UCD student’s landmark High Court case

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The release of Leaving Cert results, CAO offers and the outcomes of appeals are being brought forward next year. A major overhaul of the timetable comes in the wake of the recent High Court case …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 November]

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UCD’s gender imbalance problem

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Despite the fact that more women complete undergraduate and postgraduate degrees than men, and 51% of lecturers in higher education are women, the gender imbalance in higher education leadership is particularly prevalent. According to reports by the Higher Education Authority, women are grossly underrepresented in senior academic positions at third level institutions …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, University Observer, 1 November]

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HealthyUCD and the University as Public Relations Machine

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The following is the original version of our Op-Ed that was published in highly-truncated form (with anything that could be taken as direct criticism of the administration excised) by the University Observer …” (more)

[Facebook, 1 November]

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Healthy UCD is a trick of smoke and sugars

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In 2014, the first step of UCD’s smoke free campus was rolled out, with the banning of the sale of cigarettes on campus. Since 2015, the University has been announcing further steps in this policy, with maps showing which areas are smoke free. In reality only the first of these rules is known by the majority of smokers, which is the prohibition of smoking within 10 meters of the entrance of a building …” (more)

[Nathan Young, University Observer, 31 October]

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New chairman for UCD’s Smurfit board

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Liam FitzGerald is to assume the role of chair of the Irish Advisory Board of UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in January. The former CEO of United Drug Group succeeds Niall FitzGerald following the completion of his four year term. Appointed by the University President, Liam FitzGerald has been an active member of UCD Smurfit School’s Irish Advisory Board since 2006 …” (more)

[Independent, 1 November]

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The legacy of UCD’s ‘gentle revolution’

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In Paris, May 1968, a student protest over university reform drew a heavy-handed response from the authorities, leading to widespread worker strikes. Indeed, the entire decade was a time of change and turmoil: in Pakistan, Poland, the US, Mexico, Czechoslovakia, Italy and the UK, students were in the vanguard of a movement demanding civil rights and radical social and political change …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 30 October]


Third Level Admissions Entry Requirements – UCD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 20th, 2018 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention was drawn to the fact that UCD had changed its enrolment policy for the 2018-19 academic year; when his attention was further drawn to the fact that this would impact on the ability of students to commence their studies in this academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 October]

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Limited Progress on Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There has been little progress made in the plan to establish gender-neutral bathrooms in UCD. Last February, UCD announced plans to re-designate 170 toilets as gender-neutral bathrooms. In the seven months since then, only one toilet has been re-designated …” (more)

[College Tribune, 19 October]

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