Two UCD staff members disciplined after allegations of sexual misconduct

Posted in Legal issues on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There have been ten cases in the past three years where lecturers and other staff members at Irish universities have been accused of sexual misconduct …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 16 February]

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Green Party motion to connect UCD to Metro and Luas links receives unanimous support

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“South Dublin County Council (SDCC) have voted unanimously to support a Green Party motion which would see proposed Metro lines extend to Knocklyon and UCD from Charlemont. The MetroLink project is an estimated €3bn project which would see the development of a north-south urban rail service in Dublin …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 14 February]

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Intercession: UCD founder Newman to be made saint after ‘second miracle’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Pope Francis will make Cardinal John Henry Newman, who was instrumental in founding the university that became UCD, a saint. The Pope has decided that Newman has committed two miracles. Newman was one of the highest-profile Anglicans to convert to Catholicism during the Victorian era …” (more)

[Dean Gray, Independent, 14 February]

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UCD founder Newman to be made a saint

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cardinal John Henry Newman, the founder of what later became known as University College Dublin, is to be made a saint. The Vatican announced the decision after finding that a second miracle was due to the intercession of the Englishman who converted from Anglicanism to the Catholic faith …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 13 February]

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UCD confirms one student has been diagnosed with mumps

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has confirmed one of its students has been diagnosed with mumps and has issued health advice to its student body on Tuesday. It comes after a number of cases of the virus were diagnosed at Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Calls For Minimum Standards And Guidelines On Grading Practices

Posted in Teaching on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Grading practices are fundamental to the university as an institution. After multiple interviews with UCD tutors citing a strong possibility of malpractice occurring within the UCD grading structure, the Tribune conducted an investigation into the matter …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 12 February]

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Minister for Education to argue against right of access to higher education

Posted in Legal issues on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Joe McHugh is set to argue that no individual has a right of access to higher education in an upcoming court appeal. The appeal is being made against a ruling carried out last September …” (more)

[Sarah Moran, Trinity News, 6 February]

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University College Dublin Investing €6.5 million to Expand on Campus Facility to House Start-Up Companies by 50%

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has announced that it is to expand its on campus facility to house start-up companies by over 50% with a €6.5 million development project. The project to renovate and extend the east courtyard of NovaUCD, the University’s Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs, is expected to be completed this Summer …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 1 February]

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NUI to maintain requirement for mandatory Irish

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland – which includes UCD, UCC and NUI Galway – is to maintain its requirement that students applying to its colleges must have a pass in Leaving Cert Irish. The NUI’s long-standing policies on Irish have been under review in light of the growing diversity of students progressing to higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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USI And UCD SU Come Out In Support Of Healthcare Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union Students of Ireland have come out in support of Pharmacy Students and upcoming changes to their programs. These changes under the new integrated Pharmacy programme means that students will be required to pay increased fees and participated in greater levels of unpaid placements as a result of a ban in place by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) in paying for student labour …” (more)

[Aaron Bowman, College Tribune, 30 January]

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Smurfit school handed €9m by US Ireland fund

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School was the big winner in the $29.47m donated to 352 organisations and projects here and across the world by the American Ireland Funds (AIF) in 2017 …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 11 January]

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UCD student at centre of racism controversy in World Debating Finals

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A student from University College Dublin (UCD) is at the centre of a controversy concerning racism at the World Universities Debating Championships final which is taking place this weekend in Cape Town, South Africa. Protesters occupied the open final of the competition following the sharing of a WhatsApp message on social media, which was sent by the UCD student, where the student called a black participant ‘useless’. The student is the head of the tabulation team at the competition …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 3 January]

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UCD the most popular cycle destination in Ireland

Posted in Life on January 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A university is the most popular cycle destination in Ireland. University College Dublin (UCD) Estate Services, which compiled data over the past year, shows that the Belfield is the single biggest cycle destination in Ireland with more than 7,000 cycle journeys to the campus on an average term day …” (more)

[Sarah Slater, Irish Examiner, 2 January]

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Minister for Education and Skills and Minister for Higher Education announce first president of Technological University Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today (December 2018) announced that Professor David FitzPatrick has been designated under the Technological Universities Act 2018 for appointment as the first president of Technological University Dublin …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 December]

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Common Room members celebrate staff as forced redundancy looms

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Members of the UCD Common Room Club gathered in the club tonight to celebrate its 43-year history, ahead of the 21st December deadline for its closure. Speaking to a packed room on Wednesday evening, Chairman of the Club’s committee, Prof Wolfgang Marx thanked attendees for their ‘solidarity with the Common Room’ …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 13 December]

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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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