Gerard Manley Hopkins, a terrible teacher who hated UCD

Posted in Life on May 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“To a non-Irish observer like myself, it does Ireland immense credit that the country has taken Gerard Manley Hopkins so enthusiastically to its heart. It is Ireland, not his native England, that honours the Victorian poet with an annual festival, houses the world’s leading Hopkins archive and gives an annual set of awards in his name …” (more)

[Simon Edge, Irish Times, 22 May]

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UCD Smurfit Business School hits top 50 in world rankings

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

Ireland“The UCD Smurfit Business School has been ranked 48th in the world and 26th in Europe in the ranking of open enrolment programmes, according to the 2017 Financial Times Executive Education Rankings. The school was identified as the highest climber in the rankings, jumping 21 places since 2016 …” (more)

[Irish Times, 15 May]

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Tributes paid to former UCD registrar Caroline Hussey on her death

Posted in Life on May 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Tributes have been paid to former University College Dublin registrar and academic Dr Caroline Hussey who has died following a short illness. A former lecturer in biochemistry, she made an early transition to academic administrator and served as registrar and deputy president of UCD from 1994 until her retirement in 2004 …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 13 May]

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UCD Private Club to cost at least €300,000

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD’s planned private club is set to cost at least €300,000, with the funding expected to come from University resources. The initial budget has been approved by the university for development of the site and architectural plans. The club is expected to cater to staff, alumni, members of the club and corporate clients …” (more)

[Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, University Observer, 19 April]

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UCD Signs up to Campaign Tackling Sexual Harassment in Irish Colleges

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

Ireland“UCD is partnering with the National Women’s Council of Ireland and several other universities for a campaign looking to tackle sexual harassment and assault on college campuses. UCD was the first major university to come on board, and now UCC, DCU and the University of Limerick have signed up to the ‘It Stops Now’ campaign …” (more)

[College Tribune, 11 April]

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Is UCD doing enough for student parents?

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

Ireland“While getting through university is a challenge for most students, few can imagine the difficulties faced by those who have to raise their own children while completing their studies. A third-level course is as demanding as a full-time job, except it costs money rather than providing it. On top of this, student-parents have to deal with the same childcare costs that overwhelm many dual-income households …” (more)

[Orla Keaveney, University Observer, 31 March]

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The Race to be Ireland’s Top Business School

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

Ireland“With construction of Trinity’s new business school well underway, it has become evident that the battle to obtain educational excellence in the provision of business degrees is most definitely a race to the top. Over the past couple of months, both Trinity and University College Cork (UCC) have announced their plans for the futures of their respective business schools …” (more)

[Kate Lawler, University Times, 27 March]

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President Deeks Petitioned Government to Fast-Track 220 International Student Visas Last Summer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last summer UCD President Andrew Deeks petitioned the government minister for Education Richard Bruton and Justice minster Frances Fitzgerald to fast-track 220 international student visa applications …” (more)

[College Tribune, 28 March]

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UCD Must Take Responsibility for Tackling Sexual Harassment on Campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The rise in the number of students reporting incidents of sexual assault and harassment to UCD campus services shows the the college can no longer shirk their responsibility to victims. It’s not disputed that any victim of a sexual assault or incidents of harassment should first contact the authorities such as the Gardaí, or the Rape Crisis Centre. But this does not absolve UCD of taking responsibility for tackling the issue in the college community …” (more)

[College Tribune, 28 March]

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In Reforming Arts Degrees, Improving Employability Shouldn’t Overtake the Degree’s Purpose

Posted in Teaching on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin’s (UCD) large Bachelor of Arts programme is getting a makeover. For the September 2018 intake, the course will get a significant overhaul, seeing the addition of internships, research and a variety of new combinations purportedly aimed at improving educational and employment opportunities. Maynooth University, too, may extend its arts degree from three to four years with potential for internships and research …” (more)

[University Times, 26 March]

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5 Sexual Assaults and 11 Harassment Cases Reported by Students to UCD Campus Services Since 2014

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Five sexual assaults were reported to UCD campus security between 2014 and 2016. Eleven students have also reported instances of harassment to campus services since 2014. An internal campus services report into student’s personal safety on campus, obtained by the Tribune, show a marked rise in reports of sexual assault and harassment on campus …” (more)

[College Tribune, 28 March]

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Arts degrees overhaul to target better job prospects

Posted in Teaching on March 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin is to extensively reform its arts degree courses to try and improve the chances of students getting jobs when they graduate. Points for arts degrees have been falling in recent years as students and their parents question the job prospects linked to these qualifications …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 March]

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UCD and DCU recognised for gender equality actions

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

Ireland“Two Irish universities have received an award recognising steps they have taken towards gender equality. UCD and DCU have both received Athena SWAN bronze awards …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 15 March]

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UCD students organise RTÉ ‘Repeal protest’

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

Ireland“Around 80 people took part in demonstration on Monday outside RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, protesting the broadcaster’s coverage of the Strike for Repeal march last Wednesday. The event was organised by UCD students …” (more)

[Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, Irish Times, 13 March]

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UCD Students Lead RTÉ Repeal Protest

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

Ireland“Students are being invited to attend a demonstration today outside RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, protesting the coverage of the Strike for Repeal march last Wednesday. The event is being organised by a number of UCD students …” (more)

[Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, University Observer, 13 March]

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UCD Students Vote in Favour of Reducing the Current Level of Third-Level Fee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students in, University College Dublin (UCD) have voted to mandate their students’ union to campaign for significantly reduced third-level fees, with 62.5% of voting students choosing the option over the two others presented …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 9 March]

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Lack of Information and Emphasis Highlight UCD’s Problematic Approach to Sexual Assault on Campus

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

Ireland“Several high profile incidents internationally and on campus have seen UCD’s policy and approach to sexual assault and harassment on campus come under question. Do students know how to report an incident with the university if they want to, or do the college need to make it clearer? Should the college take a proactive stance on tackling sexual assault or ‘rape culture’ on campus? …” (more)

[College Tribune, 2 March]

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UCD and Disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is the only country in the European Union that has not ratified the UN Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). This is in spite of having over ten years in which to do it. If Ireland has not even ratified disability rights, how do we treat Irish students with disabilities? …” (more)

[Eithne Dodd, University Observer, 2 March]

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UCD plans to convert student beds into seminar rooms

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

Ireland“University College Dublin has sparked controversy by converting 40 student beds into high-end seminar rooms for corporate weekend courses. The university is spending €2.5 million on seminar rooms and new office space for the UCD business school’s professional diploma courses …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 28 February]

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UCD gets Connemara film and sound archive of artists and poets

Posted in Research on February 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Extensive film and audio recordings of poets Seamus Heaney, Paula Meehan and Moya Cannon and musicians Christy Moore and Bill Whelan form part of a Connemara archive which has been donated to University College Dublin (UCD) …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 28 February]

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