UCD Students Have Paid €43 million through the Student Centre Levy since 2006

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

Ireland“Information received by the University Observer under the Freedom of Information Act 2004 reveals that UCD students have paid an estimated €43 million via the Student Centre Levy since 2006. The capitalised value of all costs associated with the New Student is €52.9 million. In the 2016/2017 academic year alone, UCD students paid an estimated €6.5 million through the student centre levy …” (more)

[Aoife Hardesty, University Observer, 22 February]


UCD to re-designate more than 170 toilets as ‘gender neutral’

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

Ireland“UCD is to re-designate more than 170 toilets across the entire campus as ‘gender neutral’ and introduce transgender changing facilities at its sport centre. The move is part of a new university policy to provide a welcoming campus for transgender and gender-fluid students and employees …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 February]

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Governing Authority Approves €145 Million for Residence Masterplan

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD’s Governing Authority has formally approved spending €145 million on Phase 1 of UCD’s Residence Masterplan. It aims to have 924 beds across three buildings ready for September 2020. President Andrew Deeks confirmed the decision was made at yesterday’s meeting of the Governing Authority …” (more)

[College Tribune, 21 February]

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Are colleges really a ‘safe space’ for leftists?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Modern students, we are told, don’t want to be challenged. They would prefer to stay in a ‘Safe Space’, receiving an education devoid of challenges to their views from social conservatives. Conservative students, meanwhile, have extreme difficulty fitting in socially if their views become known …” (more)

[Nathan Young, University Observer, 21 February]

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Public Accounts Committee Probing UCD over Non Compliance

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Oireachtas is investigating UCD over its failure to competitively tender €8.5 million worth of procurement contracts. PAC began to look into the matter when UCD’s ‘Financial Statement for the 2016 Year’ was put before it on the 14th December 2017 …” (more)

[College Tribune, 13 February]

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Aramark Responds to ‘Aramark off UCD Campus’ Campaign

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

Ireland“In response to the launch of the campaign to boycott Aramark on UCD campus, Aramark have released a statement to the University Observer. Aramark provide catering for three out of the 35 direct provision centres in Ireland. The boycott campaign has been set up by students who believe Aramark are profiting from a system in which asylum seekers are ill-treated …” (more)

[Aoife Hardesty, University Observer, 9 February]

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Aramark Off UCD Campus set to Officially Launch Campaign on Wednesday

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

Ireland“Aramark Off UCD Campus, a student group formed to boycott the presence of catering company Aramark on campus, due to their involvement with the Direct Provision system, is set to officially launch their campaign on Wednesday, 7th February. Students first began to boycott the canteen in the Gerard Manley Hopkins building last November …” (more)

[College Tribune, 6 February]

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UCD Developing Fee Supports For Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 has confirmed that UCD is planning to introduce applications for fee supports for refugees and asylum seekers. UCD Access and Lifelong Learning (ALL) will serve as the initial point of contact for refugees, asylum seekers, and those with leave to remain and subsidiary protection status …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 4 February]

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UCD medical students forced to resit ‘compromised’ exam as ‘230 get A-grade’

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A second-year class in University College Dublin is being forced to resit an exam after their lecturer said the original test had been ‘compromised’. Medical and physiology students in UCD did not receive the results for the module ‘Cell-Cell Communication’ and were instead told by email that they have to retake the exam in February …” (more)

[Dylan O’Neill, Independent, 3 February]

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UCD Smurfit School drops in MBA rankings

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

Ireland“UCD Smurfit has plummeted 24 places in the latest Financial Times Global MBA rankings, dropping from 70th place last year on the back of falling average salaries for graduates. At joint 94 however, it has managed to hold onto its Top 100 position …” (more)

[Fiona Reddan, Irish Times, 29 January]

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Bats Could Delay Construction of President Deeks’ New Office

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

Ireland“UCD President Andrew Deeks may have to wait a little longer for a new office because of bats. The Tribune reported in Issue 4 that UCD was spending hundreds of thousands of euro to plan the renovation of Ardmore House as part of an overall HR project. The move will see Deeks’ office transfer out of the Tierney Building …” (more)

[College Tribune, 27 January]

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UCD students to launch boycott of Aramark campaign on February 7

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

Ireland“Students at University College Dublin (UCD) are launching a campaign to boycott the catering company Aramark on February 7. The students are lobbying for UCD to end ties with the business, who caters for three direct provision centers across Ireland. A representative for the lobby group spoke to Trinity News …” (more)

[Seana Davis, Trinity News, 27 January]

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Anonymous €3m donation to get new UCD athletics track up and running

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After six seemingly hopeless years on the waiting list University College Dublin (UCD) is getting a new athletics track thanks to an anonymous €3 million donation. The money will cover the cost of building the facility and maintaining it over the next 20 years. The previous track on the Belfield side of campus fell into disrepair in November 2011 and was subsequently ripped up …” (more)

[Ian O’Riordan, Irish Times, 26 January]


Universities need less regulation and more autonomy

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

Ireland“When announcing the latest links between university funding and delivery of national priorities, the Government has once again shown that there is a clear need for a wider understanding of the structures and processes of transparency and accountability that are already in place in the higher education sector …” (more)

[Andrew Deeks, Irish Times, 22 January]

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UCD and UCC apply to fast track student accommodation

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) and University College Cork (UCC) are among applications made directly to An Bórd Pleanála in a new fast-track planning system, as reported by The Irish Times. Three fast-track planning applications for student accommodation are currently active in Dublin and Cork …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 16 January]

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UCD €300m student housing scheme gets the go-ahead

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A €300 million on-campus accommodation complex at University College Dublin (UCD) has become the first development approved by An Bord Pleanála under the new ‘fast-track’ planning process. However the board has reduced the amount of student housing sought by the State’s largest university by more than a quarter, bringing the number of beds down from 3,006 to 2,178 …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 12 January]

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Students to Protest Avoca and Aramark over Direct Provision Links

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students Ireland (USI) have announced that they are to protest outside Avoca on Suffolk Street in Dublin this Saturday. The action is to highlight to shoppers the ties that Avoca has with Aramark, a global company who owns Avoca. The Union are calling for Avoca management to cut ties with Aramark in the New Year as part of Avoca’s New Years Resolution. Aramark run three direct provision centres in Ireland as well as providing much of the catering services within UCD …” (more)

[College Tribune, 20 December]

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Complaint upheld after UCD student asked to pay almost €500 more in fees than advertised

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on December 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) has upheld a complaint made against University College Dublin (UCD) over the cost of a masters course. Details on the UCD School of Medicine website for a two-year part-time masters course …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 December]

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UCD Smurfit Executive Development admitted to UNICON

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD Smurfit Executive Development has been formally admitted to UNICON. UNICON is an invitation only alliance of the world’s leading university-based executive education providers where members share knowledge, research and perspectives to support the evolution of executive development programmes. UCD Smurfit Executive Development is the only Irish member to be admitted …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 18 December]

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Academics dispute UCD’s claim to share of their firm

Posted in Legal issues on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A dispute over whether University College Dublin (UCD) is entitled to a 15% shareholding in a company involved in developing commercial processes for global pharmaceutical giants has come before the Commercial Court …” (more)

[Tim Healy, Independent, 5 December]