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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Loneliness and Isolation in UCD

Posted in Life on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this month, the University Observer published an article entitled ‘Double Major Isolation’ in which four double major arts students in UCD spoke about the feelings of isolation and loneliness that two often come with doing the joint honours BA. How big is a problem like loneliness in UCD? No one could say for sure, however what can be examined is what is being done to combat it …” (more)

[Eithne Dodd, University Observer, 27 February]

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No Trigger Warnings Policy in Place in UCD Schools

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Increasingly at the start of a new semester in UCD, students will find themselves being given ‘trigger warnings’. Be it verbally in class, on the module outline or via an announcement on Blackboard, trigger warnings are becoming more prevalent in UCD …” (more)

[Eithne Dodd, University Observer, 27 February]

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Sexual consent classes at UCD cancelled due to lack of interest

Posted in Teaching on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Students’ Union has cancelled classes on sexual consent because of a lack of interest. Approximately 20 students out of a student population of 30,000 have participated in the classes which were first announced in February last year as part of the university’s #NotAskingForIt campaign …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 16 February]

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On-campus accommodation prices set to increase more than originally planned

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Despite stating otherwise last October, UCD Students’ Union President Conor Viscardi has admitted that on-campus accommodation price increases will be higher than expected …” (more)

[Martin Healy, University Observer, 16 February]

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Consent classes dropped by UCD and the Students’ Union

Posted in Teaching on February 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Consent classes have been dropped by the UCD Students’ Union and the university. Plans were announced in February 2016 for the union to run classes in co-operation with the university. The UCDSU President at the time, Marcus O’Halloran, explained that the union would run the consent classes with the expectation that the university would take part in running them …” (more)

[Niamh O’Regan, University Observer, 15 February]

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Internal UCD Staff Survey Criticises Lack of ‘Leadership’ and ‘Accountability’ in University Management

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

Ireland“In internal university staff engagement survey has found satisfaction with college management and leadership is poor in UCD. 1,827 staff completed a college internal ‘UCD Culture & Engagement Survey’, at a comparatively large response rate of 51%. The identified weaknesses in the university were primarily ‘leadership’, ‘accountability and performance management’, and ‘professional and personal development’ …” (more)

[College Tribune, 14 February]

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Seminar: Peter Cassells, ‘Funding Higher Education: How And Why?’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ISPA, in association with the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at UCD, will host this seminar. It will consist of a presentation from Peter Cassells with an opportunity afterwards for questions and discussion. The seminar is free to attend and ISPA membership forms will be available on the night …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 February]

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Double Major Isolation

Posted in Life on February 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It’s no secret that UCD is a big campus. There are over 33,000 students and a couple thousand of them are participating in the biggest arts programme in the country. But when you’re in a double-major arts programme, there are no specialised classes and while there might be tutors that learn your name if you’re the kind of person that speaks up in class, there is no reason ever for your lecturers to know who you are unless you go to them with a specific problem …” (more)

[Eithne Dodd, University Observer, 8 February]

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Gender Recognition on the Way for Transgender People in UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“2015 was a landmark year for LGBT rights in Ireland. The Marriage Equality referendum passed with a resounding ‘Yes’ vote from the people of our country and people marched in celebration and with great excitement for the future …” (more)

[Aoife Hardesty, University Observer, 6 February]

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FOI Reveals UCD has No Investments in Fossil Fuels

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

Ireland“The College Tribune can reveal that UCD currently does not invest in fossil fuel companies, according to documents viewed under the Freedom of Information act. This information was sought in light of a successful campaign led by Fossil Free TCD, which saw Trinity agree to divest its €6.1 million indirect investments in fossil fuel companies …” (more)

[College Tribune, 1 February]

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Plans for €14 Million Investment in UCD Sports Facilities and New Running Track Scrapped

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The college has abandoned plans for a €14 million development of sporting facilities on campus. The plans included a new 400 meter running track, a refurbishment of the existing Sports Centre, and a new multi-purpose facility extension onto the current sport centre …” (more)

[College Tribune, 31 January]

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