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]

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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]

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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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UCD School of Law ranked among top 50 worldwide

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

Ireland“The UCD Sutherland School of Law has placed 47th in the world in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by subject. This is the second year in which THE have released subject rankings specifically for law and the first time the School has ranked. UCD is the only Irish university to have a law school ranked in the top 100 …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 19 October]

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Deeks Responds to Common Room Complaints

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD President Andrew Deeks has responded to the complaints raised by the Common Room Club in comments to the Tribune. President Deeks said that while he understood the complaints of the Common Room members, he has received a measure of support from a number of staff members for the new UCD Club currently under construction …” (more)

[College Tribune, 17 October]

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Embattled Deeks will have little space to maneuver after Common Room campaign

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

Ireland“Already, we have reached Week 5 of this semester, and as the countdown to the closure of the UCD Common Room sits at 10 weeks, it seems that time is running short for more than those cramming for midterms. While the pleas of over 400 staff members who signed the petition, in-person and online, to boycott the University Club have seemingly fallen on unsympathetic ears …” (more)

[University Observer, 16 October]

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Part-time Irish MBA programme scores highly worldwide

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The part-time executive MBA course at UCD Smurfit School in Dublin has been ranked at 68th best such programme in the world, up six places on last year. This is according to the 2018 Financial Times top 100 global executive MBA rankings, which analyses programmes based on several criteria, including career progress, quality of faculty, research and diversity …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 14 October]

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Turning the blue county green in UCD

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

Ireland“In a year where climate change has reared its ugly head, Eva O’Hara investigates whether UCD is leading by example in creating a greener campus here on our patch of the world …” (more)

[Eva O Hara, University Observer, 13 October]

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