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]


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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MBA salary boost? Depends on how you measure it

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

Ireland“Thinking of doing an MBA but worried that you will never earn back the cost? New figures from the Financial Times show that graduates of UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School (the only Irish school on the Top 100 global list), saw remuneration rise 71% within three years of doing the degree …” (more)

[Irish Times, 31 January]

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Smurfit MBA climbs to 70th place in FT world rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s full-time masters of business administration (MBA) has climbed nine places to 70th on the annual Financial Times worldwide rankings. It is the only Irish business school to feature on the list …” (more)

[Irish Times, 30 January]

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Planned Private Staff ‘University Club’ and Restaurant ‘Number One’ Priority for President Deeks

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The planned University Club will provide fine dining and a formal bar reception for staff, alumni, and visiting guests, although students will not be given access. Other priorities include a large scale re-development of the Newman Building and James Joyce library, and a new three story extension of the Quinn school of Business building between Quinn and Sutherland …” (more)

[College Tribune, 25 January]

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Academic regulations under review

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A working group has been set up to review all of UCD’s Academic Regulations. The academic regulations provide undergraduate and graduate students with definitions and guidelines about modules, grade descriptions and semesterisation …” (more)

[Alanna O’Shea, University Observer, 24 January]


News Analysis: UCD’s Most Expensive Car Park

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At the time, it was hailed as the perfect solution to UCD’s accommodation problem and its cash flow crisis. It seemed like a no brainer. UCD would get rid of its old greenhouses at Thornfield, and in exchange, receive €15m in cash, and a prime three acres for expansion of Belgrove. But today, all that stands on the land that UCD received is a car park. Where did it all go wrong? …” (more)

[Billy Vaughan, University Observer, 24 January]


Obituary: Ronan Fanning

Posted in Life on January 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ronan Fanning, professor emeritus of modern history at UCD, who has died aged 75, was ‘an important public intellectual’, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said this week. It is to be regretted that the country has lost him only half way through our so-called ‘decade of centenaries’ …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 January]

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President: professor left a rich legacy of research

Posted in Life on January 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins led the tributes to the noted historian, Professor Ronan Fanning, who died yesterday. Prof Fanning (75), was Professor Emeritus of Modern History at University College Dublin where he also studied …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 January]

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Trinity Tales: dripping with privileged nostalgia

Posted in Life on January 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“What a shower of spoilt, preening, indulged and pampered little brats populated Trinity College Dublin in the 1990s. Okay, I exaggerate, but only slightly …” (more)

[Diarmaid Ferriter, Irish Times, 7 January]

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President Deeks Travels to Meet Chinese vice minister of Education over Confucius Centre ‘Progress’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD President Andrew Deeks last month met the Chinese vice minister for Education Hao Ping in China, and reportedly discussed ‘the progress of the construction project’ on the UCD campus …” (more)

[College Tribune, 2 January]

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