400 staff sign pledge to boycott University Club

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

Ireland“405 members of the UCD Staff Common Room have pledged to boycott the contentious University Club, which is currently under construction at the site adjacent to the O’Reilly Hall. Staff members are protesting the forced closure of the Common Room and its Committee began seeking the commitment from members to turn their back on the Club one week ago …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 26 September]

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Student wins case over incorrect Leaving Cert marks

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Student Rebecca Carter has won her High Court case over incorrectly totted up marks in her Leaving Certificate examination. The court has ordered the State Examinations Commission to decide her appeal by tomorrow evening …” (more)

[Orla O’Donnell, RTÉ News, 26 September]

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‘It’s an absolute and utter disgrace’ – Student denied place in veterinary medicine at UCD over Leaving Cert mark error

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An 18-year-old student whose Leaving Cert marks were wrongly totted up by an examiner says the error which has denied her a place in veterinary medicine at UCD is an ‘absolute and utter disgrace’ …” (more)

[Aodhan O Faolain and Ray Managh, Independent, 25 September]

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€22 million manufacturing research centre to be hosted in UCD

Posted in Research on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD and Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD have launched a new advanced manufacturing research centre which is to be hosted in UCD in partnership with 5 other higher education institutes …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 25 September]

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Court told Leaving Cert error correction delay ‘unfair’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Lawyers for an 18-year-old student, who claims she was denied a place in UCD to study veterinary medicine due to an error totting up marks in one of her Leaving Certificate papers, have told the High Court the decision not to rectify the issue immediately is irrational and unfair …” (more)

[Orla O’Donnell, RTÉ News, 25 September]

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UCD doesn’t need an Entrance Precinct

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With a €48 million Centre for Creative Design in the pipeline, Adam Lawler wonders why UCD is ignoring its underfunded areas for the sake of appearances. Over the summer months, a design by Stephen Holl Architects won the competition to design a new entrance precinct for the UCD campus, and with this win came a buffet of questions and concerns …” (more)

[University Observer, 20 September]

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Controversial Confucius Centre Due to Open amidst Sudden Changes in Funding Use

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The controversial UCD Confucius Centre is finally scheduled to be completed this September having run at least €4.8 million over budget. The project originally started in 2014 is now two years behind schedule as has been a frequent source of controversy over its links to the Chinese government, budgeting and concerns amongst academics about the effect such a centre could have on campus …” (more)

[College Tribune, 20 September]

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UCD and RCSI launch campus in Malaysia

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) and Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) have launched a new medical university in Malaysia. The newly established RCSI + UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC) is Malaysia’s first accredited private medical school …” (more)

[Sarah Moran, Trinity News, 20 September]

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UCD Common Room Members to Boycott New €14m Club

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Members of the UCD Common Room Club based in the Newman Building are considering a boycott action against the new Club, currently under construction in response to plans to close the Common Room at the end of this semester. The Club which will cost €14 million to complete as is intended only for staff, donors and corporate guests has been a source of controversy recently on campus …” (more)

[Aaron Bowman, College Tribune, 18 September]

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Divisions emerge over private €14m staff club at UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There are divisions between college management and academics in University College Dublin over a new private club for staff on the south Dublin campus. The construction of the University Club, which will not be open to students, was approved at the university’s governing authority board meeting last December. The development will serve as a clubhouse and restaurant for staff, alumni, and visiting guests or dignitaries …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 18 September]

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‘President Deeks is evicting us’ – UCD staff launch bid to save Staff Common Room

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

Ireland“Members of the UCD Common Room Club held an EGM last night, Tuesday 11th September, to discuss the proposed closure of the Newman-based members-only club. The Common Room, which has 900 members made up of academic and administrative staff and has been operating since 1975, was served with notice to quit on 21st December 2018 …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 12 September]

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Student whose Leaving Cert results were wrongly totted up takes High Court action

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An 18-year-old Co Wexford student, whose Leaving Cert marks were wrongly totted up by an examiner, could lose her chance of a place in a college veterinary medicine course, the High court has been told …” (more)

[Ray Managh, Irish Times, 11 September]

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UCD in world top 100 for helping graduates get job

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has been ranked number one in Ireland for graduate employability, and is among the world’s top 100. UCD has climbed one place to 74th in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019, which compared 500 universities worldwide on helping students to transition to a successful career, with insights from 42,000 national and international employers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 September]

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Smurfit business school’s MSc ranked seventh in world

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

Ireland“A global survey ranks University College Dublin (UCD) Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s MSc in international management at seventh in the world …” (more)

[Irish Times, 10 September]

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World-Class Universities: what are they, and why are they relevant?

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In this article, published in Ireland’s Yearbook of Education 2017-2018, Professor Deeks discusses the characteristics of world-class universities, how these are measured, the challenges facing universities, their core role and their contribution to the economy and society …” (more)

[Education Matters, 31 August]

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‘Serious data protection flaw’ in Student Leap Card system

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There is a ‘serious flaw’ in the Student Leap Card system which allows college agents access to the personal details of a large number of students across the country, without their knowledge …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 30 August]

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Students’ union slates ‘exorbitant’ rents in affluent Dublin areas

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

Ireland“Students’ unions are refusing to advertise some student digs on the basis that that homeowners are charging ‘exorbitant’ rents. UCD students’ union said it has to refuse offers of rooms for rents from householders in some of the most affluent areas of Dublin’s southside …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 August]

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New €6.5m Project to Expand NovaUCD’s Capacity

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

Ireland“UCD today announced that NovaUCD, the University’s Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs, is to expand its capacity to house early-stage start-ups by over 50% with a €6.5 million development project …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 16 August]

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How the housing crisis is hitting vulnerable students

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

Ireland“Students across the country are struggling to find accommodation as the annual start of college looms in September. A shortage of accommodation has driven prices upward to a point where many students – especially in Dublin – are simply not able to afford. The situation is becoming increasingly untenable for students …” (more)

[Patrick Kelleher, Irish Times, 16 August]

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Closing the gender gap

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

Ireland“Sir, – Further to your article, ‘Glaring gender gaps found in academic posts’ (Home News, August 3rd). More than 50 years ago UCD boasted five outstanding women scientists who were professors and associate professors – Carmel Humphries (zoology), Eva Philbin (chemistry), Phyllis Clinch (botany), Dervla Donnelly (phytochemistry) and Sheila Tinney (mathematical physics). These women were widely known and highly respected in the academic world both nationally and internationally …” (more)

[Mary Toomey, Irish Times, 10 August]

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